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Participating Artists 2015

Arts - Miscellaneous

Artist Description
Christi Bulot Assemblage – After more than half a century of living and learning, and after years of working in the corporate world, Christi made the thoughtful decision to step outside of the box and explore other possible and hidden talents. Is it odd to use "thoughtful" and "outside of the box" in the same sentence to describe an artistic awakening? For Christi, there is a quirky balance between the two! With a bit of trepidation and much excitement she followed the little voice that kept softly pulling her into places new, places foreign, places beckoning. The journey through her next half century has given way to the glorious hunt to find those unique objects that can be given new life with artful arrangement and attention to mindful placement. Christi’s curiosity is constantly piqued by the world around her and she is in joyful pursuit of her Salvaged Minutia expression. www.salvagedminutia.com
Jeff Denning Stained Glass - Jeff is a retired businessman who spent years building stained glass art as a passive hobby in between his work, traveling, and scuba diving. While living in Monterey during the 1990’s, Jeff met a renowned local stained glass artist who taught him how to bring his art to life, take advantage of the uniqueness of every piece of glass, and let his imagination and creativity find their way into each piece. Jeff’s love of the desert, the jungles of Central America, the sea, and the underwater world gave him an immense drawing board from which he finds his inspiration. Jeff works from his Redlands studio, Mezza Luna Studios. Check out the diversity of his work or just browse through a pictorial collage of how to transform a piece of glass into an artistic creation.
Fred Edwards Etchings
Janet Edwards Etchings/ Drawings – Janet is a Redlands artist whose work reflects her love of the natural beauty of California as well as her respect for sites of historical importance. While working primarily in the etching medium, she is also an accomplished watercolorist, and a watercolor-like style is often reflected in her work. Many of the etchings include embossing as a part of the design. Janet is a graduate of the University of Redlands having earned a B.A. degree in Art Education. She taught public school art before raising a family. Janet’s work has been chosen by educational, cultural, and civic organizations to honor dignitaries, professors, musicians, ambassadors and politicians. Her work may be seen in her home studio in Redlands, at the Redlands Art Association gallery, at Smith’s Jewelers in Redlands, in galleries in Cambria and Mendocino, CA and in Yachats, Oregon, and on her website at www.janetmedwards.com/
Candy Glendening Textile Art – Candy is addicted to color! She dyes fabric so she can have just the hue & texture she wants, and then uses it to make art quilts and “everyday art”. An avid blogger, she has had many publications in Interweave Press/F & W Media quilt magazines (21 at last count). These publishing opportunities led to her filming eight different episodes of the PBS show “Quilting Arts TV”. The folks at Interweave also produced Candy illustrating her artistic process in two workshop DVDs: “Dyeing to Stitch: A Comprehensive Guide to Creating Colorful Fabric Art” and “Free Motion Machine Sketching: Drawing with Thread from Birds to Botanicals”. By day, she teaches Biology at the University of Redlands in Southern California. By night and weekend she also teaches quilting and dyeing. To view more of her work, or gain insight into her process and inspiration, please visit her website: www.CandiedFabrics.com. Also check out her online dying courses at http://www.classes.candiedfabrics.com
Margaret Goodward Cut Paper Bas Relief – As the oldest of seven children, whose father thought if she were bored she’d best go find something to do, Margaret made paper fans, paper kites, paper puppets, and, (surprise!)…. paper! In college she did collagraph embossing, mono-printing and…….. papermaking! She’s now old enough to use sharp tools to make multi-layered paper bas-reliefs in bright colors with intricate details. Her images reflect on natural forms and human growth, with artistic interests in positive-negative space, radial forms and embossed detail. This show will feature her “Winged Heart” series, and new art pieces based on her cut paper puppets. Cut paper ornaments and a new 2015 Christmas Garland round out the treats.
Sondra Hodson Gourds/ Pine Needle Baskets - Using pine needles and gourds, Sondra enjoys creating both decorative and useful art. She creates gourd vessels using design inspirations from ancient cultures all over the world in addition to her own original designs. Her pine needle baskets range in shape from simple pots to large bowls with interesting handles. Some baskets include agate slices wrapped thread and walnut slices. In addition, she combines gourds with pine needles to create unique hybrid baskets. She finds creating art from items found in nature to be both challenging and satisfying and gladly welcomes custom commissions. www.gourdacopia.com
Joyce Johnson Stained Glass - An art major in high school and college, Joyce had always planned on being an art teacher. However life got in the way, and raising three children took up most of her time. Because her creative juices could not be stilled she did some painting, pottery, and other crafts. In 1981, she happened upon a stained glass class offered through Parks and Recreation and this medium captured her imagination. By 1984, she was doing shows and had her stained glass work in numerous shops and galleries. In addition she has done custom windows for many people. She still loves doing shows because it gives her great satisfaction knowing that people like her pieces enough to actually buy them! This is her 29th year at AFHS...and she always looks forward to the show!
