Linda Benenati studied art at San Jose State in the late 60's, but ended up with a degree in English. After college, she pursued a career in graphics and writing in the tech industry. Consequently, she loves the interplay of words and images. Over the years, she has worked in many different media: oil and acrylic painting, found-object and papier-mâché sculpture, and mixed-media collage. Most recently, she has ventured into encaustic painting—which just might be her all-time favorite medium with its vibrancy and versatility. She resides in Saratoga with her husband and sometimes art collaborator, Michael.
Link for Linda Benenati: www.instamatique.com/lindab
Lorraine has lived and worked in Aptos, CA for over 20 years. She has exhibited at Pajaro Valley Arts Council Gallery, The Santa Cruz Art League, and has participated in Open Studios for 10 years. Lorraine is primarily self-taught attending workshops of nationally known artists such as Peggy Kroll Roberts, Elizabeth Tolley and Hedi Moran. She is well known locally for her vibrant, colorful sill life and floral oil paintings. More recently, she has been working on a series of local landscape paintings - scenes and location in Monterey as well as Santa Cruz Counties. This is Lorraine's second year exhibiting in the peaceful, beautiful gardens of Wisteria Antiques and Design.
Link for Lorraine Catania: www.LorraineCatania.com
"Judy Cooper is an Aptos artist who began as a painter, but discovered the joy of working in ceramics after a workshop with Santa Cruz sculptor Marianne Groh. She continues to grow as an artist, inspired by nature and animals, as well as the subtle emotional expression of the portrait."
Michele is one of the local artists whose paintings and prints are available at Wisteria Antiques. Incorporating flowers and nature as healer, her watercolor and mixed media mandalas are "sacred circles" and are uniquely beautiful and peaceful. Also for sale in the store is Michele’s book, ART IN MY HEART; The Power of Watercolor Mandala Making. She will be happy to sign a copy of her book for you if you catch her on a day she’s on staff, as she works part time for Wisteria. Michele teaches classes and workshops locally.
Link for Michele Faia: www.michelefaia.com
Michele LaMontagne Hausman
Michele LaMontagne Hausman is an impressionist oil painter whose landscape and figurative paintings are in public and private collections in at least 7 countries on 4 continents. She travels back to her ancestral roots in France periodically to be inspired by Paris, the French countryside, and the ancient villages of southern France. Each of her French paintings is a distillation of one of her memories, from the villages of the Luberon to the gems of Paris. Wisteria has represented Ms. Hausman since early in 2006. Please ask any of Wisteria’s staff to show you her paintings and her recent book, Impressions of the Natural World, which features a “French Connection” chapter.
Link for Michele Hausman: www.michelehausman.com
Josie Iselin holds a BA in Visual and Environmental Studies from Harvard and an MFA from San Francisco State University. She began her art career in the field of photography and installation art, exhibiting throughout the Bay Area and teaching at the California College Arts and Crafts (CCA.) She is the author of five books with more in various stages of development in her San Francisco studio, "Loving Blind Productions." She uses her flatbed scanner and computer exclusively for generating her imagery. Each book is built within the computer, in essence as a piece of sculpture. As a writer and designer as well as photographer, Josie can be considered the ultimate craftperson in her task as book-maker. She lives with her husband and three children on a steep hill in San Francisco.
Link for Josie Iselin: www.JosieIselin.com
Working from her studio in Northern California's Santa Cruz Mountains, Maryjo Koch is widely regarded among the world's most accomplished naturalist painters. Largely self-taught, Maryjo began her career doing renderings as an environmental designer, but soon returned to her childhood fascination with the world of nature. Maryjo is an artist whose work combines authority and enchantment, and her paintings and private commissions are featured in galleries and museums from North America to Asia. She has illustrated 18 books that are treasured and collected by people all around the world. Maryjo began teaching nature painting at both the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco and at Monterey's renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium. She now conducts workshops at her studio in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
Cathy is a graduate of CCAC in Interior Architecture and has been a Health care Designer for 20 years. She currently works as a full time artist and has several art quuilt installations in medical facilities as well as private collections. Her passions are quilting, gardening and dressage.
