Debra cook Shapiro’s extraordinary paintings are currently on view at The IceHouse Gallery. The exhibition runs through Saturday, November 29th so there is still time to visit. The opening reception was a wonderful event with many people from all over the Bay area. There will be a closing reception as well on Sunday, November 23rd from 3-5 pm. Please come and meet Debra as she will be here to talk about her work and perhaps share a glass of wine. Installation photographs below are interspersed with Debra’s comments on her work and thoughts on paintng. . . Debra Shapiro’s newest body of work features figures in the landscape. Her large, narrative paintings are infused with the emotion and drama of the adolescents who inhabit her luscious outdoor spaces.
The Russian River is the backdrop for the keystone piece ”Russian River” and a Sonoma residence is the location of “Elliot”. The changing states of mind and bodies of the teens, and the heavily atmospheric landscapes are painted with vigorous strokes, using a full repertoire of tools and techniques. Debra’s process is one of altering reality, covering, scraping, swiping paint until the emerging figure is obscured and vaguely recognizable as a specific person. Some pieces are meditative and invite introspection, others vibrate with the emerging sexuality and chaotic agitation. The paintings begin with the scene in the photograph but deep into the painting process, the artist’s memories and imagination take over making it impossible to follow the reference as it appears. Usually it is at this time that a narrative emerges, and the work becomes charged with a sense of mystery, secrecy and vulnerability.
Digital Grange arranged a workshop with noted collage artist Micheal Pauker on Saturday, September 27th and the results were nothing short of awesome. 7 artists participated and each produced a number of collages over the course of the day including an exercise in collaboration. Michael provided a wealth of material for the collages and each person brought some of their own material as well. Michael Pauker is scheduled to teach another session in late November/early December so call Digital Grange at 707-778-2238 to sign up before the class fills up.
I should mention that the next IceHouse Gallery exhibiton, The Paintings of Debra Shapiro, will open Friday, October 24th. Please join us for the opening reception on Saturday, October 25th from 4:30 – 7.
The second in the Michael Cutlip collage workshop series was held Saturday, September 6, at Digital Grange with some pretty great results. Everyone produced two collages during the almost 7 hour class on substrates provided by Michael. The class deals with composition as well as materials and techniques including laser transfers and applying an oil paint based wash to unify the sometimes disparate materials at the end of the process.
There are still 3 workshops left with some possible spaces still available. The dates are September 20th, October 4th and 18th. The cost is $125.00 which includes materials. There is also a collage workshop that will be taught by well-known collage artist Michael Pauker on September 27. This class is filling fast so call Digital Grange at 707-778-2238 for more information. The Photoshop series taught by Brad Polt Jones is filled but there is still room in the Lightroom Intensive next weekend, September 13th and 14th.
Enjoy these wonderful images made by workshop artists from Cutlip at the Grange II.
On Saturday, August 23rd, Michael Cutlip taught the first of 5 workshops on mixed media collage at Digital Grange and IceHouse Gallery. Nine students participated and all produced wonderful collages as illustrated below. Michael is teaching additional workshops at Digital Grange on September 6th and 20th and October 4th and 18th.There still may be some spaces available so call 778-2238 to inquire. Michael Pauker is also teaching a mixed m media collage workshop on September 27th. Additionally, Brad Polt-Jones is teaching a Photoshop series beginning Thursday evening, September 11th following up with continuation classes on Thursday September 18th and 25th. There is also an intensive Lightroom workshop the weekend of September 13th and 14th. Call Digital Grange for more information or visit fldigital.com.
The exhibition (n)*collage at the IceHouse Gallery and Petaluma Arts Center will explore the meaning of the word collage and the manner in which artists approach and deal with the possibilities.
(n)Collage seeks to embrace collage in its broadest sense to include the
traditional, the modern, the cutting edge, the simple to the complex.
This exhibition will be held in conjunction with (n)collage at the Petaluma Arts Center
and run concurrently. The Arts Center venue will feature the work of noted collage
artist Inez Storer who lives and works in Point Reyes. Storer curated the exhibition and invited more than 40 artists to participate. Wonderful and exciting works can be viewed at both venues which were beautifully installed by Kathleen Hanna.
The Artists at IceHouse Gallery:
IceHouse Gallery’s inaugural opening happened on April 18th and it was a wonderful event. The exhbition, Landscapes at the IceHouse Part I, was curated by Kathleen Hanna and showcased just part of the many fantastic artists that work with Digital Grange. This exhibition included the work of 28 artists and each one of them submitted a stunning work of art: Chester Arnold, John Annesley, Warren Bellows, David Alan Boyd, Philip Chudy, Chris Evans, MaryFassbinder, Debbie Harding, Scott Hess, Dana Hooper, Rebecca Johnson, Jesse Kaltenbach, Kevin Kearney, Susan Lazzareschi, Don Scott Macdonald, Clark Mitchell, Gale McKee, John Pascoe, Carol Peek, Davis Perkins, Tom Pittard, Katherine Plank,Michelle Rosett, Peggy Sebera, Stephanie Sanchez, Kathryn St. Clair, Jack Stuppin and Patti Trimble. The wine was provided by Imagery Estates winery and ably poured by Sandy Jordan and her husband Daryl.
Landscape at the IceHouse Part II opens Friday May 23rd with the opening reception from 6 – 8. It looks to be another stellar event in Petaluma so you won’t want to miss it. This second part will have the work of 33 artists so come opening night and look at work, talk to the artists, listen to flamenco guitar music, drink a glass of Imagery wine and just be part of the Petaluma art scene.
IceHouse Gallery is opening on April 18th. Finally the floor was completed yesterday. It feels great to know that we are nearly there. Here are a few photographs showing the construction progress.