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Writeup! “An Abundance of Green” Show

Springtime, renewal, growth, life - abundance

This members-only show titled "An Abundance of Green" was a themed exhibit on display at Rainbow Stew in Yucca Valley between March 19 and April 13.

The theme was most certainly inspired by Saint Patrick’s Day, but of course spring time as well. Already we are feeling that inkling of warmth now and again and we have been reminded of the upcoming season by all of the budding joshua trees at lower elevations and the beautiful thick blooms of Yuccas climbing up the hill from Morongo Valley. 

This green themed show was an opportunity to share abstract as well as realism and everything in between. All our artists did was ask, what does an abundance of green mean to them? Flora with smaller pops of other colors, fauna in greens, and manmade scenes, abstracts in greens fit perfectly with this theme. And we saw it all!

There was no limit to the age of creations or a limit to the type of medium - though we cannot truly accommodate more than one three-dimensional piece during any of our shows because of limited floor space. Size limitations were only in place due to the allotted gallery space. This installment of beautiful green saw twenty-eight (28) entries submitted by nine (9) artists. Acrylics, mixed-media, oils, photography, and watercolor.

The Abundance of Green exhibit will be on display until April 13 at Rainbow Stew in Yucca Valley, so stop on in and enjoy! As always, we hope you find the exhibit inspiring, and while you are there, take advantage of the shopping opportunities provided by the very inviting gift shop of unique and hand made local arts, crafts, and curios.

Writeup! “LOVE” Show

Representational imagery for kindness and sweetness and joy

This members-only "LOVE" themed exhibit is on display at Rainbow Stew in Yucca Valley between February 19 and March 16. The theme is meant to provide a space for the representational beauty of Love. February has been a month dedicated to an array of cuteness and beauty. Of bouquets filled with scented petals and of boxes with sweet confections, but love too fills the mind with cute thoughts of cuddling creatures, of playing children, of the kindness of strangers and of the love of family.

There was no limit to the age of creations or the medium. Size limitations were only in place due to the allotted gallery space. This installment of lovely entries saw thirty (30) entries submitted by eleven (11) artists. Acrylics, mixed-media, oils, pastels, graphite, pen & ink, photography, and watercolor.

The LOVE exhibit will be on display until March 16 at Rainbow Stew in Yucca Valley, so stop on in and enjoy! As always, we hope you find the exhibit inspiring, and while you are there, take advantage of the shopping opportunities provided by the very inviting gift shop of unique and hand made local arts, crafts, and curios.

Writeup! “Black & White” Show

An open theme for a world of possiblities

This members-only "Black & White" themed show is on display at Rainbow Stew in Yucca Valley between January 15 and February 16, 2022. The theme is a classic one - to work with a limited palette. Such limitation can be challenging and often eye opening, as limiting the colors allowed often forces the artist to place more importance upon composition, form, and line. The theme provides an open space for multiple media types, multiple subjects and no limit to aged creations.

We already experienced great energy during our first exhibits of the year. This particular installment accepted twenty-three entries by eleven artists. Acrylics, mixed-media, oils, pastels, graphite, pen & ink, photography, and watercolor.

The Black & White exhibit will be on display until February 16 at Rainbow Stew in Yucca Valley, so stop on in and enjoy! As always, we hope you find the exhibit inspiring, and while you are there, take advantage of the shopping opportunities provided by the very inviting gift shop of unique and hand made local arts, crafts, and curios.

Hype Alert – Feather Art Workshop 2022!

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January 8, 2021 - SATURDAY - 11:30am-5:30pm
Center for Healthy Generations, Yucca Valley, CA

Whimsical and Freeing

Feather art is a unique artform that I would like to share with you. I have been presenting this method of art for about 4 years. It is abstract, impressionistic, whimsical, and free flowing. You are calling forth a different sense of the creativity within you when you use a feather as a tool. On many levels you are connecting with and enlightening your soul. During the workshop you will start by making your own brush(es)! This step infuses the brush with your own energy, and it is said that by using the feather you are honoring and perhaps paying homage to the bird that it came from. In a sense, you are allowing the bird's spirit to stay vibrant and alive as it moves through its journey to the afterlife.

