Gallery Seven – Pastel Landscape and Still Life

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Just published, a gallery of pastels, and their stories. Enjoy!

Gallery Seven – Pastel Landscape and Still Life.

En plein air and in the studio: Mendocino pastel workshop and more plein air news

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I’ve just returned from 5 days in Monterey at “the Woodstock of plein air painting” with 700+ painters at #PACE15, the 4th Annual Plein Air Convention and Expo. I attended lectures, demos and critiques by many accomplished artists in oil, pastel and watercolor, and painted every afternoon on the beautiful, and windy, central coast of California. I’m refreshed and re-inspired to share the joys of the plein air painting experience with others!

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My Spring Retreat at Pepperwood Preserve: Landscape Painting “En Plein Air” is filled! but happily there is still space in my summer Mendocino pastel workshop, en plein air and in the studio. LIVELY PASTELS: BRIDGE BETWEEN DRAWINGS AND PAINTING. July 31–August 2, 2015 (Friday–Sunday, 9:30am–4:30pm) SU15FA513 • For all levels. You can register online @ http://www.mendocinoartcenter.org/Summer15/Connell.html
Or call 707 937-5818, ext. 10. Toll-free 800 653-3328, ext. 10

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I’ll be there again for the Mendocino Art Center’s “Mendocino Open Paint Out”, September 7-12. I’m honored to have been invited as one of eight “celebrity artists”. In addition to painting every day on location, in public view with many other painters, I’ll be demonstrating pastel painting and serving as a juror to award prizes to participants. Mendocino boasts a spectacular coastal location and a charming and walkable New England style small town. It would be lovely if you could join us! http://www.mendocinoartcenter.org/pleinairMarsha Connell_Blue Moon_pastel_16x20"

Spring Retreat at Pepperwood Preserve: Landscape Painting “En Plein Air”

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Expressing the Spirit of Place

Spend an exciting weekend painting on location in iconic Sonoma County landscapes with Santa Rosa Junior College instructor Marsha Connell. Engage your senses and the body to awaken an energetic connection with the land.

Plein air painters share a commitment with scientists to deep observation, to documenting and protecting our open spaces for future generations, and to sharing the joys and solace of nature.

Beginning painters: learn basics of working in the field. Experienced painters: practice and expand your repertoire. Explore aspects of realism, impressionism, expressionism, or abstraction. Enjoy support for finding your own painting voice to express the spirit of this special place.

Use any painting or drawing media. Demonstrations will be given in oils, drawing, and pastel. You are invited to stay overnight at the Bechtel House or camp under the stars. The retreat includes moderate hikes of less than a mile at a slow pace with long stops.

A catered dinner Saturday night and continental breakfast on Sunday are included. Saturday’s schedule includes evening sunset painting. A materials list and instructions will be sent to participants in advance.

Saturday, May 30, 9am-3pm & 6:30pm-8:30pm
AND Sunday, May 31, 2015, 9am-3pm
with optional overnight

FEES: $170 per participant
($150 for members) Ages 13 and up welcome

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Meet Sonoma County Artist Marsha Connell by Satri Pencak. Published: January 29th, 2015

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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

Meet Sonoma County Artist Marsha Connell

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Photo credit Lizbeth Hamlin. Marsha Connell and “River’s End, Day’s End, 3”_o/c_36”x36 at Fulton X Gallery’s Art Trails Exhibition, October 15, 2014

Thank you, Satri!

LIVELY PASTELS: BRIDGE BETWEEN DRAWINGS & PAINTING at Mendocino Art Center, July 31-August 2

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LIVELY PASTELS: BRIDGE BETWEEN DRAWINGS & PAINTING at Mendocino Art Center, July 31-August 2.

LIVELY PASTELS: BRIDGE BETWEEN DRAWINGS & PAINTING at Mendocino Art Center, July 31-August 2

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I’m happy to be returning to the Mendocino Art Center and offering a much requested workshop in a coastal village that is dear to my heart—Connell_Pastel_2_L9K1441E-Mail

LIVELY PASTELS: BRIDGE BETWEEN DRAWINGS AND PAINTING
July 31–August 2, 2015
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more info, materials list and online registration

IMG_0144And 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!

Pepperwood Preserve: Paintings by Marsha Connell, Mahoney Library Gallery January 15 – March 26, 2015

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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

Saturday, May 30, 9am-3pm & 6:30pm-8:30pm
AND Sunday, May 31, 2015, 9am-3pm
with optional overnight

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