Link for Cathy Mullenberg: www.cmullenberg.blogspot.com
Jen Norton was born in Belmont, CA. After graduating from college, Jen worked as a Graphic Designer. She now paints mostly in acrylic, using expressive color, texture and pattern to reveal the sublime in the ordinary. Jen seeks to develop order and beauty from underlying chaos. She believes that through art, one can hear the whisper of a mighty Creator. Her intention is that her art may cause you to pause and listen.
Link for Jen Norton: www.JenNortonArtStudio.com
Jean Thomas has lived on a farm in Pleasant Valley, Aptos, for over 40 years. After earning an art degree from Cal State Northridge, she continued studying ceramics and painting at UCSC and Cabrillo. She has contributedto numerous shows at PVAC, SCAL, and Cabrillo. A recent Tuscan trip led to oil paintings on red canvas for enhanced color. And the farm, now mostly flowers, is an unending source of subject matter.
Link for Jean Thomas: www.jeanthomasoils.com
Marcella is a California native, and attended San Jose State University. After graduating with a degree in Fine Arts and English, after attending San Jose State University, I travelled for three months in Europe to see the art work that I had studied about in books...also, the birthplace of the Renaissance. While I was in Perugia, Italy, I attended the Instituto di Belli Arte...concentrating on the intaglio method of printmaking. I also attended classes in painting and drawing. Upon my return to home, I decided to finish the studies needed for teaching. When I retired from teaching four years ago, my husband encouraged me to pursue painting once again, and helped me set up a pottery kiln which I purchased at a garage sale. I started combining the painted pieces with the pique assiette technique, and found my garden plaques to be a way to use my imagination and creative energy. My work keeps evolving as my interest in various subjects changes. I recently travelled in the South of France and in Italy, finding so much inspiration in the ancient towns which are rich with history and design. I am working on some new designs using the actual clay impressions I took from interesting stone and metal work from the city of Paris, the towns in the South of France such as Cabrieres d'Avignon, Gordes, Bonnieux and Arles. In Italy, I took impressions in the towns of Siena, San Vincenzo, and Stresa. I am looking forward to seeing the new direction that my art work will take me!
Art has been my passion as long as I can remember. My grandmother, parents, and all four of my siblings are enthusiastic artists, it's in my blood. I have lived in the Monterey Bay area for over 40 years. Its beauty has been a constant source of inspiration and I feel so very fortunate to resid in a community which values and encourages the arts. I love flowers, animals, and vibrant colors, all of which are present in my work. Of the many classes I have taken locally, my favorite was a class in color. It was so much fun watching others embrace the vibrancy of color and to watch their art come alive. I hope to be a part of the artistic community as long as I can and encourage the next generation in finding their own path.
Diane was born and raised in San Francisco, California and is still residing on the California coast. A self-taught artist who throughout her 30-year career has experimented with all mediums, she felt her unlimited potential was captured best with the watercolor medium she concentrates on today. Her talent is rare and unusual reaching into all phases of her life. A genius with design for the home and garden, she creates many lavish displays of food and floral arrangements that inspire her paintings. Her work has been published in books, on cards and prints. Shows have been held in San Francisco, Carmel and Los Angeles, California. Vibrant color combined with complex pattern define the Devine style.
Link for Diane Devine: www.dianedevine.com
Suzanne expresses her passion for people and nature, and the world around her, with bold strokes and vibrant colors. After studying at San Jose State University, she worked as a commercial artist and interior decorator, launched a school-based art program, and explored a variety of media before landing her large-as-life impressionist paintings in some of the finer galleries and design firms in California. Suzanne,and her husband Bob, live in Ashland Oregon. Etienne loves gardening and painting in their little yellow cottage, which is steps from town and the theater that made Ashland famous.
Link for Suzanne Etienne: www.etiennegallery.com
Coraly has a passion for painting "en plein air" in oils. She loves to paint the California Coastal areas, Sierras, Canada, France and Hawaii. She also enjoys setting up beautiful floral/still life arrangements and painting them in her studio in Santa Cruz. She hopes to inspire and encourage others by trying to capture some of God's majestic Creation. Coraly is a nationally recognized and collected artist and is a member of several national juried art organizations, including Oil painters of America, The California Art club, the American Impressionist Society, the Plein Air Painters of Hawaii and the Santa Cruz Oil Painters. She has been juried into several national art competitions and won a few awards. She recently participated in the Carmel Art Festival, which drew some of the top plein air artists from around the country. Her work is currently displayed at the James Harrold Gallery in Tahoe City, the West Cliff Inn in Santa Cruz, and at her studio/gallery in Santa Cruz.
