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A conversation with the artist by Satri Pencak has been published on the Sonoma County tourism site, perfect timing for a reminder about my upcoming lecture and slide show with biologist Shawn Brumbaugh
Art & Science: Views of Pepperwood Preserve
Monday Feb. 2, noon to 1 pm.
and exhibit Pepperwood Preserve: Paintings by Marsha Connell
January 15 through March 26
Santa Rosa Junior College, Petaluma Campus,
Herold Mahoney Library Gallery, Building 700
680 Sonoma Mountain Parkway, Petaluma
Thank you, Satri!
And I’ll be there again as a “celebrity artist” for the Mendocino Art Center’s Mendocino Open Paint Out, September 7-12, 2015.
It would be lovely if you could join us!
This plein air oil painting, Dissolve–Three Tree Hill, is on loan from Santa Rosa Junior College’s Doyle Collection for the exhibit Pepperwood Preserve: Paintings by Marsha Connell. At the exhibit, where original paintings and sketchbooks are displayed, you can also see a slide show of drawings, paintings and views of the preserve, as well as artists, scientists and students at work at Pepperwood. You’re invited to a lecture and reception for the exhibit Monday February 2, noon to 1pm. The exhibit will be up for two months.
Click Here for the college’s link to the Mahoney Library Gallery exhibit and to Art Talk video interviews from the Doyle Collection, (a wonderful project that I’m proud to be included in!) where I share my Pepperwood sketchbook and talk about my painting and drawing process and more.
Pepperwood Preserve: Paintings by Marsha Connell
Mahoney Library Gallery
January 15 – March 26, 2015
Santa Rosa Junior College Petaluma Campus,
Building 700, 680 Sonoma Mountain Parkway, Petaluma, CA 94854
LECTURE AND RECEPTION
Art and Science: Views of Pepperwood Preserve
Marsha Connell, artist and Shawn Brumbaugh, biologist
Mahoney Library Reading Room
Monday February 2, Noon -1 p.m.
Come with all your senses tuned in for a lecture and visual tour of Pepperwood’s landscape in a way that explores the synergy of art and science. Shawn Brumbaugh, SRJC biology instructor and co-developer of the Natural History of Pepperwood course series, joins Marsha Connell, artist and SRJC Art Instructor, on a painting and drawing journey of observation and interpretation through the Preserve. They will also discuss the historical importance of sketching in documenting scientific inquiry. After the talk, enjoy a tour of Marsha Connell’s original Pepperwood sketchbooks and paintings on exhibit in the Mahoney Library Gallery.
Lecture funded by SRJC’s Arts & Lectures Committee
This exhibit is free to the public. A $4.00 parking permit is required in campus lots. Petaluma Campus Map
Thank yous to Karen Peterson, Sami Lange, David Rau, Jo Ann Gaglione, Scott Lipanovich, Steve Barnhart, Alicia Virtue, Loretta Esparza, Greg Damron, Michael Gillogy, Ben Benson, Lisa Micheli, the Pepperwood Foundation, and all my students!
Do you know another more familiar name for a Pepperwood tree? Send me your thoughts!
You can register now for my next Painting Workshop at Pepperwood Preserve—
Spring Retreat: Landscape Painting En Plein Air, Expressing the Spirit of Place
You’re invited to the Graton Gallery “Anything Goes” Reception: 2pm – 5 pm, Saturday January 17.
This juried show includes one of my paintings — “A Morandi Day”, painted in Tuscany right after I visited the Morandi Museum in Bologna — and many other excellent and diverse artworks! Marsha-Connell-A Morandi Day, Campo della Donna, oil on canvas, 15.5×15.75″ 2011
You’re invited to also visit the Sebastopol Center for the Arts “Wetlands” and a series of related Laguna de Santa Rosa events. This juried show also includes one of my paintings, and many other fine artworks!
Sebastopol Center for the Arts and Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation are have joined hands to present this exhibition about “Wetlands”. We are proud to collaborate with a group that restores, conserves and inspires public appreciation of our local Laguna.
Galletta Gallery: “Wetlands, Ever changing Waters, Land and Life”. An exquisite collection of work exploring one of the richest and least understood of the world’s ecological systems. Artists from different states have entered work that portrays the wetlands in all of their diversity and importance to humankind and to the plants and animals that depend upon them. View work portraying nature in its magnificence or feel questioned by artists with a more activist agenda. Jurors for this show was Chester Arnold with input by Jerry Dodrill.
Saturday, January 24, 1-4pm. Weaving Demonstration, Free. Clint McKay, (Wappo/Dry Creek Pomo) and Lucy McKay (Sierra Miwok/Dry Creek Pomo) provide a traditional native basket weaving demonstration with native plants from the Laguna. Clint McKay is the Chairman of the California Indian Basketweavers Assoc. Open to the public.
