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Martha Wold Cornwall, Berkeley, CA
Martha is a San Francisco Bay Area textile artist. Growing up surrounded by Norwegian sweaters and her mother’s weaving, Martha developed an early passion for wool. She studied weaving for a year while living in Norway in her 20's. For the past 15 years her work has focused on making felt. She manipulates layers of wool fiber and silk fabric to create fields of color, pattern, and texture. She views her felt-making process as a form of painting.
Martha has worked with a group of fellow women artists and felters at Deep Color Studio in Kensington, CA for the past 10 years and has her own studio in Berkeley, CA. Her work has been exhibited at the Santa Cruz Art League Gallery, Berkeley Art Center, and San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles.
Mary Wold Souza, Cupertino, CA
San Francisco Bay Area painter and printmaker, Mary Wold Souza, scribbles, drips colors, and applies paint with palette knives, her fingers, brushes, and sticks to create paintings that are rich with layers of intuitive engagement. Her work incorporates fragments of memory and evidence of process: calligraphic gesture; excavated layers; disrupted surface and structure; things defined and obscured.
Souza’s recent experience as a Visiting Artist at The American Academy in Rome made her more trusting of chance, risk-taking, and non-judgmental mark making, which has resulted in her current abstract paintings.
Mary Souza’s work has been exhibited throughout the SF Bay Area as well as Memphis TN and Houston, TX and is collected nationally and internationally. She has participated in the Artist in Residence program at Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, CA and is affiliated with the SMOMA Artists Gallery and Saatchi Art.
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Kim Chasen began her professional art career in 1996. She co-owned Dezart One Gallery in Palm Springs from 2001-2011 and co-founded the Backstreet Art District.
In all of her work, Kim seems to have an innate ability to coax a feeling of strength and vitality out of a few well chosen colors worked on a textured canvas. Lying just beneath the surface, the paintings project a double life without compromising their integrity as pure abstraction. The interior areas imply both deep space and a flat surface, making it appear as if the viewer is looking both at and through Chasen’s compositions.
Kim’s work has been chosen for the Artist’s Council Exhibition (ACE) show at the Palm Springs Art Museum in 2013, as well as 2014. She currently exhibits her work at Joshua Tree Art Gallery (JTAG) and STUDIO D in Palm Springs.
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In January of 2000 I moved to Joshua Tree, Ca to set up my art studio & explore the wonders of Joshua Tree National Park. This magical landscape called to me & brought forth a renewed creative energy to produce new works of art. The light, open space & quiet captured my attention & allowed for reflection on life’s challenges.
My work has always involved the use of color & texture in abstract forms. The original paintings I produced in the desert were based on the lichen forms found on the boulders throughout Joshua Tree.
A memorable encounter with Noah Purifoy & his Outdoor Museum inspired me to incorporate found objects from the desert landscape. My work took on a new look, using assemblage technique and materials I discovered on the property around my studio.
My most recent pieces use photo image transfers of plants and landscape with abstract elements inspired by the Mojave desert.
Exchanging ideas with and supporting other artists has always been a passion of mine. In 2009, I founded the Joshua Tree Art gallery (JTAG) with the help of local artists to share our work with the community. In partnership with the Mojave Desert Land Trust, I curated a Plein Air exhibition at JTAG, where sales of artwork benefited the preservation of desert wildness for our community. In 2007, I started the Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency ( JTHAR.COM), which provides free living and studio space for artists from all over the world so they can experience the majesty of the Mojave.
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Barbara Drucker received her MFA from UCLA where she is currently a Professor of Painting in the Department of Art. Her studio practice includes painting, sculptural installation, documentary video, photography and artists’ books.
Drucker’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at venues such as the Mazzocchi Gallery, Parma, Italy; Libera Academia di Belle Arti, Brescia, Italy; Kulturzentrum bei den Minoriten, Graz, Austria; Kennedy Gallery, Hellenic American Union, Athens, Greece; Bouzianis Gallery, Athens, Greece; Art Centre of Hasselt, Belgium; Gallery SIDAC, Leiden, Holland; Biblioteca Rionale Affori, Milan, Italy; Center for Book Arts, NY; LA Contemporary, Los Angeles; 18th Street Arts Complex, Santa Monica; Patricia Correia Gallery, Santa Monica; Mount St. Mary’s College, Los Angeles; and Kathryn Markel Gallery, NY.
