Category Archives: Art Events

On the Way series at the KALEID Gallery

Posted by Yelena Shabrova

The new three piece series, On the Way, and another small work, Gathering I, will be a part of the upcoming annual HARK! exhibit and sale at the KALEID Gallery.

The On the Way series is my exploration of people in transit, both literally, on foot, and metaphorically as a state of mind, the experience. I kept the details to the minimum because they would be a distraction to the notion of “here and now” that in this case was more important to me then particular surroundings or the final destination. Oil pastel is a perfect medium for this; it does not eagerly land itself for a lot of details, so staying vague is pretty easy.

The opening reception will be held during the San Jose First Friday, on December 6th, 2013 from 7 pm till 11 pm. If you are in the area, stop by to see high quality art of amazing variety and to chat with the artists.

The exhibition will continue until January 18th, 2014.

KALEID Gallery is located at 88 S 4th St, San Jose, CA 95112.
Open Tuesday – Friday from 12:00 pm till 7:00 pm, Saturday from 12:00 pm till 5:00 pm.

The original of On the Way III ($120.00), greeting cards, and prints of all three drawings are available in my Oil Pastel online gallery. The originals of “On the Way I” and “On the Way II” went to their new good homes!

A new piece at the Art Under $200 exhibit at the Pacific Art League

Posted by Yelena Shabrova

I am pleased to announce that both my pieces submitted to the Art Under $200 exhibit at the Pacific Art League have been accepted.

You probably saw this one already:

And this is a new artwork that was not shown anywhere else yet:

The opening reception for the exhibit will be a part of the Palo Alto First Friday, on December 6th, 2013, from 5:30 pm till 8:00 pm.

The exhibit will stay open till December 24th.

Pacific Art League is located at 668 Ramona St, Palo Alto, CA 94301.
Open Monday – Friday from 9:00 am till 5:00 pm

Happy Fish

Posted by Yelena Shabrova

This pretty creature by April Maiten is on display at Oshman Family Jewish Community Center in Palo Alto as a part of the Metaphors in Color and Form exhibit by the Los Altos Art Club.

Photo of a mosaic fish by April Maiten - covered with many hundreds of yellow discs and a lot of bead work

April Maiten – Yellow Tang, 16″ tall, is 17″ nose to tail, and is 10″ deep (including the rock)

Explorations in Colored Pencil II

Posted by Yelena Shabrova

Today the San Francisco Chapter of the Colored Pencil Society of America had an opening reception for their annual juried show, Explorations in Colored Pencil II. We drove down to the Coastal Arts League Gallery in downtown Half Moon Bay hoping to make it in time, and luckily for us the traffic was very bearable.

The show is great, and I am not saying this because I am very partial to the medium. It’s really a strong collection of different styles, techniques, and subjects.

The show will be open till October 6, 2013.


Malibu Succulents, by Phillip Zubiate III


Malay Lacewing, by Denise J Howard

ARTSHIFT San Jose » Blog Archive » Robert Mapplethorpe: Portraits

Posted by Yelena Shabrova

This arrived in my feedreader after the show was over, but what a great review. That the first image in the article is of Iggy Pop is an icing on the cake.

Robert Mapplethorpe - Iggy Pop, 1981 Gelatin-silver print 14" x 17 5/8"
Robert Mapplethorpe – Iggy Pop, 1981 Gelatin-silver print 14″ x 17 5/8″

The show itself was wonderful.

ARTSHIFT San Jose » Blog Archive » Robert Mapplethorpe: Portraits

San Jose Museum of Art still have two short videos on their web site about Robert Mapplethorne and his portraits in case you missed the show.

Two artworks at the National Competition & Exhibition “Ode to California,” July 1 – 28, 2011

Posted by Yelena Shabrova

Russian Ridge View and Summer Day in Santa Cruz Mountains were accepted into the juried exhibition at the Pacific Art League. The juror is Kenny Harris.

Commemorating PAL’s 90th anniversary, the exhibition “Ode to California” is about the historic transformation of the state, its people, place and culture.

