Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Discovery Mural...Dunbar School

In May, all 250 children of Dunbar School (k-5) in Sonoma County worked together in creating the DISCOVERY MURAL. It explores the water cycle from a small stream into a pond to the river and out to the wide oceans with all the special habitats and creatures along the way. Stretching 30 feet from the library door to the edge of the computer lab, the mural evokes California's golden landscape, rich with birds, turtles, fishes, skunks, racoons, insects, whales, sea life and much, much more. 
Class by class, the children came in small groups to work with Artists Janet Self and Beth Bierman. Over a 5 day period, each group had specific jobs like leafing out trees and making a flock of birds, creating rocks and sand along the stream edges for salmon to spawn, or stocking the pond with fishes, tadpoles, ducklings, heron and turtles...Plants ants, insects, snails and snakes growing along the edges, shorebirds, and sea life swimming in the ocean with ship building and adventures sailing...layer upon layer of detail evolved each habitat and developed the overall story of the entire scene.   

Art making while talking science and considering the lives of creatures all along the way that depend on the water cycle. This is the 2nd mural of a 3 year project.  Last year, we explored scale and perspective, growing from tiny people to giant flowers, inspired by Georgia O'Keefe.    We can't wait to stretch out to the stars and beyond...  This project is supported by the Sonoma Plein Air Foundation

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

West Meets East @ FLOCKworks Studio in August

Explore the work of 16 Mendocino Coast artists, inspired by traditional elements of Japanese art. With wood work, etching, painting, ceramics, basketry, printing, cast metal, cast paper, and more, each pieces in this unique exhibit reflects the characteristics of wabi-sabi (imperfect), miyabi (elegance), shibui (subtlety) and iki (originality) in a uniquely western way. 

The show is open daily (expect Tuesdays) 10:30-5:00 August 1 to August 30 at the FLOCKworks Studio, next door to Odd Fellows. (corner of Kasten & Ukiah Streets in Mendocino Village)  An Opening Artist Party on Saturday, August 9th from 4-7pm.  Participating artists will be hosting the show.

Companion events happening in August include:
  • Japanese Artist Exchange Exhibit from Miasa-Mendocino Sister City Association, Mendocino Art Center
  • Shizuko McConathy Retrospective, Mendocino Artist Cooperative, Main Street
  • Woodblock Prints by Toshi Yoshida and Serigraphs and Paintings by William Zacha, Prentice Gallery, Main Street
  • Special event honoring visiting Japanese Artist will be held on August 23 1-5pm at the Mendocino Art Center.  Celebrate the spirit of Japan with art, music and food.
 Lidded Pine Needle Basket by Carolyn Zeitler

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Wood Working at Odd Fellows!

Fine WoodWorking comes to historic Odd Fellows  with the 16th Annual Exhibit and works by 16 artists including Kerry Marshall, Paul Reiber, Masako Arita, Lee Baker, Taimi Barty, Hans Bruhner, Michael Carroll, Les Cizek, Sam Cotton, Patrick Doyle,  Tom Dull. Henry Hewitt, Yorgen Kvinsland, Jeff Noblet, Bob Saunderson and Greg Smith... Beautifully hand crafted tables, chairs, cabinets, stools, benches, Doors and more plus assemblage works, beautiful turned bowls, wall pieces, much much more awaits the visitor.    

This year, a new dimension includes a month-long Silent Auction.  Here is your chance to bid on handmade, one of a kind work, with starting bids significantly reduced from original prices.  Fun to consider the possibilities of having one of these special pieces in your home. 

Walk in the Odd Fellows Open Doors, an you'll find work like this piece, "Shoji Cube" by Kerry Marshall.  And that is just the beginning!

Wood Working Exhibit is open Daily from 10:30 to 5 July 3-17, the Opening Artist Party is 2nd Saturday, July 12 from 5-8pm.

Friday, 13 June 2014


All 425 children from kindergarten to 2nd grade helped create this 40 foot mural as a lasting gift for Redwood School in Ft. Bragg. What an great experience 'orchestrating' this incredible 6 day art process.  

Great New Show...June @ Historic Odd Fellows

A great exhibit combining art with whimsy, spirit and craft.  With 15 artists from Anderson Valley and beyond, the work is rich, diverse and lively, well worth a drop in to the historic Odd Fellows in Mendocino (corner of Kasten & Ukiah streets).  Opening Party is this Saturday night, June 13, from 5-7 pm... Meet the artists and visit with friends and neighbors.  Show goes through June 29, 11-5 daily except closed Tuesday & Wednesday. (937-2728)   

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Mural Making with Dunbar School

The big picture


Amelia Lee, 10, and Chelsea Young, 9, add their own flourishes to the annual, weeklong mural project at Dunbar School. When completed, this year’s panel, called “Explore and Discover,” becomes an interactive teaching tool about water in nature, explained art coordinator Beth Bierman.

Mendocino artist Janet Self oversaw this fourth annual project, in which each and every Dunbar student takes part. The project is underwritten by the Sonoma Plein Air Foundation. This is a FLOCKworks project, fostering community through creativity.

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

All Hands In...painting with Dunbar School

Covered in paint, these are end of the day hands (not actually mine but ...)  So imagine the delight of my week painting a mural with all 200 children (k-5) at Dunbar School in Glen Ellen, Sonoma County.  Everyone one does a little, adding their special part and it certainly adds up!  Can't wait to share photos of the project!