Beaverton Arts Mix! 2016

I am happy to announce that Plum Blossoms will be a part of the Beaverton Arts Mix! four day art show and sale.

Show lacation
Beaverton City Library, 12375 SW 5th Street, Beaverton, OR

Open
Thu – Sun | Oct 5 – 8 Art Show & Sale
Open during regular library hours

Yelena Shabrova ~ Plum Blossoms in Los Gatos Creek Park ~ Prismacolor colored pencil on Bristol paper, 16" x 20"
Plum Blossoms in Los Gatos Creek Park ~ Prismacolor colored pencil on Bristol paper, 16″ x 20″

More information about the show can be found on the city’s website

“Muncher” was selected for the Special Merit Category of the International Animals Art Exhibition

Yelena Shabrova ~ Muncher ~ mixed media on canvas panel, 8" x 10" (original drawing of a squirrel)
Muncher – mixed media on canvas panel, 8″ x 10″

Got notified today that “Muncher” was selected for the Special Merit Category of the International Animals Art Exhibition held by Art Space & Time Online Art Gallery.

The gallery received 900 entries from 24 different countries from around the world. The final selection features amazing creations in all kinds of different media, and I am happy to be a part of it.

The winning entries will be featured on the Light Space & Time website for the month of June 2016 and then will remain online in the Light Space & Time archives.

Silicon Valley Open Studios 2015

I will be showing on the first three weekends of May along with many wonderful artists. Two of my newest pieces were completed just in time for SVOS, and I can’t wait to share them with you. Hope you will join us!

WEEKEND ONE: MAY 2ND & 3RD
Site 339

30 Sunrise Court, Menlo Park, CA 94025

11am to 5pm

With Amanda Krauss, Krishna Mitra, Slava Shabrov, and Teresa Silvestri.

WEEKEND TWO: MAY 9TH & 10TH
Site 111

1510 Oak Avenue, Los Altos, CA 94024

11am to 5pm

With U. Q. Livd, Vaishali Sanghavi, Slava Shabrov, and Sarah Soward.

WEEKEND THREE: MAY 17TH & 18TH
Site 149

10300 Torre Avenue, Cupertino, CA 95014

Sat, May 16th – 10am to 6pm
Sun, May 17th – 12am to 6pm

With Janki Chokshi, Denise Howard, James Lee, Jessica Liu, Reynold Alex Martinez, Krishna Mitra, Slava Shabrov, Michele Smeulders, and Isabelle Stachnick.

Or see all sites in one place on my SVOS page.

Connections – FALC Art Exhibit at the Main Street Cafe and Books 2015

“Newborn” and “Fortitude” has been accepted into the Connections exhibit at the Main Street Cafe sponsored by the Fine Arts League of Cupertino:

Yelena Shabrova ~ Newborn ~ Derwent colored pencil on Bienfang watercolor paper, 11" x 14", horse portrait
Newborn ~ Derwent colored pencil on Bienfang watercolor paper, 11″ x 14″
Yelena Shabrova ~ Fortitude ~ Prismacolor colored pencil on drawing paper, 9" x 6"
Fortitude ~ Prismacolor colored pencil on drawing paper, , 9″ x 6″

The show will be open from January 31 till February 28, 2015.

There is a lot of great artworks in the show, make sure to stop by!

Main Street Cafe and Books is located at 134 Main St, Los Altos, CA 94022
Open Monay – Saturaday 7:30 am – 5:00 pm, Sunday 9:30 am -2:30 pm.

Silicon Valley Open Studios “Sneak Preview” at Art Ark Gallery

About a dozen of my artworks will be a part of the Silicon Valley Open Studios preview exhibit at the Art Ark Gallery.

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

Art Ark Gallery is located at 1035 South 6th Street, San Jose, CA 95112.

Gallery Hours: Saturday, January: 17th, 24th & 31st 11-4 pm.

Opening Reception: Saturday, January 10th 6-9 pm.
Closing Reception: Friday, February 6th 6-9 pm.

I will also be sitting in the gallery on January 31, 1:30 pm – 4 pm.

Stop by if you are in the area, it will be great to see you!

