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.

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

Outburst - colored pencil on paper, 6
Outburst

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

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

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:

Yelena Shabrova ~ On the Racetrack II - pen and ink on drawing paper, 11.5" x 8.5"
On the Racetrack II – pen and ink on drawing paper, 11.5″ x 8.5″
Outburst - colored pencil on drawing paper, 6" x 9"
Outburst – colored pencil on drawing paper, 6″ x 9″
Winter Dawn - colored pencil on Bristol paper, 20" x 16"
Yelena Shabrova ~ Winter Dawn – colored pencil on Bristol paper, 20″ x 16″

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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Rose Shenson Show at the Triton Museum of Art, 9/4/2010 till 10/3/2010

I will be showing 5 pieces as a part of the Campbell Artists’ Guild annual art show at the Rose Shenson Gallery from September 4 till October 3, 2010:

Bonding - colored pencil on colored paper, 12" x 10"
Bonding

Out of the Dark - oil pastel on colored paper, 9" x 12"
Out of the Dark

The show is open on Saturday and Sundays, 12 p.m – 4 p.m.

The reception with live music and refreshments is on September 11, 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Rose Shenson gallery is located behind the Triton Museum of Art, 1505 Warburton Ave., Santa Clara, CA 95050.


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Midsummer Art Celebration 2010

The show seemed to be rather small this time, but the good part of it was that almost everybody was in the nice shade, including FALC. I didn’t stay for long after the setup, and at that time many artists haven’t hung their pieces yet. My plan was to walk around when I came back later, but it flipped because some started packing an hour before the end of the show. Not a good sign… No new finds to write about, although I imagine there were some, they just packed early.

I think this is the last time I participate in an outdoor show organized by Triton. It was nothing like last year’s AVArtFest. The best part of the show was talking to fellow artists and seeing what others are doing, but it would be just as much fun to come over and do the same without getting up at 6:30 in the morning and the hassles or taking it all down later in the day.

Silicon Valley Open Studios, first 3 weekends of May 2010

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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In the Garden, Juried Competition & Exhibition, 4/2/2010 till 4/29/2010

Pacific Art League holds the juried competition and exhibition, In the Garden. Fortitude was juried in and is on display on the 1st floor at PAL from April 2 till April 29.

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

Dates: April 2-29, 2010
Hours: Monday – Friday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Address: 668 Ramona Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301

Graduations show, 4/1/2010 till 6/30/2010

“Out of the Dark” will be on display at the Cupertino Library. The heme of the show is “Graduations.” It has been created in cooperation with the Fine Arts League of Cupertino and sponsored by the Cupertino Library Foundation.

Out of the Dark - oil pastel on colored paper, 9" x 12"

Dates: April 1, 2010 – June 20, 2010.
Hours: Mon. – Thurs. 01:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Fri. – Sun. 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Address: 10800 Torre Avenue, Cupertino, California, 95014-3254

“From the Heart” show with FALC, 2/1/2010 till 2/28/2010

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

Fortitude is a part of the 2010 From the Heart show at the Main Street Cafe and Books in Los Altos from February 1 till February 28.

The show features wonderful works of 36 members of the Fine Arts League of Cupertino.

Main Street Cafe and Books is located at 134 Main St., Los Altos, CA 94022 and is open Mon-Sat. 6:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Sun. 7:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.:

Krismas Party at KALEID Gallery

It was Cherri’s and Brian’s idea to gather KALEID artists, their friend and families together and help everyone put names to faces. That really worked out great while I was there, but now I look back and realize that in many cases all I remember is faces. Oh well, hopefully all I will need next time I walk by someone’s display there is to see the name and my memory supply the face.

It was so much nicer to walk around without hurry and take time to see who is doing what. When I come to make changes to my display there is never enough time for that.

The best part of the party was the gift exchange between artists. Every artist was asked to bring a wrapped artwork made for the occasion, and everyone got a tag with a number as they arrive and put their gifts under the Christmas tree. Then Cherri called the numbers one by one, and artists came to the tree and picked whatever they wanted. Note to self: come earlier next year. There will be more choices.

This was my gift, and it was picked by a horse person, Jessica Beerli:

Way cool. I had my doubts about making another horse – after all, not everyone would appreciate a gift like that. But since I was not in the mood for anything else, a horse it was. We had a nice chat with Jessica about almost everything after the gift exchange. I really like her portraits that she now has in the gallery.

