Sculpture Show 2018
The Sculpture Show is an exhibit featuring west-coast artists who share a love of garden and art. Get inspired, as you wander the Garden’s paths and witness a fantastic fusion of nature and art. With so much to see, it truly is a delight for the senses!
All of the pieces are available for purchase, so you can bring the magic to your own garden.
After your visit, vote for your favorite sculpture in the “People’s Choice” category. The Show is run as a fundraiser for the Garden, thank you for your support!
The last day of the Sculpture Show is Sunday, August 19. Summer will fly by so plan your visit today!
A look at the talented artists in this year’s show:
I am working increasingly with natural materials from my environment in combination with the man-made; utilizing the colors of light to define space.
Mary Bayer grew up in Alexandria, Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C. and studied at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Art in 1971 and 1972. Mary always intended to have a career as an artist, but living on her own she found it necessary to accept other business opportunities. Fortunately, while working in downtown Washington, D.C. Mary was able to continue studying at the Corcoran School of Art.
After working many years in government as well as the business community of Washington, D.C., Mary moved to the San Francisco area in 1986 where she met her future husband and then began to raise a family. It was at this time that she was able to pursue her art full time and started working with driftwood and then exploring ceramic sculpture with her husband (and fellow sculptor) in their home studio in El Cerrito, California.
In the years that followed, Mary also began sculptural welding, studying at Contra Costa College in San Pablo, California. After gaining experience in this medium, she began blending ceramic with metal work and by now enjoys creating many new combined sculptures to exhibit at their home studios and gardens.
San Francisco Bay Area sculptor Ted Bayer grew up in the Midwest but moved to Northern California after graduating from the University of Illinois. He returned to the Chicago area to receive his M.D. degree from Loyola University of Chicago, but has lived in the Bay Area since returning in 1977, raising his family of three children, practicing emergency medicine until he retired in November of 2007, and devoting much of his other time to artistic pursuits. After trying his hand at painting for a number of years, he began seriously studying sculpture in 1994, concentrating first on ceramic sculpture, then moving primarily to the creation of stone works of art in 1996.
Ted first visited the Carrara area of Italy in 1997 and has traveled there many times since to work in the marble carving studios of Pietrasanta. It was in Pietrasanta that he initially learned the use of the sophisticated power tools used by the artisans working there and the point machines and calipers that allow one to measure clay or plaster models (maquettes) that are used in perfecting the stone sculpture itself.
Over the years he has become accomplished in carving both abstract and figurative works and though he still works from maquettes at times, he prefers to sculpt “free form” to create excitingly original pieces. Though initially he worked almost exclusively in Carrara marble, he has extended his work to include a variety of materials including Iranian golden or red travertine and Utah and Italian alabaster. He has made many beautiful sculptures from honeycomb calcite, a translucent stone which he obtains directly from a quarry in the mountains of Utah.
Figurative sculpture was his first love when he began sculpting in 1994, and it is still the most exciting sculpture that he does. Some recent works include several pieces sculpted from stones without benefit of a maquette—allowing the stone itself to dictate the form that evolves. Examples are “Pearl”, “Heather”, and “Jewel”. Those “free form” works can be compared to “Gemini”, “Lady B”, and “Jumping for Joy”, sculptures completed using maquettes that he created. For the 2018 Ruth Bancroft Garden show he is showing three abstract works highlighting three different types of beautiful Italian marble, and all carved without the use of maquettes: “Sunset’s Reflection” carved from Rosso di Verona, “Unwinding” which is in Bardiglio, and “Converging Arcs” from classic Carrara marble.
Images of these works and many others can be viewed on the web site: bayersculpturestudio.com.
A visit to Bayer Sculpture Studio in the El Cerrito hills will find him happily working in a garden setting surrounded by many of the sculptures that he and his wife Mary Bayer create and have strategically scattered about their home and outdoor property. A visit can be arranged by calling them in advance.
The day I made my first sculpture, I suspected I was going to be hooked for life. Each day I am ever more convinced of my good fortune to be doing something that I so enjoy. I love creating art, and to be able to begin with a beautiful but untouched stone and shape it in a way that transforms it to a finished work of art from the basic material is intensely exciting. Every day spent in my studio is a wonderful new adventure.
I’ve been a practicing sculptor since 1975 and have art exhibited throughout the Bay Area. I have a Master of Architecture from University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI.
Artistic Experience includes:
Practicing Sculptor (1975-present)
Walnut Creek Art Commissioner (2010-present)
Bedford Gallery Advisory Board (2007-8)
Diablo Regional Arts Association (Past President)
SCULPTCAST Conversations about Sculpture (Host/interviewer)
Artistic Signs of Walnut Creek (Partner)
San Ramon Valley School District Student Art project Juror (2013-present)
My sculpture is the embodiment of my resistance to embodiment.
I’ve learned that I love to combine materials. I search for different materials to work with and add with one another. I’ve been enjoying combining metal with ceramic. It especially pleases me to reclaim “found metal”.
I also enjoy gathering indigenous materials to create strong clay bodies and striking and unusual glaze effects in my ceramic work.
Some of my sculpture work has a “primitive” flavor. I also enjoy the balance of producing unique functional ceramic ware.
Although I’ve been using metal for less than 15 years, I’ve been playing with clay for over 30.