Tom McKenzie Wood - Tom McKenzie, better known in the art world as, “ The Artful Bodger, Professor of Roundocity”, is a lifelong resident of San Bernardino. Prior to becoming a Bodger, Tom was a Pharmacist at Redlands Community Hospital for 25 years. He began turning wood on a Craftsman lathe given to him by an acquaintance in 1982. His first turned items were Christmas Tree Ornaments. He soon progressed to making boxes, simple bowls and practical pieces like door stops, needle holders, and bookmarks as well as round boxes and nine different styles of pens and pencils. Tom is driven by the fact that hidden inside what appears to be an ugly piece of wood lies a beautiful piece with form and usefulness. Currently, he is making pens with new forms and woods, square boxes and inside/outside Christmas ornaments. Tom is a member of the American Association of Woodturners.
Valerie Martinell Gourds- Valerie grew up camping and exploring Oregon where her father gifted her with love and respect for all forms of nature. This has been continued influence for her gourd creations. With no formal art training she uses nature as her reference. Her main inspiration comes from her Native American heritage, all things “ocean”, leaves, and creatures. Never one to be content to “color between the lines” Valerie will incorporate 3D carving, wood burning, basketry, weaving, dream catchers, beading and many color mediums in her work. Each finished gourd is a record of her adventure.
Lynn Mudd Ceramics/Fiber - Born in London, England, Lynn was first exposed to pottery in high school and immediately found the cool, damp texture of clay both invigorating and calming. Many college art classes later, and after a detour into a photography career, Lynn returned her focus to clay and its endless possibilities. Working in both stoneware and porcelain, her work is comprised mainly of art pieces, and sculpture with an emphasis on texture. Pieces are both wheel-thrown and hand built, often a combination of both. She is fully involved in the process from start to finish, developing glazes and firing all of her work in her home studio. In the past few years, Lynn has expanded her work to include fiber art. Weaving is the perfect companion art to ceramics. Having always been intrigued by texture, fiber offers a new medium in which to explore and create tactile art. www.muddwoman.com
Joanne Ohnemus Wood/birdhouses –In 1992 Joann discovered the joy and fun of birdhouse painting. Edward, her husband, has talents in woodworking. They complement each other in their original designs in the creation of “Bird Abodes”. To date, they have designed, constructed and painted 9,100 “Bird Abodes”. Their work is featured at Sherman Gardens in Corona Del Mar, Precious Times in Redlands, at the Redlands Art Association and at the Riverside Art Museum. Joann also works in oils, acrylics, water color, mixed media and assemblage, photography, card design and jewelry. All of her art pieces are one of a kind and most themes are garden related cottage charm art.
Ellen Schouest Gourds - After focusing on the art of Batik for two decades, Ellen Schouest then discovered ornamental gourds. She has now been working with this medium for well over 15 years and remains enthusiastically entranced with this three-dimensional art. This year, Ellen is creating a variety of pieces inspired by the shapes and sizes of the gourds, such as with her new heron and chameleon. She will also be presenting some New Zealand and Fijian masks representing upcoming travels. Her husband, Leo, has been instrumental in designing various stands to display some of these creations.
David Tate Blown Glass - Like many glass artists, David Tate began studying ceramics during high school and Junior college. He completed a bachelor of art degree in 1988 and continued at Cal State, Fullerton to graduate with a master’s degree, in 1991. Born in San Jose, California in 1960, David has resided in California all his life. David was inspired by the glass-forming lab located behind the ceramics lab at CSUF. He was fascinated with what the students were creating and wanted to try it, so he signed up for the class and has been captivated by “it” since then. Looking back on that experience David says, “The college years were a wonderful time of exploring and experimentation. They allowed me the opportunity to spend a large amount of my time and energy learning about glass and I matured significantly.” David currently lives south of Riverside in Romoland, CA where he also operates his glass studio.
Theresa Van Ornum Printmaking/Sculpted Paper - A multimedia artist for over thirty years, Theresa is currently focusing on printmaking and sculpted paper forms. She has been studying various printmaking techniques for the past sixteen years. Her love of working with paper and ink has recently expanded into her own unique sculpted paper expressions that she calls PAPERBOLI. Colorful decorative bowls, crosses, wall tiles and jewelry, often incorporating printed works from her press, Theresa's work is unlike anything you have seen before. She divides her art making time between her studios in Redlands and Albuquerque, New Mexico and runs a full time Acupuncture practice in Redlands. Theresa has been a regular exhibiting artist with Art, for Heaven's Sake for the past seventeen years.
Ramon Valesquez Metal/Wrought Iron - Born in Nogales, Arizona Ramon was raised in Mexico. He grew up around arts and crafts as his father owned six art galleries in Nogales. After owning his own gallery for a time, Ramon traveled to his home State of Jalisco in search of new ideas. Fascination with the beautiful metal works of art being made there led him to take classes in metalworking which helped him realize how much he enjoyed creating his very own unique pieces. He sold his store in 2002, and with the help of his wife Rosa, started creating and hand-made wrought iron furniture with tile and colorful metal wall art at their home, in Rio Rico, Arizona. Now it's a family business. His wife Rosa and their children learned the trade and help him with ideas to create his art and assist him at art and craft festivals throughout Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico.
