Friday February 6, 2015 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Stephanie Zeiler Martin
is a painter and printmaker on the California coast. Her etchings explore the relationships between people and the natural world across time and cultures. Plants and birds are persistent images, and her work pays homage to their diversity and fascinating design.Stephanie studied California botany as an undergraduate, and after a twenty-year career in education, began studying art. She draws plants and birds in botanical gardens, natural history museums, and in the wild, and then winnows her sketchbook images, transforming the most arresting ones onto the printing matrix -a copper plate- using traditional etching techniques. Stephanie is best known for her fine aquatint technique, the mercurial process in which tonal areas are added to the image.
A member of the California Society of Printmakers, Stephanie exhibits primarily in California, and her work is held in private collections around the world.
…For the past twenty years I have had the good fortune to live in Santa Cruz. As a student at UCSC I began my art training as a member of the Scientific Illustration program my last year at the university. I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies with a concentration in scientific illustration. Years after graduation I learned of a printmaking course offered at Cabrillo College in the evenings. From the first night class I was hooked. Each semester, two nights a week for the following four years I could be found at the printmaking studio. I had the pleasure of working with Howard Ikemoto, Julie Connell, Paul Rhoel and Karen Tossavainen. I now work out of my home studio equipped with a Griffen IV press, a large work surface and a well-ventilated drying area for new prints. My art is clearly influenced by my natural history and scientific illustration training. Animals, botanicals, treescapes and scenics predominate. This region offers an unlimited source of inspiration for my sketches and prints. I enjoy all facets of printmaking but my favorite technique is the most direct one – drypoint. The soft feathered lines, rich blacks and delicate nature that set this method apart are pleasing to me. Since this is a fragile technique the print runs are much smaller, which makes the image more fleeting and precious. Recently I have been happily exploring the techniques of polyester lithography and gelatin monotypes.
My prints can also be seen at my website, I encourage you to visit: http://www.stacyfrank.com.
Join us on Friday October 3, 2014 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Through my plein air pastels, nuances of light and shadows are quickly recorded, allowing me to share fleeting tranquil moments observed in the natural world. The essence of pastels encourages the tendency to paint in raw bold pigments, thus challenging me to observe the subtle color in nature.
Early morning is a favorite time to paint, where warm light and defining shadows may be captured. Starting with a small value sketch to simplify my composition, a quick underpainting is next completed using complementary colors, followed by the brushwork of the painting using alcohol mixed with water. Once dried, soft pastels are applied, dark to light. I take the painting to about ninety percent completion in the field, then return to the studio for the final touches several days later.
Nothing satisfies me more than comments about a particular painting, describing the effects and enjoyment others receive from it.
Surrounded by my mother’s fine art growing up, it wasn’t until my mid forties that I seriously began painting.
Through this undertaking, I have discovered, that art is simply the delivery system of my soul.
Sam was born on the East Coast, but was transplanted to the Bay Area in 1956, where he was raised with his six other brothers. Since his mother, Delores, was an artist, he was surrounded by art through his childhood and young adulthood.
After completing college and serving as a military policeman in the Army National Guard, Sam joined the San Jose Police Department . During his 21 years of service, he attained the rank of lieutenant, and launched both the mounted unit and the helicopter program.
In 1993 Sam left the department to pursue his dream of becoming an artist. Just four years later, in 1997, one of his paintings earned Sam the prize of a workshop with renowned portrait artist Daniel Greene at his New York studio, presented by the Pastel Society of the West Coast. Sam’s other training includes a recent intense workshop in Idaho with Scott Christensen, an accomplished plein air painter.
Sam’s wife of 36 years, Addie, owned and operated Adeline’s, a popular hair salon in Los Gatos, where many of his paintings are on display. Together with Addie, Sam enjoys a variety of outdoor activities, including mountain biking, kayaking, fishing, skiing,and running. But his favorite pastime is plein air painting (painting quickly outside in the style of the impressionists). Sam and Addie also love to travel the world together, which provides the inspiration for many of Sam’s paintings. k
Sam lives and maintains his art studio in Los Gatos, Ca. He frequently teaches art to first-graders
First Friday September 5th 2014 6:00-9:00
Michaelangelo Gallery presents…Straight from the Runway 2013 fashionART Santa Cruz Designers and Artists up close! Come see what was on the Runway last year and meet the fabulous Designers and Artists behind these creations.
Artists Showing this First Friday:
Ruby Roxanne Designs
Designers Showing this First Friday:
Tobin Keller & Barbara Bartels
VIP/Sponsorship tickets will be available to purchase for fashionART Santa Cruz 2014 on this evening!