Winesong 2016 Artists

Project details:

  • Date:

     July 22, 2016

  • Category:

     Artists

Lowell Herrero, 2016 Artist of the Year – In Memoriam

Lowell Herrero was a loyal advocate of Winesong for over 20 years, supporting the Foundation and Hospital as a donor with incredible works of art, as a bidder, as a friend, and as a cherished family member. It is with deep respect that we offer a fond farewell to our “Lavender Man” and honor him as Winesong’s 2016 Artist of the Year in Memoriam.

Throughout a dynamic life that has spanned the Great Depression, the Second World War, the rise of Silicon Valley, and the dawn of the twenty-first century, Lowell Herrero turned his passion for living into art. From his home in California, he traveled to Tuscany, Provence, and Spain, absorbing the lessons of their sensuous landscapes. The colors of horizons and rich earth, the sensations of sunlight, and the fragrance of flower-covered hillsides mingle in his imagination and flow through his paintbrush onto his canvases.

Herrero felt a deep affinity with farmers working the land. He rendered them bursting with life, over-large, and as enduring extensions of the very soil they cultivate. In his paintings, vineyards stretch into the distance as grape pickers enjoy lunch under a cloudless blue sky. Lavender harvesters bend to their task, and a field of rolled bales tells us the hard work of haying is at an end. Each painting invites us to smile with pleasure and enjoy the inner vitality and plenitude of the landscape. But above all, the paintings project the irrepressible joie de vivre of an artist who knew how to live.

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2016 Participating Artists


Serafina Andrews

Serafina Andrews

Serafina is truly a Renaissance artist. She loves the beauty of the human form in figure drawing and oil painting. Following studies at the Chounard Art Institute in Los Angeles, her art career led to seminars in Europe and shows of her work in galleries along with awards at many juried art shows. Serafina also writes and illustrates books and her most recent publication is a book for children, “Dream Time with the Fairy Angels.” She continues to sell her art work throughout the United States and Europe.
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John Birchard

John Birchard

I have lived on the Mendocino Coast since 1976, and have been a full time commercial photographer since 1995. I have written and photographed how-to books, produced videos, and authored numerous magazine articles. I have also worked for commercial clients such as Fetzer Vineyards, Sothebys International Real Estate, The Associated Press, The SF Chronicle, Wine Enthusiast, and many more. I photograph many weddings on the beautiful Mendocino Coast every year. Though I enjoy all kinds of photography, I still consider landscape images to be my art form. As a photographer I work to be in the right place at the right time, with the right equipment and the knowledge and experience to capture an interesting image. But that's just part of the work. Making a beautiful print even from a well-photographed image still takes a thorough understanding of how to manipulate and print the captured image. I show my landscape work in Fort Bragg at the Mendocino Coast Photographer Gallery at 357 N. Franklin, near Laurel St.
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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 Rita’s main passion in high school - not surprisingly - since Rita’s father Ralph Crane was a notable LIFE magazine photographer for over thirty years. Those teen years behind a single lens reflex shooting film, and the hours spent in the darkroom experimenting with wet printing techniques for black and white photography taught Rita skills that now translate naturally into today's digital technology. Having spent her childhood in Switzerland, Germany, and France, she later graduated from UCLA in History and Art History and traveled extensively, partly because of her father's profession and partly because she caught travel fever from him - wanting to see the world. Being convinced that beauty opens the human heart, Rita chose photography as her way of sharing the beauty of the many places she loves. In Mendocino, Rita’s regional portfolio is represented by Prentice Gallery, Rita’s Old World Europe collection is represented by Gallery of the Senses, and the Mendocino Art Center carries a broad selection of Rita’s work, including miniatures in black and white . Visit Online

Miriam Davis

Miriam Davis


Miriam Davis grew up in the Midwest and always liked to draw and make things. After the long middle stages of her life, when she was focused on raising a daughter and earning a living, she began to make pottery. This evolved into figurative ceramic sculpture, and, after about 15 years, into painting. Some time after she moved from Sacramento to the coast, Miriam began working in three-dimensions again, building little houses and towers with corrugated cardboard, paper, wire, and found objects. Miriam enjoys making things that have some suggestion of the unknown, where clear lines are not drawn, odd events may take place...where the mysterious has entry. Visit Online