No matter what one may believe about the afterlife, this is a message about releasing and being reborn. Letting go of the old and starting over is a story we weave into the fabric of our lives. This is one way the soul can express itself. We can in turn reflect upon our feelings and interpret the energy we are holding in our heart and mind.

During the process, you may be expressing energies from your conscious or subconscious mind. You are allowing the marks created on paper to tell a story, and this process has the potential of setting you free from the outside world. The feather always reveals what it wants you to see.

Now let me tone this down a bit and say, you will love the power, the flow, the energy of the feather. The images that come through represent the complexity or simplicity of you. They become a work of art that you will want to gaze at, sit with, and contemplate the many interpretations it can reveal to you.

You can register at The Center for Healthy Generations for this workshop, but you can also directly contact the instructor. Details found below on the flyer.

Create Artful Memories!

Nancy Kimes

Writeup! “Anything Goes #4” Show

An open theme for a world of possiblities

This members-only "Anything Goes" themed show was on display at Rainbow Stew in Yucca Valley between December 18, 2021 and January 13, 2022. I provides an open space for multiple media, multiple subject and multiple aged creations.

We have experienced wonderful energy in our open themed members exhibits this year. This particular installment was the last showing of the year with all of a fine selection of entries, twenty-eight in total by eight artists. Acrylics, mixed-media, oils, pastels, photography, and watercolor.

This Anything Goes show will be on display until December 18 at Rainbow Stew in Yucca Valley, so stop on in and enjoy! As always, we hope you find the exhibit inspiring, and while you are there, take advantage of the shopping opportunities provided by the very inviting gift shop of unique and hand made local arts, crafts, and curios.

Writeup – Feather Art Workshop 2021

A personalized painting tool

The feather art workshop with instructor Nancy Kimes was held in December of 2021. Attendance was sparse but something personable is gained with limited participants - we had the instructor's full attention! I was lucky for such an opportunity to fall into my lap for it gave me time to participate and take plenty of photos.

In this Feather Art workshop, participants were provided materials to both create their own feather brushes AND paint with the newly created tools! The brush creation process could easily take much of a creator's time and love as they customize and beautify their tools, so I am so happy that we were given ample time to create our feather brushes.

The brush and the breathing

Once our painting tools were assembled, we jumped right into using them! The process was as much about using our tools as it was understanding our tools. We were given time to experience the unique properties of our newly created brushes, of the way they felt in the hand and of how they prefered gliding upon paper. We were urged to relax into the creation process using calming breath exercises and repeating motions. There is a meditative aspect to the painting process we were shown, and the process was absolutely inviting.

Circles and much, much more

The creation of circles is important during this process of meditative painting. There is a start and a finish. There is hope and finalization.  These are called Enso circles, an ancient Japanese art-form blending art and spirituality. It is a fantastic feeling experiencing how the brush, the feather reacts to the ink and the paper. And yet, our painting technique did not start and end with the creation of circle figures!

Nancy introduced us to a marbling process using water and ink. We practiced placing ink to paper and then placing that paper face-down into water AND we swirled ink into water first before placing the paper into the water. The end products were subtle at times, with fine strokes and beautiful forms, and occasionally they were bold. The process was as much engaging as it was surprising and completely enjoyable.

Absolutely fun

The day was a success and though the workshop was scheduled for six hours, we didn't have a lull at any time. We were creating and enjoying the results all throughout. Each of us came out with a set of beautifies and an entire bucket of concepts to work into our art forms moving forward. Thank you Nancy Kimes for a fun and exciting workshop. I look forward to the next one in January, 2022!

Hype Alert – Feather Art Workshop 2021!

