Kavita creates original silk designs inspired by the beauty of nature.
The original designs are hand painted on luscious silk georgette to create beautiful wearable art. Hand-painted silk garments include silk jackets, silk ruanas and silk scarves. Kavita also has beautiful original silk painting which captures her exceptional technique and an amazing amount of fine detail.
Please visit Kavita in Booth #124 or on her website.
A Lifetime Working With Stone
has evolved into expression approaching challenging forms, sometimes whimsical and kinetic, requiring individual solutions exploring limits of balance, structure, and surface finish.
Supporting roles for each piece include metal or rough stone engineered to compliment, facilitate, and complete the creative solution.
Please visit Marv at Booth #247 and check out his post.
Working in Digital Photography,
Georganna Dean captures the beauty, feeling & mystery of everyday scenes focusing on landscapes, florals, succulents, architectural and abstracts.
Please visit her at Booth #144 or her website to see how she conveys the quiet sense of wonder & connection to her subjects.
Combining architectural elements and repurposed wood from barns and other structures
allows Jim to create truly one of a kind tables, wine cabinets, display cases and pedestals which won’t be found anywhere else.
Jim enjoys recapturing the past and retain the history through his creations.
Visit Jim at booth #114 or his website.
Art as a Mood Elevator
Oakland artist Rose Lee’s designs are unique, serving function and providing soothing elements to your home.
Come see her playful mix of color and function:
Los Altos Rotary Fine Art in the Park Show
May 21st & 22nd,
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Or check out her website at: http://www.roselee-urbanpotter.com/
Erin Hanson transforms her landscapes into abstract mosaics of color & texture.
Her impasto application of paint lends a sculptural effect to her art.
Once Hanson began rock climbing at Red Rock Canyon, her painting style was consolidated by a single inspiration and force of nature. Through the years, Hanson has continued to use the outdoors to inspire a huge collection of work.
Be sure to stop by her booths #214 & #215 and check out her website for more information.
Copper is his canvas.
Scott Palmer designs are beautiful metal artwork for your home or office.
Using a unique combination of solid copper, hand tools, buffing techniques, stains, impressionistic painting style, natural patinas, flame painting, Scott brings you handcrafted, one of a kind works of art. To view more of Scott’s work, please visit his website.
Visit Booth #106
Jewelry that is the epitome of Edgy, Modern & Classic with timeless integrity.
Jill uses her own hand-made glass beads, semi-precious stones, pearls, silver and gold in her designs.
Every detail must be beautiful, unusual, and of excellent quality, right down to the clasp on a necklace, not just the centerpiece gem. Jill travels the world to gain the most unique and best elements for her jewelry designs.
To view more of Jill’s work, please visit her website and also visit her in Booth #134.
Loving the fluidity of glass, Michael Barnett creates original works of art. No two creations are the same.
Michael continues to create his signature vases. Now he really is enjoying designing more sculptural work by incorporating metal, copper wire &/or stone with embossed glass to create beautiful works of art.
Please stop by booth #141
Beautiful & functional handmade, stoneware & porcelain pottery.
Nordvold’s passion for beautiful glazes has fueled his dedication to pottery for 30 years. His work also brings out the rich heritage of glaze ware left by ancient cultures all over the world.
Harald’s pottery uses no lead or toxic materials. Come view the inner glow and soul of his vessels in booth #332.
Be stunned by Sanjiv Kappor’s images of breathtaking landscapes & nature photography from all over the world. Transport yourself and just enjoy.
Please visit Sanjiv at booth #144.
As part of the Los Altos Rotary Club’s upcoming Fine Art in the Park event, Rotary sponsors a Young at Art contest for budding student artists from seven, local high schools.
On May 5, between 6:00 and 8:00 pm, you can view all fifteen pieces at the Nature Gallery at 296 State Street. Student artists, their teachers, and their parents will be honored at a reception to which you are invited.
Through May 18, you can see the winning artworks at three Los Altos venues: Boston Private Bank, Bank of the West and the Nature Gallery.