Elliott Dennett

Elliott Dennett

Elliott Dennett spent his childhood surrounded by fine jewelry in his parents' store while Katherine Dennett spent her childhood dragging her dad to gem mines in western NC. Together as Holland James they are blending Elliott's goldsmithing skills with Katherine's love of anything that sparkles. They utilize nature's bounty of gemstones and precious metals, creating beautiful pieces of jewelry to embellish life's stories. Holland James is brand new; they can only be reached at hollandjamesnc@gmail.com

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. 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 twenty-five years in a myriad of inspirational places. Most of her works are in oil applied with a palette knife, since the texture creates a truly lifelike dimension, but she is also an experienced watercolorist and has worked in both pastel and acrylic as well.
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Joseph 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 “Mendocino Main Streets.” His work is representational with a focus on the emotional effects of visual perception. He works directly from his subjects, without using photographs. Joseph 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 has been an artist his entire adult life. The human figure and his travels have been the source of his inspiration for both his paintings and sculptures. Both can be seen in the Prentice Gallery on Man St., Mendocino, and in his home studio.
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Edward Gordon

Edward Gordon

Edward Gordon was born in Ocean City, New Jersey in 1940. He is a consummate draftsman with a keen eye, achieving complete and painstaking precision in his rendering of textures, colors and forms. Edward takes the quiet beauty of a simple scene and provides the viewer an idea of what he felt as he watched the light flooding through windows, creating shadows and colors cast by objects in the interior and entices the viewer to enter, evoking all of one's senses: the smell and sounds of the ocean, the touch of objects, with doors and windows opening to never-ending opportunities. Because of the precision and incredible detail contained in each of Edward's paintings, he is able to produce only 4 to 6 images per year. At present, over 60 of Edwards paintings have been reproduced as giclees, 21 of which are sold out. His original paintings and prints are included in private and public collections across North America and Europe.
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Michael Greene

Michael Greene

Michael spent his childhood years growing up on the rugged Lost Coast of Mendocino County. He went on to graduate from college at the prestigious Brooks Institute of Photography in 1968. Seeing his vast work, it’s hard not to compare the man to his photos. With an unrelenting eye for detail, he attributes his creative and divergent approach, as well as his natural talent for composition, to the exposure he had as a youth to the stunning and natural beauty of the North Coast, often taking the approach that to be bold is to remain quiet. Visit Online
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Lowell Herrero

Lowell Herrero

Lowell Herrero was a loyal advocate of Winesong for over 20 years, supporting the Foundation and Hospital as a donor with incredible works of art, as a bidder, as a friend, and as a cherished family member. It is with deep respect that we offer a fond farewell to our “Lavender Man” and honor him as Winesong’s 2016 Artist of the Year in Memoriam. Throughout a dynamic life that has spanned the Great Depression, the Second World War, the rise of Silicon Valley, and the dawn of the twenty-first century, Lowell Herrero turned his passion for living into art. From his home in California, he traveled to Tuscany, Provence, and Spain, absorbing the lessons of their sensuous landscapes. The colors of horizons and rich earth, the sensations of sunlight, and the fragrance of flower-covered hillsides mingle in his imagination and flow through his paintbrush onto his canvases. Herrero felt a deep affinity with farmers working the land. He rendered them bursting with life, over-large, and as enduring extensions of the very soil they cultivate. In his paintings, vineyards stretch into the distance as grape pickers enjoy lunch under a cloudless blue sky. Lavender harvesters bend to their task, and a field of rolled bales tells us the hard work of haying is at an end. Each painting invites us to smile with pleasure and enjoy the inner vitality and plenitude of the landscape. But above all, the paintings project the irrepressible joie de vivre of an artist who knew how to live. Visit Online

Julie Higgins

Julie Higgins

Mendocino Coast Artist Julie Higgins, Winesong Artist of the Year in 2011, 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 soft pastel for its tactile quality and sometimes in 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 BFA in Painting and Sculpture. She has received many awards, exhibition honors and her work has appeared on numerous publications. Higgins is the resident artist at “the girl & the fig” restaurants in Sonoma, CA and her work can be found locally at the Mendocino Art Center, Gallery Mendocino, Highlight Gallery and the Mendocino Country Store. She is a member of the Mendocino Eco Artists and the Mendocino Art Center.
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Sev Ickes