Donna is a Southern California transplant & has spent nearly forty years in the San Francisco Bay area, raising a family and enjoying life there. Although schooled as a scientist she has always been an artist. She has worked in ceramics, metal fabrication and printmaking. She has taken numerous classes and workshops around the area and exhibited locally. Donna’s artwork focuses on nature and family images. Her work is often inspired by special moments frozen in time and the small details that stimulate her imagination. Artists that have inspired her include Maurice Denis, Mary Cassatt, David Hockney, Paul Gauguin among others.
Farros works in ceramic sculpture, bronze, and assemblage, with attention to the painted surfaces. She combines social concepts, fertility, and Mother Nature in a narrative approach. Fertility and nature inspiration originates from growing up in the San Joaquin Valley surrounded by agriculture, farming, and open spaces.Her subject matter often contains flora and fauna, utilizing juxtapositions of the plant and animal worlds. Dreams, mythology, and everyday situations inspire Kathleen in a Surrealistic manner. Often, one sees the play on words, utilized in Pop and Funk Art depicting the subject matter. Mother Earth and her goddess series represent the female strength. Fish symbolically represent the journey she has been on and continues to navigate through the ups and downs of Life. Life is full of challenges, but Kathleen finds the uplifting moments.
Kathleen has been fortunate to have had early and continued support and encouragement in the arts from her family and mentors. Creativity was fostered from the very beginning, from her grandmother and parents—respect for the arts was and is significant. Robert Arneson, David Gilhooly, and Peter Vandenberge were and continue to be influences in Kathleen’s life in the sculptural scene. She was fortunate to follow the Funk Artists of the 60’s. Wayne Thiebaud, Daniel Shapiro, and Jerry Hoepfner influenced her painting in color technique and convention. Inspired by Surrealist artists, Salvador Dali and Rene Magritte, Kathleen creates from deep imagination and other worlds.
Kathleen S. Farros received a B.A. in Fine Art from UC Davis and a M.A. in Art from CSU, Sacramento.
Post-college, she worked with David Gilhooly, a key mentor, and additional artists in studio, which enriched and expanded her artistic expression. To further expand, she took classes at the Art Foundry with Alan Osborne, to experience bronze casting. Learning the lost wax process and creating in bronze proved to be an exciting medium to portray her ideas. Years of teaching, allowed her to perfect techniques in painting, sculpting, and printmaking. Currently, Kathleen shares a studio at The Art Studios (1727 “I” St.) in mid-town Sacramento. Her art can be viewed every Second and Third Saturday or by appointment at The Art Studios, as well as in numerous shows throughout the region. As a member of Blue Line Arts and The Verge, Kathleen is attentive to the regional art scene.
Art is a vehicle to express emotions—personally and socially. When one views the art—the intent is to gain energy for one’s self and insight into the human condition, sometimes soulful and sometimes humorous.
“I work to create fanciful impressions of the world with colorful flair. My work is often playful, exuberant and humorous.”
A lifelong passionate maker of objects, I enjoy using various mediums to bring life to my art. My current focus is on concrete and steel creations usually painted or covered in fine mosaic of glass or ceramic. My art is sometimes whimsical, colorful, social inquisitive and often amusing with connections to the natural world. The ability to sculpt and shape my work by hand gives me a lot of satisfaction as I smooth a piece to life.
Trained at UC Davis in Design, I worked in Visual Merchandising for over ten years. Studies at CCA in Oakland focused my work on sculpture, Industrial Design and fine wood working. With the construction of Frogpark, a fanciful outdoor playground in Oakland CA, I rekindled my love of sculpture. That became the start of a new era of art in my life. Now primarily working in concrete, I sculpt figures, large fruit, eggs, animal sculptures as well as create murals to enliven garden and living spaces. My work can be seen throughout Northern California in variety of Exhibitions and private collections with public works in Napa, Los Altos and Orinda.
The works created for this show highlight my interests in the spiritual leader. Black Elk of the Oglala Lakota tribe said, “And while I stood there I saw more than I can tell, and I understood more than I saw; for I was seeing in a sacred manner the shapes of things in the spirit, and and the shape of all shapes as they must live together like one being.” This amazing insight is what I want to give the viewer! The totem pole traditionally is outdoor art and a platform that for creation, it has always spoken to me and I thrive in its creation.
Glaze is the other aspect of ceramic sculpture that fascinates me. Glazing is a challenge that creates, enhances, and ads layers of complexity the piece. The journey of creation continues to be challenging and fulfilling.
Native American art inspires and fascinates me as my journey continues. Animals I see and meet; their faces and gestures give me inspiration to create my sculptures. I find inspiration in all forms of art from ancient Greek and Asian art to German expressionism, the Bay Area movement, and all current art around the globe. Going to galleries and museums, is what I enjoy almost as much as creating art. Art is a huge part of my daily life.
Beth Hartmann is a Sonoma County arts organizer and metal sculptor. Her pieces evoke emotions felt while observing the natural world.
Beth Hartmann uses a fiber sensibility in her metal sculptures. Materials that get the concept across, whether copper, wire, cement, bondo, plastic, steel, are used in her pieces. She is also a serious and subversive arts organizer, being lead artist of Sebastopol’s Sculpture Jam and active in art politics locally. Beth has lived and made art in Sonoma County for 25 years. Awards for her artwork have come from Phil Linhares , Manuel Neri. She has received grants from the Surface Design Organization and, Jentel Artist Residency. Surface Design Journal, Fiberarts Magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle and Cloverdale Reveille have included articles about Beth’s art. Her work is shown and collected in the U.S. and Japan, but she’s not averse to showing elsewhere.
