“I apply the ground glass enamel to a precious metal base and fire it in a kiln at temperatures ranging from 1320º F to 1700º F. I use only the very finest American, English, French and Japanese enamels for my jewelry. My pieces consist of many layers of enamel and require numerous firings to achieve their luminous effect. This layering gives enamel colors a particular depth and richness of hue.”
Sharon’s designs can be seen at Booth #249 at Los Altos Rotary Fine Art in the Park on May 20th and 21st. You can preview her designs at: www.sharonkaplanjewelry.com
Hannie Goldwicht’s work celebrates her love of mixing materials to create beauty
“My childhood in Costa Rica had a tremendous influence and it comes through with my love of natural materials and organic design. It was on a trip to Argentina that I first came across pine needle basketry and began learning the technique from a master fiber artist. I always strive to give character and beauty to each piece I make by infusing them with my love of form and design.”
Come see Goldwicht’s phenomenal styles at Los Altos Rotary Fine Art in the Park May 20th and 21st.
Couple’s talents combine detail, specialty glazes and intricate detail work to build a second career out of pottery
Self-taught functional potters Gene and Beverly Freeburg from Redmond, Wash., have been making pottery for 35 years. What started as a hobby soon became their career. “Crafts were very big at the time and pottery was the most popular,” Beverly said. “It was something we could pick up and do together.”
Since Gene retired from his district-manager position for an electrical systems and service corporation, and Beverly from being a stay-at-home mom, the two spend more time devoted to their hobby. The Freeburgs only took a few classes before beginning to create brightly colored pottery, which include serving trays, vases, casseroles, mugs and bowls.
Their creations are even dishwasher-, microwave- and oven-safe.
At first, they gave away their clay creations to family and friends, but since the mid ’70s, they have been selling them on the craft-show circuit.
“We like to make direct contact with the customer,” Beverly said.
Both Gene and Beverly make the pottery. Beverly’s specialty is semi-sculptural work while Gene does more intricate decorating with glazes and carving.
Constantly keeping up with the latest trends, the Freeburgs enjoy playing with different shapes and designs, including stripes and dots formed by different-colored glazes.
Come see their talents blend in the pottery:
Los Altos Rotary Fine Art in the Park Show
May 21st & 22nd,
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
GREAT FOOD!!! at Art in the Park this Weekend
Husband and Wife Team Create Unique Garden Art from Recycled and New Metals
Side by Side Booths at the Upcoming Rotary Fine Art in the Park Show in Los Altos
Steve and Marta Farris will be in side-by-side booths at Fine Art in the Park. The garden art and sculptures they create are unique and they each have their own story to tell.
Steve makes large vases or urn shaped sculptures from strips of steel, sometimes taken from recycled oil tanks but more often, new steel. He gets a lot of his inspiration for shapes from looking at ceramic art, glass blown art, and from vases created out of more fluid materials. Then he tries to create those same shapes out of steel. He always has a goal set but doesn’t need to meet it to be happy with the result.
Most of Steve’s creations end up being outdoor art but they have also been used as indoor art, even end tables or art in the foyer that can be seen from the inside and the outside through the transoms.
Marta is a new artist at this year’s Fine Art in the Park. She is very inventive in the materials she uses. In addition to working a lot with the same oil tanks that Steve works with, she also uses fireplace curtains – the metal ones that are being replaced by glass doors, and metal posts from political signs. She especially likes to work with recycled farm equipment because the colors are originally vibrant but have been faded in the sun.
Interested largely in primitive folk art, bright solid colors, and farm equipment most of Marta’s creations are used as Garden Art. “People feel more free to be whimsical in what they place outside,” she explains. Plus couples are often willing to allow one member of the partnership to showcase their individual artistic selections outside rather than inside the home.”
WANTED: Anne Klocko, aka Anne Klocko
Wanted in numerous states for multiple counts of whimsy and for mooning the fine arts. Suspect is not armed, and is usually not too dangerous. Known to have a weakness for art shows, and for imperial rolls.
The suspect began her notorious art spree in New York, but fled to California in 1975. From her hideout in the Bay Area, she eventually built a syndicate pushing satin mobiles and other whimsical items onto an unsuspecting public. “These are really cute!” innocent people would say. Unfortunately, her success didn’t go unnoticed by the dons of the gift business. “Make her an offer she can’t refuse,” they said through their gritted teeth.
Unable to resist a takeover of her gang by Dakin – one of the kingpins of Organized Toys – Anne could only watch helplessly as gift stores nationally and internationally were flooded with her Flying Fantasies ™ line of hanging mobiles, and her Squeeky Cheeks ™ line of soft sculpture dolls. “These are really cute!” innocent people would say. In the meantime, all she could do was to continually churn out design after design for the Dakin mob, toiling in fiber-filled back rooms. Luckily, royalties bought her an early retirement in the federal artist protection program.