Dominique Vialar Art Couture Fabric Design - Dominique started as a commercial art director in Casablanca where she ran out of clothes. She then went to the fabric district in the Medina and the rest is history. Today, Dominique is a designer at Dominique Vialar for Art Couture. Couture literally means "sewing," but has come to indicate the business of designing, creating, and selling custom-made, high fashion women's clothes. Since the beautiful one-of-a-kind designs created by Dominique truly are works of art in their own right, the name Art Couture is a fitting one.
Vlad Voytilla Wood - The work of Vlad Voytilla specializes and blends art with function -- fine wooden keepsake boxes for a variety of uses such as jewelry, silverware, or to contain a special gift for that notable occasion. He also creates furniture, cabinets, wine cellars, and wooden jewelry. All of his designs are original utilizing the natural beauty, color and grain contrast of the woods to enhance the contemporary and organic inspired forms of each piece. Frequently, his work incorporates metal, stone, metal leaf, glass and re-claimed wood. His work is well known for its unique design, radical woodworking techniques, accuracy, exacting detail, and, at times, whimsy. In addition to a select number of art shows each year, Mr. Voytilla displays his work regularly at the galleries of the Redlands Art Association, Mountain Arts Network located at Lake Arrowhead, and at the Riverside Art Museum, all in California. Custom commissions are gladly welcomed.
Ken Weaver Bird houses/Yard Ornaments – Its 3:00 in the morning, he is wide awake, and a new idea has just come to him. He has completely built it in his head. He reaches for a pencil and paper to make a note then goes back to sleep. In the late 60’s while attending the Laguna Sawdust Art Festival, Ken saw a man doing metal sculpture using a torch. He has been doing metal sculpture ever since. When his son was born, Ken needed to find a new media that his son could participate in, so he started building birdhouses. Ninety percent of his materials are recycled. He often sees a finished project in something discarded on the side of the road. As a Southern California Native, he is likely one of the few who get excited about the Santa Ana winds. However, he knows the opportunity for new distressed wood has just become available. Ken’s newer work combines both metal sculpture and birdhouses.
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Artist Description
Andrea Beechko Jewelry - Andrea is a native southern Californian and local, Redlands artist with a life-long love of hand-crafted work and attention to detail. Her passion and attention to detail can be seen in all of her designs, necklaces, rings, bracelets, earrings, but especially in her wire-wrapped Tree of Life pendants. Her trees incorporate semi-precious and non-precious stones, freshwater pearls, beautiful colors, and the sparkle of Swarovski Crystal. Handcrafted wire wrapping using Argentium Sterling Silver, gold-filled, and fine plated wire gives an elegant and unique look to each tree. A natural stone or shell moon rising through the leaves adds a whimsical and earthly element. Andrea also enjoys working with clients to design custom trees and other jewelry, incorporating favorite colors or “family” birthstones. Andrea is a Member and artist of the Redlands Art Association and uses the name 4 A Bee Designs for her jewelry business.
Beth Bobbitt Jewelry - A life threatening illness in her thirties left Beth with some lasting physical challenges. This sudden and unexpected illness required her to walk through the fire of transformation to find new ways to relate to the world around her. A trip to the beach with her family was a pivotal point of transformation. For the first time since her illness, she was able to slowly walk the beach with her children and collected sea glass. It was so simple and so monumental that she wanted to create something special with the glass. This motivated her to find the courage to attend a smithing class. It gave light to a part of her she never knew existed. Beth feels that both she and her designs have more character, depth, and color because of her transformational experiences. Beth continues to walk through the fire, to forge something new and to support her burning desire to know herself.
Dorothy Campbell Silver Jewelry – Dorothea grew up on a tea plantation in northern India after which she returned to Scotland to continue her education. She attended the Edinburgh College of Fine Arts where she won the prestigious Student’s Award in sculpture and discovered the joy of working with precious metals. She then attended Hornsey College of Arts in London where she studied under the renowned Artist-Jeweler Gerda Flockinger. After graduating, she was inscribed into the Royal Society of Industrial Artists and Designers. Dorothea’s jewelry has been widely exhibited in the most prestigious galleries throughout the United States. Her work embraces both the sculptured simplicity of Scandinavia and the raw power of the Mapuche and Inca jewelry of South America.
Gayle DuRivage Jewelry - Gayle DuRivage is a Southern California artist who loves vivid color and expresses that love through a variety of disciplines and mediums. She’s worked in acrylics, stained glass, ceramics, sculpture, graphic design, illustration and as a professional muralist. At present, Gayle’s passion has been the creation of fused glass art. This is the process of designing a composition with layers of art glass, then firing the project in a kiln at temperatures up to 1500 degrees to fuse the glass together. Gayle loves the phenomena of light, pure saturated color, transparency and depth achievable in glass work. She developed an exclusive technique that incorporates her original paintings in her glass designs. Through this process she creates jewelry that is one-of-a-kind art. Gayle has found glass to be an extraordinary medium that allows her to combine painting, artistic expression and love of color, resulting in the creation of distinctive fused glass treasures. https://www.facebook.com/ShadowDanceGlass
Adele Johnson Jewelry – Adele Johnson is a jewelry artist working in gemstones, precious metals and pearls. Though she enjoys making contemporary pieces, her study of history has translated to current works based on the ancient images of Greece and Rome, particularly depictions of characters in mythology. Aside from making use of colorful stones, Adele also enjoys creating striking pendants to which she then applies the ancient technique of "keum-boo"; this is the application of 24K gold to pure silver jewelry. Adele is a resident of Redlands and has been an artist for nearly a decade, she has participated in numerous art shows throughout Southern California.