I grew up in Southern California. My parents were hard core beach people. In middle school, I taught myself how to design, shape and glass surfboards for my friends out of
my parents garage.
In college I got into ceramics and sold my pieces at the Orange County Fair Grounds Flea Market. Out of college I jumped into photography. I had a great dark room set up in my 18’ long Victorian bathroom and had a job operating a line camera for a bit. Next I was in charge of the physical therapy program at the Orange County Mental Health Clinic in Newport Beach. I taught photography, leather goods making, ceramics and
I went back to school and then returned to the same clinic as a Mental Health Therapist.
Four years later I started a company with three friends. We framed custom homes in
Laguna Beach for a couple of years and then purchased some land on the water in
Lake Arrowhead. We designed, built and sold our beautiful custom home.
I then moved to Berkeley in 1980. I joined an artists collective called 20X20. We had a
very cool second story loft in SOMA. The 20 photographers would hang a new show every month and throw a dance party with a live band on opening night. It was an exciting scene and we received rave reviews in the Chronicle’s Pink Section. My next door neighbor was Bruce McGaw, who was one of the younger painters in the Bay Area Figurative Movement. I would look right into Bruce’s studio and see him painting from my kitchen table. Every once in a while I would take a bottle of wine over and Bruce would educate me about the painting process and encourage me in my
I went to work at UCB and held many creative positions. For most of my career I was the Director of Capital Projects for the Housing, Dining and Child Care Services department. I was responsible for the planning, design and construction phase of every
Recently, I started building acoustic guitars with great success. One day, after watching some surfing at Mavericks I went for a walk through the fisherman’s area in Princeton. I found a large stack of discarded old buoys that I could
not walk away from. I stuffed as many of them as I could in my car. I discovered a great
metal salvage yard in East Oakland and a source of old copper toilet floats in Berkeley. I
have other little salvage yards that hold treasures in the East Bay. My playful figurative
garden sculpture series has been received quite well. Some folks put them in their
homes as well as in the garden.
Just completed a retrospective at the Vallejo History Museum in the city of his birth,
with a show of over one hundred paintings and sculptures.
Born in Vallejo, CA Graduated Solano J. C. attended C.C.A.C. in Oakland and the College of Marin. Worked at Mare Island Naval Yard on Nuclear Submarines. Spent 25 years working at U.C. Berkeley, twice in the art dept; first with Peter Voulkos in charge of the foundry in the late 60’s, then ran the sculpture shops in the 80’s.
Worked 15 years in Astrophysics making experimental scientific equipment for two
Nobel Laureates, Luis Alvarez and George Smoot.
Worked in Italy for one year doing scientific experiments at the Gran Sasso National Laboratory. Taught six marble carving workshops In Carrara Italy, twelve drawing workshops in San Miguel de Allende Mexico and many figurative clay workshops in Berkeley.
Made all the marble and bronze work for the chapel at Marin Catholic high school.
Two bronze fountains and a marble baptismal font at St. Hilarys in Tiburon. Public art can be seen at the Embarcadero Bart station in San Francisco and at Solano College in Fairfield. The city of Orinda owns two large sculptures. I have work in
private collections in the Bay Area, Italy, Mexico and Boston.
For a more extensive view please see www.art13.gallery.
From the beginning of Roger’s career in the 1970’s, he has been attracted to the technical challenges resented by curvilinear forms as they are displayed in various art mediums. For years he focused on mastering these skills while working primarily in solid wood. The technical competence he gained over the next fifteen years freed him to explore the visual composition of his work by using other materials. It has been the use of these materials such as metals, contrasting woods and plastic composites, that he found a much more versatile pallet that is allowing him to explore are in motion through the use of accents and details. He strives to craft art while offering a unique visual expression that enhances yet transcends function.
Roger’s work has been on display at over 25 galleries throughout the country and photos of his work have been published in more than 30 books and magazines such as Schiffer Publication Series, Taunton Press Design Books and American Craft and Fine Woodworking magazines. He lives in Scotts Valley, Ca.
Xuan has worked on mosaic for 18 years and recently becomes a full time mosaic artist after working in the information technology field for over 30 years. Her mosaics aim to tell a story, to inspire, and to delight the imagination. The inspiration for her art is mostly derived from my life journey, as well as from her perception of the external world. To capture the depth and complexity of such subjects, real or imagined, she has been able to delve into different artistic styles and techniques in her designs, such as impressionism, still life, and architecture. She also evolves from only using ceramics to incorporating a wide variety of materials into her mosaics, such as stones, pebbles, mirrors, seashells, as well as stained, fused, vitreous or tempered glass, to pull unlikely materials into unique harmony.
Xuan incorporates her mosaics into indoor and outdoor tables, wall hangings, mirrors, birdbaths, sculptures, animal statues, fireplaces, water fountains, large-scale murals, as well as mosaic jewelry. She also does commission work.
Owner – Wes Horn Mosaic Art, sculptor with over 20 years of collaborative and independent experience building large-scale public, gallery and privately commissioned artworks for exterior and high-traffic areas.
I am a second-generation sculptor who creates durable, functional, and engaging works of lasting beauty in the public sphere, with a real and evident connection to the community, natural features, and aesthetics of a space. I love our natural waterways and green space. Living and working out of Davis, California, I have a strong familiarity with and passion for interacting with these spaces that extends to my artwork. Specializing in high-fire ceramic, tile mosaic, terrazzo, bronze, glass, cement, steel, and earth materials, my chosen mediums are perfectly suited and time-tested for high-traffic outdoor areas and allow for the creation of interactive and dynamic spaces for the public to enjoy.