During Rotary’s Fine Art in the Park on May 20 and 21, find these artworks displayed in Lincoln Park’s gazebo.
Young at Art artists are students from Alta Vista High School, Freestyle Academy of Communication Arts and Technology, Homestead High School, Los Altos High School, Mountain View High School, Pinewood School and St. Francis High School.
Your valued support of Rotary’s Fine Art in the Park helps make this recognition and these awards possible.
Rotary designates 100% of Fine Art in the Park’s proceeds to fund a variety of socially significant projects around the Bay Area and around the world.
For more information on artists, entertainment, and fun at Fine Art in the Park visit www.rotaryartshow.com.
A Great Show and A Great Cause
Was Held Saturday and Sunday, May 14-15, 2016
10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Lincoln Park in Los Altos
Open Letter to Los Altos and
I would like to thank you for coming to this year’s Fine Art in the Park Show. Thousands of Los Altos residents, members from the surrounding communities of Mountain View, Palo Alto, Sunnyvale, and beyond descended on Lincoln Park to make this event a smashing success.
This is the main fund-raising event for the Rotary Club of Los Altos, and allows us to raise close to $100,000 for our local and international service projects and programs. You can read about them, as well as learn more about the show and artists at www.rotaryartshow.com.
I’d like to thank the talented musicians who provided entertainment, particularly the Los Altos High School Jazz Band, who wowed the early arriving crowds on Saturday. The live music on Saturday afternoon was provided by by Groovy Judy and Seascape Sounds, who had fans toe-tapping and head-nodding while they enjoyed great food and refreshments. Sunday’s entertainment came from Charged Particles, Georgi & the Rough Week (who always bares her soul when playing the Art Show), and the Jazz ConneXion, featuring Los Altos Rotary’s own Past President, John Sylvester.
Stay tuned for next year. Fine Art in the Park 2017 will be held, as is tradition, on the first weekend after Mother’s Day, or May 13-14, 2017. See you then!
Chair, Los Altos Fine Art in the Park, 2016
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A sampling of new artists joining the show this year
Sculpturist James Hill from Los Angeles joins the show this year. Hill takes stiff rigid, durable materials and turns them into fluid sensual art pieces. Ideal for contemporary spaces, they are a metaphor for life and the tough aspects of it as well as the soft, loving, expressive parts of life. Check out his website.
“Art show patrons would like to see some new, fresh art,” says Carol Dabb. Carol has been an Art Broker for over 30 years and this year’s show is definitely benefiting from her talents and her discerning eye. “They want a bigger variety, higher quality, so that’s what we are providing. This year we had the opportunity to recruit artists who usually show in the Beverly Hills Rotary Art Show. Normally Los Altos and Beverly Hills have their art shows on the same weekend, but not this year. Los Altos’s 41st Fine Art in the Park is going to be a reeeaallly great show!”
In addition to the 51 new artists there will be a ‘Like It to Win It’ contest where two attendees can win $100 toward their most prized art at the show. New to the food and beverages offered, Gordon Biersch will be serving hard cider in the beer booth, and there will be a wine glass give-away at the Edith end of the park. Added to the already exceptional entertainment there will be and new band this year, Seascape Sounds, a fresh jazz infused musical group.
100% of Rotary proceeds from Fine Art in the Park are used to fund a variety of socially significant projects around our local Bay Area, and around the world.
Locally, these 17 non-profit organizations were given grants during this current Rotary year: AAUW Teck Trek, ALearn, Bay Area Cancer Connections, Child Advocates, CSMA, East Palo Alto Kids (EPAK), Festival of Lights, Friends of Deer Hollow, Hope’s Corner, JustREAD, Kara, Los Altos Stage Company, Music for Minors, Next Door Solutions, STK Program, Vida Verde, and Ye Olde Towne Band.
