Painting Showcase May 12th

The Artisans' Co-op Gallery features a surprising and wide variety of dedicated painters. Their work represents the full range of painting mediums, techniques, subjects and styles. Gallery visitors will find classic to experimental to whimsical watercolor, acrylic, oil, pastel, colored pencil. ink and collage paintings. Whether you are seeking framed or matted art, or prints and note cards. Painters SHowcase on May 12th.

Christine McNamara

Christine McNamara's watercolors are painted primarily on location in Sonoma County, California, where she has lived for 37 years. Her scenes evoke a quiet serenity inspired by the beauty of the Northern California landscape with its diversity of tall trees, rolling hills and magnificent coastline.

Mixed media collages are a new addition to Christine's portfolio.  A playful blend of oriental papers, watercolors, gouache and polymer mediums, the abstract collages reflect her love of nature and the landscape.

Annie Murphy Springer

Annie Murphy Springer specializes in local landscapes that express exuberance and whimsy and is known for her affection of purples, maroons and mauves.She has new and interesting paintings at the Co-op...MANY ON YUPO....both opaque and translucent ..some VERY whimsical!. YUPO is a very exciting surface to paint on, and results in brilliant colors and unusual effects on its surface. It makes watercolors SING !

Liz Stafford

I focus now on landscape painting with acrylics. Most of my paintings incorporate water (of the northern California coast) and rock (of the Southwest). I find that painting brings great joy and a sustaining connection with the natural world, and hope that my paintings inspire these feelings in viewers.

Carol Covey

Carol started watercolor painting in 1994, I took a class at the Santa Rosa Junior College with my daughters and realized I loved it! I typically paint flowers, I like the variations in color. All of my cards and paintings are original works, I don't create prints. I frame all of my paintings and my cards are also able to be framed as painting.

Sam Sirdofsky

Sam has done commercial illustration,  graphic design,  fashion design,  animation and children's books. She has painted in oils and watercolors. She has a series of rock paintings called porched pets.

Carolyn Jarvis

Local ocean and vineyard scenes are often sources of inspiration for Carolyn Jarvis' oil paintings. She is captivated by the process and challenge of creating colorful, spontaneous oil paintings that attempt to capture the light. She often uses a palette knife instead of brushes because she likes the texture, freshness and color vibrancy. In addition to landscapes, she enjoys painting still life and abstracts.

For three years, Carolyn took painting classes from Van Waldron, who had been a student of the famous Russian master painter Sergei Bongart.

Art Celebrates the Movie "The Birds"

After filming “Shadow of A Doubt” in Santa Rosa in 1948, Alfred Hitchcock returned to Sonoma County in 1961 to find a remote coastal location for his next project “The Birds.” The Birds filming location Bodega:  A few miles inland is the quaint village of Bodega itself, where you can see the schoolhouse of Annie Hayworth (Suzanne Pleshette), at 17110 Bodega Lane, which, in the film, appears to be just up the hill from the bay. The house was originally a schoolhouse, a local community centre and for a while a guest house. It’s now a private residence.The 150 year old Potter School behind St. Theresa’s Church five miles south of Bodega Bay in Bodega, was vacant at the time of the filming. After Alfred Hitchcock’s crew repaired the exterior it was used for several scenes.

The Art of Knitting

Knitting is a method by which yarn is manipulated to create a textile or fabric for use in many types of garments.

Knitting creates multiple loops of yarn, called stitches, in a line or tube. Knitting has multiple active stitches on the needle at one time. Knitted fabric consists of a number of consecutive rows of interlocking loops. As each row progresses, a newly created loop is pulled through one or more loops from the prior row, placed on the gaining needle, and the loops from the prior row are then pulled off the other needle.

Knitting may be done by hand or by using a machine.

Different types of yarns (fibre type, texture, and twist), needle sizes, and stitch types may be used to achieve knitted fabrics with different properties (color, texture, weight, heat retention, look, water resistance, and/or integrity).

Angel Fiorito-Leddy - Leather Footwear

Angél has made leather footwear and clothing since 1977. Apprenticing in the art of custom fitted moccasins with master shoemaker Scott Taylor, she began the journey in Eugene, Oregon. During that time she also studied tailoring and pattern making in college. Following her initial apprenticeship, Angél decided to become a teacher, taking on several apprentices over the years.

"I was influenced by my father's Italian family. My Grandfather told me that he had worked in a shoe repair shop in Italy as a boy, before coming to America. Many members of my family are involved in aspects of the footwear industry, from shoe repair to design and orthotics. My Uncle Don Fiorito was certified in Orthopedic footwear while serving in the Military. He has been a major influence in my learning about orthopedic materials.

The shoes and clothes I make, are American washable leathers. I love designing and have many sheepskin slipper styles which I make in sizes for adults and children. I also make several types of leather sandals that have orthopedic foams and arches, which rival the popular synthetic sandals so many people are wearing today.

Because of my training in custom shoes and working with folks who have special needs, I offer one on one design too. This includes designing a shoe for someone who is paralyzed to a shoe made from the persons foot cast, to custom leather clothing, and everything in between. There is a need for this type of custom work so I am always busy doing what I can for people who need custom leather work.”

Starbuck Station Wools

The Starbuck Station Wools name Starbuck comes from Sheppard Martha Cant's mother’s family, out of Nantucket—whales, Station bit is from Australian and New Zealand sheep stations, or ranches.

Starbuck Station Wools has a long history of involvement in wool. When Sheppard Martha Cant moved to Freestone in 1974, she acquired 17 acres of pasture.

She started with Corriedales, added Lincolns to improve the luster, then when she needed a new ram, invested in a Wensleydale/Lincoln and a few Cormo ewes to breed him to, giving her the best combination of shiny and soft. Her flock consists of various mixes between these two types of wool, always striving for the right balance of length, fineness and crimp. She has a number of naturally colored sheep, black and grey in the Wensleydales, and brown in the Cormos. She sells whole or half raw fleeces, wool processed intoroving or sliver, and hand spun yarns.

A second interest of Martha's has to do with dyeing wool with natural dyes, plants and bugs which are found in nature and used to impart color to fiber. She raises a lot of my own dye plants: Japanese indigo, madder, coreopsis and marigolds. Queen Anne's lace and goldenrod, lupin flowers and laurel leaves are gathered from roadsides. She is developing a palate from these sources, and she dyes a lot of quality commercially spun yarns as well as her own hand spun.

Starbuck Station Wools are available at the Artisans' Co-op, 17175 Bodega Hwy, Bodega, CA 94922 .