“By playing with familiar imagery through painting and sculpting I look to share with the viewer a glimpse within my own creative mind and hope to renew the adolescent imaginations within us all, if only for a moment.”
Sarah Hunt, née Woodard grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area before relocating to Arcata, California to attend Humboldt State University and receive her Bachelor of Art with a focus in ceramic sculpture. Following graduation, she furthered her practice with ceramic artist Keith Schneider for two years and spent one year pursuing a graduate degree in fine arts at San Francisco State University.
However, Sarah ultimately decided her true calling wasn’t in academia and she returned to her beloved Northern California community to independently explore her creative endeavors. She now spends her time designing and gardening for a Floral Designer/Floral Farmer, while cultivating her own artistic practice every chance she gets.
“I like to be part of a community of artists so varied and talented.”
I was born in Mexico City in 1943. After high school, I studied interior design for three years before moving to Israel, where I lived for six years. I started my focus on photography while traveling through the Middle East and Europe. To this day, I love to travel the world, spend time in museums and art galleries, and find inspiration in the people and places I visit.
When I returned to Mexico in 1977, I opened an art gallery in Mexico City, where contemporary Mexican artists and a variety of media, including pottery, graphics, painting and sculpture, were displayed. I was fortunate to manage some of the most talented artists, many of whom have received worldwide recognition. Although I loved the commercial part of owning a gallery, I discovered that I had little time to create my own art. I sold the gallery in 1990 to concentrate on my own work.
Besides photography, I worked on monotypes and ceramics. In addition to my personal illustrations, I taught art classes to the local retirement community. I enjoyed the opportunity to give something to my community in a way that also helped me explore and expand my own creative energies. In 2002 I started to work in ceramic sculpture, inspired by nature and the organic forms that surround me.
In 2011, during a trip to Argentina, I decided to modify my designs to work in another medium, such as silver. I chatted with a friend, and it was she who introduced me to a goldsmith from Ecatepec de Morelos. After having several conversations with him, I dedicated myself to discovering the production process of these new pieces.
In 2012, I expanded my work to include a baseline of silver jewelry with ceramic designs. My current collection includes more than 40 pieces of sculptural ceramics with necklaces, bracelets and earrings of similar design, which I have made by hand in Mexico. Each of them is made entirely with the traditional techniques of rolling, openwork, soldering and polishing. The materials I use are sterling silver and cultured pearl.
My photography, monotypes and ceramics have been exhibited in several galleries in Mexico, and more recently, I was the outstanding artist in the Orinda Library during the month of May 2013. I like to be part of a community of artists so varied and talented.
I am an artist member of Marin Society of Artists, Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Marin Open Studios, Pacific Rim Sculptors and International Sculpture
I have been interested in photography since college and have photographed
Mayan and Aztec ruins in Mexico, Belize and Guatemala. My current photography is outdoor landscapes of the San Francisco Bay Area. All my photographs are museum quality, framed, matted and signed.
My sculptures are influenced by my many years as a building contractor, which gave me an appreciation for wood, metal, aluminum and other materials. All my sculptures move or revolve by hand or wind, and as the light reflects off of them, they all show various angles and colors.
Growing up in New Jersey in an atmosphere of art and art appreciation, my parents taught me to see beauty, harmony, balance and proportions in all my endeavors. In college I majored in Industrial Arts with a Fine Arts minor. After college I moved to New Hope, PA and began designing modern furniture with the influence of the great mid-century designers, George Nakashima, Paul Evans, and Phillip Lloyd Powell, who resided there.
Art Deco designs also played an important role in my 2 and 3 dimensional art, and continues to be an influence in all of my artistic projects. After moving from New York City to California in 1972, I worked as a designer and production manager for a San Francisco modern furniture company. I also became a licensed general contractor. I was one of the founding members of The Art Deco Society of California and I built my Art Deco inspired house in 1984 and furnished it with authentic Art Deco furniture and accessories. The house sat on a hilltop outside Mill Valley overlooking the Bay.
In San Francisco I produced an antique show specializing in Art Deco and Modernism twice a year for 26 years. I also had 2 antique shops for many years and co-authored a book with my wife, Deborah, on our Art Deco Bakelite jewelry and box collection. My other interests include erotic photography and sculpture and I have produced and curated 7 erotic art exhibitions in San Francisco. I have been an exhibitor at my shows in addition to participating in numerous erotic art shows across the country. Eight of my female sculptures are on permanent display in a museum in Miami Beach, FL.
Life could have crawled out of the dark muck and evolved into the many different forms of life now around us. Or perhaps it was brought down from space in the suitcase of a merchant traveling between different worlds. The atoms that make up everything in the universe came from the surrounding stars that blew away fragments and dust that swirled into planet forming eddies. The wonderful thing is that everything in our existence, from rocks to plants are made up of the same type of atoms, they are just arranged in different ways. I like this view of the universe. It is what I think about while I am working on art.
“I believe that art should evoke admiration or curiosity. I like to create pieces with a certain whimsical element, encouraging viewers to add their own stories to my artwork.”
Born in Moscow, Russia in 1967. After receiving her MFA degree from the Stroganov School of Art and Industry she successfully worked in both traditional and experimental media. Mrs. Kudymova participated in ceramics and painting exhibitions, worked as a book illustrator, and created a web site for children tinytram.com. She lives and works in San Jose, California. Her art can be seen at her blog kudymova.com.