Internationally, Rotary is active in more than 200 nations around the world. The Los Altos Rotary Club uses this network of colleagues to reach areas of need around the world. LARC’s international projects include:
- Empowering the people of Nepal with aid in earthquake recovery and practical solar technologies
- Working to prevent Mother-to-child AIDS transmission in Africa
- Providing solar lighting and water purification for school in Tanzania, Africa
- Promoting reading in remote villages in the Yucatan
- Teaching sustainable farming practices in Peru
Fine Art in the Park will open immediately following the Los Altos Pet Parade on Saturday morning and will be held from 10:00am-5:30pm on Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15 at Lincoln Park, Los Altos. Free parking is available at Los Altos High School and other locations with shuttle service to and from the park. For more information visit www.rotaryartshow.com.
Epicurean Group is proud to sponsor the Los Altos Rotary Art in the Park event. Like the Rotary Club, Epicurean Group is committed to the community and to the environment.
Headquartered in Los Altos, Epicurean Group is a foodservice management company that provides “Fresh, Honest, Local” food to more than 50 restaurants and cafes across Northern California.
We purchase locally, within 150 miles of each of our facilities, whenever possible. Through our partnerships with local farmers and ranchers, we support the community, serve healthy, seasonal food, and reduce CO2 emissions from transportation – a benefit for people and for the environment. We endorse the sustainable seafood model of the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program and avoid industrially produced products known to produce excess greenhouse gases.
Thoughtful Resource Management & Waste Reduction
Epicurean Group offers comprehensive resource conservation and waste-reduction programs such as food waste elimination, which we achieve through careful management and by supporting local, non-profit food-recovery programs. To eliminate plastic and polystyrene foam from the landfill, we use only 100% compostable take-away food and drink containers.
We helped launch the GreenTown Co-op, which provides compostable take-out products at competitive prices, so that other, smaller businesses can take advantage of our company’s purchasing power.
Food Education Programs & Classes
We developed a sustainable food-education program, Go Greener!, which educates customers and encourages sustainable behavior in our facilities and at home. Go Greener! provides tips through digital and print displays and social media and uses humor to deliver sustainability concepts and interesting and surprising facts about conservation. We recently produced an educational video that helps companies determine what a truly sustainable provider looks like using a three-point “sustainability checklist.”
On all our corporate and educational campuses, we provide cooking demonstrations and classes to educate diners about the value – and taste! – of preparing healthy, seasonal food from scratch. Our culinary trained chefs are always happy to share their knowledge about nutrition and food preparation techniques. Our website includes food education sections such as our Seasonal Recipes, Cook’s Tips and Did You Know? Seasonal Healthy Food Facts, all written for non-professionals.
Our approach to the craft of fine woodworking is simple: We make each item as if it were our own.
Durability, practicality, and artistic beauty are the foundations of our work.
We begin by selecting the finest materials from a variety of domestic and imported hardwoods.
Then we combine traditional and modern woodworking techniques, including tongue and groove, dovetail joinery, and/or aliphatic pressure bonding followed by sculpting, shaping, and sanding.
Each piece is finished with a mineral oil or multiple coats of clear lacquer to enhance the natural beauty of the wood. No stains, paints, or dyes of any kind are used.
Hanging precariously and horizontally from red sandstone,
hundreds of feet above the ground, may not seem like it would inspire the creation of beautiful oil paintings, but that is exactly what happened with Erin Hanson. After a lifetime of experimenting in different styles and mediums, it wasn’t until Hanson began rock climbing at Red Rock Canyon that her painting style was consolidated by a single inspiration and force of nature.
Erin Hanson began painting as a young girl, voraciously learning oils, acrylics, watercolor, pen and ink, pastels, and life drawing from accomplished art instructors. She began commissioning paintings at age ten, and by age twelve, she was employed after school by a mural studio, learning the techniques of acrylics on the grand scale of forty-foot canvases. Two years later, a high school scholarship took her to Otis College of Art, where she immersed herself in figure drawing. Graduating high school at age sixteen and once again demonstrating that she was a child prodigy, Hanson next attended UC Berkeley, excelling further in her studies and creative development and attaining a degree in Bioengineering.