Other participating artists: Lisa Babbitt, Rebecca Bangs, Leanne Bouwer, Trudi Burney, Jerry Carpenter, Gabriel Coke, Angela Cunningham, John Ediger, Marianne Eichenbaum, Liz Fennell, Yvette Head, Yvonne Head, Marilynn Host, Susannah Jackson, Leslie Lambert, Jim Lee, Alyssa Levitan, Oleg Lobykin, Stephanie Maclean, Daniel McLean, Dana Nehdaran, Dariush Nehdaran, Christine Oliver, Karen Olsen, Mohana Pradhan, Christine Rasmussen, Sally Rayn, Bill Sarnoff, Edwin Simon, Anthony Stenberg, Janet Trenchard, Nancy Woods, Helen Yang.

This preview is an opportunity to see some of the art and meet the artists prior to the Open Studios held in the first three weekends of May, 2015.

9th Annual HARK! Exhibit & Sale

I will have a few pen and ink pieces in this show:

Gathering I, by Yelena-Shabrova - pen & ink on drawing paper, 4" x 6"
Gathering I – pen & ink on drawing paper, 4″ x 6″
Yelena Shabrova ~ Gathering II ~ pen & ink on drawing paper, 4" x 6"
Gathering II ~ pen & ink on drawing paper, 4″ x 6″
Yelena Shabrova ~ Gathering III ~ pen and ink on drawing paper, 6" x 4"
Gathering III ~ pen and ink on drawing paper, 6″ x 4″

If you are in the area, stop by for the opening reception on December 5th, starting at 7 pm.

HARK! 9th annual holiday exhibit & sale is open from December 5th, 2014 through January 16, 2015.

KALEID gallery is located at 88 S 4th St, San Jose, California 95112

Corinthian House Art Show 2014

Corinthian House in Campbell has a new exhibit now, and several of may artworks are a part of it:

Yelena Shabrova ~ Plum Blossoms in Los Gatos Creek Park ~ Prismacolor colored pencil on Bristol paper, 16" x 20"
Plum Blossoms in Los Gatos Creek Park ~ Prismacolor colored pencil on Bristol paper, 16″ x 20″
Yelena Shabrova ~ Fortitude ~ Prismacolor colored pencil on drawing paper, 9" x 6"
Fortitude ~ Prismacolor colored pencil on drawing paper, , 9″ x 6″
Yelena Shabrova ~ Newborn ~ Derwent colored pencil on Bienfang watercolor paper, 11" x 14", horse portrait
Newborn ~ Derwent colored pencil on Bienfang watercolor paper, 11″ x 14″

Corinthian house is located at 250 Budd Avenue, Campbell CA 95008.

The exhibit is open from 9:00am to 4:00pm, Monday through Friday till January 18, 2015.

The reception will be held on Sunday, December 7, 2014, 2 – 3:30 pm.

Silicon Valley Small Works 2014 at the Vargas Gallery

My mixed media creatures were accepted into the Silicon Valley Small Works exhibit at the Vargas Gallery on the Mission College campus:

Yelena Shabrova ~ Explorer ~ mixed media on canvas panel, 8" x 10" (raccoon)
Explorer ~ mixed media on canvas panel, 8″ x 10″
Yelena Shabrova ~ Muncher ~ mixed media on canvas panel, 8" x 10" (original drawing of a squirrel)
Muncher – mixed media on canvas panel, 8″ x 10″
Yelena Shabrova ~ Stranger ~ mixed media on canvas panel, 8" x 10" (original drawing of an owl)
Stranger ~ mixed media on canvas panel, 8″ x 10″

Mission College is located at 3000 Mission College Blvd, Santa Clara, CA 95054. The gallery is in the Gillmor Center, room 102. See the map of its location here: GC-102.

The exhibit will be on from Wednesday, November 12 till Wednesday, December 10, 2014.

The opening reception for Silicon Valley Small Works will be held on Wednesday, November 12 from 4-7 pm.

The Vargas Gallery is open Mon. 3-6 pm, Tues. 1-5 pm, Wed. 3-6 pm, Thurs. 1-5 pm, Friday 1-4 pm, Sat. 12-2 pm. Closed November 27 – 30 for Thanksgiving.

