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This Year's Participating Artists

Arts - Miscellaneous

Artist Description
Christi Bulot Assemblage – FEATURED ARTIST
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 - As a native Californian, Janet’s career as an artist reflects her response to the natural beauty of the areas in which she and her husband have lived for much of their adult lives. The entire western coastal scene has also inspired her creative interpretation as has travelling to other countries. While for the past three decades she has worked primarily in the etching medium, her love of watercolor has strongly influenced her toward interpreting her images with a watercolor like style. Many of these etchings include embossing to extend the design and to add interest and depth to the composition. Inasmuch as each print is the direct product of an artist’s work, it is considered to be an original piece of art, not a copy or reproduction. Multiple prints are produced one at a time, and numbered in a limited edition. http://janetmedwards.com/
Richard Freund Assemblage - Richard is a self-taught artist. Even though he has never studied art in an academic setting, the private training he has taken have allowed him the freedom and independence to develop his own unique style of art. In 2000, he transitioned from traditional Assemblage into a more unconventional form of this medium, using paint to produce a distinctive result, which has received numerous awards in Southern California art competitions. Richard believes this form of art allows his imagination to expand and flourish. He brings unrelated objects together, unifying them with paint and transforms them into a single unique work of art. His emotional works range from humorous to serious. His objective is to rouse feelings within the viewer. www.FoundObjectsArt.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 you were bored you’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. 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 28th year at AFHS...and she always looks forward to the show!
Steve McClain Wood - Steve is the third generation of his family in the construction industry. As a general contractor he specialized in building houses and remodeling turn of the century homes where a skill in creative woodworking was often required. A lifelong passion for woods directed Steve to creative wood turning and designs. Salvaged tree logs, milled domestic, and foreign woods are used for all of his work. The final form of his work includes a variety of bowls, platters, pens, bottle stoppers and segmented hollow vessels. Steve is a member of The American Association of Wood Turners, Segmented Wood Turners, and the International Association of Pen Turners.
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.
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 – Each year Joanne Ohnemus selects a theme to present at Art for Heaven’s Sake. This festival gives Joanne the opportunity to put original ideas into structured designs and display them in an environment that enhances their originality. The collection this year features Joanne’s highly coveted birdhouses, garden art, garden signs and planters. The birdhouses are featured at locations throughout Southern California including Roger’s Gardens in Corona Del Mar, Acorn Hollow in Lake Arrowhead and the Riverside Art Museum. Joanne works in all media and also does art assemblages which always include a birdhouse or garden theme. Since 1992, Joanne and her husband Edward have made more than 8,045 birdhouses and each year they add two new designs.
Zen Olson Wood - Zen Olson was raised in the Pacific Northwest with a great respect and love for wood. He has been working and playing with wood in one form or another ever since. He enjoys making functional tools and Art from wood. Zen takes his inspirations from the ancient Indians, occasionally drawing from Petroglyph sites he and his wife Holly have visited. He also receives inspiration from his Scandinavian past making scoops, hair and shawl pins, butter knives, Christmas ornaments and rolling pins. His love for family and friends has brought him into making puzzles, tops, games and boxes for their enjoyment. Zen and wife Holly enjoy creating, staining, sanding and finishing pieces in domestic and exotic woods that will be enjoyed for years to come
Ellen Schouest Gourds - After focusing on the art of Batik for twenty years, Ellen Schouest became entranced by the three-dimensional possibilities of Ornamental Gourd Art. She makes an effort to create artistic functional pieces, such as with her new table lamp, bowls, and wall art. This year she has been influenced by her seaside vacations as well as by her daughter-in-law, Melissa, who is a marine biologist. Thanks to Melissa’s suggestion, Ellen has created her first blue whale. You will also see an orca, as well as a clown and jelly fish, among her pieces in her exhibit.
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.
Dominique Vialar Art Couture Fabric Design
Vlad Voytilla Wood - Vlad Voytilla is an artist who specializes in functional art -- fine wooden keepsake boxes for a variety of uses such as jewelry, silverware, or to contain a special gift for a special 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. Mr. Voytilla has been a woodworker and designer for over 30 years. Mr. Voytilla accepts custom commissions and can be contacted directly by phone at 909-322-4657 or email: vvoytilla@celebrare-art.com. In addition to appearing at a select number of art shows each year, Mr. Voytilla is a member of and displays his art work regularly in the galleries of the Redlands Art Association and the Mountain Arts Network located in Lake Arrowhead, California.