After graduating from college, Hanson entered the art trade as a professional, inspired by landscapes and vantage points only beheld by the most adventurous. Rock climbing among the brilliantly colored cliffs of Nevada and Utah, watching the seasons and the light change daily across the desert, provided endless inspiration for her work. In these beautiful surroundings, Hanson decided firmly to dedicate herself to creating one painting every week for the rest of her life. She has stuck to that decision ever since and has for the past decade been developing a unique, minimalist technique of placing impasto paint strokes without layering, which has become known as “Open-Impressionism.” As other artists began emulating her painting techniques, Hanson was credited as the pioneer and originator of this contemporary style.
Through the years, Hanson has continued to use the outdoors to inspire a huge collection of work. She visits the Colorado plateau every year, backpacking and hiking through areas such as Zion National Park, Canyon de Chelly, and Monument Valley. Other favorite haunts include Paso Robles, Joshua Tree National Park, and the Anza-Borrego desert. Erin Hanson transforms these landscapes into abstract mosaics of color and texture, her impasto application of paint lending a sculptural effect to her art. Her oil paintings stand out in a crowd, bringing a fresh new look to Western landscapes. Be sure to stop by her booth and also check out her website for more information.
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Experience Sasha’s newest collection
Experience Sasha’s newest collection; Rosa Helvetica, Wild Rose – featuring all natural diamonds in the form of exotic rose cuts, slices and naturally formed crystals set in richly textured mountings. Inspired by the wonderful textures of ancient stone and brick, rosette windows, and earthy colors found in my Tuscan church.
More about the artist Sasha Samuels:
My jewelry is designed to empower you, to amplify your inner strength and beauty. My work encourages you to manifest your dreams and visions for yourself and your life. Many of my jewelry designs have components that are removable and reversible, allowing you the ability to change your jewelry to reflect your mood and fulfill your needs. Please visit my website to see more of my works of art.
While designing my jewelry, I have always simultaneously drawn and painted. I have never painted for the marketplace, but always for and from the soul. Painting the figure has given me an understanding of the human form that few jewelry designers bring to the table. This in-depth knowledge of our bodies translates to jewelry that flows with your body’s lines and forms. My landscapes and still lifes are exercises in and celebrations of color, texture, form, and design.
A New York native born into an artistic family and surrounded by European immigrants, Samuels developed her creative passions early. By age twelve she was selling her small sculptures. By age eighteen Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward had commissioned her for portraiture. A graduate from the Rhode Island School of Design, her senior year was spent abroad in RISD’s European Honors Program, Rome, Italy.
Overwhelmed by Italy’s art, history, and overarching sensuality, Samuels immersed herself in this deep pool of Italian inspiration, studying with several masters. She emerged with indescribable inspiration born of daily contact with the timelessness and monumentality that is Rome. She has held her own work against this standard of excellence ever since.
This unwavering standard, coupled with Samuels’ raw artistic talent has lead to over two dozen awards in juried exhibitions for her jewelry and paintings. Her work has appeared in over fifty publications and her jewelry designs cited as spearheading global design trends. She received the national grand prize from the American Jewelry Design Council, naming her the year’s top new American designer. Her success expanded internationally with a museum award and exhibition at “The Contemporary Etruscan Jewel” in Salerno, Italy.
Samuels now splits her time between Portland, Oregon and Silicon Valley, California. “The brilliance and innovation found in the Bay Area is unlike anywhere else; a modern equivalent to my old world experiences in Italy”. She is presently exploring a mash-up of technologies old and new in her work.
Traditional Japanese Ceramics
Inspired by nature
Trained in Japan and currently residing in San Rafael, California Shizuko and Toshi Shichishima, a wife and husband team, are making traditional Japanese ceramics with great attention to detail and love for everyone to enjoy. The Shichishima’s pride themselves on making pieces that are both aesthetically pleasing and functional. They want to bring art into home that you can use everyday.
Please visit our website to see all of our beautiful works of art.
