Winesong 2015 Artists

Project details:

  • Date:

     September 8, 2015

  • Category:

     Artists

Janis Porter, 2015 Artist of the Year!

Janis Porter is an award winning Mendocino watercolor artist originally from Berkeley, California. Her paintings are widely collected in many countries. Her work may be seen at Prentice Gallery in Mendocino, at the Mendocino Art Center, at Depot Vente Gallery in Fort Bragg, and at Mendocino Eco Artists exhibits in the North Coast Area. Visit Online


2015 Participating Artists

Serafina Andrews

Serafina Andrews

Serafina is a truly Renaissance artist. She has explored the beauty of the human form in figure drawing, and this has led to the journey beyond words where the lines continue to dance before her on paper. Early in her life she was very fortunate to have a career as a concert ballerina and classical Spanish dancer, touring internationally. Following study at the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles her art career has led to presenting art seminars in Europe. She recently wrote and illustrated a children's book, "Dream Time with the Fairy Angels". Serafina continues to sell her art work throughout the United States and Europe…
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John Birchard

John Birchard

As a professional photographer living on the Mendocino Coast of Northern California for over 20 years, I have worked to develop a wide range of expertise and services. The beauty and remoteness of Mendocino are both a challenge and an inspiration. My goal is always to exceed your expectations and provide quality personal service backed up with the integrity of my name.
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Karen Bowers

Karen Bowers

Is an experienced teacher, well known for her personal style and freedom of approach to painting. She began painting in Mendocino in 1980, during a career teaching political thought, working in the California legislature, East Bay Regional Park District, and is a land use environmental policy analyst at an international law firm. Earning top painting awards and chosen as an Artist-in Residence at Yosemite National Park, Karen exhibits at Highlight Gallery and the Mendocino Art Center and participates in group shows with Mendocino Eco Artists AND Three Rivers Studios. Karen is education director at the Mendocino Art Center.
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Doug Browe

Doug Browe

Doug has been immersed in ceramic work for 36 years: as a designer, maker and self-taught engineer. His work in clay began with a two-year pottery apprenticeship at age 20, followed by undergraduate work in ceramics and a yearlong working tour of many British potters. My collaborative work with Jan Hoyman at the Hoyman/Browe Studio from 1979-2004, has been featured in Ceramics Monthly, American Craft, Studio Potter, Architectural Digest, Home, House and Garden, Metropolitan Home and Vanity Fair magazines, as well as in movie and TV show sets. Over the last 27 years, he has mentored 24 apprentices from the US and 3 European countries. Today, many of these apprentices are involved in the field of contemporary ceramics focusing on utilitarian ceramics as their art form. Doug currently heads the Ceramics Department at Mendocino College in Ukiah CA while maintaining his a studio practice making utilitarian ceramics and sculpture in Elk CA. “I am intrigued by the relationship of architecture and the human figure, that place where the figure finds form in architecture and architecture finds form in figuration. I use these narratives to express a variety of personal and social issues in my work.”

Brian Brown

Brian Brown

I approach my craft with a sense of discovery and inventiveness. I am always seeking new methods and techniques and trying to push the envelope of what is possible with a variety of mediums. I began Soul Focus Stone more than 10 years ago after falling in love with the endless possibilities that concrete can offer. I have learned so much over the years about this unique and malleable medium and have refined my technique and developed custom processes that deliver stunning results. I have received multiple design awards from Cheng Concrete and by C grid. I have a background in fine furniture making and custom cabinetry after studying with master furniture maker James Krenov. My traditional woodworking background informs some of my most popular concrete creations including my custom concrete dovetail benches - a technique I pioneered