Explorer goes to print

Yelena Shabrova ~ Explorer ~ mixed media on canvas panel, 8" x 10" (raccoon)
Explorer ~ mixed media on canvas panel, 8″ x 10″

Just learned that one of my pieces in the Bay Area Wildlife art show, Explorer, was featured in The Epoch Times newspaper. Nice surprise. Thanks Teresa Silvestri for letting me know!

The Epoch Times, October 2-8, 2014 (PDF)

The original ($190.00), greeting cards, and prints are available in my online shop as a part of the “Mixed Media” collection.

Newborn (foal head in colored pencil, 11″ x 14″)

Updated: September 12, 2014

Newborn won the Best Realism Award at the Fall Festival Art Show

Updated: August 29, 2014

And it’s done! I don’t think there is anything to add to it, but if I were to do this piece all over again I would approach it completely differently. It was a nice detour from fully realistic colors and a few purely technique-related things I usually use.

Yelena Shabrova ~ Newborn ~ Derwent colored pencil on Bienfang watercolor paper, 11" x 14", horse portrait
Newborn ~ Derwent colored pencil on Bienfang watercolor paper, 11″ x 14″

The original ($980.00), greeting cards, and prints are available in my online shop as a part of the “Colored Pencil” collection.

Updated: June 2, 2014

He looks more like a living creature now and almost ready for darks to be added. The white stripe will need some gentle work first.

Yelena Shabrova ~ Newborn, drawing of a foal head in progress ~ Derwent colored pencils on Bienfang watercolor paper, 11" x 14"

Updated: April 21, 2014

Well, it’s been a while since I started this portrait, several different small projects got in the way, but finally I am back to the little foal.

In the end, he won’t be nearly as colorful as right now (or at least I hope for that), but it will be interesting to see what bright violet and yellows will be able to add to regular coat colors.

Yelena Shabrova - Newborn, drawing of a foal head in progress - Derwent colored pencils on Bienfang watercolor paper, 11" x 14"

Original post: Jan 18, 2014

I think it’s been a terrible while since I drew a horse that fits on piece of paper bigger that 4″ x 6″. Time to change that, so here’s the beginning of a very young foal’s head. Because for some reason I chose rough Bienfang watercolor paper, it may take a while to build up colors in this one. And it’s not just rough, it’s somewhat slippery too. But we will see. So far it was mostly working on the background to get a better feel of the paper that is new to me before adding much detail to the foal.

Newborn, drawing in progress - Derwent colored pencils on Bienfang watercolor paper, 11" x 14"

Fall Festival Art Show at the Quinlan Center

I will have several artworks in this show including the newest one:

Yelena Shabrova ~ Newborn ~ Derwent colored pencil on Bienfang watercolor paper, 11" x 14", horse portrait
Newborn ~ Derwent colored pencil on Bienfang watercolor paper, 11″ x 14″

Reception: Friday, September 12, 2014 – 7 PM

Show: Saturday, September 13, 2014 – 10 AM to 5 PM

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

I will be sitting in the FALC booth (M01) outside of the Quinlan Center with my fellow artists the entire Saturday and will be glad to chat with my old and new friends.

The exhibit is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Cupertino and Fine Arts League of Cupertino.

Judge: Dr. Nancy Canter, Dean Creative Arts, De Anza College

2014 Bay Area Wildlife Exhibit at Filoli

I will have three small pieces on display at Filoli from Tuesday, September 9 through Sunday, October 26, 2014:

Yelena Shabrova ~ Explorer ~ mixed media on canvas panel, 8" x 10" (raccoon)
Explorer ~ mixed media on canvas panel, 8″ x 10″
Yelena Shabrova ~ Muncher ~ mixed media on canvas panel, 8" x 10" (original drawing of a squirrel)
Muncher – mixed media on canvas panel, 8″ x 10″
Yelena Shabrova ~ Stranger ~ mixed media on canvas panel, 8" x 10" (original drawing of an owl)
Stranger ~ mixed media on canvas panel, 8″ x 10″

The exhibit will be held in the gallery at the Visitor and Education Center of Filoli. The address is 86 Cañada Road, Woodside, California 94062

Open: Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 am–3:30 pm (last admission 2:30 pm), Sunday 11:00 am–3:30 pm (last admission 2:30 pm)

General Admission: Adults $18 / Seniors $15 (65 & older) / Children $8 (ages 5–17)

Meet the Artist’s Weekend: October 11 – 12. Hope to see you there!

