Fr. Bill Moore
May
27
to Oct 1

Fr. Bill Moore

Artist Statement

I was born in Glendale, California. My childhood was shaped by the fact that my father was a combat veteran of World War II. After his

war time service, and subsequent return home from combat, my mother always said that my father had changed. He was still a kind and

gentle man, however after the war my father soon sought refuge in places that he found to be peaceful and beautiful. Without a doubt,

the deserts of Southern California were those places. And those outings with my father shaped much of my art career. In the desert, we

sought out rocks and formations of the earth to discuss what we had seen. Many people find the desert to be dry and riddled with death,

however, I found the colors to be more alive than any city I had ever visited. Red Iron Oxide is found in many parts of the Mojave desert

and this the color of rust is for me a color of life.

My love of found objects was also born in the desert. I would collect anything that struck me as vital and bring it home with me. Many

years later I began to include a found object in each of my paintings. After I graduated with degrees in both Fine Art and Theology, the

idea of using these found objects as a point of redemption came alive. I love taking items from the desert or the streets of Los Angeles

and incorporating them into my artwork. Even if the objects are so subtle that the viewer may not even see them, they create an energy

in the piece that aligns itself with my faith and my theory that all things can be redeemed. I also love textures to exist in my work, and I

often encourage viewers to touch my paintings, because the oil of human hands makes the plastics in the acrylics that I use that much

more human. And when you can touch artwork, you develop a viewpoint rarely accessible in the modern art world.

When I began to paint and create my art, I did not know where I was headed as and artist. Yet what remained important to me was that I

was beginning my calling as a painter. After I began painting and working as a Priest, the idea came to me to create works that could

benefit the members of my community. It always seemed to me that the public was constantly being asked to support either museums,

or other cultural institutions. So I decided to take that theory and turn it on its head and use my art to support my community. I do not

receive payments for my art, all the monies go directly to my congregation to help others in need.

My art has made me a better priest, and my faith has made me a better artist. We live in hurried times and are inundated with countless

images. We have the capacity to immediately access a staggering wealth of information. Through my art, I am asking myself and those

that would explore it, to slow down, look, touch and consider the essential colors, shapes and textures that can feed our souls.

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Joy Stocksdale
May
27
to Oct 1

Joy Stocksdale

Fiber artist

BACKGROUND AND INSPIRATION

As a result of studies at Goldsmith's College, University of London in 1979, Joy Stocksdale

developed polychromatic screen printing. Her printed silk garments, hangings, and quilts have

been exhibited throughout the US. She has taught workshops at craft schools, guilds, and

conferences. She is the author of an instructional book on her process, Polychromatic Screen

Printing. She lives in rural Sebastopol in Sonoma County, California.

The innovative process of polychromatic screen printing results in a limited edition from the

original painted screen - with no color registration. Similar to an extended monoprint process that

produces 5-8 prints from a single painted image. With this process, all the colors in an image are

painted on a single print screen, then printed on fabric or paper with one pull of the squeegee. No

solvents used.

My main concern is design. Leaves, flowers, and geometric designs appeal to my imagination

which moves back and forth between these different motifs. Many designs are derived from small

sketch notes I make of patterns or parts of designs on historical ceramics, metal, and textile

artifacts. The challenge is turning sketches into designs that work within the format of a wall

piece.

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Linda Klein
May
27
to Oct 1

Linda Klein

Linda Klein is a rapidly emerging California, Bay Area Artist who describes her herself as being on a creative journey to discover that elusive harmony between realism and abstraction. Identified as an Artist as early as Preschool, Klein has incorporated Art into just about every factor of her life.

 

Most recently her 'Splintered Wisdom' and 'Indigenous Transparency' Series have gained popularity, focusing on nature and ecology. Combining loose brush strokes of watercolors, she adds texture with collaged bits of images of litter and bark that she cleans up off of her adopted section of California scenic highways.

 

A large body of her most recent work adds graphite drawings of birds or figures to her treescapes, characterized by her measuring lines or 'tick marks'.

Additionally, these collages sometimes contain her nature photography work woven into the composition.

 

These paintings rejoice in nature and provide a gentle reminder to be better stewards of our planet, providing her own personal action towards cleaning up as well. 

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Sue Cretarolo
May
31
to Oct 1

Sue Cretarolo

After receiving her bachelor's degree in art from Stanford University, Sue developed a keen eye for color, shape, and design as a graphic designer and fine artist over thirty years. After retiring as a partner in Artefact Design in Palo Alto, California, she has focused her creativity on painting.

Having recently returned to the Bay Area after a decade in the Northwest, I am finding inspiration for my work in the landscape and rich heritage of the valley. The dawn light emerging over the vineyards, the tangle of vines crisscrossing the golden hills, and the bracing aroma of the eucalyptus groves take me back to the terrain of my childhood as they provide a lush palate for my imagination. Using oils with cold wax and mixed media allows me to achieve the many layers and deep patinas that reveal the rich subtleties reminiscent of this landscape. As I strive to capture textures and impressions both past and present, I feel as if I have come full circle.