Sev Ickes

Sev Ickes moved to Mendocino in 1983 when she began her full time career as an artist. Her style, often referred to as naive or self-taught, captures her optimistic view of life, focusing on the playful and colorful. Sev's work is created with acrylic paint and number one brushes on smooth canvas. The viewer is drawn into her paintings, searching the myriad details not wanting to miss a single detail! Her images have been licensed for puzzles, fabric, children's clothing and stationery. Sev was the Winesong artist in 1992. During the past 34 years her paintings have been shown in galleries in NYC, San Francisco, Chicago, Switzerland, and Holland. She has been honored to rep the USA in the Swiss prize for Modern Primitive Painting in Geneva, Switzerland. Now practicing "the art of retirement," her work may be seen exclusively at the Artist's Co-op of Mendocino and the Mendocino Art Center. Sev may be contacted at: sevans@mcn.org.
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Mariko Irie

Mariko Irie


Mariko Irie is a lifelong painter, was born, raised and received her BFA at Musashino Art University in Tokyo,1973. Galleries have represented her work since 1989. She has been in numerous solo and group shows, receiving prizes including the top award for “Outstanding Visual Artists” at the Museum of the Living Artist in San Diego in 2011, as well as having paintings selected for posters for Winesong 1995. Mariko is represented at the Northcoast Artists Gallery in Fort Bragg, the Mendocino Art Center and the Highlight Gallery, in Mendocino and Glenderven Inn in Little River. Visit Online

Donna Jensen-Burke

Donna Jensen Burke

Donna began her art career after 32 rewarding years as a physical therapist. She is inspired by the beauty of the north coast and works in oil and pastel. Her paintings are shown at the Prentice Gallery in Mendocino and occasionally the Mendocino Art Center where her pastel painting was the poster for the Garden Tour in 2012. She has been a Winesong contributing artist annually since 1998.
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Rebecca Johnson

Rebecca Johnson

The barns are bas-relief (3-D) paintings made of plaster and salvaged redwood barn siding. These paintings are distilled to the essential elements of sky, land, horizon and barn. They convey the quiet beauty of Northern California. Rebecca Johnson began her career on the East Coast earning her BFA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University and her Masters degree from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. She has shown her work in museums and galleries in Philadelphia, New York, Portland, and Northern California. In 1997 Rebecca moved to Northern California. Her studio gallery is in Philo, Anderson Valley.rebecca@rebeccajohnsonart.com
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Rachel Lahn

Bio~ 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

Suzi Marquess Long, born and raised in Santa Cruz, began a mural painting career in Honolulu in 1978 that continues to this day. While painting murals for others, including countless Designer Showcase Houses in Marin and San Francisco, her soul work was watercolor paintings until she switched to pastels in 2000. Moving to Mendocino in 2005 provided her with her own gallery and surrounded her with limitless inspiration. Suzi has the inherited ability to paint in styles that range from cartoon to photorealistic trompe l’oeil, and her impressionistic style appeals to collectors around the globe. Suzi’s work is at the new Artist’s Co-op of Mendocino, corner Kasten and Albion Streets, kitty corner from The Watertower Gallery, the artist’s home; The Stanford Inn through September with the MEA; the MacCallum House from mid-September thru November; John Hanes Gallery, Boonville; Kokomo Studio, Calistoga; and Edward Montgomery, Carmel. suzilongonart@yahoo.com
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Mendocino Heritage Furniture Company

Mendocino Heritage Furniture Company

During the logging boom of the 1850’s-1930’s, many ancient Redwood logs sank to the the river bottom on the way to the sawmill. Inspired by their father’s appreciation for the historical beauty of old growth Redwood, the Crowningshield brothers began their search for these lost giants. Their passion for this incredible wood grew as they worked for over two decades to reclaim massive logs from the river bottoms and forests of Mendocino. Because of the limited availability and exquisite qualities of this wood, each piece is unique, custom handcrafted and hallmarked in Mendocino by the Crowningshield Brothers. Most of our products are made with rough milled lumber, hand sanded smooth to the touch, oiled and assembled. Leaving the original saw marks and industrial scaring serves as a reminder of the history embedded in each piece. Visit Online