e Jennifer Katz Jewelry – “Primitive silver jewelry – something you might unearth from the ruins of a lost civilization” is how E. Jennifer Katz describes her work. She creates distinctive pieces, incorporating lots of texture, patina and positive energy. A teenager of the 70s, she loved adornments and embellished her jeans and strung beaded necklaces. Her local high school in Manchester, Connecticut afforded her the opportunity to develop silversmith skills. Today, she offers her jewelry through private trunk shows on the east and west coasts.
Lori Kirsch Jewelry – Born in 1959 in Seattle, Washington, Lori makes really fun woven button jewelry, you are sure to get compliments on. Lori is a self-taught jewelry artist who only took a few jewelry making classes after deciding it was time for a new career. The new career must be working because she has been creating jewelry for eleven years now. Lori’s work is shown in artistic clothing stores and galleries. She also sells her work in juried art shows on the west coast and in the southwest. She lives and works in Phoenix, AZ.
Patty Mariano Denning Jewelry - A passion for sea shells as a young girl grew into a natural interest in rocks, gems and crystals. In 1996, Patty Mariano Denning’s youngest sister, a resident of Hawaii, opened a new world to her during a visit to a little bead shop in Lanikai: hand carved shell, Moroccan wood, African trade beads, aquamarine , ocean jasper from Madagascar, Venetian glass and handmade copper beads. All were there just waiting to be a part of a great piece of jewelry. That progression from a school girl shell collection grew in to a sunroom studio filled with raw materials where she uses the natural light to create the pieces she offers to her many satisfied buyers. Big Sister’s Jewelry is built upon repeat customers who value creativity, use of high quality materials and craftsmanship. Hopefully you will enjoy Patty’s jewelry as much as she enjoys creating it for you.
Sandie Petrucelli Jewelry
Wendy Stephens/Michelle Bruny Jewelry - Wendy and Michelle started Bead Inspirations with a love and passion for creation, sparkle and uniqueness. They make one of a kind, handmade pieces using Swarovski crystals, sterling silver, various metals, and artistic blown glass. Their earrings are thoughtfully placed on cards that have themes and inspirations. When they are not making jewelry they can be found at the local hospital both work in Physical Medicine. Michelle is a Cardiac Rehab RN and Wendi is an Occupational Therapy Assistant.
Sandy Schnack Jewelry - By the time Sandy was three years old she adored jewelry. Whatever the punishment her amused mother dispensed, Sandy could not be dissuaded from exploring her mother’s jewelry box. Classes in jewelry making at the Riverside Art Museum in the early eighties allowed Sandy to explore her passion in a more acceptable way. She bought a torch, a jewelry bench, and numerous tools and she began to hone her craft. Her jewelry pieces, displayed initially in the Riverside Art Museum gift shop, attracted interested customers, and her company, Brodie Hoener Designs, was born. A 40 year career in education interfered somewhat with jewelry making, but now retired, she is able to refocus her energies. Working in 14k gold and silver, Sandy fabricates her pieces using unusual colored stones, pearls, and, of course, diamonds.
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Media - Miscellaneaous

Artist Description
Adeola Davies-Aiyeloja Printmaking/graphics - Multi-media artist Adeola Davies-Aiyeloja was born and raised in Lagos Nigeria and began painting at an early age. A self-taught artist, Adeola credits her consistency and endurance in her ability to create joy, love, and positive outlook in her artwork. “When you take a look at my art you instantly feel the joy and happiness the colors convey.” Her work is in both private and public collections. Adeola’s work has been used in many television and movie productions. Adeola works in various mediums: as a painter, enamellist and metal smith. To follow her creative work like her page at https://www.facebook.com/AdeolaStudio
Dominique Blanchard Ceramics/Raku/ Mixed Media - Born in the western part of France,Dominique was surrounded by sculptors of metal and clay. After traveling for many years, he made his home in the United States. Here he began taking art classes and his passion for ceramics was born. Dominique then realized his passion for working with clay. His fascination for Mardi gras carnival masks influences his art and by using a blend of rich oxidation, reduction glaze and complicated textures combined with Raku and other low-fired techniques, he is able to create ceramic masks that reflect “luminous spiritual energy”.
Charlie Ciali

Mixed Media - Charlie Ciali is this year's featured artist. He is a nationally known artist who makes his home in Palm Springs, Ca. Considering himself a mixed media artist, Charlie explores combining different mediums and how they interact with each other. Currently his work is primarily in monotype printing and encaustic painting. Charli also operates Ciali Studio where he teaches encaustic painting and printmaking in an assisted open studio format. His work can be viewed on his website www.Charlieciali.com.

