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Artists party 2010 at the KALEID Gallery

Posted by Yelena Shabrova

Yesterday KALEID celebrated the 4th year of it’s very temporary existence on the 4th Street in San Jose. I think we had fewer people than last year, but the party was very nice nonetheless. I didn’t see most of the artists since last December, and talking to them again was a real pleasure. Funny how we forget names but remember each others’ faces :)

Since we came early, I could take a good look at the Rockin’ Stockings art show. Each artist’s works were hung together, and stockings with artist names were painted on the wall under them. Very cute :)

Also, found an artist I don’t think I saw before: Megan M. Eckman of Studio M.M.E.. She has wonderful pen and ink illustrations in KALEID. There was another artist whose work looks like illustrations, all with unusual perspectives, but there was no name anywhere on the display. I know that there was an article about her (or him?) some time ago in the Phantom Galleries blog, but of course now I can’t find it. Why, oh why do artists make it difficult to locate their name?

The best part of the evening was of course the gift exchange. All gifts were unwrapped on the spot, so that we all could see what it was and who created each piece.

I finally ventured into the land of collages with my gift, but since I could not find about half of the paper I knew I had, the result was not exactly what I originally planned. Not sure if the original idea would survive anyway since paper was not tearing predictably and there was no telling up front how a particular type of paper would take colored pencil.

It was fun working on the collage anyway, and Keith Bunnell seemed to be happy with it. Keith is a Raku artist whose beautifully shaped and glazed mug I picked earlier that evening from under the Christmas tree.

Gift exchange is a random process, and Cherry even shuffled the gifts to make sure no one could tell which gift was brought by which artist. Keith and me were the only two who picked each others’ creations.

Flashes of memories - torn paper collage, 5
Flashes of memories – torn paper collage, 5″ x 7″

Raku mug by Keith Bunnell
Raku mug by Keith Bunnell. You can’t tell it from the photo, but the mug is just as beautiful inside with random spots of black and dark earthy colors.

KALEID's Rockin' Stockings Show & Sale, 12/3/2010 till 12/30/2010

Posted by Yelena Shabrova

6 of my small originals are a part of the Rockin’ Stockings Show & Sale at the KALEID gallery. All of them are matted, framed, and carry special pricing for the gift giving season:

Pensive Moment

Changing Colors

With a Light

Dancing Colors

Sleepy Creek

The Old Oak

The show opens on the First Friday, December 3rd, 7pm-9pm and continues through December 30th.

All art can be taken home at the point of sale.

KALEID Gallery
88 South Fourth St. (at San Fernando)
Downtown San Jose

The full list of participating artists:

Murphy Adams
Shannon Amidon
Tere Barbella
Mariana Barnes
Jessica Beerli
Christine Benjamin
Sandra Billingsley
Mike Borja
Lacey Bryant
Keith Bunnell
Tessa Cavazos
Jean Davis
Joe Decker
Cari Ferraro
Michael Foley
Katie Gutierrez
John Kurtyka
Rene Lorraine
Joshua Marcotte
David Mejia
Woody Miller
Mariya Milovidova
Gianfranco Paolozzi
John Paulson
Al Preciado
Blaise Rosenthal
Valerie Runningwolf
Kurtis Rykovich
San Jose Glass Artist Alliance
Centa Schumacher
Nora Schwaller
Yelena Shabrova
Kate Stewart
Sara Tomasello
Dorothy Whitman
Kathleen Wolf
Jeanne Yee

Art in Clay

Posted by Yelena Shabrova

Orchard Valley Ceramic Arts Guild held a show and sale, Art in Clay, this weekend at the Lucie Stern Community Center, Palo Alto. So many talented artists were showing their wares there!

Henriette Cons Ponte - Pomegranate
Henriette Cons Ponte – Pomegranate

Jo Killen - Saggar Vessel.jpg
Jo Killen – Saggar Vessel

Mark Piercy - teapot
Mark Piercy – Teapot

Barbara Brown
Barbara Brown

Akio Aochi - Casserole Bowl
Akio Aochi – Casserole Bowl

Anne Lewis - Three covered jars
Anne Lewis – Three Covered Jars

Hsin-Chuen - Three pots
Hsin-Chuen – Three Pots

New art and upcoming holiday show and sale at the KALEID gallery

Posted by Yelena Shabrova

photo of the new display in the KALEID gallery

I made changes to my display at the KALEID gallery.

There are five smaller pieces on display now, three of them are at KALEID for the first time – Outburst, Fortitude, and Scinthia:

Outburst - colored pencil on drawing paper, 6" x 9"

Outburst – colored pencil on drawing paper, 6″ x 9″

Yelena Shabrova ~ Fortitude ~ Prismacolor colored pencil on drawing paper, 9" x 6"

Fortitude ~ Prismacolor colored pencil on drawing paper, , 9″ x 6″

Scinthia - charcoal on drawing paper, 5" x 7"

Scinthia – charcoal on drawing paper, 5″ x 7″

You will also see more miniature canvases and small matted original artworks.

The holidays are nearly here! To celebrate them, KALEID will hold a special show and sale that will open First Friday on December 3rd, 2010, 7pm – 10pm, and will be part of the First Fridays art walk.