Learning to ‘let go’ of loved ones is a lifelong challenge full of inspiration! My brother Craig, who passed away from cancer at the young age of 38, had an obsession with dolphins. In his home, he had anything, and everything ever created that depicted dolphins of all shapes and sizes.
Shortly after this tragic loss and in his honor, his girlfriend had a pool installed that was embellished with a blue border tile each with faint little jumping dolphins. At first glance of this pool I knew instantly what my creative side wanted to express. It was that exact moment, the journey began! A five-foot free-standing dolphin was created.
It may not have always been my thoughts to be a mosaic artist, but after my first dolphin and much encouragement from friends that have stood with me through all of life’s changes I embraced the challenge to continue to create. As an artist, once one project was completed, my mind never stopped thinking of what the next creation could be – of course, bigger, better and more. Why not enormous running horses…. wild and free! From that came the rearing horses… I completely lost my mind…and found my own expanded artistic ability in the process!
Some lessons you literally stumble over in the process of learning them. Serendipity describes how the sun happens to hit the sculptures at different times. It sparkles and dances through the hours until it slips into the final moments of sunset- my personal favorite time of day.
I hope that you will find the same playful, fun-loving spirit that embodied my big brother’s personality in each of my custom crafted mosaics made with loving memories. Success for me is that you enjoy them as much as I did in creating them!
“Using primarily recycled materials, I create unique artistic expressions”
Manipulating re-purposed steel and glass, Michael Larson creates unique garden sculptures. Having been a gardener most of his life, he’s enjoyed creating art to place in landscapes. Michael has taken his skills as a goldsmith, a machinist, and welder, as well as training in art classes taken at San Jose State University and elsewhere to give new life to objects long discarded. “I imagine that all the pieces that I use had a long and useful life. And I ask it to be something completely different.”
“Playing with clay is such a satisfying, tactile and immediate way to engage in being creative. The process brings me great joy as does the sharing of my “Meteorites Series” with you.
Sculpture came to me over night, a gift I would say. This series; the one of Meteorites; is a way to bring smiles to both myself and the viewer. I have so much fun sculpting these Beings and seeing who they become. Often, they are based on dear friends and sometimes one just wants to be born as in Puck. As to my past; just a wee little glimpse; I was hearing impaired early on and looked at faces very intently to understand what was being communicated to me, thus began my intrigue with the human face. I have sculpted busts of humans and creatures from my imagination. The Meteorite Series is a combination of both. I am intrigued by nature, art and the quirkiness of humans. I love my Meteorite art pieces and I hope you get a smile from them too. Thank you, Ginny
I love exploring my creative side and have not settled into one form of art. I have been blessed with creative ladies in my family. From my Grandmother who loved to sew and cook, a Great Aunt who created beautiful ceramics pieces to my Mom who was fantastic Cake Decorator.
It was my Mom who got me working with beads. She was a huge Martha Steward fan and saw a project on one of her shows for eyeglass holder necklace… So began my love of creating jewelry which lead to creating Window Charm/Sun Catchers.
My favorite items to work with are treasures found on the beach, shells, sea glass, rocks and driftwood. Thou using whole seashells it perforable to most people, I have learned that it is not healthy for the oceans. I use items found on the California and Oregon beaches. I have many wonderful memories spending time with my dad beach combing. Sadly due to health reasons he is unable to make these trips any more.
My family and friends have been a major part of my art. I want to thank my Mom who inspired me, my Dad who built all my displays and went on all kinds of treasure hunts. My friends who love going to the beach, antique shops and outer places to fine treasures. Lastly, to all my kitties, past, present and future for they are my muses.
I am a California native, originally from Southern California. I moved to Oakland after receiving my BA in Sculpture from Bennington College.
The pieces I have submitted to this exhibition are playful garden birds. I have always connected with plants and animals, and these are my favorite subjects to work with.
I have been designing and installing California Gardens for the past 15 years, which gives me the opportunity to collaborate with my clients, to develop a space that they will love.
I always keep a day open to devote to ceramic art.
Marck is an artist with a wide variety of interests in both two- and three-dimensional form. His work often involves elements of abstraction, expressionism with a surrealist approach. He employs a wide variety of media in his sculptures, including ceramics, concrete, wire, rebar, cast metal, stone, wood, cork, and found objects. Marck also has a life-long interest in botany and horticulture… and just so happens to work part-time at the Ruth Bancroft Garden nursery.
Diana is a California based sculptor known for creating hybrid forms informed by the intersection of nature and architecture. Utilizing metal, glass and ceramic, Markessinis explores the human impact on the natural world and visa versa. In 2007 she received her Masters of Fine Art in sculpture from California State University, Fullerton, CA and her undergraduate degree in sculpture from West Virginia University (2003), attending special workshops at the Pont-Aven School of Contemporary Art, France and the Haystack Mountain School of Craft in Deer Isle, in Maine.
Markessinis has shown her work at the Newport Beach Civic Center Sculpture Park, the Los Angeles Arboretum, Park Santiago Nature Center in Santa Ana, and The Artist Village in downtown Santa Ana. Special projects include Ten Feet along the LA River, The Rails for Trails Sculpture Garden in West Virginia as well as exhibitions in throughout California, including Pulling the Forest Along the Road a NEA Grant project with Hope Center for the Arts and Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana, CA. Markessinis has received awards and grants from The Hoff Foundation (2009) and California State University Fullerton Art Alliance (2006)
We fabricate eclectic creations to inspire and provide sound, form and reflection.