Bob Pavelsky Photography/Tile - Dr. Bob Pavelsky has taken a cue from the famous photographer Ansel Adams, who believed what came out of the camera was just the beginning. According to Adams, "You don't take a picture, you make a picture.” Bob also takes inspiration from Dewitt Jones, a long time photographer for National Geographic Magazine. Jones believed that one must, "Look at the Ordinary and see the Extraordinary." Each of these men became a significant mentor to Bob through their writings. Their teachings helped him come to the conclusion that there is another equally important teaching, "Beauty is everywhere." As a person of faith, and an artist, Bob believes the beauty God put into everything is often blurred by use, pollution, and distractions. His goal is to make photos that bring out that beauty and to fuse those photos onto Ceramic Tile to create not only a beautiful picture, but one with a high "WOW" factor.
Lynn Richards Mixed Media - Lynn is a mixed-media collage artist living in Southern California. Her artistic process began early, learning from her grandmother who was an art teacher. Over time, she has found true passion in the mixed media genre. Lynn’s art is characterized by combining vintage ephemera, bold colors and meaningful messages. Lynn’s artwork is at home in many residences throughout California, United States and as far as Greece. She has exhibited her work in juried shows such as The Balboa Island Artwalk, Art, for Heaven’s Sake, Red Dirt Art Festival and The YMCA Holiday Art Boutique, as well as Art in the Alley and staging home shows. She has been published in Somerset Studio Magazine and Crescendo Blog. Lynn divides her time between family, teaching classes such as Word of The Year and art journaling, advocating for those with disabilities and recently renovating a 1956 home here in Redlands.
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Artist Description
Leslee Adams Watercolor - Leslee As a professional chef and established artist, Leslee sees food through an artist's eye. Her still lifes, florals and landscapes have rich and vibrant colors rarely seen in Watercolors. In 1990, Leslee received her Pastry diploma at The Ritz Escoffier and returned to Palm Springs to open her catering business. In 2002, painting Watercolors became her passion. Her love for food and painting blended together to make her work what it is today. Leslee’s work is available at fine art shows and at her private studio. www.LesleeAdams.com.
Leah Balestieri Oil - Leah Balestieri found love for interior design and art when she was young, but it was not until years later she was able to focus on her art and develop her skill. Leah loves painting in oil because of its deep rich colors and their ability to sustain. Leah is most recognized by her painting commissioned by the Historic Landmark in Redlands, Kimberly Crest, where she painted the home and gardens to be seen on tours. She was also commissioned to paint Corona Montessori School. Leah paints portraits and colorful Still lifes into which she sometimes incorporates copper. She paints other local landscapes, including parks and orange groves. All can be seen throughout the Inland Empire. Leah says, “Each painting gives expression of emotion whether a mood or simply joy from the beauty of a special time or place.” Her hope is that this is conveyed to the viewer. She can be reached at Art by Leah www.Leahbalestieri.com or at Leahb36@verizon.net.
Sioux Bally-Maloof Oil, oil pastel, printmaking – Art is the most important vehicle of communication for Sioux. It anchors her thoughts, desires and dreams and helps transform those processes into something sustaining to be shared. Sioux is a painter in a California-modern style toying with her own unique sense of realism. The natural world, in its many forms, has been consistently emphasized as her subject matter. She has explored in depth oil and oil pastel and honed various printmaking techniques with great success and joy. Her most recent work signifies new directions in her art, taking what she has learned from classical atelier oil painting workshops with its accentuation on the figure and carrying that knowledge forward into the development of numerous distinctive portraiture pieces as well. She has had numerous group and one-woman shows and exhibitions over the years, received various awards and has paintings in private collections in both America and Europe. Please contact her at (909) 794-0917, email her at sioux.art@verizon.net or check out her website at www.siouxballymaloof.com
Erin Beardemphl Watercolor/acrylic - Erin Beardemphl is a mother, wife, clergy, and artist, and is thrilled to be a part of Art for Heaven's Sake! For this artist, creativity is an expression of and a means to meditation and discernment. Her goal is to combine the practices of skill and contemplation, hopefully touching those who see the results.
Janis Commentz Oils/Acrylic - Janis Commentz is a southern California native. She holds a B.A. in art and English from the University of Redlands and an M.A. in Education from California State University at San Bernardino. Although she lives in the Mojave Desert, she cherishes her Redlands roots. She studied printmaking with John Nava and painting with John Brownfield. A retired high school teacher, Janis facilitates weekly life drawing and teaches youth classes. She exhibits at Gallery 62, Rainbow Stew, and the Purple Agave in the Morongo Basin and T.E. Studios in Riverside. Janis has participated in the Hwy 62 Open Studio Art Tours for six years and in local festivals, including the Joshua Tree National Park Juried Art Exposition and Art, for Heaven’s Sake. In 2014, Janis was featured at the Glass Outhouse Art Gallery in Twentynine Palms and at the 29 Palms Art Gallery. In February 2015, Janis was featured at the Twentynine Palms Visitors Center and Gallery. www.janiscommentz.com
Chick Curtis Oil/printmaking – Chick states that he is proof that you can teach an old dog new tricks. It just depends on how motivated the dog is. Chick began drawing at the age of fifty. Twenty years later, he has reached a point in his career that is stunningly satisfying. He paints, draws, does printmaking and stained glass. He also gives demonstrations and takes drawing lessons from one of the region’s most preeminent artists, Joseph Tororvitch. The joy Chick receives through this is exceeded only by his unquenchable desire to learn more. He is grateful for the gift passed on to him and he relishes the hard work and dedication that makes it all worthwhile.