Pacific Art League is located at 668 Ramona Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301-2545.

The exhibit is open July 1 – 28, 2011.

You are invited to the reception which is on July 1, 5:30 pm – 8 pm.

Russian Ridge View - colored pencil on colored paper, 9
Russian Ridge View – colored pencil on colored paper, 9″ x 6″

Summer Day in Santa Cruz Mountains - colored pencil on watercolor paper, 14.5
Summer Day in Santa Cruz Mountains – colored pencil on watercolor paper, 14.5″ x 10.5″

Mirang Wonne – dreaming in torched metal mesh

Posted by Yelena Shabrova

It’s been a while since I visited the Triton Museum of Art, and yesterday we went there just because, not to see anything in particular. Was I ever glad we stopped by!

Mirang Wonne is having a very impressive exhibition there – large pieces of stainless steel mesh into which flowers, trees, and oceanic plants are burned with a blow-torch. Some are hanging from the ceiling, some are placed on the walls overlaying acrylic paintings like a dream veil.

Mirang’s work is not something that translates well into photography, and this may explain why I glazed over her page on the Triton’s web site. You need to walk past or around her creations to see how the mesh shimmers, how hanging layers overlap as you go around them and create new and ever more exciting patterns of torched lines.

There is even a small piece of torched mesh on the staff’s counter that you can touch and see for yourself how different the feel is from the look. Gentle and dream-like turns out to be cold and unmistakably metal.

Capturing Sunlight 7386 - torched (burnt) stainless steel mesh with acrylic painting on paper underneath, framed, 55"x 42"

Capturing Sunlight 7386 – torched (burnt) stainless steel mesh with acrylic painting on paper underneath, framed, 55″x 42″

“Running Free” at “Fur, Feathers & Fins,” 6/3/2011 – 6/23/2011

Posted by Yelena Shabrova

One of my drawings, “Running Free,” was selected for a juried exhibition at the Pacific Art League. It is called “Fur, Feathers & Fins.”

The exhibition is open from June 3, 2011 till June 23, 2011.

Pacific Art League is located at 668 Ramona Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301-2545.

I will be at the reception during the Palo Alto First Friday Art Walk. It’s on June 3, 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Running Free - pastel pencil on colored paper, 12

Running Free – pastel pencil on colored paper, 12″ x 9″

Silicon Valley Open Studios 2011

Posted by Yelena Shabrova

I will be showing during all three weekends of SVOS at the following locations:

Weekend 1
May 7 – 8, Site 539
Graniterock Design Center
1505 So. De Anza Blvd., Cupertino, CA 95014
See the map

Weekend 2
May 14 – 15, Site 501
Fongwei Liu Studios
3754 Pruneridge Ave , Santa Clara, CA 95051
See the map

Weekend 3
May 21 – 22, Site 481
Carolina Mueller Studio
10823 Wilkinson Avenue, Cupertino, CA 95014
See the map

All sites are open 11 am till 5 pm.

Join me and other artists for three weekends of art and fun. Come to chat, enjoy refreshments, and see the newest original art, prints, cards, and gift items.

My page at SVOS.org:
http://svos.org/artist.php?id=1907

Chinese Art at the Pacific Art League

Posted by Yelena Shabrova

There is a wonderful exhibition in the Main Gallery of the Pacific Art League this month – Hau Pei-Jen: Fifty Year Retrospective. Mr. Hau is an instructor at PAL and a well-known innovator in the “splash ink and color” tradition in Chinese painting. His art combines traditional Chinese painting and modern Western techniques, it’s almost abstract sometimes and very captivating.

Hau Pei-Jen Rhythm of the Mountain  ink and watercolor on paper, 18" x 21"

Hau Pei-Jen Rhythm of the Mountain ink and watercolor on paper, 18″ x 21″

Paul Pei-Jen Hau is the founder of the American Society for the Advancement of Chinese Arts that is having a diverse group show in the Norton Gallery upstairs.