Frances Casey

Frances Casey

Frances Casey designs and creates jewelry using Victorian Era buttons as the focal point. The beauty and craftsmanship of these antique buttons and the elegant style of Victorian jewelry are the inspirations for her work. Over the past 15 years, Frances has traveled around the country and to Europe to obtain treasured buttons from private collectors. Although the creators of the buttons themselves remain unknown, she researches the origin of the buttons and as much historical background as she can find for each piece of jewelry she creates. Because of the rarity of these buttons, each piece she creates is unique, keeping her work fresh. To see more of Frances work, visit The Attic, on Main Street in Mendocino Village, or Visit Online

Russ Christoff

Russ Christoff

Russ is an award winning photographer and PBS videographer. His interpretations of the North Coast are meant to evoke dreamlike images. To him, the art of photography is more than merely capturing a moment in time. Instead he aims to share how he sees the world through his mind’s eye, not just the cameras. For this year’s Winesong, he has donated a photograph printed on metal that enhances the image vibrancy and brilliance on a tough, weatherproof surface which is easily cleaned with a moist soft cloth while providing superior archival value. To see more of Russ’s work visit him online at Visit Online

Rita Crane

Rita Crane

Seeing through the eye of a camera was my main passion in high school – not surprisingly – since my father, Ralph Crane was a photo journalist for The New York Time and a notable Life Magazine staff photographer for over 30 years. Those teen years behind a single lens reflex and the hours spent in the darkroom experimenting with wet printing techniques for black & white photography taught me skills that now translate nicely to a digital format. My representatives on the North Coast of Mendocino are Prentice Gallery, Gallery of the Senses, Mendocino Art Center, and Northcoast Artist Gallery.

Elliott Dennett

Elliott Dennett

Elliot Dennett is a second-generation jeweler. His parents – Jim and Cheryl Dennett – opened Old Gold in Mendocino the year before Elliot was born. He developed his fine eye for gems and jewelry design through a lifetime of helping out in the store, attending trade shows and shopping with his mother. A graduate of the Gemologist and Jewelers programs at the Gemological Institute of America in Carlsbad, he continues to enhance his skills by attending workshops led by master jewelers across the country.
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Erin Dertner

Erin Dertner

Painting, studying and teaching the subject of light is Erin’s driving force. The cool shadows of the early morning and those that fall long and warm in the evening enliven her creative soul as nothing else. Subject matter is secondary to the sunlight itself, though her locations speak volumes about God’s wondrous world of color, drama and mystery. Travel has played a formidable role in her development as she relishes each opportunity to explore the warm European environs of Greece, France and Italy as well the Hawaiian and British Isles and choice locations within America. She has also studied with many well-known artists over the past 25 years in a myriad of inspirational places.
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Joe DuVivier

Joe DuVivier

Joe has been working in oils since 1985, and enjoys the range, immediacy and flexibility of the medium. This year, he creates a six bottle box perfectly entitled “Evening Star.” His work is representational with a focus on the emotional effects of visual perception. He works directly from his subjects, without using photographs. Joe wants to stretch the process of perception as reality does in those moments when we are suddenly stunned by what we see, and is interested in that flickering drama that underlies objective forms. Over the years his work has been shown at galleries and studio shows in the Bay Area and on the Mendocino coast. Currently Joe DuVivier’s paintings are on display at the Edgewater Gallery, and at the Artists' Co-operative of Mendocino. To contact him directly,Visit Online

Hilary Eddy

Hilary Eddy

Originally from England, Hilary now lives on the North Coast. Her oil paintings have been exhibited and recognized in the US and internationally; she has won numerous awards and distinctions, and her work is in a large number of museum, corporate, and private collections. Over the years she has developed her own unique vision and style which is classified as Magical Realism. Well known for her paintings of glass objects, she is constantly exploring the magic created when sunlight falls upon them. Her large and vibrant canvases are designed to add light, colour, and a new dimension to people’s lives. Locally she is represented by the Prentice Gallery in Mendocino; her work is also in the Saper Galleries, East Lansing, MI, and Ramey Fine Art, Palm Desert, CA.
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John Fisher