Sanjiv Kapoor is a freelance photographer based in San Jose, California.
Sanjiv specializes in landscape & nature photography all over the world.
In addition to photography Sanjiv has a wide range of outdoor interests including rock climbing, skiing, backpacking & motorcycling. He has a fetish for several Japanese pursuits including raising Nishikigoi “Koi” fish, trimming his bonsai, and tinkering with his Japanese maples and bamboo plants.
Alpaca by Karim: We are proud to make and craft our own alpaca products offering pure alpaca and blends as well.
Some styles are available in more than one blend. We offer you high quality products, competitive prices and beautiful designs for the modern woman. . In May 2002 we started the long path to what is now our business. We are a U.S.A. company and we have developed our business here.
Our alpaca garments are not massive made but instead carefully handle and made one by one in a professional knitting shop.
We design and then made, detail and tailor every single piece from yarn, not from rolls of pre-knitted fiber as are made in big factories. We make our alpaca product either handmade, hand crafted by a personal domestic knitting machine (old fashion knitting) or using a combination of both.
Avoiding an industrial process in our alpaca line is not a logistic or financial decision, we do not want to make our sweaters in an industrial machine, making them in a domestic machine is the main key of our process. In an industrial machine the roll is cut and then parts are sewed together to construct the desired piece. A piece made in a domestic machine from yarn compared with the same design made in an industry is completely different. Our Garment will drape and flow beautifully, we will shape the sweater as the body needs and we will apply the right tension to the knitting to improve how it fits. It drastically will overcome on everything to the one made in an industry.
Our Social Commitment
For every single piece sold on-line we donate one dollar to Peruvian Organizations who works for children and communities in need seeking to create a sustainable future.
Almost every design begins as a twinkle in Greg’s eye. Once a design is finalized, Greg begins the work of making a set of steel rule dies from the pattern pieces. Dies are what enable us to make our bags efficiently. In the commercial world, cutting dies cost a great deal of money but because Greg is a die maker, this helps us to keep the price of our work reasonable and to offer multiple styles. Each pattern die is carefully positioned on the appropriate leather (lining, body, or gusset) and then cut on a swing arm press. The pieces are then assembled and sewn together. We use a technique called “stitch in the ditch” to bind the edges of the bag. This method is almost never used in commercial bags. It requires stitching the binding down twice, once blind and then hand trimming the excess. This gives our bags their distinctive look. After that, the hardware and straps are attached and it’s ready to go.
In order to make the best bags, you have to have the best leather.
Our outside leather is a vegetable tanned top grain cowhide similar to saddle leather. The color is drum dyed into the leather for full color penetration. It is embossed to our specifications at our English tannery using our own embossing plates. To accentuate the texture a pigmented topcoat is applied to the leather after the embossing. This topcoat helps to protect the leather and gives it a lustrous finish. Our lining and binding leather is made for us in the USA. We use a soft but sturdy chrome tanned cowhide that we have treated with a protective colorfast finish. The leather we use for straps and gussets is often referred to as motorcycle leather and is similar to the lining leather but thicker and tougher. Greg’s wife Sara was a fiber artist for years before she married Greg. She is responsible for the three-color combinations we use on our bags and they show her artistic touch. We use lambskin for the decorative binding because it is available in fashion colors.
We choose our hardware based on it’s beauty, functionality, and durability.
It’s not unusual for us to see a bag that has been used over twenty years with its original hardware still working. We feel confident yours will last as long.
Francine Fiesel is bringing her natural and elegant inspired designs to her jewelry created with freshwater pearls and stones.
From the start, I knew I wanted to work with pearls. I am drawn to their natural iridescence and stunning palette of colors. For me, they are a symbol of the treasure within.
As I spread out a variety of stones and pearls on my workbench, the creative process begins. Only by playing with the various pearls and watching the interplay of color, shape and texture, does the piece start to take form. I love to design in color stories, layering shades of color. My designs are clean and elegant, celebrating the distinctive qualities of each pearl and semi-precious stone I use.
