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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
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Weekend 2
May 14 – 15, Site 501
Fongwei Liu Studios
3754 Pruneridge Ave , Santa Clara, CA 95051
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Weekend 3
May 21 – 22, Site 481
Carolina Mueller Studio
10823 Wilkinson Avenue, Cupertino, CA 95014
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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.

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Silicon Valley Open Studios 2010, weekend 3

Posted by Yelena Shabrova

This last weekend of SVOS was very quiet and relaxed until the end of Sunday. It was understandable since the Los Altos Rotary Art Show was held not far from us. We really need to learn how to choose the farthest SVOS site from popular events like this one! It was all the more interesting to see people coming in groups after 3 p.m., and not all of them were even aware of the Los Altos show.

Angela Sanders‘s garden was a beautiful place to showcase art. She has interesting stories about almost everything that grows there, but I don’t remember names of anything except for the octopus plant. That could be because it’s a very simple name, or because the name suits the plant so well, or because of all abstract shapes that the plant created with shadows and highlights in his leaves through the day. It was a feast of green shades of abstract going on for two days right next to my booth. I now have a nice gallery of close-ups dedicated to the octopus plant alone. The giant bird of paradise (whose leaves look just like a banana palm) is a close second in my photo collection. I must add that the rest of Angela’s garden is really spectacular and was carefully photographed too.

Angela and April Maiten both are mosaic artists. Angela creates beautiful tables, garden sculpture, murals, and smaller hanging pieces. She is very eager to show how things are made, and it was a great pleasure to learn what she does and how she does it. She has this impressive mural on the wall of her studio, above the potting table with all her pets in it:

Angela Sanders. The Potting Table
Angela Sanders. The Potting Table

April works smaller and incorporates all sorts of unusual things in her mosaics, from motherboards to antique tools. One was so strange, none of us could figure what it actually was. April was told that it was a hoof knife, but the thing looked anything but that. She had this absolute gem of art on display, it just radiates warmth from within:

April Maiten. Red Burst
April Maiten. Red Burst

Next to Slava was another landscape photographer, Scott Schilling. Interesting how the two of them ended up side by side and away from the rest of other artists :)

There was a family who came all the way from Half Moon Bay to see my horses. They said that my little foal looked just like their filly, that was funny. They have 7 horses themselves, and it was a real pleasure to talk to them. And their daughter who is the same age as ours is an artist – that’s amazing. I could only wish… ah, never mind.

I was hoping to complete another miniature canvas, but all that leisuring around in the beautiful garden and fine weather did no good to my productivity, and I never moved past the initial sketch.

All in all, a nice weekend, and thank you everybody who came to enjoy art and support the artists!

Silicon Valley Open Studios, 2010, weekend 2

Posted by Yelena Shabrova

One pleasant side effect of SVOS is that you get to know artists that you would not meet otherwise. This time it were our host, Sally Rayn and Amanda Krauss. Sally creates very bright, colorful abstractions, but I was more drawn to her black and white works. Amanda is an avid birder and it reflects in her art. There was an owl hooting before the sunset on Saturday, and I meant to ask Amanda which one it was (she would surely know!) and managed to forget all about it between talks to those who came to see my art.

I met Nance Wheeler before, probably at the last year’s AVArtFest; didn’t recognize her name at first, but she paints one of a kind, very distinctive waterscapes that refreshed my memory as soon I saw them.

We had a lot of fun talking to each other and to visitors on Saturday. A special thanks to all of you horse people for sharing your stories; it’s almost like being to the barns and trails again.

Sunday was a complete opposite to the day before. It was raining heavily in the morning, and the air was so dump that we didn’t risk to bring out pieces out. Surely paper would not take it well. Even Sally kept her acrylics indoor. The fog and raindrops everywhere were beautiful though. Wonderful weather, just not good for an outdoor show. And hopefully I got a few nice reference shots for the future. We left canopies on the front lawn in hopes that maybe the rain stops and the wind dries them up and left. They were still wet when we came back to pack, and someone left grass blades on my folding table inside the canopy. I didn’t see any tracks, but if it was indeed someone and not the wind, that someone was at jumping. The table was not touching anything suitable for climbing.

One thing that I figured out during this weekend: I am not fond of driving the mountain roads. As beautiful as Sally’s place is, it’s good to know that the next weekend it will be a shorter and less curvy drive. And Google has a really funny idea of where Sally lives and how to better get there. The very first time I ended up in the middle of the local neighborhood, with a dead end on the right and a private drive on the right. If not for the kind strangers who lived there I would probably went all the way back to Hwy 84 and then drove to Skyline without ever leaving it.

Silicon Valley Open Studios, 2010, weekend 1

Posted by Yelena Shabrova

It was a good weekend. The weather was perfect: just the right mixture of warmth and cool breeze. Nina Uppaluru took every effort to make the event enjoyable for all of us and our patrons. And this year more people who came were genuinely interested in art. Thank you everybody, it was nice to talk to you all!

There were a few really quiet times on both Saturday and Sunday, and I used that to do another tiny canvas:

miniature - colored pencil on canvas, 3.5" x 2.5"

colored pencil on canvas, 3.5″ x 2.5″

At this point I am convinced that a canvas is the most convenient little thing to use on the go. Besides the size advantage, it lays flat despite the wind gusts, and dust does not do any damage to it.

I bought two 5″ x 7″ canvases to draw something more serious. Need to decide what exactly it will be.

Silicon Valley Open Studios, first 3 weekends of May 2010

Posted by Yelena Shabrova

Silicon Valley Open Studios will take place during the first three weekends of May. All sites open 11 a.m. till 5 p.m.

Visit me at the following locations to see new small art (4″ x 6″), tiny miniatures, and bigger pieces:

May 1 – 2, Site 179
5 other artists are showing at this location: Janki Chokshi, Iona Ezaki, Belinda Lima, Slava Shabrov, and Nina Uppaluru.
21471 Columbus Avenue, Cupertino, CA 95014-4972

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May 8 – 9, Site 364
4 other artists are showing at this location: Amanda Krauss, Sally Rayn, Slava Shabrov, Nance Wheeler
16060 Skyline Blvd, Woodside, CA 94062-4420

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May 15 – 16, Site 440
4 other artists are showing at this location: April Maiten, Angela Sanders, Scott Schilling, Slava Shabrov
23442 Toyonita Road, Los Altos Hills, CA 94024

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