December 6, 2021 - MONDAY - 11:30am-5:30pm
Center for Healthy Generations

Feather art is a unique artform that I would like to share with you. I have been presenting this method of art for about 4 years. It is abstract, impressionistic, whimsical, and free flowing. You are calling forth a different sense of the creativity within you when you use a feather as a tool. On many levels you are connecting with and enlightening your soul. During the workshop you will start by making your own brush(es)! This step infuses the brush with your own energy, and it is said that by using the feather you are honoring and perhaps paying homage to the bird that it came from. In a sense, you are allowing the bird's spirit to stay vibrant and alive as it moves through its journey to the afterlife.

No matter what one may believe about the afterlife, this is a message about releasing and being reborn. Letting go of the old and starting over is a story we weave into the fabric of our lives. This is one way the soul can express itself. We can in turn reflect upon our feelings and interpret the energy we are holding in our heart and mind.

During the process, you may be expressing energies from your conscious or subconscious mind. You are allowing the marks created on paper to tell a story, and this process has the potential of setting you free from the outside world. The feather always reveals what it wants you to see.

Now let me tone this down a bit and say, you will love the power, the flow, the energy of the feather. The images that come through represent the complexity or simplicity of you. They become a work of art that you will want to gaze at, sit with, and contemplate the many interpretations it can reveal to you.

You can register at The Center for Healthy Generations for this workshop! Details found below on the flyer.

Create Artful Memories!

Nancy Kimes

 

Feather Art Workshop

Writeup! “Same but Different” Show

Same subject, gloriously different results

This members-only show was on display at Rainbow Stew in Yucca Valley between November 13 and December 15, 2021 and represents our always intriguing theme calling upon group discussion of similar subject matter, or self-understood representations of similar subject matter.

The Same but Different theme presents fun surprises around every corner. As we have explained in the past, the Same but Different show is perfect for members who attended the same workshop, where a single subject is attempted and where the results are creatively beautiful and absolutely different. Rarely do our members get to show off their workshop creations side-by-side, usually because the gallery puts a limit on workshop painted productions. But this theme also encourages members to plan ahead and attend group trips together, focusing on similar subjects so that they can share those subjects during this exhibit. And we don't stop there, because we enjoy it when creators share their own understanding of what same but different means when they bring in creative pieces highlighting different filters of the same image, reflective concepts found in nature, etc..

This Same but Different show will be on display until December 15 at Rainbow Stew in Yucca Valley, so stop on in and enjoy! As always, we hope you find the exhibit inspiring, and while you are there, take advantage of the shopping opportunities provided by the very inviting gift shop of unique and hand made local arts, crafts, and curios.

Writeup! Judged Fall Fine Art – 2021

The Fall Judged Fine Art show is on the walls at Rainbow Stew in Yucca Valley until November 10, 2021.

Our seasonal fine art shows are open to the public and judged by an invited artist or teacher and they provide a fantastic glimpse of what our local creators have been focused on. Painted & drawn works, mixed media, assemblage, and more - these mediums can be worked with even if you need to stay at home, like so many over the 2020 year. Art, the written word, and other forms of expression are vital for us as they provide an expressive outlet during all kinds of emotional moments that range the gambit from still quiet to lively excitement. Our community is full of talent and this open judged show is just one of the moments when we experience the art forms that have seen our creators through the complicated months of 2020 and beyond.

A total of twenty-nine (29) entries were received from ten (10) artists, a strong showing! Typically, we have experienced smaller judged fine art shows, likely due to the fact that creations of paint or assemblage take time to complete, many artists working on a limited number per year. In the past our photography shows have been overwhelmingly popular on the other hand, upwards of forty or more entries to hang. I do wonder if the transition might be connected with how therapeutic it can be to create using mediums, possibly lending to the increase in finished fine art! Who's to say, we just love seeing our community member's beautiful works.

The 29 entries were sorted into the three judged categories of "Nature's Kaleidoscope", "Beautiful Creatures", and "Abstract".