John Fisher

John’s work is in public and private collections throughout Europe and the United States. He has been featured on the National Geographic program “Zip Codes” and on the PBS’s “The Lonely Planet” segment on “Tuscany”. He has been written about in articles in “Sculpture Magazine”, and “Le Mausolée”. Besides sculpture, John also has extensive experience blacksmithing, throwing ceramics and glass-blowing. He has illustrated children’s books and helped to build a 40 ft., 30 ton sail boat, creating all the bronze alloyed hardware. His work with children on a huge mural at his daughter’s elementary school in Italy, won a first place prize for school project in Italy, awarded by Italy’s President Ciampi at the Presidential Palace in Rome.
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Julie Higgins

Julie Higgins

Mendocino Coast Artist Julie Higgins is internationally known for her vibrant, sensual, colorful compositions of voluptuous figures and fertile landscapes that have delighted art lovers for many years. Working primarily in pastel for its tactile quality, and sometimes acrylic, her travels from the ocean to the inland valleys and beyond are a constant source of inspiration. Artist and art are both rooted in the Heartland. Born and raised in the Midwest, Higgins attended the University of Kansas where she earned her B.F.A. in Painting and Sculpture. She has received many awards and exhibition honors and her work has appeared in numerous publications. She was Winesong! Artist of the Year in 2011, the Featured Artist for “Art in the Gardens” in 2009 and the T-Shirt Artist for the World’s Largest Salmon BBQ in 2011 & 2012. Higgins is the resident artist at the Girl and the Fig restaurants in Sonoma, CA and her work can be found in Mendocino, CA at the Mendocino Art Center, Highlight Gallery, the Moosse Café, and La Galeria Gitana in San Fernando, CA.
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Donna Jensen Burke

Donna Jensen Burke

Donna Jensen Burke is an oil and pastel painter who is greatly inspired by the beauty of the north coast. Her focused study of painting began in the Bay Area in 1990 after a career in another field. She is presently represented by the Prentice Gallery in Mendocino and the Mendocino Art Center. Additionally her work is shown annually with the Plein Air Painters of Mendocino, Mendocino Rotary Auction and Winesong. She holds membership in the Portrait Society of America, the Pastel Society of the West Coast, the Plein Air Painters of Mendocino, the Mendocino Art Center and the Mendocino Portrait Guild.
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Rebecca Johnson

Rebecca Johnson

Rebecca is a painter and sculptor with a long history of shows in galleries and museums on both east and west coasts. She started her career in Philadelphia than moved to Northern California in 1997. Rebecca’s work is about place sometimes representational sometimes conceptual and poetic. The masterful and varied use of materials including paint, wood, stone and bronze is Rebecca’s trademark. Her studio/gallery ids in a big western barn in Philo, Anderson Valley visitors are always welcome. rebecca@rebeccajohnsonart.com
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Rachel Lahn

Rachel Lahn

Currently, Rachel Lahn’s paintings and relief constructions are about movement flowing into shapes of color and light. They are influenced by the beauty of the land and sea in Mendocino County and by the dramatic colors of the South Pacific. Rachel builds abstract dimensional constructions using canvas, mixed media and acrylic on canvas; once started they take on a life of their own. She draws her inspiration for shape and color from the natural outdoor beauty. Rachel did her first oil painting in NJ, when she was 11 years old and was hooked, she has been painting and drawing ever since. Rachel holds a BFA and an MAT from the Rhode Island School of Design. Rachel’s work can be seen locally at the Mendocino Art Center, The Prentice Gallery, and her studio in Anderson Valley.
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Suzi Marquess Long

