Embarcadero Center Show

Fellow painter Thea Goldstine and I are currently showing at Two Embarcadero Center in downtown San Francisco. Our work will be exhibited from May 28th until late July. Thank you to Gary for making this show possible. I’m so grateful to be showing with Thea and for the wonderful response we are getting to our work.

Painter Thea Goldstine at Embarcadero Center May 2013 Thea and Janet

New House, New Studio, New Work

Tomales Dairy for webWell it’s been a year full of changes for me. Moving into a new house with a new studio has been exciting and overwhelming. We are still in Bodega Bay, but now in a spot with more land and more space for a studio.  I am thrilled to have a dry and spacious area for my work. I finally have a chance to update my site and start blogging again.

Recently I have been working more with oils although charcoal and acrylics are still favorites especially for teaching. Also I find myself incorporating more of the coastline in my work. What a stretch! I even painted my darling dog recently in addition to sheep and poppies. (see “New” work posted in my gallery).

Getting ready for ARTrails… the longest running juried open studio tour in Sonoma County. I am Studio #1. This is my first time doing this event. I never applied before this year because my studio location was so remote; at the most western point of the county, and there were no other artists showing out here. But now that I am a bit closer to town, and happily joined by sculptor Colin Lambert in Studio #2 in Valley Ford, I am looking forward to it. The Fall is the best time to visit the coast weather-wise.  Oh, glorious sunshine… here at last!

Art at the Source June 4-5 and 11-12

Tomales DairyOnly 2 weeks to go before ART at the SOURCE open studio tour!  I am getting ready. I’ll be showing in Valley Ford this year with Craig Collins who makes custom fine furniture.   The location is amazing … beautiful pastoral setting perfect for painting. Craig’s studio/ shop is so cool with all of the raw wood, tools and even a gorgeous wooden boat sitting high up in the rafters….a project dear to his heart.

This painting is the one I chose to hang in the preview show at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts. Visiting this show is a great way to see work by all of the 153 participating artists…and a way to plan your tour of the studios.

There are seven of us showing on the coast this year…right off of the coastal Highway One.  Craig and I are in Valley Ford near the border of Marin and Sonoma Counties and there are 4 artists showing in Salmon Creek, just a few miles north near Bodega Bay.

Reception at Portalupi Wine

The wonderful owners (and wine makers) Tim and Jane of Portalupi Wines are hosting a reception and new relHouse in September Sunease celebration this Thursday May 19 from 6-8pm.  My work is hanging in their tasting room which is located next door to the famous Raven Theater in downtown Healdsburg. They will be releasing their newest wine, an Italian white called Vermentino and pairing it with a seafood chowder…yum! So come on down and try a new wine, see my artwork and say hello.

This event is a preview exhibit for Art at the Source which is coming up real soon…June 4-5 and 11- 12. I am happy to be showing in Valley Ford, just down the road from Bodega Bay, with my friend Craig Collins. Craig is a fine custom furniture designer and builder. He and his wife Sharon own West County Design …one of the nicest shops in Sonoma County that features Craig’s work along with a stunning selection of fine arts and craft…most by local artists.

I am looking forward to Art at the Source this year…it’s my 6th year of doing this open studio tour. I love meeting everyone and talking about art. This year since I have moved (within Bodega Bay) and am currently moving my studio I will be willing to part with some pieces that I have been hanging on to…moving is the best incentive for downsizing, right?

Playing Catch-up

Poppies Spring has sprung and I am still playing catch up….so much happening.  Even if  the skies are gray and the birdbath is frozen (really!) my garden is still colorful with blooming harbingers of spring. Poppies just starting…my favorites! This painting is one of a series I am in the midst of creating.

I had the pleasure of meeting the owners of Portalupi Wines, Jane and Tim, last week. Their award-winning wines and exceptionally charming tasting room are absolute musts… located  in our favorite destination,  Healdsburg, next door to the old Raven Theater one block from the plaza.  My work will be hanging there in starting in late March.

I will keep you posted about the reception in mid May. www.portalupiwine.com

Another fun weekend

May Flowers for blog

May Flowers 24" x 24"

We had so much fun this last weekend at Art at the Source. More than 300 wonderful people came to visit me, Nancy and Carol at our open studio (#63) on Green Valley Road in Sebastopol. Lots of art being viewed and sold to people from all over…we had visitors from Florida, Boston, Philadelphia, Oregon, New Jersey, New York and Texas as well as from the Bay area and Sacramento. I demonstrated painting in oils outside near the gorgeous garden and vineyard view.

Don’t miss this coming weekend June 12 and 13th..from 10am – 5pm more than 120 artists show their work to the public!