Cynthia Myers

Cynthia Myers

Cynthia Myers taught herself the art of glass etching in Sonoma county 20 years ago on her family farm. Living now on the Mendocino Coast, Cynthia grows a beautiful garden loves to dive, kayak and fish in the Pacific Ocean – these surroundings give her an inexhaustible source of inspiration. Her favorite medium and technique is in Sand Carved Glass. Cynthia’s work is represented in museums, private collections, and galleries in Europe, Canada, Japan, Greece, Norway, and the United States.
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Sandy Oppenheimer

Sandy Oppenheimer

Sandy Oppenheimer is a self-taught artist who “paints with paper” in an intuitive and playful manner. She takes her inspiration from the great artists of the past, beautiful handmade papers from around the world, and from the fortunate life she leads. After 20 years in Italy, she returned to northern California where she continues to develop her visual vocabulary. She has received the A.D. Abramson award locally, a grant from the George Sugarman and the Ruth Chevron Foundations, nationally, and was chosen internationally as an artist in residence at the MinoCityArtPaperProject in Mino, Japan. Her work can be seen locally at Mendocino Jewelers on Main Street in Mendocino Visit Online

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./br> Visit Online

Janis Porter

Janis Porter

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, and at Mendocino Eco Artists exhibits in the North Coast Area. Janie also serves on the board of the Mendocino Art Center and am in charge of the Exhibit Committee.
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Paul Reiber

Paul Reiber

Paul Reiber moved to the Mendocino coast in 1981 to study with Jim Krenov at the College of the Redwoods Fine Wood Working program. Since that time he has maintained a studio on the coast focused on woodcarving and sculpture. A wide range of artists and styles, most notably the German artists Ernst Barlach and Kathe Kollwitz, have influenced his work, as well African tribal art and the art of Mesoamerica. His work is shown locally at Highlight Gallery in Mendocino.
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Bob Rhoades

Bob Rhoades

Bob Rhoades was raised in Ohio, upstate NY, and South Carolina. After graduating from Duke University in 1970 he began a teaching career in California. Bob taught printmaking, painting, drawing, color and design and papermaking, among other areas full time for 40 years. After receiving a Masters Degree from University of New Mexico, Bob became the chair of the Art Department at College of the Redwoods, Mendocino Coast. His work in watercolor, pastel, collage and handmade paper is influenced by nature’s bounty and European travel.
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George Rose

George Rose

In addition to being a very long-time and generous supporter of Winesong, George Rose is a photographer and writer whose career has included work for the National Football League, Rolling Stone, Time, Life, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated, USA Today and the Los Angeles Times. He spent 20 years in the California wine industry, holding prominent public relations positions while amassing a significant body of award-winning food and wine photography. His experiences included public relations for Kendall-Jackson, Allied Domecq Wines, USA (parent company of Sonoma County’s Clos du Bois winery, Cockburn’s Port and French Champagne houses Mumm and Perrier-Joüet). George Rose wrote many essays on wine that have appeared in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Ukiah Daily Journal and San Francisco Chronicle, as well as writing a regular column for Dan Berger’s Vintage Experiences, a weekly wine trade and consumer newsletter.
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Walt Rush

Walt Rush’s career began over 44 years ago when his mother, a painter, wanted him to go into business with her which was an easy decision to make. He has been a gold and silversmith ever since. Nature plays an important role in inspiring his creations whether it be carving a mold, or pouring metal into water (water casting) for a unique one-of-a-kind, hand-fabricated creation, straw casting (pouring molten metal over straw which is also a one-of-a-kind creation). His work is on display at the Prentice Gallery in Mendocino, the Elk Artist’s Collective Gallery in Elk, the Dolphin Gallery in Gualala or on Etsy
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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.

Carole Watanabe

Carole Watanabe, an internationally exhibited and recognized artist, is known to her collectors and public as a painter’s painter. Her spirit and work are filled with a love for life, exuberant color and a universal message that resonates through generations. In the words of Sandy Thompson - Executive Director, Center for Contemporary Art - Santa Fe New Mexico,” Carole’s spontaneity of line and gesture, her intense color palette and her imaginative and mysterious ability to touch people deeply are signature elements of her career.