And this is the gift I got:

Linda Ritter of Visual Confections made these pretty little ornaments. I should have the Christmas tree up tomorrow, and all three of them go right on it!

Reception and awards ceremony at the Fall Fest Art Show 2009

This Friday, September 18th, Fall Fest Art Show’s reception and award ceremony were held, and my Fortitude received Honorable Mention:

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

Something fascinating happened during the reception: Nava Attia-Benoit’s painting just happened to look like a gentleman who walked in. Not only the face, but the hat and shirt looked about the same! He was asking for the artist who did the portrait and was finally introduced to Nava who never met him before. What a surprise for both of them!

Congratulations to winners Kim Newell, Karen Mumford, Jim Burns, Nina Uppaluru, Nava Attia-Benoit, Nancy Near, Jane Kwant, Janki Chokshi, John Perez, Belinda Lima, Slava Shabrov, Grace Seidman, Yao-Pi Hsu, and others.

Many thanks to everyone who organized this show and helped to make it a success.

Fall Fest Art Show, 9/19/2009 and 9/20/2009

Fine Arts League of Cupertino is having their annual juried Fall Fest Art Show on September 19 and 20, 2009.

Reception: September 18, 2009, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

FALC will be conducting a Silent Auction during the reception. The proceeds will be donated to the West Valley Community Services – a non-profit community-based agency that provides many community services in Cupertino, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, Saratoga and West San Jose. If you would like to participate, New Spring I will be a part of the auction:

Yelena Shabrova ~ New Spring I ~ pen and ink on drawing paper, 6.75" x 4.75"
New Spring I ~ pen and ink on drawing paper, 6.75″ x 4.75″

Three artworks will be a part of Fall Fest Art Show: Mom & Son, Truckee River, and a new piece, Fortitude:

Mom & Son - charcoal on colored paper, 20" x 16"
Mom & Son – charcoal on colored paper, 20″ x 16″

Show open: September 19-20, 2009, 10 a.m. till 6 p.m.

Show location: Community Hall, 10350 Torre Ave., Cupertino, CA 95014

Rose Shenson Show at the Triton Museum of Art, 9/5/2009 till 10/4/2009

Campbell Artists Guild of which I am a member will have their annual art show at the Rose Shenson Gallery from September 5 till October 4, 2009.

Rose Shenson gallery is located on the grounds of the Triton Museum of Art, 1505 Warburton Ave., Santa Clara, CA 95050.

The show will be open on Saturday and Sundays.

Come to see my new piece, On the Racetrack III, and previous works: On the Racetrack I, On the Racetrack II, Running Free, and Russian Ridge View.

On the Racetrack I - pen and ink on drawing paper, 11.5" x 8.5"
On the Racetrack I – pen and ink on drawing paper, 11.5″ x 8.5″
Yelena Shabrova ~ On the Racetrack II - pen and ink on drawing paper, 11.5" x 8.5"
On the Racetrack II – pen and ink on drawing paper, 11.5″ x 8.5″
Yelena Shabrova ~ On the Racetrack III - pen and ink on drawing paper, 11.5" x 8.5"
On the Racetrack III – pen and ink on drawing paper, 11.5″ x 8.5″
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″
Yelena Shabrova ~ Russian Ridge View - colored pencil on colored paper, 9" x 6"
Russian Ridge View – colored pencil on colored paper, 9″ x 6″

Silicon Valley Open Studios Invitational Exhibition, 9/4/2009 till 9/28/2009

I was invited to participate in the juried SVOS Invitational Exhibition that takes place at the Pacific Art League from September 4 till September 28, 2009.

Two artworks will be on display: Plum Blossoms in Los Gatos Creek Park and Bonding:

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″
Bonding - colored pencil on colored paper, 12" x 10"
Bonding – colored pencil on colored paper, 12″ x 10″

 

Opening reception at PAL: September 4, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Show location: Pacific Art League, 668 Ramona Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301

AVArtFest 2009

The festival moved to the Pioneer Memorial Park, Mountain View this year. It’s a smaller place than the grounds of the Triton Museum (or so it looked to me), but the park is right next to downtown Mountain View – a place that is more popular than Triton. No, seriously, many people have no idea what the Triton Museum is or even that Santa Clara has an art museum.

Fine Arts League of Cupertino and Campbell Artists’ Guild, two clubs to which I belong, were sharing a lawn at the edge of the park. I was showing with FALC and chatting with CAG friends too – nice!