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Professor Jill Carey Michaels, painter, writer, musician and storytelling DJ host of Joshua Tree’s radioshow, “Desert Storysongs,” knew from a young age that she was an artist; her free time was spent drawing and writing in sketchbooks. After Jill earned a BFA in Illustration from Philadelphia College of Art, she launched her own illustration company, Two Hearts Gifts; inspired by a passion for pen and ink and watercolor. She printed and hand painted her unique designs, eventually selling them to such clients as The Museum of American Folk Art in Lincoln Center and Nordstrom Department stores throughout California. With the focus leaning more towards technology, the entrepreneur made a shift, immersed herself and received an MFA in Computer Art from The School of Visual Arts in NYC. While there, she wound up working in the Computer Graphics department for NBC, Court TV, and various Internet companies. Whether she is writing and illustrating whimsical books such as, “Debutante without a dress” or “No customer service,” the artist creatively documents everyday life in visual and audio narration. A former New York University English professor, Jill now lives in Yucca Valley with her husband, musician Ed Michaels and teaches Digital Storytelling, Animation, Graphic Art and Drawing courses for The Art Institute of Pittsburgh Online.
My mix media paintings, “Highway Art” were inspired by the uniquely American experience of driving coast to coast on the interstate. I am visually stimulated whenever I take one of those long trips. This collection reflects my impression of modern America; as billboards, tollbooths, truck stops and skylines rushed past my car window; coming in and out of focus in a haunting dreamlike tapestry. In order to converge dimensions, I paint, draw, write poems and collage onto the raw canvas; connecting familiar imagery that is often overlooked, yet upon closer inspection, may tell a complex, beautiful story.
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My new body of work is inspired by an evolving local urban environment, urbanization as a condition, and contemporary culture. Working for the past three years from my Venice, CA studio, I was viscerally impacted by the changing neighborhood and demographics: There is the noise and energy of new construction. Resulting structures are rising vertically to unexpected new heights, marginalizing once amply sunlit creative spaces. Graffiti of all shapes and sizes most often depicted on the grey backdrop of concrete, has become rampant as an exciting urban art form (street art) communicating an evolving cultural diversity. This is change and evolution, disturbing and exciting at the same time.
As an abstract artist, I typically communicate a theme and tonal palette with pattern, mark making, layering and textural effects through mixed media and collage. I strive to communicate beauty and elements of design readily visible in virtually all aspects of everyday life, if only we look. My work often evolves from an emotional response I have to current events and the human condition as I try to balance emotions of sadness or despair with a sense of playfulness – sometimes communicated by primary palettes of reds, orange, blue and yellow. Usually I don’t have a distinct plan in mind when I start a new project. It’s more important to me to work in the moment and non-objectively. As far as process goes, I allow myself the freedom to express without judgment or boundaries. Thoughts and ideas spill out on canvas, panel or paper. Drawings, layered patterns, shapes, colors and textures are merged, transformed and energized with paint, stained papers or newsprint, mylar and other materials. Although passionate about color, I often stick to a neutral palette, working with velvety black charcoal, inks, gouache and acrylic paints, with just an occasional surprise of pigment.
Mardi de Veuve Alexis is an abstract artist born and raised in California. She studied art and design while living in Alexandria, Virginia and Washington D.C. at the Corcoran School of Art; at UCLA in Los Angeles, and at Studio 33 in Culver City, California. Mardi has been painting for a more than a decade, experimenting with combinations of various media and textural effects, mixing charcoal, ink, pastel, acrylics and collage. Having traveled extensively throughout the world, her work is inspired by cultural diversity and her interpretation of the human condition. Mardi’s paintings and drawings have been shown and collected in California, Stockholm, Sweden; Croatia; Belgrade, Serbia; and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
Collage, mixed media, line and textural effects characterize Mardi’s current body of work on canvas, panel and paper that is largely focused on urbanism and aerial landscapes. She is an Active Member of Women Painters West; Los Angeles Art Association; Artist Council, Palm Springs Art Museum; Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council; and an Exhibiting Member of California Art League and of the Joshua Tree Art Gallery.
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Larry White’s art career has spanned nearly 45 years. Although primarily known as a master craftsman working with Sam Maloof for 29 years, he’s also known as a versatile artist exhibiting work in other disciplines, including ceramic sculpture, drawing, painting and mixed media. He has taught at two California Universities and held summer classes at Anderson Ranch Art Center in Snowmass Village, Co. He’s currently a visiting artist at The Sam Maloof Foundation, Alta Loma CA, and has a mixed media studio at his place of residence in Pioneertown, Ca.