Jane Ellis Watercolor - Jane Ellis began sketching in charcoal and pen and ink even as a very young child. She discovered her love for watercolor painting many years ago while pursuing careers in the medical arts. She is a licensed California dentist who loves to paint. “As I approach retirement, I would like say I’m a painter in my garden of life”. A former Redlands resident, she now lives in Cherry Valley with her husband Jack, cat Zoe and dogs Abby, Mowgli and Emma.
Julie Evans Oil/Watercolor/Pencil/Charcoal –“Although skilled in a variety of media, artist Julie R. Evans prefers to work in oils, painting realistic scenes that are little slices of life. Her main inspiration is the natural world and day-to-day life, and she is often struck by spontaneous observations that yield successful paintings.” [Press Enterprise, Daniel Foster and Jill Jones]. “Her works convey a quiet peacefulness. In her landscapes we may almost feel a slight rustle of the breeze across the grasses, but the scene gives us a feeling of calm and serenity, a place for quiet contemplation. Even her portraits capture a stillness and attention to detail that focus us in closely and quietly to the personality of the subject.” [Supra]. According to Evans, “For me there is nothing like being an artist, being able to seek and express whatever I find pleasing or amusing. I want to express beauty and joy! And truly, there is endless inspiration out there.” http://www.JulieEvansArt.com
Sandy F. Garcia Acrylic/Oils - Born in El Paso, Texas, and raised in East Los Angeles, exposure to Latino art, inspired Sandy to pursue colorful and simple works of art. As she began to paint, she was attracted to bright colors which she uses to show expressions on faces and spirits of birds and nature to show her deep connections with and interpretation of Folk Art. Sandy is inspired to create or write a painting. She asks her viewers to read her Mexican Folk Art inspired works of art with emotion. Sandy desires to have her paintings become beautiful things in one’s private surroundings. She hopes all enjoy their encounter with her beautiful culture that is filled with the love of Folk Art with a Latin flavor, her Mexican Folk Art.
Greta Grigorian Acrylic/Oil - Greta Grigorian graduated from Otis Parsons School of Design and opened her first company Design Concepts. Specializing in residential interiors she began experimenting with the use of bold color combinations to define and separate living spaces in her client’s homes. After a few years, feeling like she needed a change of direction, she sold her company and began her career in the Film and Television industries. Greta applied her artistic talents to the art department working as a set decorator, art director, and production designer. However, once again she felt the lure to move into another form of expression and has refocused her energy on fine art. Greta travels often and her creations are inspired by the various cultures that she has experienced. Her paintings express her vision that we are all connected, and that as humans we share a form of universal consciousness communicated through artistic or creative activity.
Mark Janz Watercolor - Mark is a happily married grandfather living near Redlands, CA who began painting three years ago; however, since childhood he has always been interested in vibrant color, form and texture. His spouse, Debra, is his biggest encouragement and valued critic of his watercolors. His family and friends are his biggest fans who encourage him to further develop his art work. Mark is a semi-retired humanitarian emergency response professional. His humanitarian work experience includes working on all five continents of the globe. He was born and raised in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and worked there for the council of churches for ten years. These global experiences have distinctly informed his world view as well as contributed to the images that are of interest to him to paint. Mark’s hope is that his striking colors will bring a big smile to your face.
Joanna Mersereau Watercolor – Joanna has been a Resident of Riverside for 56 years and now has a studio/gallery in Redlands. She is one of the founding members of Watercolor West and achieved membership in the American Watercolor Society, in 2007. Her work can be found in permanent galleries such as the Riverside Art Museum, Chaffee Community Museum of Art and Na Bolom Museum in Mexico. “After a lifetime of traveling and painting abroad, she now paints mostly local scenes and flowers. She feels her art is affordable as it is represented in Giclee prints, tiles, cards and miniature original watercolors. Her wish is for everyone to have affordable art of the highest quality no matter the size, the medium or price.” www.joannamersereau.com
Tomi Olson Oils, Acrylics and Inks - Tomi Olson is a painter who uses oils and acrylics and sometimes draws in ink. She came to California from the Midwest by way of Hawaii, where she was stunned by the rich colors in the ocean and the native flora and fauna. Her sense of color was further developed with the help of Gloria Foss of the Foss School of Fine Art in the islands. Gloria prodded Tomi to “take a chance” with color. Study with a number of California artists has contributed to her skill. Today, Tomi’s work is in international and local collections including the Redlands Community Hospital gallery. Prolific as a young painter, Tomi once again works routine painting into her schedule that includes serving on community art boards and the practice of the martial art of tai chi.