Please see the KALEID web site for regular hours for the rest of the show and sale.

I am working on several 5″ x 7″ pieces for the show and will post pictures soon.

Trying out Stabilo Carbothello pastel pencils and a new fixative to protect the drawings. So far Stabilo Carbothello have been a pleasure to draw with, they are almost as soft as nu pastel sticks, but not nearly as messy as pastels.

David Middlebrook – The Nature of Things

Posted by Yelena Shabrova

Today’s unplanned visit to the Triton Museum of Art turned out great. I saw David Middlebrook’s sculptures live for the first time and can say that no pictures can do his work justice. You have to be in their presence to fully appreciate them.

The exhibit will be open till December 5. Stop by if you can, there is a lot to see and enjoy.

The images below show some of David’s sculptures that are part of the exhibit at Triton. Not all of them were taken at the museum – some Triton photos didn’t have enough details in them. Still want a better image of “Apparition.”

David Middlebrook - Apparition

David Middlebrook - Heirloom

Nature’s Revenge

David Middlebrook - The Tides that Bind
The Tides that Bind

David Middlebrook - Collision Course
Collision Course

Alternate Realities at the Rose Shenson Gallery

Posted by Yelena Shabrova

Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society is currently having their annual show at the Rose Shenson Gallery, and today was the reception and award ceremony there.

It rained the whole day since early morning too. The Rose Shenson gallery is relatively small, the SCVWC show takes all the space there, so refreshments and seats for the award ceremony have to be outside. There were plenty of canopies there to shelter artists and guests, and food and drinks fit nicely under the eaves. Art, fellow artists, drinks, and rain – it does not get any better than that!

I hope SCVWC will post the name of winners on their web site soon, so I will only mention a couple pieces from the show that I liked the most:

Diane Fujimoto. Ah Paris - My Alternate Reality
Diane Fujimoto. Ah Paris – My Alternate Reality

Nancy Calhoun. Blue Shadow

Silicon Valley Fall Fest Art Show 2010 – reception and awards ceremony

Posted by Yelena Shabrova

Outburst - colored pencil on paper, 6

colored pencil
6″ x 9″

The juried Fall Fest Art Show 2010 had its opening reception and award ceremony yesterday. This year the show was back to the Quinlan Community Center, Cupertino Room that looks so much nicer and more inviting than a formal Community Hall.

My Outburst won the 3rd place in the Mixed and Dried Media category. The judge, George Rivera, commented on “Outburst: “Wonderful discovery! It drew me in. This piece has quiet poetry that continues to reward you. The positive and negative spaces together make it successful.”

Belinda Lima won the Best of the Show award for her “House Of Shoji.” I love that collage, so glad it received the highest award! Could not find the image anywhere online, or I would post it here. Congratulations to all other artists who won a place or an honorable mention!
Thank you everybody who stopped by, it was a pleasure to spend the evening with you chatting and admiring wonderful artworks by fellow FALC artists.

The show will still be open tomorrow, 10 am till 6 pm, if you didn’t have a chance to see it yet or know someone who may like to see it.

Reception at the Silicon Valley Fall Fest Art Show on Sept 24
Reception at the Silicon Valley Fall Fest Art Show on Sept 24

Photography Today at PAL

Posted by Yelena Shabrova

Pacific Art League has a photography only exhibition this month – Photography Today.

What caught my eye was all black and white photographs: Remnant by Bill Moy, Parched Earth 1 and Parched Earth 2 by Meggi Raeder, and Brothers Play Go by Hiroshi Suzuki. Couldn’t find the last photo anywhere online.

On a photography-related note, Modernbook Gallery left Palo Alto for San Francisco. When I saw their place closed and disarranged I thought they were gone for good. Apparently all is not lost, but it’s sad to see that the Palo Alto Art Walk got shorter.

Silicon Valley Fall Fest, 9/25/2010 till 9/26/2010

Posted by Yelena Shabrova

The Fine Arts League of Cupertino holds the 2010 juried Silicon Valley Fall Fest art show September 25-26. I will have three pieces in the show:

Juror – George Rivera, Curator at the Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara.

Reception and auction: September 24, 2010, 7 PM to 9 PM

Dates: September 25-26, 2010
Hours: 10 AM to 6 PM

Address: Quinlan Community Center, 10185 N. Stelling Rd, Cupertino, CA 95014


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Figures & Faces at PAL

Posted by Yelena Shabrova

I missed the reception at Figures & Faces yesterday at PAL, but going to the show on a quiet day has its own advantages: you can enjoy each artwork in quiet and for as long as you wish without inconveniencing others.

So, here is what caught my eye (what’s puzzling, none of the pieces below won a place or a honorable mention).

Lisa Rosenstreich - Dylan. Colored pencil on paper, 72" x 50"
Lisa Rosenstreich – Dylan. Colored pencil on paper, 72″ x 50″
Just a huge unframed sheet of paper, beautifully layered strokes. I liked that serious expression on the boy’s face.

Archil Pichkhadze - Nancy. Oil on board, 9" x 12"
Archil Pichkhadze – Nancy. Oil on board, 9″ x 12″
Wonderful small masterpiece, could not pull myself away from it.

Ron Carter - Balance. Mixed media
Ron Carter – Balance. Mixed media