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Timothy Hearsum received his Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Fine Arts from Ohio University and the Visual Studies Workshop (program in photographic studies, State University of New York) respectively.
His work is in over 400 private, public and corporate collections including the Museums of Modern Art in New York and San Francisco; the Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego; the Santa Barbara Museum of Art; the Palm Springs Art Museum; the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; the International Museum of Photography, George Eastman House, Rochester; the Chicago Institute of Design; and the Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C.
Hearsum has also participated in numerous one-person and group exhibitions including those at the Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe; the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art; the Nevada Museum of Art; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Rosa; the Oakland Museum; the San Diego Museum of Art; the Maine Photographic Workshop; the Rochester Institute of Technology; and the Louisville Photo Archive.
In 2001, Road Trips, a catalogue of Hearsum’s southwest panoramas was published. His photographs have also been included in a number of other art and photography books. Grants and awards include California Art in Public Places Program (1984); New Mexico Arts, Art in Public Places Program (2003); and the Santa Fe Arts Commission 2005-2006 City of Santa Fe Poster. He is represented by Getty Images, NY; Corbis, Seattle; SMINK, Dallas; and Santa Fe Editions, Santa Fe, NM.
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Ken Foto (a.k.a. Kenneth David Geiger) - Artist, Photographer, Folk Musician, and Traveler
Born in 1959 in NYC into an Army family, till he was twenty he never lived anywhere longer than three years. When Ken was 1 ½ years old it was discovered that he was far-sighted and needed glasses. Turns out he was just short of blind; Ken thinks that this is one of the influences that led him toward photography. Also the family travels, sitting in the back of the family station wagon driving across county, the rear window was like a camera frame. Ken went to High School overseas, 9th/10th grade in Tehran, Iran and 11th/12th grade in the Panama Canal Zone.
Ken Foto started photographing in 1973 just before moving to Tehran. He learned to process black and white in 1976 and studied photography at the University of Louisiana Monroe and The Ohio State University. Ken was lucky to studied with many fine professors, photographers and grad students, giving him a strong base of photo-history, technique and aesthetics. Teachers included Richard Eugene Hayes (@ULM), James Friedman, Ardine Nelson, Jonathan Green, and Alan Sekula (@OSU).
Around 1986 he started using the name “Ken Foto”, there is another photographer named “Ken Geiger”, who had won a Pulitzer Prize. Using the name “Ken Foto” also helped him keep his art and music life separate from his military life.
In 1988, He joined the US Navy (never having learned how to make a living in photography). He no longer had access to a darkroom, so he started shooting color negatives a lot more and making enlargements with color Xerox. He did this for most of the 90's. Ken spent twenty years in the Navy, retiring in 2008.
In '98, He traded a photograph for his first computer, which came with Photoshop. He got a negative scanner and a photo-quality printer, thus begun his entrance into the digital side of photography. In 2004, he got his first digital SLR camera.
“I love making images, walking around, visiting different places, traveling. For me, it is about seeing.”
Ken first lived in the Mojave Desert 94-97 in Twentynine Palms, while there he started to photograph the desert, including Joshua Tree National Park and completed a series on Wonder Valley Shacks. He settled in the Coachella Valley in 2009 after traveling the U.S. for a year, he has been photographing the desert since, from the Whitewater Preserve to the Salton Sea.
Shapes, forms, line, color, contrast, movement, are all elements of his art. And of course the subject; he shoots a variety of subjects, especially decay and entropy, but he also shoots landscapes, still life, flowers, animals, portraits, band and parties. He has photographed his children extensively.
Mr. Foto has exhibited his work since 1978, mostly in small galleries, coffee houses, occasionally better venues. He has won a few prizes, awards, cash, and sometimes sells prints. He will do commercial jobs now and then. Mr. Foto had a thirty years retrospective in 2010, entitled “People, Place and Things” at the Marks Art Center at the College of the Desert.
Currently Ken Foto lives and works in Indio, California.
I believe that If we want to understand each other, we must learn the language, the customs and culture of one another. For what if in one's language the word peace means war, yes means no and love means hate?
In Israel I grew up with three languages, Hebrew, Arabic and English. In fact, every sign there is written in those three languages. On my last trip I visited the Museum Of Islam in Jerusalem. An exhibition of Palestinian dresses that I saw there brought up childhood memories. Those dresses were my first introduction to color and design at the age of ten. The series Ward game for dummies, English as a third language, was inspired by my trip and that exhibition.
This body of work is about inclusion, understanding, communicating and finding a common ground.