Marlo DiPietro: I’m a UPS driver consumed by the world of artistic possibilities.
Ellen Lawson: A freelance writer, I recently began turning wood, welding and making cool stuff.
Together as a team, we make unique fountains, functional art and metal sculptures.
See more at www.MarloAndEllen.com.
David is a Walnut Creek, California, resident, decided in 1996 to begin expressing his passion for wood by creating objects turned on a wood lathe. His creations are admired for their unique design and fine finishing. He utilizes wood that he collects in Wisconsin, California, and Hawaii.
Dave was raised in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin and educated at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He utilized his degree in Chemical Engineering to manage oil-refining facilities until leaving the industry to pursue his interest in woodturning. He resides in a home adjacent to his studio with his wife Sally near Arbolado Park. They enjoy frequent visits from the families of their two delightful daughters, Kathy and Kristy, especially when those visits include their four wonderful grandchildren.
He has studied at the Arrowmont School in Gatlinburg, Tennessee and is an active member of the American Association of Woodturners. His work has won awards in judgings by his peers. In the past his work has been featured at the Walnut Creek Bedford Gallery (The Big Tree Project, the 2005 and 2008 triennial Local Voice shows) and with other sculptors at the Annual Ruth Bancroft Garden Show.
Dave continues to be very active with Habitat for Humanity, building locally and traveling on nine occasions with the Jimmy Carter Work Projects for major builds, nationally and internationally
My sculptures are based on images of women and animals that resonate with me visually, emotionally or spiritually. These images may be seen in life, in other artist’s work or in books and magazines. I am fascinated with the birds I encounter on walks with my dog — such as crows, yellow–billed magpies, hawks, and roadrunners – as well as the jackrabbits and coyotes I have seen locally and when living in the SouthWest. I visit museums and galleries on a regular basis and also peruse a variety of art and wildlife books and magazines for inspiration, never knowing when I might spot a potential pattern or image I need to incorporate into a sculpture.
Like many artists, my influences and focus are largely the result of childhood exposure to images that resonate with me, such as geometric patterns and bright colors from stained glass windows at church and women who are strongly reminiscent of statues of the saints and the blessed virgin. I particularly am drawn to depicting faces that are serene and compassionate, like those I viewed as a child.
Working with clay is very rewarding, not only for its tactile properties but also for the process of watching the artwork within it emerge. Sculpting has opened a door for me to explore the natural world and to feel a deeper connection with a larger reality. It has become a lifelong learning process, not only in sculpting, glazing and firing techniques, but also in exploring other cultures and looking more closely at the world around me.
Domenica has been creating art her entire life.
She has spent a life time drawing and painting water colors. In her early 20’s Domenica apprenticed at a ceramic studio and spent many years creating wheel thrown functional ceramics with either detailed underglaze paintings on porcelain or bold carved designs on stoneware. After an injury she decided to go back to drawing and operated a tee shirt company for 5 years offering her original artwork on garments that were sold across the country.
In 2002 Domenica and her partner Solomon Bassoff created Faducci Studio, a hand sculpted concrete and mosaic creative partnership. Faducci creates large scale public art projects for hospitals, parks, zoos, libraries and other community gathering places.
Recently her lifelong love of ceramics inspired her to begin sculpting in clay again. Domenica enjoys creating deeply textured work highlighted by ceramic stains. Her art work comes from her strong connection to nature and her love of animals. The ceramic pieces are high fired and can be placed outdoors.
More information on the artist and her work can be found at www.faducci.com
Born Vicki Bliss in Compton, California, and raised in Orange County. Vicki’s work is influenced in part by her grandmother, Nellie Good Carter, an accomplished Southern California artist. She was also influenced by museum visits throughout Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the United States at a young age.
Sculpting is a lifelong passion for Vicki. She has worked in a variety of media and continues to study various sculpting styles and techniques.
Faceplants, her newest series are whimsical and refreshing planters that may also be used for other purposes.
Her “Romantics” series reflects the flowing, graceful lines she is noted for within her commemorative statuary. This work is frequently created as custom requests for special events such as weddings and anniversaries.
Her “Nature” series reflects her love of the gifts our Earth gives us. This collection is designed to be both useful and decorative.
Her most recent series, “The Jazz Men” is a whimsical series. Each sculpture has bits of musical instruments embedded into them that may represent parts of the anatomy.
“Inspiration is the motivation for what I do, what I make. The very seed of that plays backward and forward through time, uniting human makers through decades, centuries and perhaps even aeons.”
My technique is brute force, decide-at-the-moment.
My creative process emerges with patterns. I incorporate patterns into all of my sculpture. Taking one piece of steel, adding to it, or deleting from it, then ending when the sculpture encompasses all of my creativity, this is what charges up my artistic energies. When my creative force is flowing, I work on a sculpture to completion. It is finished when the creative flow ends.
I have been an artist all my life. I am fascinated with engineering and architecture. The shapes of metal, its patterns, textures and grains; all entice me to create. My ability to cut and weld metal allows me to create any art I desire. My aspiration is to create sculpture that is unique, something that no one has done before. I resist conformity and mass production. My art is as individual as I am.
“Born in Romania, raised in Israel and living in the SF bay area since 2007, I consider myself as a true woman of the world.”