Ginger Pena Varnished Watercolor - Ginger paints in watercolor on watercolor canvas or Aquabord, which she varnishes upon completion, so paintings are framed like oils, without mats and glass. Painting on surfaces other than traditional paper allows her more flexibility, not just in the framing, but also in the paint handling. This is perfect for the 'plein air' work she enjoys, which requires her to paint quickly to capture fleeting light effects on the local landscape. Ginger lives in Angelus Oaks, and enjoys painting mountains, local parks and the historic buildings of Redlands. She likes the challenge of figurative work, as well, and carries her sketchbook to the Redlands Bowl (and even into church!) so she can develop her skills at capturing people's expressions and gestures, and as a result, is becoming more confident in adding figures to her landscapes. www.gingerpena.com
Bonnie Rinier Watercolor/acrylic/pastel - Bonnie Rinier has experience in oil painting, acrylics, and watercolor with watercolor being her favorite. She currently teaches watercolor classes in Winchester, Ca. Animals are her favorite subject but she also paints landscapes and flowers. Thankful for the abundant beauty around us, her desire is to paint God’s creation with the abilities God has given her. You can find more examples of her work at her web site: http://bonnie-rinier.fineartamerica.com
Aïda Schneider Oil/Cold Wax - According to Aïda Marini Schneider, "Regardless of the subject matter, art is autobiographical.” Born and raised in Iraq and a U.S. resident for many years, Aïda uses bold colors and highly emotional subject matter. Using oil sticks, Aïda paints on hard panel and canvas which gives her the freedom of painting “big” which she loves to do. In addition, the oil sticks dry hard which means she does not have to protect her paintings with glass. Though she states that anything and everything might inspire her, she also explains, the allusions and commentary in her work relate to present-day culture and its rapid changes. At the same time, the symbols she employs hearken to her growing up in an ancient land. Arabic calligraphy and the earliest alphabets from which it sprang fascinate and supply her with a rich iconography. Sometimes these initial calligraphic marks are painted over partially or completely. But they are there."www.aidaschneider.com
Mary Lou Wallace Oil/Watercolor - Circumstances and raising a family kept Mary Lou from renewing her interest in painting until she retired from teaching. With the help of Riverside's Goeske Center 'Young At Heart" classes she renewed her love of watercolors and oils. She enjoys painting landscapes and birds but has also completed some commission works. In the last four years she has received many acknowledgements, sales, and awards as she has exhibited work in a variety of shows and locations both in Riverside and Corona.
Patrick Wiedlin Oil/Pastel/Pencil - Patrick Wiedlin earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Arts at California State University, Long Beach and now teaches art at Beaumont High School. Since discovering his passion for art, Patrick has exhibited his work at a variety of southern California shows. Patrick believes that art has the power to transform the way people look at the world we all share, which is why he creates works of art that are optimistic and hopeful. In this way he hopes to inspire people to see beauty in all aspects of life. Patrick’s work encompasses everything from deep-rooted community traditions to a rusty, abandoned car to a rooster greeting the dawn of a new day. Patrick’s inspiration comes, from not only from the wondrous world around him, but also from his loving wife and three young children.
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Artist Description
Kit Satre Photography - Kit Satre, a self-taught artist, photographs wildlife and landscapes nationally and internationally. She is president of Vision Quest Art Gallery in Yucaipa and promotes art in public places throughout Yucaipa, including Yucaipa’s Music and Arts Festival. She organized “Art Ability” exhibiting artwork by individuals with disabilities. Exhibits include Art in the Garden/Newell’s Nursery, Yucaipa City Hall, The Queen Bean, Redlands Art in the Park, Redlands Fox Theater/Black Tie Affair, and the San Bernardino County Museum Wildlife Art Festival, Kit has been published in the 2012 and 2013 Big Bear Zoo Calendars. She also photographed Champion race horse Zenyatta and Ishtah the Wolf studied as the model in Twilight movies. Kit has a degree in Occupational Therapy and works with special education students. She is also a Realtor with Oak Tree Realty in Calimesa. She hikes the local mountains and enjoys gardening. Both provide opportunities to practice her photography.
Judith Sparhawk Photography - Redlands photographer Judith Sparhawk is well-known for her beautiful Redlands scenes, her intricate dimensional collages, and her unique eclectic photography. She has taken her art to new levels, working with photo art techniques to create interesting and beautiful special effects, including fantasy and surrealism. She is especially intrigued by color, line and pattern, which is reflected in her work. She has had her work accepted into juried exhibitions, and has won numerous awards in the last ten years. Her work hangs in many homes and businesses in the local area. She has published three books of her photographs, including a newest one celebrating the beauty and history of Redlands. She has had her photographs published in anthologies, calendars, and in national publications.
