A few words from our featured gallery artist, Kate Anderson:
“I grew up with a pencil permanently attached to one hand while the other sported a crayon. Stories developed that needed pictures — I made little people, costumes, stage sets and more stories. For a while the pen was mightier than the brush, as I created plays for junior theater and eventually directed, too. A theater friend saw my drawings and dared me to take a figure drawing class at the local college, and she would go with me. That was the start of all this madness. Soaking up information like a sponge on steroids, I took every college art class available, and then extra workshops at several different venues at once. (I already had a B.A. and a Teaching Credential from San Francisco State). A few years later I hooked up with art groups in Sacramento that fostered more growth and venues to show and sell my work.
My initial works were in pastel or watercolors, then oils. I concentrated on figurative, winning a spot in the California State Fair and a special Portrait Award with Southwest Artists’ Group. [I eventually moved onto] landscapes, and they became my mainstay until moving to the Bay Area a few years ago. I [since] have turned to acrylics and I LOVE THEM! Oh my gosh, what you can’t do with acrylics. This medium has given rise to more abstracts and expressive work — a whole new world out there, baby!”
A few words from our featured jewelry artist, Joanne Oppenheimer:
“My love of art became apparent when I was in kindergarten. I refused to line up for a fire drill until I had put away my crayons and carried them safely out with me. I focused on Art and Education in college and graduate school. My first assignment in Silversmithing was to transform a sheet of silver into a 4 inch smooth bowl. The whole process of repeatedly annealing, quenching, and hammering; forcing my will on the metal, awakened a real power shared between the emerging bowl and myself. I try and remember this “teamwork” today as I heat the metal and encourage it to flow or bond. The metal always responds to influence the final design. Creativity is such a delicate balance between creator and the material used. Still, I can get carried away creating and occasionally set off the smoke alarm in my studio. Some things never change.
When teaching elementary school I came to appreciate the uninhibited creativity of my students. This experience has led me to seek out all kinds of jewelry processes and materials. Recently, I took two wonderful classes at Blue Door Beads with Dara and I am now incorporating electroplating and photo transfer in my new work. I am excited to share the results with you on the evening of February 18th.”