Link for Coraly Hanson: www.coralyfineart.net
My home and studio are located in Santa Cruz, California which gives me access to the beautiful coastline, vineyards, and close proximity to the snow covered Sierra Mountains. After moving to Santa Cruz in 1975 I fell in love with our coastal beauty. I enjoy painting outdoors because of the intensity of color and the added sensations of sound and movement and the ever changing atmospheric conditions. I work in several mediums but primarily in oils when painting on location. Often the vista view is so panoramic that I will spend several days on location to complete a larger canvas. My education is ongoing and includes a BFA in Painting from San Jose State University in 1975.
Link for Bill Kennann: www.kennanngallery.com
Shelly combines her love of plants (succulents especially) with salvaged materials to create unique living art for home and garden. She started collecting succulents after moving to the area 16 years ago, and discovered they are drought tolerant, and flourish in her sandy, gopher infested soil. Shelly started planting discarded chairs years ago, and has graduated to other more unusual containers. Turning unused items into something alive and beautiful is what inspires her. Her hobby has grown into the small business, Nest Egg Gardens. You may have seen her work at the Farmers Market at Cabrillo College, or other events like Art in the Park at Moss Landing. She looks forward to bringing her creations to Wisteria Antiques.
Link for Shelly Trabucco: www.nestegggardens.com
Mary Jo Dunn-Ruiz
As an oil painter, I look at the world with an artist's eye, assessing light, color and subject matter. I enjoy working quickly with thick, buttery oil paints. I paint florals, still life, animals and figures, studio landscapes and en plein air. I enjoy using deep, rich colors in my floral paintings to depict contrasts between light and dark. I am partial to grouping different textures and shapes together for my still life vignettes---the trick is to create a "lively" still life! I use live models and photographs of animals or models, the goal being to capture the essence of the model. My studio landscapes have been painted using my original photographs. "En plein air" means "in the open air" in French. These paintings are special because they evoke the weather and time of day I was outdoors painting, whether in sun or fog.
Link for Mary Jo Dunn-Ruiz: www.maryjodunnruiz.com
Priscilla combs antique stores, bead shops, flea markets and bead shows looking for unusal vintage beads and stones, and creatively works them together to make unique one-of-a-kind keychains. They are truly conversation pieces. There are always new designs to see at Wisteria as her work has become a tradition there. This season she has added bracelets to her collection.
"As I experience the beauty, variety and inspiration in nature--in and around Santa Cruz County--the more I must paint it en plein air. I enjoy the limited time of catching the light when shadows accentuate the piece. Oil is my medium, vibrant color is my passion, beauty and sometimes whimsey, my sensibility."
Inspired by the traditions of past cultures and the consciousness to create a sustainable, healing, healthy society, Wendy expresses her artistic vision through the manipulation of raw and recycled materials. Her bird homes, made of recycled material, have been a way of preserving life story. When we lose our stories, the memories and life forces that weave us together are lost as well. As life shifts, significant occasions often get watered down and even forgotten about, why not create and honor those moments through sculpture. Wendy encourages conversation on the preservation of story and event through the arts. Wendy is a native of Buffalo, New York and holds a Fine Arts degree from Alfred University. She is a 20 year veteran firefighter and resides in Santa Cruz, California.
Marianne de Hatten Groh
Marianne was born in Alsace, France. She began to sculpt at the age of 12 using natural clay of her region. She always had a fascination with people and their expressive dispositions. Her desire to translate fleeting moods into sculptures came to her at a young age. She studied at the "Beaux Artsi" in Strasbourg, France and later at San Jose State University in California. The artist can be commissioned for portrait-busts of children and adults in terra cotta and bronze. Her weekend workshops and sculpture classes are enjoyed by beginners as well as advanced students.
Renee is a local, self taught artist. After enjoying the creative challenges of watercolors, she discovered the joys of painting on silk. The color spreads over and is absorbed into the threads of silk. The dyes and the fabric become one. As the silk absorbs the color, it becomes more transparent and more luminous than any other medium. She believes that color can influence mood and feelings. She wants people to take a mini vacation every time they look at one of her paintings and knows she has succeeded when people say, "I want to be inside your painting!" Renee has exhibited in galleries in Capitola, Carmel, Los Olivos, Kenwood, and Morgan Hill. She teaches silk painting workshops locally.