Suzi Marquess Long

Born in Santa Cruz in 1947, Suzi Marquess Long began her art career painting murals in 1979, and undertook her first major pastel painting in Sonoma in 2001. Now this three-time breast cancer survivor feels that expressing herself through her pastels is the most healing thing she can do. Suzi is very excited about this medium, but she continues to paint murals on commission and is available for free consultation by appointment. Styles range from cartoon to photorealistic trompe l'oeil. A few years ago, Suzi painted the fresco in the Room With A Soul, the Hospice room at MCDH. Suzi has earned Signature Membership with the Pastel Society of the West Coast (PSWC), and is an Associate of Pastel Society of America. More of Suzi's art is available at THE WATERTOWER GALLERY, 611 Albion Street, Mendocino; John Hanes Gallery in Boonville, Kokomo Studio Gallery in Calistoga, and various local venues throughout the year. She paints with the MendocinoEcoArtists.org to help support the SRA, MAPA, RFFI, and MLT (Salmon Restoration Association, Mendocino Area Parks Association, Redwood Forest Foundation, Inc., and Mendocino Land Trust). You might remember her very popular "A LIST" trompe l'oeil 6-bottle wine box from last year's Winesong. suzilongonart@yahoo.com
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Toby Lurie

Toby Lurie

Toby’s paintings are a synthesis of his training as a musician, his strong artistic vision, and his ability to translate words and music into art. He studied composition at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, U. C. Berkeley, and with Darius Milhaud at Mills College in Oakland. From his earliest beginnings as a painter he combined music and poetry with his paintings to create large visual scores. Toby calls his unique approach SYNESTHESIA, an interlacing of all the major art disciplines: music, poetry, dance, theater, and painting -- the mortar which binds everything together. In the early 1990’s Toby Lurie was the first American painter to have two galleries show his work simultaneously in Denmark – in Copenhagen and in Aarhus. He also had two simultaneous gallery showings of his paintings in Japan. In 2003, Toby formed the Lost Coast Word-Music Ensemble which presents his language experiments in galleries, museums and other art centers. He is often asked to return to the Beat Museum in San Francisco where several of his large paintings are housed. His works have been widely exhibited in the Bay Area. The Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara has one of Toby's paintings in its permanent collection.

Julie Masterson

Julie Masterson

Julie Masterson’s passion for photography has taken her literally around the world. Through the beautiful images she brings back, she hopes to deepen viewers of her work to resolve to preserve the “Lost Horizons” of our planet. Julie owes her 30 year career as a fine art photographer to her studies with Master Photographers Ansel Adams, Robert Glen Ketchum, Eliot Porter, and Paul Caponigro, each has influenced her work.

Keith Middlesworth

Keith Middlesworth

Keith started his sculpting career in New Mexico in the early eighties working in both wood and glass. In 2008 he discovered the lost art of neon glass bending. After attending Neon School in Seattle, WA he started sculpting his neon into art forms and has never looked back. His neon work can be seen in store fronts and art galleries around Mendocino County. I get my inspiration from the magnificent wildlife and beauty of Mendocino County. Every day I challenge myself to stretch my imagination through my art. Close to my heart is the preservation of wildlife. I am a member of the Mendocino Eco Artists a group of local artists whose mission is to raise funds by selling our art to benefit our Mendocino County Parks and Beaches. In addition we also raise funds for the Salmon Restoration Association to enable Salmon to spawn in their natural habitat by restoring the rivers and streams. I am pleased to donate my art to the Winesong Auction to benefit the Mendocino Coast Hospital Foundation. kmiddlesworth@mcn.org

Sandy Oppenheimer

Sandy Oppenheimer

Sandy Oppenheimer spent 20 years living in Italy before she moved to the Mendocino Coast five years ago. She creates paper collages that reflect a story told, a person met, an image dreamt. She moves freely between portraits, still life and landscapes and finds inspiration in her daily life. Creating, for Sandy, is an exercise in gratitude. To see more of her work, (and that of her husband, John Fisher) Visit Online

Kristin Otwell

Kristin Otwell

Artist Kristin Otwell received her BA in fine arts from Mills College in Oakland and studied biological illustration through UC Berkeley. Her professional career began in 1983 with a showing of botanical watercolors at The Nature Company in Berkeley and later her work was shown at the Oakland Museum and the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. After moving to the Mendocino coast in 1985 she helped found Partners Gallery and helped launch Art Explorers — a program that serves artists with disabilities — where she teaches and serves as a co-director.
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Paul Reiber