I have been working with clay as my main artistic medium for the past 11 years. My professional background as a Socio-Anthropologist researcher, coupled with my lifelong passion for travels and for ancient traditions and cultures (alongside
the rich jewish heritage which I’m part of) manifest themselves in my art work. My usage of colors, textures and motifs reflects my life experiences and passions.
Other major sources of inspiration include nature and natural objects (boulders,tree trunks, leaves, cliffs, etc.), colors (flowers, fabrics, etc.), and ethnic tribal art.
Married for 21 years, I am a proud mom of 3 wonderful kids and of a sweet dog!
I am a member of OVCAG (Orchard Valley Ceramic Art Guild) since 2009, and a member in Gallery 9 in Los Altos since 2015.
I have been creating welded metal sculpture for over 26 years. I use mostly recycled metals to form my sculptures and sometimes i use new steel. My subject matter is human, animal and natural forms. Horses, figures, faces, fish and trees guide my artistic process. I get allot of inspiration from the shapes, patterns and textures of scrap metal. It’s exciting envisioning something living made from industrial components. I try to sculpt objects that hold meaning over time and are valuable and exciting to collect.
I am a Maker, it’s in my blood. The Sculptures I create are to blend with or highlight their surroundings, not over-take it. I choose to use copper as my medium because it is a natural element that patinas with age. The materials once used had a very utilitarian purpose. After they were discarded, I upcycle them into works of art.
I grew up in California. My Father was in the Construction Industry and I followed in his steps.Now that I have retired from 40 years of designing and constructing with wood, I have turned to metal.I moved to the Oregon Coast in 2015 with my wife and son to a home built in 1890, also by a Maker. Here I am expanding my Art.
The Sculptures I create are to blend with or highlight their surroundings, not over-take it.
I choose to use copper as my medium because it is a natural element that patinas with age.The materials once used had a very utilitarian purpose. After they were discarded, I upcyclethem into works of art.
Galen was born 1965 in the Central Valley of California to an agriculturally based family. Having always been artistically minded he committed to the trade in his mid-twenties. Galen now lives in the rural desert of Central Oregon near Bend, Oregon. Galen’s home and studio is located in an off-grid development east of Bend, Or. I am proud to claim that 98% of all electricity used to produce his art is derived from solar and wind power. Believe in GREEN!
Born in Paris, France, I moved to the US in 1994.
As far as I can remember I have always been drawing and building things, but it is a
workshop with the sculptor Petrus in 1978, which triggered my passion for sculpture. I loved the
clay, the stone, the intimate contact with the material. At that time, I had just completed my
education in electrical engineering. Rather than going right away to work, I applied to the “Ecole
Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts” in Paris, and studied drawing and sculpture there for two
years, before spending several months with Petrus, from whom I learned the foundation of my clay technique.
However, at the time, a career in art was not really an option for me (or so I thought) and I
went back to pursuing a career as an engineer. Eventually, in 2015, after 35 years with limited
artistic activity, I finally decided to go back to art full time.
I like to work in clay because I can turn a pile of mud into almost anything if I set my mind to it. I like to work in mosaics because it’s almost the opposite, assembling existing pieces into something new. The two approaches together are the perfect balance of control and chaos.
I guess mud is in my blood, because my colonial ancestors established one of the first major potteries in Boston. I’ve been working in mud (AKA clay) since I was two, and pretty much have never stopped. From sand castles built along the Connecticut seashore, to the work I make in California today, my goal has always been to make something from nothing. About 40 years ago I heard that the mud was great out here, so I came west, discovered my niche at Ruby’s Clay Studio in San Francisco and proceeded to hone my rudimentary skills into those of a mud wrestling dynamo. Today I make my home in SF’s Glen Park neighborhood, atop a rich deposit of clay. Here I have a studio that I share with my other half, David, who works in clay, as well. Additionally, I guide others at Ruby’s, and other clay studios, teaching pottery.
I retired 4 years ago and happily discovered I enjoyed working with clay. My ceramic pieces are slab built and I like to experiment with interesting textures, multi-layered glazes and themes with a touch of humor. I especially like creating yard art and totems. I consider myself fortunate to have the opportunity to study with Tony Natsoulas and am a studio artist at Alpha Fine Arts.
I have participated in many national, international and local juried art shows and donated several pieces to charitable causes such as Crocker Big Names Small Art, Women’s Wisdom, KVIE Art Auctions, Effie Yeaw Nature Center and Sacramento Fine Arts Arts Gratia Artis fundraisers. I have won multiple awards, and in 2016 was awarded BEST OF SHOW in the Sacramento Fine Arts International art show Magnum Opus.
I am a proud to be a member of Blue Line Gallery in Roseville, Rocklin Fine Arts, Sacramento Fine Arts and Northern California Arts in Sacramento. I am extremely grateful to these organizations for encouraging and promoting artists such as myself.
A Life well lived, an Earth well taken care of, awe for an unimaginable Space that the
Earth is part of and exists within.
Living long enough to look back on one’s life, I think about the journey I have taken.
I have been an artist all my life, and a wife and mother for part of it. I have tried to bring
balance to these different parts of my life and nourish them all. I knew in first grade that
this was my destiny. I went to the high school of Music and Art, which at that time was in
Harlem, and I lived in Brooklyn, but all of this is another story. My artwork is a
culmination of a lifetime of asking myself what it means to be an artist, and how to
express this meaning in the world.