Link for Renee Filice: www.ReneeAngelaFilice.com
Evoking romantic visions and the warmth of Italian still life, Joan transforms gold leaf and shimmering color into elegant works of art in her still life paintings. Her poetic landscapes also glow with a golden richness, inspired by travels in Tuscany and Umbria or the color of her California studio. Joan has been exhibiting for over twenty-five years. She has shown locally at the Museum of Art & History, the Santa Cruz Art League, and in galleries in Santa Cruz, Los Gatos, and San Francisco, as well as the east coast. Her work is in numerous private and public collections. She has a B.A. in Fine Art from Brown University and an M.A. in Fine Art from San Jose State University.
Link for Joan Hellenthal: www.joanh.fineartstudioonline.com
Elise Ann Wormuth
I am an photographer and creator of digital art. My photographs have been published in Bay Nature magazine and in the 2011 Elkhorn Slough calender; three of my photographs took blue ribbons at the 2010 Santa Cruz County Fair and one picture was "Best in Show" in the Visible Manipulation category. My photography was featured in "Riding the Coast Road," a well-recieved exhibition of my work at San Francisco State University in 2008. My main subject is nature in its many forms, with an emphasis on flowers and birds.
Link for Elise Ann Wormuth: www.ewormuthphotography.com
Joan is an artist who is interested in making images that convey the magic of a single moment. The moment might be when a hummingbird hovers over a blossom or a reflection in a window reveals the activity of a busy Paris street. Over the course of many years Joan has worked in a variety of mediums including photography, painting, collage and printmaking. Joan teaches printmaking workshops at her studio in Santa Cruz.
I live and work in the town of Petaluma. I love art and have felt encouraged to be creative by my family since a very young age. I have been drawing since I could hold a pencil. Now I enjoy working with clay because the possibilities of what you can create are endless and I really like challenging myself to make fun, little 3-D objects of all kinds. Please come by and see my art treasures.
In addition to his career as an award winning graphic designer including the Odwalla juice visual identity, Don has pursued a lifelong interest in painting and collage. His work has been exhibited in museums and galleries and is in collections throughout the United States, including the Library of Congress. "These nature inspired collages and paintings are a fusion of imagination and playfulness. I love creating a visual dialogue with nature as I explore its unique diversity and mystery."
Susan W. Trimingham is currently living and working in Santa Cruz as a professional artist and teaching artist. She started working as an artist in 1965 using watercolors for landscapes and flower studies, and oil paint for large figurative pieces. In 1995 she began working with oil pastels concentrating on a Plein Air series of the northern coast.
Author Joe Truskot of Central Coast Rose Manual: Creating a Personal Rose Garden has won numerous awards from the American Rose Society for his articles. An avid rose grower since the 1980s, he is a member of the Monterey Bay Rose Society, a Master Consulting Rosarian and an editor of "The Bay Rose," the newsletter of the Monterey Bay Rose Society. Truskot also served as the executive director of the Monterey Symphony for 20 years and is a director emeritus of the Association of California Symphony Orchestras. His book is available here at Wisteria Antiques.
Video links for Joe Truskot: MBRS Display Garden
Ginny Le Jeune
I moved to Aptos twenty three years ago to start a business and begin a new phase in my life. With much encouragement from family and friends our business is doing well and now I am afforded the time to pursue another passion in my life "art " and mostly of interior settings. You see my business Creative Design and Upholstery deals with interior decorating, fabrics of all colors and designs and the construction of furniture and drapes , so the art and the business go hand and hand. One feeds me and the other feeds my sole.
"My pastels enable me to capture both immediacy and timelessness in a place where the sound of water flowing, nightingales singing, and the distant echo of church bells from somewhere up the mountain seem to hold me in a state of grace." "Educated at the University of California Davis in the early 1960s, Offermann has also lived in San Francisco, Chicago, Boston New York, Philadelphia, and East Africa. In 1971 she began to make black and white linoleum relief prints. She has worked in pastels and mixed media for the past twenty years. Her list of exhibitions and private collections is extensive. She divides her time between Santa Cruz California and a tiny village in the south of France."