Saturday, January 31, 2015 (3-4 pm) Lecture. Professor Ben Benson, Anthropology Coordinator at Pepperwood Preserve, Professor of North American Native Art at SSU and SRJC, and Director Emeritus of the Jesse Peter Native American Museum will present a lecture Native Art of the Laguna de Santa Rosa.
In Gallery II “Laguna de Santa Rosa – Through the Seasons” a superb representation of photographs by the Tuesday Afternoon Photography Group and Santa Rosa Photographic Society.
Gallery III brings a selection of Native American basketry. Thanks to the generous help of Professor Ben Benson , Professor of North American Native Art at SSU and SRJC, and Director Emeritus of the Jesse Peter Native American Museum, we will show examples of antique traditional native baskets and share with you local history.
I’m amazed that I just discovered this photo of myself and my catalog painting on Satri’s Sonoma County Arts Blog. Thank you, Satri! I do appreciate your selecting my artist photo at the coast with sketchbook and my oil painting “Pond and Wild Iris” to represent the wonderful community of Sonoma County Art Trails artists!
The October 2014 Open Studio weekends may be over, but look for us again October 10, 11, 17, & 18, 2015, our 30th year! And we invite our friends’ interest and support year round as we continue to exhibit and to teach and to create new work in our studios and en plein air.
Here’s the very fine article Satri wrote about Art Trails, and links back to her blog pages, where you can also regularly find out about many other Sonoma County art events and profiles on artists. Having been the visual arts coordinator at Sebastopol Center for the Arts for many years, Satri’s circle is wide and knowledgeable.
Art Trails Open Studios 2014
Autumn in Sonoma County means harvest time — grapes, apples, pumpkins, and all sorts of luscious things. It’s also when Art Trails Open Studios is happening over two weekends, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 11-12 and 18-19, with studios open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
In its 29th year, this is the largest open studios event in Sonoma County. Art Trails is a great opportunity to visit artists in their studios, talk with the artists, and see where and how art is created. It’s also an excellent time and place to buy art directly out of the studios for holiday gifts, or to add to your own collection.
For the first time, Art Trails Open Studios is sponsored by Sebastopol Center for the Arts, and will complement the Art Center’s long-standing annual Art at the Source Open Studios event that takes place in western Sonoma County during June.
Art Trails Open Studios encompasses the entire county and features the work of 161 artists. A number of the artists are offering free demonstrations throughout the weekends where you can talk with the artists, observe, and learn about traditional and experimental materials and techniques.
The best way to begin is to visit the main preview exhibition at Sebastopol Center for the Arts, where a piece from each of the artists is on display. This gives you an opportunity to look carefully and decide which studios you want to visit. You can also visit one of the five satellite preview exhibits presented throughout the county.
Then at any of the venues pick up a catalog with maps, schedules, and details, and hit the road, following the blue signs for an easy self-guided tour through beautiful Sonoma County.
Locations and dates of Art Trails exhibitions:
Sebastopol Center for the Arts
282 South High St., Sebastopol
Through Oct. 19
Regular gallery hours are Tuesdays through Friday 10am to 4pm, and Saturdays 1-4pm. Extended gallery hours are Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the tour weekends.
637 Fourth St., Downtown Santa Rosa
Through Oct. 31
209 Western Ave.
Petaluma, CA 94952
Through Oct. 21
Cloverdale Arts Alliance
204 N. Cloverdale Blvd.
Cloverdale, CA 95425
Through Nov. 13
Ice House Gallery
405 East D St.
Petaluma, CA 94952
Through Oct. 19
Fulton X Gallery
1200 River Road
Fulton, CA 95439
Oct. 8 – Nov. 2
Reception: Wednesday, Oct. 15, 6-8 p.m.
Awaiting Pineapple Express, 1, oil on canvas, 30 x 30″, December 2014
These two new paintings will be in a Gualala Art Center Exhibit, An Artistic Celebration of Redwood Coast Land Conservancy’s Public Access, opening reception 5 pm January 9, closing February 1.
Awaiting Pineapple Express, 2, oil on canvas, 11 x 14″, December 2014
I painted, leaning into the wind, anchoring my easel with my body, at the Gualala Bluff Trail as the “Pineapple Express” storms approached, December 8-10. The paintings were inspired by the darkening sky and waters and the agitation of wind and ocean waves bridging the sand bars into the river, changing the river from lagoon to winter estuary, echoed by flocks of sea gulls also rising and shifting in big swells. I am so grateful for the people who dedicate themselves to saving wild places! And grateful that I have the privilege of accessing some of them and through my art discovering what inside of me comes through to meet them.