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Wayne Berger
May
31
to Oct 1

Wayne Berger

Artist /  Sculptor / Woodworker / Cabinet & Furniture Maker 

 

Wayne has been an artisan for over 28 years. Growing up in his father’s cabinet shop he became a second-generation woodworker.

 

Thirteen years ago be began using metal leaf in his furniture designs, which soon evolved into creating abstract paintings. Gold, Bronze, Silver & Platinum leaf layered on wood or canvas and distressed with his secret solutions to create the patinas that come alive and change constantly as the light moves through a room.

 

With his custom kitchen cabinet project recently featured in Dwell Magazine & commercial cabinetry installed throughout the Bay Area, we celebrate Wayne’s skills.

 

Wayne Berger’s artwork and custom furniture pieces are on exhibit and available exclusively through The Passdoor.

 

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Monty Monty
Oct
4
to Oct 1

Monty Monty


 MONTY MONTY 

Born in the California wine country in 1959, Monty spent his early years in Lake County where he attended one of the last operational one-room school houses in California. His first career was as a graphic artist, where he worked as a product designer, production manager, and art director for commercial printing companies. He left in 2001 to pursue his sculptural work full-time. His art is now held in numerous private collections– often catching the eye of other creatives, including filmmakers, script writers, musicians, and poets, including California Poet Laureate and former Chairman of the National Endowment of the Arts, Dana Gioia. Monty’s work is also represented in various public collections including installations at parks, libraries, and community centers. His corporate collectors include the Motorola Company, among others. He lives and maintains his studio in Northern California. 

Process and Media 

“My approach is to create a natural look to the assembled work by using creative methods,” Monty says. “I don’t weld. I take great care in the restoration of each component and attempt to create a vintage quality within the work.” 

Statement 

“I assemble to create a theme. Discreet items of interest and vintage collectibles are sculpted into a whole and unified form. I take antiques, curios, cast-off objects, and sometimes family heirlooms and breathe new life into them, rendering new ways to look at old things. I enjoy sharing stories about each new piece I create and include an itemized list of components with information that accompanies the work.” 

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Trisha Rissmann
Nov
28
to Oct 1

Trisha Rissmann

Tricia Rissmann is a contemporary abstract artist. She employs the power of color and texture allowing images to emerge and reveal themselves in her paintings that are full of unexpected balance, depth and harmony. 

Rissmann was born in San Francisco and currently lives and works in Oakland CA. She began painting at a very early age when she traveled with her grandmother to Europe. The old doors with years of paint inspired Tricia toward her artistic process. 

She attended the Rudolph Schaeffer School of Design and enjoyed a successful career as a designer only to return full time to her greatest passion, painting. 

She has been collected, published and exhibited Internationally.
 
ARTIST STATEMENT

My drive to paint is innate. I simply must paint. I am inspired by my writings, music and life! I want to keep pushing the boundaries to find out what is there. I am inspired that through what I do, I may enable another person to open their mind, to remove the blinders and reach their possibilities. I strive to create work that moves others and myself. In the end I believe in staying true to what inspires me and allowing myself to open my soul and dive into the canvas.

My love of painting is also very much connected to my love of design, architecture and music. Every since I was a child, I have been drawn to color, balance, shape and especially to texture and form. I use these things to find unpredictable harmony and balance.

The paintings create a portal for the viewer to go through that I have gone through first. Each piece encompasses the complexities of human emotion presented and contained within the composition.

My job as an artist is to excavate mystery. The mystery is that which cannot be explained, the alchemy beyond technique and preconceived modern imagery.

Presently, I am using paint, chalk, putty, oil and pastels on wood panels finished with art resin. I paint layers on layers to create and unify other dissimilar elements that might otherwise not stand alone.

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Jane Ingram Allen
Apr
27
to Jul 22

Jane Ingram Allen

Jane Ingram Allen, originally from Alabama, lived in Taiwan from 2004 -2012, and moved back to the USA in July 2012.  She continues her career as an international artist using sustainable materials and collaborative processes to raise public awareness about environmental issues. Jane first went to Taiwan in January 2004 as a Fulbright Scholar to do her hand papermaking art with Taiwan’s natural materials. She received a second Fulbright grant with sponsorship by Taiwan’s National Endowment for Culture and Art, and completed her “Made in Taiwan” project in July 2005. After the Fulbright grants, Jane worked as an independent artist with many organizations in Taiwan and other countries. Jane is a former university art professor and experienced curator and arts writer as well as a professional artist. She has received awards for artist in residencies in the USA, Philippines, Japan, Nepal, Brazil, China, Tanzania, Taiwan, Turkey and Indonesia.  In 2013 Jane completed artist in residency projects at Gallery Route One, Point Reyes Station, CA, and at Sitka Center for Art & Ecology, Otis, Oregon. In 2014 she was an artist in residence at two universities in Taiwan and in 2015 she was a Fulbright Specialist artist in residence in Turkey at Ege University, Izmir. She continues her art projects, experimenting with materials and techniques that contribute to sustainable living and improving the environment.

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