Steve Walag Photography - After graduating from UCR in 1973 with a degree in English literature, Steve fully intended to become a writer; instead, he got hooked on photography. Influenced early-on by California’s pioneering “straight” black-and-white photographers, Steve’s eye naturally turned to studies of nature, which still captivate him today. In past years, he came to be influenced by painters, particularly Japanese artists of the 1800s. As such, while producing an ongoing series of cloud abstractions in high-contrast black and white, Steve has also recently begun a series of florals which are soft, shadowless and low-contrast, with neutral backgrounds; the latter are often mistaken for watercolors. Steve has enjoyed a varied career including work as a photojournalist, public relations photographer, campus photographer (at UCR and RCC) and photography instructor. His work has been shown in galleries in Redlands and Riverside. Now semi-retired, he is concentrating more time on his own art making journey.
Steve Wormser Photography - Stephen Wormser has been a professional photographer based in Redlands for over 25 years. Stephen has a well-rounded background in photographing landscapes, people, architecture and products. His clients have included Mitsubishi Imaging and LeMond Bicycles to name a few. Stephen has photographed throughout the United States, Canada, and Japan. In addition he is known for teaching photography to beginners and to professional photographers.
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Artist Description
Carol Pancner and Gary Stiler Pottery - Succulent Surprises are one-of-a kind artisan designs made from original pottery and the beauty and uniqueness of succulent plants. Carol Pancner and Gary Stiler collaborate on making pottery from their Morongo Valley studio. Gary embellishes his hand-built pieces with carvings and pressed designs; he also modifies some of Carol’s wheel thrown pieces with carvings, feet and eclectic glaze combinations. Succulent plants are carefully selected to complement their unique pottery. Attention to form, shape, texture, plant growth characteristics, and color are all factored into making a Succulent Surprise. http://www.succulentsurprises.com
David Porras Pottery- Dave concentrates on functional, hand thrown pottery using porcelain clay.  His shapes are unique interpretations of functional ware.  Dave has been influenced by his first college professor, Robert Karlinsey of Loyola University and by Tom Coleman, a nationally recognized ceramic artist known for his functional work and three dimensional art pieces. Dave’s “education” continued as a production potter in a factory throwing eight hours a day.  He also worked as a studio potter in Play Del Rey, California. Dave has been a practicing attorney for twenty years but has retained his love for ceramics.  He proudly proclaims that Monday through Friday he is an attorney and Saturday and Sunday he is a potter.  Dave enjoys demonstrating throwing on the wheel. www.davidporraspottery.com
Dean Stayner Pottery – Dean makes utilitarian stoneware on the wheel at Silica Studios, Palm Springs, CA. He likes to think that his  better work is born of grace.
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Annie Aldrich Ceramics - Annie grew up in a time when kids played outside, public schools offered art and music, and things made by hand and from the heart had value. Her unique style incorporates soft matte glazes, cool colors and imprints from leaves and plants, creating an earthy, elegant look reminiscent of the Arts & Crafts era. Annie creates her functional pottery primarily from slabs, or flat pieces of clay, using a durable high fire stoneware and only lead free glazes. All vases hold water for fresh flowers, and plates are food, oven & dishwasher safe. Annie studied Art and Ceramics at California State University, Chico. She currently lives in Big Bear Lake and exhibits at Art Festivals throughout California and several galleries. When not traveling or playing with clay in the studio, Annie can be found playing outdoors in her garden or in the forest. “I have worked in a variety of mediums in my life, but have always been drawn to clay. I enjoy creating functional, affordable pieces of art that will bring you a lifetime of joy!”
Margaret Thielmann High Fire Ceramics/Raku - Margaret was born in Taos, New Mexico. She is a graduate of both Colorado Women’s College and Minnesota State University at Mankato. As a teen she worked in Taos galleries doing sales as well as matching and grading rough turquoise from the Royston turquoise mine. Margaret has 25 years’ experience silversmithing and has worked as a master diamond setter. Her work has been featured in the Mousley Museum, won best of shows in Chicago and has been donated for auctions to raise money for Crafton Hills College scholarships. Margaret also does traditional drum, bead and feather work. These pieces have won best of show and been sold at the Millicent Rodgers Museum. One drum was selected for the children’s center at the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian. Margaret has been working in ceramics for over 20 years. Her work has been shown in Illinois, New Mexico and California. Margaret is currently studying with David Porras.
Lisa Tucker Ceramics - Lisa Tucker is a multidisciplinary artist, educator, and curator. She received her MFA in Studio Art from UC Irvine, where her focus was combining art, technology and science into functional sculpture offering alternative systems of food production. Her interest in ceramics began while doing research for a project bringing scientific lab equipment into the kitchen. She fell in love with porcelain as a material while learning to throw and hand build the scientific devices. Lisa currently teaches Art History, Still Photo History, Game Design, Animation, and Introduction to Information Technology at local colleges and online for Southern New Hampshire University. Much of her work could be termed "social sculpture" and has been shown both locally and internationally. "Yogurt Liberation Front" was recently shown at the Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art at Chaffey College and Museum of Latin American Art, Los Angeles. www.tuckerworkstudio.com; www.yelp.com/biz/tuckerworks-art-studio-redlands; https://www.facebook.com/lisa.ceramicart
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