Open Studio Redwood City

Almost Summer and I am ready for “Open Studio” I will have my new designs on display and my participating artist friends will also have wonderful work for you to look at.  You may discover the one thing you just have to have.

Stop by – meet the Artists and see our original work in a relaxed indoor/outdoor setting;  enjoy a glass of wine some hors d’oeuvres and just have a good time.

 About the Artists:

Jewelry Artist Elfi Altendorfera.k.a TresChic Fashion Jewelry with trendsetting yet timeless creations – the perfect acessories to fit any style.

Photographer Beth Mostovoy, a.k.a. Honey Bear Prints, travels the world in search of images that “reveal the extra-ordinary in the ordinary moments that color our lives.”

Woody Miller – Children’s book artist and painter of fine whimsically delicious art.  Visit

Nancy Woods – wood designs: “I create my art simply to give the viewer joy. No deep meaning, just a touch of whimsy or a stimulation of thought to a time when things were not so serious”.  Read more about Nancy Woods.

Jen Norton Painting – “My artwork celebrates home and everyday moments because I believe it is through honoring and serving family that we learn to create a better world.”  Want to know more visit Jen Norton Art Studio.

I am looking forward to a fun weekend and it seems the weather gods are with us. Love to chat with some of my readers and I am hoping for some feedback.


“Climate Crisis – An Artistic Response”

Redwood City, CA @ The Main Gallery

Climate Crisis:  An Artistic Response opens Wednesday May 29th and runs through Sunday, June 30th.  This exhibit showcases eight of The Main Gallery artists; Joyce Converse, Jeanne Gadol, Katinka Hartmetz, Diana Herring, Terri Wilson Moore, Elizabeth Noerdlinger, David Schuffas, and Arena Shawn. An intelligent, creative conversation is posed between artist and viewer regarding climate change. This show raises questions and sparks contemplation about the future of the planet. Through irony, humor, comparison, rhythm and more, the depth of the show is sure to ignite a reaction from viewers.

Opening Reception with the artists 
Saturday June 1st, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Here is a sampling of the creative style and artistic observations presented for you at
The Main Gallery’s Climate Crisis exhibit:
“Too much to lose” is the focus for Joyce Converse  in The Main Gallery’s current Climate Crisis exhibit. Converse explains how her house rests on a ridge with 360O views.  A recent visit to her 20 acres property by the US Dept of Agriculture estimates that due to Converse’s care and choice of native tree and shrub plantings, as many as 70 different species of native birds are suspected to live on her land. Converse describes her oil paintings as projecting deep passion, inspiration, and understanding for landscape’s “spirit, beauty and habitat, especially the local Santa Cruz mountain landscape.” 

The digital art of Jeanne Gadol focuses on birds and animals. The images of these creatures, combined with geometric forms and repeated in patterns, suggest extinction and loss, the need for hope and balance, and the uncertainty and burden associated with climate change. Gadol explains that her art’s aesthetic rhythm, form and pattern are a “visual merging of the rugged Northern California landscape and wildlife, with images absorbed while on three life changing Africa safaris.”

Using an old window, a birdcage, a table, and a library card file, multimedia artist Katinka Hartmetz uses altered photographs and paintings in combination to express nostalgia. Hartmetz asks, “Does anyone remember what the old days were like?” Her images of stormy sea give a sense that something perilous may be waiting the future of humankind.

The prints by Diana Herring use humor to show how current human behavior is leading to a potentially deadly situation. In “The Road Ends,” a happy little girl and a skeleton are in an old jalopy, running off the road’s edge. In “Carbon Footprint,” a man’s face is being swept over by a wave as a foot looms over his head. Herring states that she “came to the conclusion that climate change is the result of entropy (lack of order or predictability; gradual decline into disorder). She further describes climate change as the “accumulation and population of human waste and activity. Such as the burning of fossil fuels, deforestation, and overpopulation of our earth.”