Paul Reiber

Paul is a wood carver, sculptor and furniture maker based in Caspar, CA. He studied with Jim Krenov at the College of the Redwoods Fine woodworking Program during the winter of 1981-82. After a year working in Gualala at the studio of David Stary-Sheets he returned to Fort Bragg to open his first studio. Since that time he has lived and maintained an active studio on the North Coast. He has always focused on carving, making carved chairs and other furniture as well as architectural details such as carved doors and mantels. He shows regularly at The Mendocino Art Center and at exhibitions organized by the Baulines Craft Guild in the Bay area and locally at exhibitions organized by the Mendocino Coast Furniture Makers, a Mendocino based group he helped found in the late 90’s. His work can be seen at the MCF web site.
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Cesare Reyneri

Cesare Reyneri

Cesare Reyneri was born, raised and educated in Italy and acquired a lifelong interest in the Arts since an early age. He retired from the practice of medicine after a long professional career and obtained an AA degree from De Anza College. Here he studied various art forms, eventually choosing to concentrate mostly on woodturning. The wood he uses is almost totally from his land in Mendocino County. Cesare considers his work more a serious hobby than a profession and donates many of the items he makes to various charities. His studio is in Yorkville, CA and he exhibits in some local wine tasting rooms and participates in art shows as a member of the Anderson Valley Art Guild.

Bob Rhoades

Bob Rhoades

Bob was raised in upstate NY and South Carolina. He received his bachelor’s degree from Duke University and his Masters of Fine Arts from the University of New Mexico. He moved to California from North Carolina in 1970 to begin his full time art teaching career and retired in 2009 having taught at several schools in California with his longest appointment of 29 years as the Art Dept Coordinator for the College of the Redwoods, Mendocino Coast campus. The last 12 years have been spent with his wife Bronwyn leading Art & Culture trips through Creekwood Studios to Europe including England, France, Czechoslovakia, Italy, and Spain. His work has long been inspired by travel especially to Asia where he studied printmaking and papermaking. A particular interest in masks from diverse cultures found in Bali, Mexico, Japan and Italy has also played a major role in his art forms. His work can currently be seen at the Matsumoto Museum in Matsumoto, Japan and locally at the Stanford Inn and Odd Fellows Hall, both in Mendocino.
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Tom Rodrigues

Tom Rodrigues

Tom is an artist and a winemaker. He knew he would be an artist from an early age. At 14 he was apprenticing in a stained glass studio and by 17 he was teaching adult education classes in stained glass. In the early 1980’s, he was the Designer and Production Manager of George Lucas’s Skywalker Ranch Studio that created incredible custom glass work. Tom’s wine introduction began in 1978 by designing the Far Niente wine label and collecting French Bordeaux and Burgundy wines. He has since designed many wine labels, several which reflect the influence and his love of Art Noveau. In 2001, he decided to combine his passions for Art and Wine, and moved to Mendocino to embark on a new life at Maple Creek and start Maple Creek Winery. The vineyard and wines are now his canvas, and his paintings adorn the ARTEVINO wine labels. He is inspired by the beauty and nature and challenge of being a sustainable farmer and vintner. Tom has shown his art in galleries all over the U.S. and has clients all over the world. More of Tom’s work and some originals can be seen at the Maple Creek Winery Tasting Room on Hwy 128 in Yorkville.
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Jennifer Saylor

Jennifer Saylor

It's quite simple...I paint because I must. The light, the shadows, the color, they captured me many years ago and I can't stop. I have enjoyed numerous workshops over the years both internationally and here in the states. I began with oils, dabbled in acrylics but have remained intrigued with the glow of transparent watercolor for sometime. I jump from one subject matter to another without asking permission. When I am not painting I am most likely thinking about painting. I love Picasso's quote, "Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life." It's a good thing, keeping one’s soul dust free.