The creative process does not end with the finished piece of jewelry. For me, the process continues as I work with each woman to find just the right piece to complement her special coloring and style—the piece that reflects her own inner beauty.
Rob Nehring Will Exhibit at Rotary Fine Art in the Park
Rusty Noodle Studios
With a BFA in Inter-arts that included theatre, dance and sculpture, Rob Nehring is the Sole Proprietor of Rusty Noodle Studios. Driven by the definition of sculpture as “something you back into when looking at a painting,” he tries to engage his audience with humor found in the personality of ordinary objects. An accomplished artist, Rob’s sculptures are in galleries and part of private collections throughout the US. The characters featured in Rusty Noodle Studios are created overall from 99% recycled materials. Through found scrap materials, Rob lets the materials dictate what they will become.
Sculptural Forms in Nature
In Rusty’s Own words: It is impossible not to encounter sculptural forms either in the natural or manmade reality we live in. As we come into the world and first open our eyes we look upon these sculptures with curiosity and excitement. However as time goes by our brains learn to filter out much of what we once held in awe. Our brains fill in what we “see” based on a quick glance and a previous observation from the past. As a sculptural artist my challenge is to remove these filters that our brains have developed and reintroduce elements to allow the viewer to see as a newborn once again.
I search for elegant and simple forms that grace our daily lives but have lost their original purpose. My work focuses on reclaiming and recombining these forgotten items to create one of a kind, original sculpture. My goal with Rusty Noodle Studios is to lighten the heart through subtle humorous suggestions or relatable human moments. With a previous background in dance I work toward a suggestion of movement that perhaps will capture a precise outburst of excitement, reveal challenging awkwardness or instill extreme relaxation.
Rachel Shultz Short Biography
Rachel Shultz- born in Los Angeles, California. Mostly self taught- She was born into a family of artists and at a very young age saw her parents happy at work making art a way of life. The house was always buzzing with creativity. Several rooms in the house were devoted to the process of making art and the doors to those rooms were never closed. It was an environment ripe to inspire the young minds of Rachel and her two brothers, also painters, Adam and Josh Shultz.
Early on Rachel discovered that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree and began to explore her own creative impulse. She studied Art and Art History at Santa Monica Jr. College and in her last year was awarded the mentorship scholarship to the San Francisco Art Institute under Prof. Mario Barratucci. She studied there in 1996 and used her time there to explore her interest in sculpture and various other mediums before finding painting to be her true love.
Check out her webpage where you can see her gallery and learn about the process of her artwork.
You can also follow her on Facebook: Join “The Art of Rachel Shultz” newest paintings, get my art news and show info, see event photos and photos of my art inside the homes of my collectors.
Soft Suiting for Women
PalaPala are classic soft suiting pieces with a modern twist. I use natural fabrics including tencel, ghost and bemberg. These fabrics are the closest to silk in feel with a fluid hand and drape. In clothing these fabrics provide a natural breathability and they are more absorbent than cotton. They easily ‘wick’ away moisture, making them ‘cool’ in hot humid climates. All are made from natural cellulose found in wood and are 100% biodegradable.
Barbara Hall Short Bio
The garment design, patterns, sizing and color choices are all from the result of having so many women try on and wear my garments. I think it is also a result of having a BS degree and 3 yrs. Post Grad in textiles and clothing from the University of Minnesota, managing retail fabric stores, selling fabric wholesale, owning an alterations business and a lifetime of involvement with creating garments. Garments that sell and that are worn!
All pieces are garment dyed rich deep tones. Dying users hot water/dryer and shrinks the garment to its purchased size.
Please visit our website, we look forward to seeing you at the Fine Art in the Park and enjoying a PalaPala garment!
Spring Garden Cedar was started in 2004 with the idea of serving customers who wanted but could not find quality outdoor wood furniture. We are located in Stockton, California, in the heart of the Central Valley.
Please visit our website to view those items which will work perfectly in your home.