Judge

Glenn Grishkoff has taught, performed and exhibited his work nationally and internationally in Japan, South Africa and Thailand. He was awarded special invitations from the Shigaraki Cultural Ceramic Park in Japan and from Chiang Dao Artist Residency in Thailand where he collaborated with hill tribe people and the famous "painting elephants". He has lectured at The Mashiko Museum of Art and The International Workshop Ceramic Art in Tokoname, Japan. The Oregon School of Art and Craft, The LH Project and the Florida Keys Community College have welcomed him as a visiting artist and lecturer. In 2008, Grishkoff was awarded the Idaho Commission on the Arts fellowship grant for his sculptural work. Grishkoff holds a MFA from the Claremont Graduate University and a BFA from California State Fullerton. He currently maintains a studio practice in Anaheim and Los Angeles and teaches workshops in performance, brush making and ceramics. He is currently  a professor at Loyola MaryMount University in Los Angeles  teaching upper division courses in Art and Ecology.

Artist Statement 

California-based artist, Glenn Grishkoff, grew up watching his Russian father–born and raised in China–grind his own ink, calligraphically working with iconic glyphs onto rice paper. This childhood memory and his own experience in Asia taught Grishkoff the power of a brushstroke and the spirit of natural materials. The sculptural objects and performances he creates with clay, paper, wood, metal, glass, textiles and hair, reference his own story, the power of mark-making and the materials he uses. 

Grishkoff believes that paying homage to the animal spirit within the physical world is an important part of human experience. The artist is also inspired by the sculptural qualities and possibilities of clay combined with other materials. Some of these material explorations result in objects that are used in performance. Grishkoff uses objects to establish a sensual connection between body and mind that ritualizes the performance space. Grishkoff often uses brushstrokes to represent breath, along with masks, garments, and sound. Together, these elements draw audiences into meditation and offer a spiritual experience. 

Juror's Statement 

When jurying an artist show I go beyond my own personal likes and dislikes acting in the moment and with my intuition. I rely on my background as a professional educator, artist and spiritual practitioner. We are judged the day we are born into this world and until the day we die. In an odd way we become accustomed to being judged by others in our daily lives but when we are judged on the quality of our creativity, and how it fits or doesn’t fit into society’s norms,  this critique can become difficult to handle at times. Through my teachings I strive to free others from their fear of art to embrace  the act of creativity as an essential component of daily life.  

Some thoughts I often ask my students & artists friends to ponder & discuss when creating works of art:

  1. Are we born with talent or is it developed over time to be an accomplished artist? How does time play a role in making a work of art?
  2. For who and why do we make our artwork for? How can we stay true to ourselves?
  3. How does the creative process feed our soul and mesh into our daily life and the lives of others?
  4. Why are artist communities essential for healthy societies and cultures?

It was a pleasure being a juror for the Chaparral Artists group and I wish everybody  the best in their creative endeavors and continued success.

Sincerely, 

Glenn Grishkoff

Nature's Kaleidoscope

First-place
"Eclipsed"
Raini Armstrong

"Amazing use of the monotone color and bleeding of watercolor. The rough edge of the paper works with the theme and subject matter"

Second-place
"Joshua Trees Greet the Sun"
Jennifer Grandi

"The sky is amazing and its color makes the desert trees pop out. Well done with the frame and mat"

Third-place
"Cactus Flower"
Nancy Miehle

"The pink and green cactus flower really becomes forward and beautiful against the black background"

Honorable Mention
"Desert Shadows"
Sharon Nieters

"The line work in your plant and rock images are amazingly spontaneous, that really makes your flow of watercolor stand out. Enjoyed the the scale of your work and its frame"

Beautiful Creatures

First-place
"Creature of the Deep"
Nancy Kimes

"This work makes you look twice with the abstract line and its magical trout jumping out of the water. The intuitive blend of the point creates magic"

Second-place
"Fancy Feather"
Pearl Rodriguez

"The feather is the thing with hope! Black background really showcases the golden paint and gleam making an overall dynamic brightness. Beautiful feather line and color"