Painter, Terri Wilson Moore combines detailed graphite drawings, layers of paint, acrylic gels, and elements of collage onto panels to illustrate the unchecked growth of bark beetles (that are destroying pine forests) and human destruction that’s gradually eliminating the rain forest. In her pieces Moore includes text from UN reports on climate change, and incorporates red threads throughout to underscore a sense of unraveling, suggesting things coming apart that can lead to serious consequences. Moore asks, As the evidence of harm keeps accumulating, why don’t we respond in a way that matches the threat?”

For this exhibit, oil painter Elizabeth Noerdlinger focuses on animals and plants that will benefit in a warmer, higher carbon dioxide environment. Incorporating information from laboratory reports, and her own observations of thriving animals in her local environment, she paints collage-like scenes of predicted survivors; of animals and plants that seems likely to thrive in a disturbed, higher CO2 environment.

Photographer, David Scouffas employs photomontage for his elegant digital prints that illustrate the theme of cause and effect. His images of rich, luxurious lifestyles juxtaposed with environmental disasters are clear, yet startling, inviting the viewer to look again and think about what they are seeing.

Come view The Main Gallery’s artists’ ominous insight into the climate change, and join the conversation through creative works of art that will inform, alert, sadden, energize and urge you to react. The Main Gallery, an artists’ cooperative with some 22 members, showcases the work of some of the best local talent in the Bay Area.
The Gallery is located at 1018 Main Street at the corner of Main and Middlefield in the historic yellow Victorian Cottage in Redwood City.
The Main Gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.  For more information, please visit our website at or call The Main Gallery at (650) 701-1018.

Artist Reception – Thank you for coming

Big Thank you to all who joined the opening reception for the annual show “Mainly Clay” at the The Main Gallery in Redwood City. The evening was great fun and the displayed
Art-pieces are fabulous !

I am also grateful for the loyal support of my work from my friends.

Beyond my work as a Jewelry-Artist, I encourage you to keep on learning about our local arts and supporting local artists. A great way to do that is to simply show up to art events! There are great organizations, such as “Art on the Square” and  “Arts RWC”  whose mission is to help in the development and promotion of our local arts. Mainly these organizations are non-profits that depend on the work of committed volunteers to get it going.

Here are some pictures of the reception. Enjoy!

If you missed the opening, the show is on display until May 26/2013

Redwood City: Main Gallery Reception this weekend !

Looking  for something cool and artsy to do this weekend…of course you are!  And this is just perfect…read on!

The Main Gallery announces New Show & Reception!

“Mainly Clay 2013”, an annual group exhibit showcasing six three-dimensional artists from The Main Gallery, opened Wednesday April 24th.
You are invited to “Meet the Artists” at the Opening Reception for “Mainly Clay” this Saturday, April 27 form 5pm to 7pm.

Enjoy a delightful evening surrounded by beautiful art. Hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be served.

The Main Gallery an artists cooperative, showcases the work of some of the best local talents in the Bay Area. Featured in this show will be Jeweler Elfi Altendorfer, Ceramics artist Doris Fischer, Ceramicist Susan Wolf, Clay Artist Nina Koepcke, Fiber Artist Andrea Rosenman and Clay Artist Viki Wilkerson.

Don’t miss seeing “Mainly Clay”, a sampling of some of the Peninsula’s best three-dimensional art at The Main Gallery. “Mainly Clay” is on view until May 26th.  

The Gallery is located at 1018 Main Street at the corner of Main and Middlefield in the historic yellow Victorian Cottage in Redwood City.  For more information, please visit or call The Main Gallery at (650) 701-1018.

Gallery hours: Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 3pm.

Redwood City – The Main Gallery

Summer Celebration – 12th annual all gallery show  at The Main Gallery
“Nude Beach” on view August 8th through September 9th. 

The Gallery is located at 1018 Main Street in Redwood City and will host a reception with the artists, serving drinks and hors d’oeuvres on Saturday, August 11th, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m..