Linda Shearin

Linda Shearin

Born in San Francisco, Linda studied with many fine artists in the S.F. Bay Area before moving to the Mendocino Coast where she continued her studies at the College of the Redwoods and the Mendocino Art Center. Inspired by the beauty of the sea, she’s known for her crashing “wavescapes.” Her new work is more abstract in nature using acrylic paint and inks, mixed media and collage on canvas and paper. Her work can be seen at the Prentice Fine Art Gallery on Main Street in Mendocino and at the Mendocino Art Center. Contact: shearinart@yahoo.com
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Angela Speck

Angela Speck

Angela Speck’s interest in art took root in the early 1950’s while watching her father design and create customer jewelry for Cartier of London. She moved to the US in 1956 and it was then that she fell in love with the sea. She painted her first wave at age 12 and hasn’t stopped. Upon a move to Mendocino in 1989, she widened her scope of subjects to include the quaint Victorian village and local vineyards. She credits much of her success to E John Robinson, who so generously shared his invaluable knowledge of seascape painting. Her vibrant oil paintings are in private collections across the US, Europe, and Australia, and her work is exhibited locally at the Panache Gallery in Mendocino.

Sunshine Taylor

Sunshine Taylor

Sunshine began painting in watercolor in 1981, while living in northern Vermont. A native Californian, Sunshine returned to her home state in 1989. After twenty some years of creating watercolors, she has now added a new direction and is working in acrylics, which are providing her with a brilliant avenue for her love of color. Although her paintings have matured over the years, they still retain her fresh and joyful vision. For Sunshine, the gift of painting came naturally. She’s primarily self-taught, but has had the opportunity to study with several noted artists including, Lawrence Goldsmith, Judy Betts, Robert Wade, and Robert Burridge, to name a few. She created the 1998 poster for “Art in the Gardens,” the 2005 “Winesong!” poster, as well as the 2006 “Mendocino Art Center Garden Tour” poster. Sunshine’s work is represented by the Prentice Gallery, and the Mendocino Art Center, both in Mendocino, CA.
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Rhoda Teplow

Rhoda Teplow

After graduating from the University of California in Berkeley, Teplow taught French at Saratoga High School before entering the Peace Corps. She was assigned to teach in Togo, West Africa. In her village of Lama Kara she became acquainted with African trade beads which were millefiori beads that had been brought from the island of Murano in the Venetian Lagoon of Italy. Her first necklace consisted of those glass beads. Returning to California she began to teach the dances she had learned in West Africa and formed a dance company named “Ivory.” For 10 years Teplow was the founder and director of the acclaimed Mendocino Dance Series bringing dance companies from around the world to Cotton Auditorium. After her years of producing, she was asked to be the agent for La Tania, the world-class Flamenco dancer. She later promoted the jazz singer Scotty Wright and booked jazz acts into the Ocean Club at the Hill House. In the 1990s she began teaching all subjects at Coastal Adult School for the Fort Bragg Unified School District. Rhoda shows her jewelry at Edgewater Gallery in Fort Bragg, the Mendocino Art Center, Artists’ Collective of Elk, the Dolphin Gallery, and the Gualala Art Center. Her body of work incorporates her own porcelain beads, brass from the Ashanti tribe, recycled glass beads from the Krobo tribe in Ghana, and pendants from Katmandu.

Architectural Elements of Anderson Valley

Architectural Elements

Architectural Elements has been working with reclaimed and salvaged woods since 1955 – decades before those terms became popular as hallmarks of environmental responsibility. Today, Architectural Elements creates tables, wine racks, home accents and more, using a variety of woods, including redwood and fir that is either responsibly harvested, reclaimed, or salvaged. The pieces are intentionally designed to showcase the inherent allure and natural character of this most versatile and beautiful material.
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