“Truckee River” earned the 1st place at the Campbell Artists’ Guild 16th Annual Art Show

“Truckee River” earned the 1st place at the Campbell Artists’ Guild 16th Annual Art Show in the Drawing category.

Yelena Shabrova ~ Truckee River ~ colored pencil on colored paper, 9" x 6"
Truckee River ~ colored pencil on colored paper, 9″ x 6″

“This is a little gem. I like the composition very much, focusing as it does on a small pocket of water off the Truckee River. The colors are delicate and exquisite showing good variation and are very convincing.” ~ Jeff Bramschreiber, juror

We had a wonderful reception today, thank you everybody who made it to the Rose Shenson Gallery.

The show will stay open till August 31 on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, 12 pm – 4 pm at the Triton Museum of Art, 1505 Warburton Ave, Santa Clara, California. Stop by if you are in the area, there is a lot of wonderful art to see.

Summer Exhibit at the San Jose Bridge Club 2014

“Plum Blossoms at Los Gatos Creek Park” and “On the Way III” were accepted into the Summer Exhibit at the San Jose Bridge Center 2014 that will be held from July 29 till October 28, 2014.

Yelena Shabrova ~ Plum Blossoms in Los Gatos Creek Park ~ Prismacolor colored pencil on Bristol paper
Plum Blossoms in Los Gatos Creek Park ~ Prismacolor colored pencil on Bristol paper
Yelena Shabrova ~ On the Way I ~ Faber-Castell oil pastel on Strathmore colored paper, 8" x 10"
On the Way I ~ Faber-Castell oil pastel on Strathmore colored paper, 8″ x 10″

There will be no reception for this show.

The San Jose Bridge Center is located at 1300 White Oak, Suite 103, Campbell, CA.

Campbell Artists’ Guild 16th Annual Art Show

A few of my works will be on display at the Rose Shenson Gallery of the Triton Museum of Art:

Yelena Shabrova ~ Changing Colors ~ pastel pencil on drawing paper, 6" x 4"
Changing Colors ~ pastel pencil on drawing paper, 6″ x 4″
Yelena Shabrova ~ Sleepy Creek ~ graphite pencil on drawing paper, 6" x 4"
Sleepy Creek ~ graphite pencil on drawing paper, 6″ x 4″
Yelena Shabrova ~ The Old Oak ~ charcoal on drawing paper, 4" x 6"
The Old Oak ~ charcoal on drawing paper, 4″ x 6″
Yelena Shabrova ~ Truckee River ~ colored pencil on colored paper, 9" x 6"
Truckee River ~ colored pencil on colored paper, 9″ x 6″

The show will be open August 1-31 on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, 12 pm – 4 pm.

Reception is on Sunday, August 3, 1:30-3:30 p.m. There will be festive music, a plethora of delicious finger food and libations, and an opportunity to meet many talented artists.

The Rose Shenson Gallery is located behind the Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara, 1505 Warburton Avenue.

MidSummer Art Festival at the Triton Museum of Art on 6/28/14

MidSummer Art Festival poster

Join me and over 80 talented artists and enjoy a day of art at the Sculpture Garden and Redwoods behind the Triton Museum.
 There will be art demos and hands-on art activities for children and their families throughout the day.

Saturday, June 28, 2014, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Free admission and parking.

Food Trucks:

Grilled Cheese Bandits – 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

ZoomCaffe – 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Scoops – 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Live Music:

Tim Green – 10:00 a.m. to noon

Rudy Ramos – noon to 2:00 p.m.

Goldentones – 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.



A portion of the proceeds benefit the Triton Museum of Art.

Triton Museum of Art is located at 1505 Warburton Ave, Santa Clara, CA

Gathering II

Yelena Shabrova ~ Gathering II ~ pen & ink on drawing paper, 4" x 6"
Gathering II ~ pen & ink on drawing paper, 4″ x 6″

As busy as this year’s Silicon Valley Open Studios were, I managed to snatch up some time for drawing. The result is the second piece in the “Gatherings” series that was finished yesterday a couple of hours before the last day of Open Studios in front of the Cupertino Library was over.

Thank you everybody who came to see my art, to ask questions, share your stories, and support what I enjoy to do so much. Those were three wonderful weekends!