Through my interest in other cultures I developed what I call “Language Art”, using
Hebrew, Arabic, Sikh and Chinese in my art work, brought me an understanding of the
people that use these languages. I challenged myself to learn the Hebrew Alphabet, by
drawing each letter in my own style. I gathered different styles for each letter then I
would draw my version. I worked through the alphabet, after finishing, I realized I had a
Hebrew letter type style. I did the same thing with words in Chinese Characters, Arabic
and the Sikh symbols in these languages
My artistic strength and gift is my ability to create simple, powerful abstract shapes. My
abstract shapes point to ideas and concepts that at the same time have words, but are
beyond words. My abstractions of people shows, humanity with gender, but race,
nationality and ethnicity are not recognizable.
My skill sets include, Bronze Casted Sculpture, Fabricated Steel Sculpture, Digital Art,
Architectural Design, Collage, Painting and Jewelry.
What do I do with these skills? I started a non-profit 501c3 ArtandTolerance.com Inc. The
Mission Statement is, art expressed in a way that promotes tolerance and peace in the
diverse global communities, and this allows me to reach out to others to help make a
difference in our world.
“My work is often referred to as Visionary or Shamanic art, calling on the dream world and bringing into play totemic bird and animal magic combined with abstract concentric ring and coil designs from ancient cultures .The mystery and magic in my artwork happens when I use the most improbable combinations of subject matter, dreams, memories and reflections, and somehow make them appear possible.
The source of inspiration for many of these pieces comes from my own personal work with the ceremonies and practices of the ancient Inca medicine wheel that has taught me how to reclaim in my own life the childlike dreamer I so often depict in my artwork. The color of my artwork is the natural ceramic colors that are weather durable. Most of my artwork is intended to exhibit outdoors in someone’s meditation garden or retreat center.”
Clayton has been making sculpture for 40 years. He was Born on a working farm near Charles, Missouri. As a teenager he discovered his passion for ceramic art and started building his own studio and kilns on the farm while still in high school. In 1979, after receiving his BFA in sculpture from Maryville University St. Louis, he then moved to California to study with celebrated artists including Peter Voulkos and Joan Brown at UC Berkeley. In 1985 he completed a Masters degree in fine arts from San Jose State and University. On sabbatical, spring 2001 Clayton Thiel was invited to work at Manuel Neri’s marble sculpture studio in Carrara Italy . He currently teaches Three-dimensional design and Sculpture at Chabot College in Hayward, CA. His studio is an artist cooperative located in Oakland California where he produces stone and ceramic art commissions. Clayton Thiel’s work has been exhibited widely on the West Coast and is in numerous private collections.
I draw much of my sculptural vocabulary from the forms found in nature: plants, animals, insects, seedpods, pollen grains, fungi, bones and the human figure. While my visual vocabulary is deeply rooted in the natural world, I also draw vocabulary from the synthetic or machine world. The resulting sculptures are, in part, an attempt to imagine a new ecology – one in which the organic world and the synthetic world exist in a state of symbiosis. I call these hybrid creations Biomet morphs, from “bio” meaning life or organism, “meta” meaning to transform or transcend, and “morph” meaning form or shape. Though I borrow vocabulary from the visible world, I am not interested in mimesis. Rather, I am interested in transmuting existing visible forms into fantastical entities, through a mixture of surrealism, abstraction, and hybridity.
I approach each sculpture as if I were reconstructing a rare specimen or preserving unique fossil remains. My goal is to create the illusion that each sculpture has grown into its form rather than having been assembled or constructed. While my materials and methods are rooted in the historic art-making practices of cast bronze my goal is to create work that exists somewhere outside of these traditions, work that is ambiguously alien yet strangely recognizable.
As a child I loved to draw and paint. After graduating college I worked as a Computer Scientist where I solved puzzles all day but felt something was missing. I created virtual things that no one, including myself, could touch or feel. Yearning to create something tangible, I discovered ceramics. Clay allows me to create physical objects which satisfies my need to make “real” objects, problem solve their construction, and incorporate my art background when contemplating the color and texture of my pieces. I have been working in clay for 25 years.
My work uses multiple wheel thrown and hand building techniques while exploring different types of clay and firing methods. Currently I volunteer as a ceramics teaching assistant at the Palo Alto Art Center and West Valley College helping others discover a love of clay and art. I am also a member of The Main Gallery in Redwood City, CA where my ceramics are shown.
This is my third time participating in Ruth Bancroft Garden’s Sculpture in the Garden.
“My work, which has been described as elegant, yet also earthy and powerful, is primarily informed by my own subconscious and a spontaneous interaction with a variety of materials. I strive to create a connection with the viewer; and my ultimate goal is to have the viewer feel a sense of familiarity with the work…a sense of knowing, of understanding.”
The act of creating has long been a driving force in my life. After designing and building my own home entirely by hand and creating a sustainable, organic life style in rural Massachusetts, I worked as a fine art photographer with shows in New York, Boston, and other East Coast cities. I’ve also worked and exhibited as a cabinet maker, a stained-glass artisan, and a potter. However, my primary career focus has been as a script writer and director of film and video. My work has been recognized with over fifty national and international awards including honors from the New York International and Chicago International Film Festivals and inclusion in the Library of Congress CINE Collection.
Over the past several years, I’ve channeled my creative energies into sculpture. In my first year of exhibiting, my work was selected for several shows throughout California including: “Made in California;” “California Open;” and “Art Outside the Box.” Since then my work has appeared in over fifty juried shows; has been recognized by curators from notable museums including: NY MoMA, the Oakland Museum of California, and the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art; and was featured in the book “Contemporary Sculptors: 84 International Artists.”