Silicon Valley Open Studios 2009, weekend 3

The third weekend was the quietest out of all three. There were almost no visitors, very few people even walked by. Maybe it was the heat, maybe something more interesting was going on in the neighborhood, maybe we didn’t do enough to promote the event.

Slava and me were showing at the Great American Framing. Marsha Sims, Kathy Sartain, Cathy Zander from the 1st SVOS weekend at Community School of Music and Arts were here again, and I met other artists that I don’t remember seeing before: Lei Min and Linda Salter.

Lei’s oils are beautiful and energetic. She used to do commission portraits and showed me an prospect from her solo exhibit with awesome portraits of Taiwan, Philippine, and Malaysia prominent figures and of their family members.

Linda Salter paints and draws many different subjects: great portraits, still life, figure drawings, landscapes. She seems to work in every medium available – oil, watercolor, graphite pencil, pastel, ink – and always experimenting. She was doing nice small ink drawings while in the gallery. Made me want to pick up my ink and brushes again.

We still had some guests, some good conversations with them and with each other, and I saw the local University Arts store for the first time. To say that I was impressed would be an understatement. It’s huge, it’s full of great stuff, and what I can’t or won’t use myself is still fascinating to look at. I am not going to their San Jose store, ever.

Got my horse photos, thanks Irina!

Silicon Valley Open Studios 2009, weekend 1

This weekend was the first time that Slava and me participated in SVOS as artists. Slava was at the Great American Framing Co & Gallery in Palo Alto (why or why don’t they have a website?), and I was at the courtyard of the Community School of Music and Arts along with Kathy Sartain, Marsha Sims, Cathy Zander, Kushlani Hall, and others. Apparently, Kushlani is in KALEID too – need to find her display there next time I go change my artworks.

When we were getting familiar with the place a couple of weeks ago, Kathy Zander said that Mother Nature always knows when there is going to be an art show and turns the wind on. It was very windy then, but this weekend Mother Nature decided to be creative and added rain to it. We were setting up under the drizzle and occasional big drops, with a wind gust here and there. Nothing too bad, but not exactly a weather that makes people want to go outside to see some art.

Still, we had quite a few guests, some with kids who were going to or from CSMA classes. Many of those kids love horses (yes, they are girls mostly, but there were two boys too). Kushlani’s daughter is a horse person herself, and she and her brother draw. Lucky Kushlani. My kids don’t touch art stuff at all.

Kids are hilarious. Watching them and just enjoying it was one of the best parts of the show. One boy was shouting today after all wondering around the courtyard, “What? Are we leaving already?!!” Another one discussed drawing horses with me – I think he was about 8 or 9. Very serious, no smiles.

I finally got to see what Kathy Sartain does – it’s glass mosaics, very beautiful. Marsha Sims’ photographs are great, especially the double rainbow and the rock sliding in your face (well, it gives that feeling that it keeps sliding towards you because of the tracks behind and the angle of the shot – absolutely awesome).

Kushlani painted her daughter from a photo today – a light figure walking into the darkness. She didn’t have time to finish it of course, but I really liked how it was turning out. And she had some kid for a company half of the time. She is doing oil, oil pastel, encaustic art, pretty jewelry, and she’s pretty good at all of it.

All I mastered when there were no visitors in the booth or around was 1.5 sketches. I can’t draw and converse at the same time.

Silicon Valley Open Studios, May 2009

Silicon Valley Open Studios come early this year! Stop by to see my new art at the following sites during the first three weekends of May, 2009:

May 2 – 3, Site 140:
Community School of Music and Arts
230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View, CA 94040-1276

May 9 – 10, Site 179:
Columbus Group
21471 Columbus Avenue, Cupertino, CA 95014-4972

May 16 – 17, Site 61:
Great American Framing
229 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94301

You can find maps for all these locations on the SVOS website.

Spring Fever Exhibit at the Cupertino Library

New Spring I and New Spring II will be part of the inaugural Art Wall Display with the theme “Spring Fever.”

Of the 25 FALC members with more than 50 artworks, 8 artists were chosen, and 11 pieces will be shown from March 31 till June 30, 2009.