The original drawing ($80.00) and high quality 4″ x 6″ giclee prints are available in my Pen and Ink online gallery.

Silicon Valley Open Studios 2014

It’s Open Studios time! Please join me and very talented artists with whom I will be showing through the first three weekends of this May. So wonderful to participate in this event again after a 2 year break!

WEEKEND ONE: MAY 3RD & 4TH
Site 339

With Amanda Krauss, Krishna Mitra, Slava Shabrov, and Holly Van Hart.

30 Sunrise Court
Menlo Park, CA 94025

WEEKEND TWO: MAY 10TH & 11TH
Site 130

With Rajiv Khilnani, Stephanie Maclean, Deborah Rockey, Slava Shabrov, and Arena Shawn.

750 Jordan Avenue
Los Altos, CA 94022

WEEKEND THREE: MAY 17TH & 18TH
Site 149

With Ria Bhatt, Janki Chokshi, Sagi Erez, Helen Ju, James Lee, Colleen O’Connor, Masha Schultz, Slava Shabrov, Heather Sibley, Nina Uppaluru, Sid Veloria, and Carrie Zeidman.

10300 Torre Avenue
Cupertino, CA 95014

Or see all sites in one place on my SVOS page.

SVOS Preview Art Exhibit at the Main Street Cafe and Books

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

“Summer Day in Santa Cruz Mountains” has been accepted at the SVOS Preview Art Exhibit at the Main Street Cafe that will be open from March 29 till April 26, 2014.

Please stop by, have a cup of good coffee, and enjoy art by talented local artists!

Main Street Cafe and Books is located at 134 Main St, Los Altos, CA 94022
Open Monay – Saturaday 7:30 am – 5:00 pm, Sunday 9:30 am -2:30 pm.

On the Way series at the KALEID Gallery

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.

On the Way I - Faber-Castell oil pastel on Strathmore colored paper, 8" x 10"
On the Way I – Faber-Castell oil pastel on Strathmore colored paper, 8″ x 10″
On the Way I - Faber-Castell oil pastel on Strathmore colored paper, 8" x 10"
On the Way I – Faber-Castell oil pastel on Strathmore colored paper, 8″ x 10″
On the Way I - Faber-Castell oil pastel on Strathmore colored paper, 8" x 10"
On the Way I – Faber-Castell oil pastel on Strathmore colored paper, 8″ x 10″

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

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:

Open Space - pastel pencil on drawing paper, 5" x 7"
Open Space – pastel pencil, 5″ x 7″

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

River of Light - pastel pencil on Canson drawing paper, 5" x 7"
River of Light – pastel pencil on Canson drawing paper, 5″ x 7″

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

Explorations in Colored Pencil II

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

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

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″

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

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.

Yelena Shabrova ~ Running Free - pastel pencil on colored paper, 12″ x 9″Running Free - pastel pencil on colored paper, 12″ x 9″
Running Free – pastel pencil on colored paper, 12″ x 9″

Silicon Valley Open Studios 2011

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

Artists party 2010 at the KALEID Gallery

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

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 - graphite pencil and charcoal on drawing paper, 4" x 6"
Pensive Moment – graphite pencil and charcoal on drawing paper, 4″ x 6″

Changing Colors - pastel pencil on drawing paper, 4 x 6
Changing Colors – pastel pencil on drawing paper, 4 x 6

With a Light Heart - charcoal on drawing paper, 4" x 6"
With a Light Heart – charcoal on drawing paper, 4″ x 6″

Dancing Light - colored pencil on drawing paper, 4" x 6"
Dancing Light – colored pencil on drawing paper, 4″ x 6″

Yelena Shabrova ~ Sleepy Creek ~ graphite pencil on drawing paper, 6" x 4"
Sleepy Creek ~ graphite pencil on drawing paper, 6″ x 4″

Yelena Shabrova ~ The Old Oak ~ charcoal on drawing paper, 4" x 6"
The Old Oak ~ charcoal on drawing paper, 4″ x 6″

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
www.KALEIDGallery.com

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
Emo
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
Subtotal
Sara Tomasello
Dorothy Whitman
Kathleen Wolf
Jeanne Yee

New art and upcoming holiday show and sale at 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.