Unable to accept her new life of anonymity, though, Anne resurfaced several years later on the West Coast art scene, in a seemingly innocuous art fair booth. Using her modus operandi of whimsy, Anne soon began foisting her new pictures made from vinyl clay onto the same unsuspecting public. The arbiters of fine art were scandalized. Fun and art together? Sniff! The very idea! How could she? Meanwhile, promoters at quality fine art shows such as the Los Altos Rotary Fine Art in the Park Show continued to invite Anne to exhibit.
“These are really cute!” innocent people would say. The suspect was last sighted at an art show in California, eating an imperial roll. If you encounter the suspect, don’t try to apprehend her. Whimsy is a dangerous weapon.
Tom Marlatt creates imaginative compositions using vibrant color schemes, a variety of angular shapes, and exciting free flowing abstract forms. He applies up to ten layers of oil paint to the canvas before a painting is completed. Each painting is unique.
A resident of Los Gatos, Tom Marlatt has been an artist for many years. His work has been exhibited in major galleries in the United States and throughout the world. Five of his pieces are owned by Stanford University and are on continuous display in the Hoover Memorial building. See his work at http://www.tommarlatt.com/
Make the time to see this aspiring artist in person at the Los Altos Rotary Fine Art in the Park.
Michele Yamaguma creates mixed media collages using Japanese washi, art papers, leaves, bamboo, paint, and threads. These original pieces have traditional themes with a contemporary touch. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Michele doodled her way into graphic arts as a college major. Her extensive travels, the environment, and the mood she wishes to evoke are what serve as her inspiration. Michele has been bringing her art to festivals and exhibitions throughout the U.S. since 1990. A portfolio sampling and event information can be found on her website: www.micheleyamaguma.com
email – email@example.com
Please welcome Michele to Los Altos Rotary Art in the Park on May 14th and 15th!
Artist Brad Henry’s everyday products entertain our tactile and visual senses.
My work is made from stoneware clay and my goal is to make it reflect our culture’s needs, habits and rituals. It is high fired in reduction atmosphere in a natural gas kiln. I use the potter’s wheel and a slab roller to construct my pieces. There are several layers of slips, glaze and wax used to decorate my creations with contemporary yet timeless designs. Also, I use sumi brushes to create whimsical scenes of nature on some of my work.
I enjoy the usefulness of the ceramic object. Pieces that work well in our hands and in our kitchens. Entertaining our tactile and visual senses and also our families and friends with service. Pieces should be fun to use and fun to look at, and proud to give.
MAKE SURE TO VISIT BRAD AT THE LOS ALTOS ROTARY ART IN THE PARK SHOW ON MAY 14TH AND 15TH!
Artist Nicholas Vicknair Captures Water Movement in his Designs.
Nicholas Vicknair started painting landscapes and abstracts in college. Now 20 years later, he enjoys creating abstracts in oil and acrylic and has been working with these on boards and canvas for the past 10 years. He uses epoxy resin — usually used on surfboards! or as a coating on paintings — as an actual medium. He dyes it and adds pearl powders and applies to the boards. His specialty has developed into waves and fluid-looking abstracts. True appreciation of the great depth of his paintings should be in person. Please come to the Los Altos Rotary Fine Art in the Park show on May 14th and 15th to meet him and see his wonderful works!
Artists Nancy and Peter Zajda — are in the “making people happy” business!
If you have a dream or a vision or something that just makes you happy, they can turn it into a timeless work of stained glass art that fits your window, door, or any need. They invite new ideas, innovation and personal touches and pride themselves in working in such a way that you experience your vision coming to life. You CAN have that beautiful, one-of-a-kind handcrafted stained glass that completes your decor. Please see them at the Los Altos Rotary Fine Art in the Park on May 14th and 15th!
Los Altos Rotary welcomes Ruth Carroll! A dedicated artist for the past seven years, Ruth Carroll has been recreating her visions on paintings using oil on canvas. Ruth finds inspiration in landscapes, still life and figurative work and enjoys most of all her time painting in plein air and in her studio. She has a B.F.A. from CCAC in Oakland, CA in drawing.
Please visit her booth at the Los Altos Rotary Fine Art in the Park Show on May 14-15th, Lincoln Park, Los Altos, Calif.
Sculptor Jeff Owen
… turns scrap steel into refined inspiration.
My sculptures combine the past and the present. I have a deep affinity toward the materials I work with, a wonderful sense of emotion, feelings, and dreams for what the material was once used for and now what it will become in my hands. These feelings direct me on my path.
My processes emerge with patterns. Taking one piece of steel, adding to it, deleting from it, constantly discovering the metal’s unique appeal. When a sculpture encompasses all of my creative energy, it is finished.
My technique is brute force, decide-at-the-moment. The interesting shapes of metal; the patterns, textures, and grains; all entice me. I am fascinated with form.
My aspiration is to create sculpture that is completely unique; that no one has done before. I resist conformity and mass production. My art is as individual as I am.
Watch Jeff’s artistic process.