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.
Rosemary Whitmer Quilts
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Artist Description
Andrea Beechko Jewelry - Andrea is a native southern Californian and local Redlands artist with a love of hand-crafted work and attention to detail. She is an artist member of the Redlands Art Association. Her passion 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 beautiful colors using semi-precious and non-precious stones, freshwater pearls, 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 element. Andrea also enjoys working with clients to design custom trees incorporating favorite colors or “family” birthstones.
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
Susi Jacobsen Scrimshaw - Susi Jacobsen is a third generation Californian (her grandson makes five generations born here!) but is the first to do scrimshaw. Susi has been scrimming "for almost forty years" starting with a small jewelry booth at local fairs with a friend, a silversmith. This endeavor was abandoned when they both went to college, Susi to major in Art at CSUSB. All the ivory used is mammoth or fossil walrus and is 10,000 - 60,000 years old. In no way should this ivory be confused with any illegal or inhumanely harvested ivory. Susi is a strong believer that the only ones who need living ivory are the animals to whom it belongs.
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.
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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”.
Steven Hagerth Mixed Media and Mosaics – Steve has been working in hot glass, mosaic and jewelry art for twenty years. He studied with mosaicist Felice Nittollo and other glass artists at Pilchuck Glass School and has exhibited in Southern California galleries and museums.
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 believe 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.
Brad Willason Metal Wall Art - Brad Willason has been a California boy all his life. He grew up in Riverside and earned a Bachelor degree in biology and chemistry from the University of California San Diego. He has always been a “creator” and even designed and personally built a custom triangular shaped home, complete with triangular front windows that resembled eyes looking into the surrounding valley. After spending over two decades in medical sales, achieving the President’s award three times and national Rep of the Year twice, he has retired from corporate life only to “work” longer and harder in his new endeavor of unique metal artistry. Work to him in this field is an oxymoron statement since he now truly loves this style of doing what he personally feels will be something that others will enjoy now, and for many years in the future.
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Artist Description
Leslee Adams Watercolor - Leslee began painting in Watercolor in 2002. She has been a professional chef by trade since 1990 and studied pastries/food in Paris, Italy and Napa. As a chef, she is known for creating table displays with an artist's eye. The vibrant color enhances her landscapes, food-fruits/vegetables/wine, still life and florals all with her bold, dramatic style. Leslee has been a member of Coachella Valley Water Color Society since 2004 and ha received many awards. She exhibits and has shown and sold her art at La Quinta Arts Festival, Rancho Mirage, Redlands, San Diego Artwalk, Saratoga, Los Altos, Bend, OR, Thousand Oaks, Palo Alto and more. 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.
Chau Ming Beck Oil - Chau Ming was born in Beijing China in 1957. At an early age she studied calligraphy with the renowned artist Yan Mao Lee. In 1981 she moved to Hong Kong where she studied jewelry and fashion design at the Hong Kong Art Institute and opened Lin Ming Arts where she designed and installed beautiful art lighting features throughout china. She was an apprentice to Master Artist Chao Shao-an, who was a student of the “Three Maters of Ling-Nan”, in water colors. In 1991 she immigrated to the United States were she became a US citizen. Chau Ming uses the eastern brush translucent technique with the western materials of oil, canvas and colors to produce unique art that will transcend through future generations. http://www.minggalleries.com
Michael Bedoya Acrylic- FEATURED ARTIST
Elva Brooks Oil/Watercolor/Mixed Media
Lesanne Pelle’ Coffin Acrylic/Mixed Media – Art is Lesanne’s second career. For twenty years she was a clinical social worker specializing in Spiritual Psychology. During a break from her private practice she dreamed that she was an artist. This dream led her to her first art class and soon she found her dream coming true. Lesanne has painted for the past twenty years while continuing to be a counselor and a writer. Preferring to paint from life, she paints people, animals and still life in oils, pastels, acrylics and encaustics. In recent years she has begun to paint intuitively with blobs or lines a style that she calls the “Rorschach Method”. Lesanne has work in the Upstairs Gallery in Laguna Beach, has been a Sawdust Festival participant and has shown at the Palm Springs Art Museum.