Reception: Friday, April 3, 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Address: 10800 Torre Avenue Cupertino, CA 95014

More information: http://www.cupertinolibrary.org/foundation/spring_fever.html

New Spring I - pen and ink on drawing paper, 6.75" x 4.75"     

Yelena Shabrova ~ New Spring II ~ pen and ink on drawing paper, 6.75" x 4.75"
New Spring II ~ pen and ink on drawing paper, 6.75″ x 4.75″

“From the Heart” exhibit with FALC, 2/1/2009 till 2/28/2009

Two artworks on display at Main Street Cafe as a part of the group exhibit “From the Heart” organized by Fine Art League of Cupertino: Plum Blossoms in Los Gatos Creek Park and a new one, Mom & Son.

The exhibit is from February 1 till February 28, 2009.

Reception: Thursday, February 12, 6-7:30pm

Address: 134 Main Street, Los Altos, CA 94022

Hours: Monday – Saturday: 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday: 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

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″
Mom & Son - charcoal on colored paper, 20" x 16"
Mom & Son – charcoal on colored paper, 20″ x 16″

Earth Expressions, 2008 FALC Juried Fine Art Show, 9/12/2008 till 9/14/2008

I will have 3 artworks (Daydreaming, Bonding, and Running Free) at the 2008 FALC Juried Fine Art Show. The theme of the show is “Earth Expressions,” and I’m glad that my horses will be a part of it.

Reception and Auction to benefit the Sichuan Earthquake Victims will be held on September 12, 7pm to 9pm.

The show will be open September 13-14, 10am to 6pm, at the Community Hall, 10350 Torre Ave., Cupertino, CA. 10% of all sales on September 13-14 will be donated to The Shelter Box Project for the Sichuan Earthquake Victims.

Rose Shenson Show, 9/6/2008 till 10/4/2008

2008-08-15 – 2008-10-04. Rose Shenson Show

As a member of the Campbell Artists’ Guild, I am participating in the Guild’s annual show at the Rose Shenson gallery. The gallery is located behind the Triton Museum of Art. The show will be open from September 6 till October 4, Saturday – Sunday, 11:00am – 4:00pm.

The reception will be held on September 21, 1:30pm-3:30pm.

Address: Triton Museum of Art, 1505 Warburton Ave., Santa Clara, CA

Midsummer Art Celebration at Triton Museum

We went to this event with FALC. Setting up at 8:30 am was not as bad as I anticipated, even though both me and Slava had very little sleep before that. Raja who organized it all for us was energetic and cheerful although he was e-mailing Slava at 3 a.m. last night. He said he felt ok because he was an astronomer, but even astronomers have to sleep sometimes and Raja was at the show the whole day!

By 10 a.m., when we were almost done with the setup, quickly visited our friends at Campbell Artists’ Guild and some others, it started to get hot. Slava and I went home until our shift in the booth at 4 p.m. and escaped the worst of the heat. When we returned, there still weren’t many visitors and the place felt like an oven even in the shade. There was some wind, and we were told that even a few drops of rain fell while we were away, but none of that brought any relief. It’s a miracle anyone at all preferred a trip to Triton to staying inside or soaking in a swimming pool. A pretty good jazz band was playing, but they had no crowd to support them. Poor guys.

Other than the heat, the show was great. It was nice to see Joe Decker, Jaya King, Cathy Zander again and to see artworks by many others whom we didn’t get to meet.

The most wonderful discovery for me was Deborah Matlack. Since she doesn’t have a Web site, I turned to Google for more information about her and found a lengthy article where she says she is impatient and doesn’t do many preliminary sketches because of that. Looking at her portraits, I would never guess that. “I work all over the painting,” she says. “I can start on a figure, a face, or the background. It really depends on my mood. The beginning of a painting is quite conscious. I know what I want to achieve, but not necessarily how I want to achieve it.” Clearly, her focus is on the character of the subject first and truthful rendering of details second, but I would imagine it still takes a good deal of patience to get them right. Deborah also gave me some valuable advice on working with pastels for which I was very grateful. So now I plan to stop further experiments with Strathmore paper and switch to Canson and will try Lascaux fixative too. I can’t quite stop pastel from falling off the paper with what I am using now, and Deborah’s artworks were in the perfect shape despite the wind that occasionally made them flap against the panels.

We did have some most wonderful visitors who appreciated the art and were great to talk to. The show was also a great opportunity for artists to get to know each other better and share their experience. We posed for a final photo, took everything down, and went home totally exhausted. Happy Summer Solstice to us.