My current work is a mix of pastel drawings on monotypes. While the monotypes are the backgrounds, they make up the majority of the work in these pieces. I use photocopies of photographs, fabric, maps, things of esthetic or personal interest and pull prints from them using a lithography process. I usually do several layers with images and fields of color. This is an intuitive process, considering color, texture and composition. They have anywhere from 2 layers to 15. When I determine a print to be finished, I decide if or what to draw on it.
I am so intrigued by nature and its creatures small and large. The natural world is so much more beautiful and interesting than anything I can imagine. I am constantly looking at color, light and shadow, what lies beneath, what do I see? What don’t I see? How do I connect with it? The process of creating is my attempt to connect with the world and divine nature. Please check out my website to view my other pieces of art.
I grew up in the Midwest and in 1984 graduated with a BFA from Ball State University in Muncie IN. I traveled in Europe in 1985 and apprenticed with my uncle Wilfredo Arcay, a master printer of serigraphy in his Atelier in Paris, but really spent most of my time exploring Paris and Europe for the summer. I came to San Francisco in 1988 were I worked a myriad of jobs including picture framing, waitressing, office assistant, hardwood floors apprentice (way too hard), and ended up wandering the world for a while trying to figure out what it means to be an artist.
In 2001 I had my daughter Lucia and moved from Fairfax to Petaluma where I have been living as a full time artist since. I keep my studio in a 100+ year old chicken coop on the outskirts of Petaluma
Frances Casey-Button Jewels will be showing her latest creations.
A unique line of jewelry created with Victorian Era buttons.
Please stop by my booth.
California native James Hill earned his degree in Fine Art from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1987. For over 20 years James Hill has masterfully fashioned and fused metal, steel and bronze in service to his artistic vision, transforming the coolness of these materials into “living” dynamic forms. His bustling studio is near downtown Los Angeles.
In addition to many private collections, James Hill’s sculptures can be seen throughout Southern California as commissioned art installations including those by The Western University in Pomona, The Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department and Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo to name a few.
James Hill strives to reveal the essence of the figure and relationship between forms to convey universal emotions in which we can all identify. Steel, stainless steel and bronze are enduring, elemental materials which host these forms and relationships. In the process of uniting forms, he also considers the dynamic presence of the negative space arising between each individual form as a central component of each composition. He loves the raw color and feel of metal. The surface quality, richness, and texture is specific and generated through the incorporation of chemical patinas, oxidizers, and grinding tools. The amazing possibilities and stubborn resistance of metal illustrate the paradoxical nature of steel and make it the most expressive material for me as an artist.
Please check out his website for more information about the artist and his current work.
Susanne Karlak is an award-winning Bay Area fine art photographer who will be showing her works of art, once again, at the Fine Art in the Park! Susanne specializes in close, intimate views of her subjects, which range from tiny wildflowers to architectural designs. Her compositions often resemble paintings with bold, bright colors. She focuses on the details, looking for a unique and striking view. The camera allows her to share her vision with others.
When asked about her passion for photography, Susanne jokingly replies that she has always seen the word in squares and rectangles! She fills those shapes with vivid colors, shapes and textures. Susanne continues to be inspired by the beauty of California. Within easy reach of her Saratoga home are Yosemite National Park; Lake Tahoe; the beautiful Napa Sonoma wine region; the coast line with the rugged Big Sur coast and the amazing Point Lobos State Park; the Sierras; beautiful oak-studded hills; and stunning regional and state parks. Even her own back yard gives her beautiful plants to explore through her lens.
Travel is another of Susanne’s passions. Fortunately, travel and photography go hand in hand. She has photographed throughout the United States, Europe, Southern Africa and Central America.
So, be sure to check out her website and see what other beautiful photographs she will be bringing to this year’s show!
This year’s Fine Art in the Park you will be able to view a number of local arts works. Anne Klocko, of Los Altos, will returning again this year with her ceramic work. She especially enjoys it when her quirky colorful artwork brings a smile or a laugh, or even touches your heart. So be sure to stop by her booth and enjoy!