Janis Commentz Oils - Janis Commentz is a southern California native who lives near Joshua Tree. She earned a B.A. from the University of Redlands and studied with John Nava, well-known for his tapestries at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles. She holds an M.A. in Education from CSUSB and teaches youth art classes at the 29 Palms Art Gallery. Janis also facilitates life drawing in Joshua Tree and exhibits at the Joshua Tree Art Gallery and Gallery 62. This year, Janis participated in the Hwy 62 Open Studio Art Tours (6th season), Joshua Tree National Park Juried Art Exposition, Joshua Tree Spring Art Festival, California State University at San Bernardino Art Fair and “Pop Up” Art Gallery in Joshua Tree, Six Chicks. In addition Janis was featured in a two artist show at the Glass Outhouse Art Gallery and a one woman show at the 29 Palms Art Gallery. www.janiscommentz.com
Donna Davies Oil - Donna has always loved art! In kindergarten, she liked being busy at the 'easel' painting. Thus the beginnings of an artist! As a teenager, on family outings, she could often be found atop a hillside with sketchbook in hand. When her sons were very small, she would stay up late at night as, otherwise, it was difficult to find time to paint. When her artistically talented son, Sam, was in high school, they took a life-drawing class together at the local junior college, thus again whetting her thirst to get back into painting. She currently has a personal exhibit on display at the Drayson Center at Loma Linda University. The driving passion behind each piece Donna paints, is to capture the beauty, majesty and love that God displays daily; this, above all else, is what her art is all about.
H. Benjamin Diaz Watercolor/mixed media - Like many artists, Diaz started drawing at an early age. As he got older, he drifted away from it but always longed to get back to it. After a twenty year military career and thirty five years managing technical departments, he retired and, finally, returned to art. While he does find watercolor challenging and a bit unpredictable, those are also the qualities that attract him to it. Diaz has developed a technique that does not neatly fit into any watercolor societies’ concepts of the proper application of the medium. It is, however, a technique that helps him create art that is uniquely his own. Diaz is drawn to more difficult subjects with interesting textures and lighting effects and enjoys telling a story. He also likes painting and drawing with acrylics, colored pencil, watercolor pencil, and mixed media.
Muriel Dolemieux Acrylic -Muriel is a French permanent resident and has lived Redlands for seven years. Her life in Redlands has finally allowed her time to paint using her favorite medium, acrylic. She enjoys the luminosity and transparency she can get with acrylic and is passionate about the color. She feels art is a synthesis of her personal feelings. Colors and simplicity are her primary goals. Changing light and shade, and the moods and colors they create are the foundations of her painting. She especially enjoys painting seascapes, flowers and citrus. In 2008 and 2010, she received a first prize in Citrus theme at the “National Orange Show” in San Bernardino. Dolemieux states, “My painting is figurative. Nature inspires me and is my means of expression to translate emotions and feeling. Nature is beautiful, I don’t try to embellish or transform it. I just see it. Art sanctifies it." Her work can be seen at dolemieux.com
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 become passionate for colorful and simple works of art. Her experimentation with watercolor, acrylic, oil and printing has become a natural outlet, for her artistic desires. Sandy feels that creating grottos-shrines, and Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) subjects, are meaningful to her spirit. Sandy’s passion has led her to create, as she states, “mi vida (my life) of colorful outsider, folk, visionary and expression art.” Sandy feels her works should be enjoyed with high energy as you encounter her representation of Mexican Folk Art. She is telling stories with her work and feels it should be read with pleasure, with the hope it gives you a sense of sincerity.