Nude Beach means different things to different people and the main galleries artists have translated their view of the theme into their own unique visual format.  Here is a sampling of what to expect;

Susan Wolf, Nina Koepcke, and Doris Fischer-Colbrie, three of the galleries ceramic artists, focused on different aspects of the theme. Wolf states, “I have made a footed platter with a nude beach on it. It is nude because of the naked little people lying on it, and because it is unglazed, for the most part.” While Koepcke decided to focus on the beach part of the title she made two shore birds that frequent Ocean Beach in San Francisco: Brandt’s Cormorant and the California Gull. “ I also made a small wall piece of dog tracks in the sand by printing my Lab retriever’s paws in the wet clay.” States Koepcke. Doris Fischer-Colbrie takes an interesting twist to the theme by making pieces that have no glaze and are fired in a pit on the beach, she considers the pieces to be “nude” and reach their final state on the beach—in effect they are born on the beach!  Colbrie has also made vase forms with a pattern suggesting the rippled sand just beneath the water at an ocean beach, the idea being that the beach itself is nude.

“My reaction to the “Nude Beach” theme was to view the show title within the context of environmental degradation. “Nude Beach” became land that has been denuded of living things.” painter Terrie Moore states.  Moore’s piece contrasts the lushness of the natural world with a grey, industrial landscape with the beaches being river beaches that flow into the ocean.

Elizabeth Noerdlinger has been interested in beach scenes for a number of years and has focused on the sky, water and sand in her paintings. She states, “For this show I decided to stay with the purity of the basic elements that comprise a beach. There are no people in my paintings. I think of them as “denuded” of the impurity people tend to bring to a beach!” 

The beach scenes that Katinka Hartmetz painted are mounted in vintage window frames. “No naked bathers!” she states. “But don’t be surprised if you find a polka-dot bikini hanging on a peg somewhere in the gallery!”

Don’t miss this unique and thought provoking show at The Main Gallery in Redwood City!

The Main Gallery – current exhibition !

Our Reception went really well. Attendance was amazing – I like to send out my thanks to everyone for their support.

Just 3 weeks left to view the “Extravaganza – La Luna” exhibit at The Main Gallery.
All artists at this co-op gallery offer unique and beautiful art – see for yourself !

Meet the Artist’s

Just a gentle reminder upcoming Exhibition July 4th – August 5th, 2012
“Extravaganza – La Luna” at The Main Gallery.
Meet the Artists: Reception July 7th, from 6pm to 8pm

Tony Williams and myself have been working hard and challenging ourselfs for this show and we are very exited to present our newest work and creations.

TresChic Show Preview:
“Extravaganza Collection” – Crochet with metall wire, fuzzy silk, crystals
“Contemporary Tribal Collection” – African Trade beads, wood, glass
“Avant Garde Collection” – re-purposed and up-cycled materials
“Signature Collection” – Safety pins, glass
“Summer Pebbles Collection” – Italian glass, silver

Meet your local Artist

The Main Gallery, Redwood City – Upcoming Event

“Extravaganza – La Luna” Exhibit and Reception: Please mark your calendar !
I would love to see you at the reception or during the ongoing exhibit in July.
It is always fun to stop by have a cup of coffe at “Alana’s”, enjoy some
beautiful Art at the Gallery and have a chat with the artist.

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Palo Alto – Fashion Event

Eve: “Lust for Couture” Countdown !
Shop till you drop, get a spa treatment, and have lunch! This 4 day event features the work of today’s best new and established fashion and jewelry designers from the Bay Area and beyond. Don’t miss the opportunity to meet the designers, pamper yourself, and enjoy a fashion show and have lunch al fresco.

See you there !

Champagne Reception
Sneak Preview Sale
Catered Hors D’oeuvres
Vip Gift Bags to First 100 Visitors
Free Valet Parking
FRIDAY | MAY 18 | 10AM-5PM
 Chef Chu’s
Manicures by Body Kneads Salon
Peet’s Coffee
Alterations by Elaine’s of Palo Alto
Gift Basket Raffles
Valet Parking
 Fashion Show | 12-1PM & 2-3PM
Facials & Massages by Orchid Bloom Spa
Peet’s Coffee
Gift Basket Raffles
Alterations by Elaine’s of Palo Alto
SUNDAY | MAY 20 | 10AM-5PM
 Facials & Hair Styling by Juut SalonSpa
Organic Lunch by Lyfe Kitchen
Gift Basket Giveaways
Coffee by Ground Up

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