Third-place
"Connection"
Kim Clements

"The delicate pastel line work resonates with the beauty and life force of this Fox. Black background creates a beautiful vortex wis vortex with the foreground of the Fox image. Frame and mat work very well"

Abstract

First-place
"Eden "
Pearl Rodriguez

"Flow of liquid materials and color has a magical feel and the depth of line is fun and whimsical"

Second-place
"Intertwined"
Jeni Bate

"The shape of the canvas and flowing watercolor drew me inward into the words"

Third-place
"Red Vase"
Susan Burton

"The brush strokes and colors of the painting work in harmony"

Best of Show

"Desert Hare"
Jennifer Grandi

"Outstanding use of 3-D and 2-D materials. The use of color, brush strokes and background work amazingly well"

Thanks go to the participating artists that shared their work with us. To Rainbow Stew and all visitors that make these shows possible. And congratulations to the creators that placed!

If you find yourself out and about, make sure to stop by Rainbow Stew (please follow any guidelines that they may require) and enjoy the Judged Fine Art show. It will be displayed until November when we transition into the members-only "Same but Different" show!

We all want to take advantage of this great space because it sees a constant stream of traffic throughout the week. Chaparral Artists see sales through this venue, so do not pass up the opportunity to hang your art with us when you can during these shows.

Stay safe and continue creating!

Writeup! Judged Fall Photo – 2021

The Fall Judged Photography show is on the walls at Rainbow Stew in Yucca Valley until October 13, 2021.

Our seasonal photography shows are open to the public and judged by an invited artist and they provide a fantastic glimpse of what our local photographers have been focused on. Many of of are still experiencing limited excursion opportunities but we still find subjects to present.

A total of 16 photographs were received, still fewer than we had hoped since the photography show used to be such a packed affair. Yet the entries were lovely as always and they were sorted into the three judged categories of "Nature's Kaleidoscope", "Beautiful Creatures", and "Hand of Man".

Nature's Kaleidoscope

First-place
"Down to the River and the Wood"
Raini Armstrong

"Outstanding. Great composition, well balanced contrast."

Second-place
"Rainbow and Shadow"
Raini Armstrong

"Love how you captured a rainbow and still look at everything else. Framed perfectly to direct attention to photo"

Third-place
"NYE by Moonlight"
Tami Roleff

"Fantastic. Don't see much with the snow! Great! Great exposure. Well done!"

Honorable Mention
"Fruit of the Bloom, Dogwood Berries"
Julianne Koza

"Likes the dark with the flowers"

Beautiful Creatures

First-place
"Maiden of the Milky Way"
Julianne Koza

"Very Creative! Fantastic story."

Second-place
"Honey Bee"
Patricia Quandel

"Sharp focus on the bee. Very Important for macro shooting. Colors are great!"

Third-place
"Stryker 
Tami Roleff

"Love the soft lighting on the puppy. Great eyelights. Subject pops nicely from background."

Hand of Man

First-place
"Golden Gate Abstract"
Julianne Koza

"Love this. Very imaginative. Good composition! Not always the easiest when putting abstract objects in it! Well done!"

Second-place
"Night Out for Mac"
Raini Armstrong

"Well exposed! Beautifully framed to direct attention to vehicle."

Third-place
"San Diego Convention Center"
Julianne Koza

"Great exposure. A little busy, that's my opinion 🙂 I'm not sure what the middle abstract is. But maybe tone it down a bit or have a faster shutter. Please don't take it personally <3"

Best of Show

"Down to the River and the Wood"
Raini Armstrong

Thanks go to the participating photographers that shared their work with us. To Rainbow Stew and all visitors that make these shows possible. And congratulations to the creators that placed!

If you find yourself out and about, make sure to stop by Rainbow Stew (masks and social distancing required) and enjoy the Judged Photo show. It will be displayed until April when we transition into the Judged Spring Fine Art show!

We all want to take advantage of this great space because it sees a constant stream of traffic throughout the week. Chaparral Artists see sales through this venue, so do not pass up the opportunity to hang your art with us when you can during these shows.

Stay safe and continue creating!