Holly B. Highfield Oils/charcoal – Holly has spent the last 5 years studying oil painting and charcoal drawing at various schools, ateliers and workshops with many prominent contemporary realist painters. Her style is described as impressionistic or painterly realism. After majoring in Religious Studies in college she realized that the state of painting for her was such a sacred, joyful state that it must be allowed to take a central role on her life. In art she strives to bring forth the most essential, soulful aspect of each person, flower, or object she paints. She now teaches art lesson and workshops for children and adults in the Los Angeles area, where she lives with her wonderful husband and two dogs. To read more about her process you can visit: www.hollybhighfield.wordpress.com
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
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
Sharon Weaver Oil - Sharon discovered the thrill of landscape painting after moving to Los Angeles. The immediacy of painting outdoors and the beauty of the California landscape compelled her to embark on her art journey. “I find painting outside, plein air, a compulsion. When inspiration takes over, the painting reveals itself on the canvas, with little effort. It is a wonderful and exciting experience.” Capturing the atmosphere with a study is her first step to completing a larger studio work. Weaver was juried into the Oil Painters of America 20th Exhibition, won an award at the Carmel Art Festival and had her work shown in American Art Collector magazine. She now teaches an ongoing plein air class with Kline Academy of Fine Art and has taught at the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art. Sharon was honored to be the featured artist at the 33rd “Art, for Heaven’s Sake!” annual art festival. www.sharonweaver.com
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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Larry Rose Photography - Trained in film base photography at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, where he received his BFA, Larry has made the transition to digital image making. Along with experience in editorial, commercial / advertising photography, he also has additional experience teaching at the University of Redlands, Johnston Center and Crafton Hills College. Currently, he is developing his personal work and continues to shoot commercial accounts. He is an award-winning photographer and has received a sweepstakes award from the Twin County press club, citations from the Associated Press and special recognition from the Arthritis Foundation for documentation of a special summer camp. He was also selected to participate in a special workshop with the late Eugene Smith at the University of California, Riverside.
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 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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Harvey Erdle Pottery - Harvey Erdle has a BA in Art from Cal State Fullerton. He has at various times been a professional potter, instructor and a businessman. Though he lives in Riverside, the inspiration for A Spear Pottery stems from part ownership in a ranch in New Mexico. The Mimbres potshards found there inspired him into trying to reproduce the beauty and uniqueness found in their work. These Mimbres people were part of the Mogollon culture which existed in Southwestern New Mexico and Arizona. Coexisting with the Anazazi and Hohokam cultures surrounding their homeland, the Mimbres produced their unique pottery from around 1000 AD to around 1150 AD. Mimbres geometric designs are far superior in design and execution to other cultures in the Southwest that produced black and white ceramics. What made the Mimbres pottery so different was their depiction of the animals and people which existed around them. Mimbres pottery is highly collectible and is considered the pinnacle of Native American ceramic art.
Carol Pancner and Gary Stiler Pottery - Carol started wheel throwing in high school and continued in college at the University of Illinois at Chicago ceramic studio. An Anthropology major, Carol conducted pot shard analysis to determine mineral composition of various clays. Pottery continued to be a hobby as she moved across the country. Succulent Surprises came from her lifelong interest in pottery and her new passion for succulents. As a certified Master Gardener and horticulture student at Mt. San Antonio College, Carol decided that working with both succulents and ceramics defined a unique niche market. Her husband Gary began working with clay at the Genesee Co-op in Rochester, NY and has attended workshops at the American Museum of Ceramic Art as well as sessions on slab building and raku firing at the Paris Hill and Aardvark studios. Gary studied historic pottery collections at the NY State Museum and Rochester Museum and Science Center as well as at archaeological sites in western New York State, southern Idaho, Montana and New Mexico. Gary shares Carol’s interests in the archaeology of ceramics and is exploring the chemistry of terra sigillata glazes and indigenous sources of pigmentation.
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
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Marijke Terwisscha Ceramics/Sculpture- Marijke was born in the Netherlands, where she attended art school studying painting, drawing and textile techniques. After moving to Florida, 21 years ago she took up pottery and has been hooked ever since. Marijke enjoys using clay to express herself as well as to profess her love for nature, particularly birds and flowers. Marijke makes handmade tiles, teapots and small sculptures from paper clay, which she fires in a Raku fire. Her love for color and design displays in the work. She works in her own studio here in Redlands.
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 currently working in porcelain. She received her MFA in Studio Art from UC Irvine in 2007, 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. Soon she started to experiment with new methods to sculpt forms, textures, and decoration for more traditional ware. Each piece Tucker creates is handmade and unique. Her work has been described as a sea creature-like, echoing the natural beauty of what one might see under a microscope or in a tide pool. https://www.facebook.com/lisa.ceramicart
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