John Comisky

Join Artist of the Month September, John Comisky, for his Art in the Library program.  John writes: “There will in fact be pieces of my photography physically hung starting tomorrow, but it is unclear when the Library will again be open.  In place of the usual Reception and Talk, the Library is hosting a Zoom session where I’ll show some of my work, give a talk, and take a few questions.  The good part is that format will open the event to those who want to participate but wouldn’t be able to be there in person.  It will be on September 11, at 6:30 PM PDT.  The Zoom information is below the flier in this message.  Hope to you can attend.”

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Sunshine Moeschler

I am driven to create.  I make abstract paintings that sometimes contain elements of realism.  

My work explores gestural movement and layering of color, texture, and line to create a multitude of connections.  It can be messy and dramatic, but if you listen to the patterns you may create your own visual music.

The possibilities are endless and I hope that inspires other creatives to explore art in daily life.  

Art is essential and I’m motivated to share it.

left: Bouquets of Love

Bill Mellberg

New Artist at Art Gallery Napa Valley.

Bill Mellberg joined those exhibiting at our 1st street gallery in July. Bill is a retired aerospace materials engineer who worked for Lockheed Martin for almost 20 years.

I have always been a “maker” of some kind my entire life. I have experience in plastic and composite fabrication, wood fabrication, ceramic slab forms and recently fused glass. I bought a used Skutt kiln in 2018 and had it refurbished expecting to use it for my ceramics work. A neighbor of mine, Ken Boyd is a stained glass artist who does flame work making beautiful beads. He said “have you considered doing fused glass in your new kiln”? That question started me on a year long journey to study the art form and take several classes at Bullseye in Emeryville.

During the shelter in place I had no clay, but had lots of scrap glass from a ACGA friend. I got my MA in Art from CSU San Jose in the 70’s in cast polyester resin sculptures, so the transition to glass was pretty easy. Most of my pieces are a strong geometric form with a nature theme of trees and leaves in bright colors. I like using the three secondary colors as a common pallet. I’m excited to be part of the gallery and look forward to meeting more of you, with your mask on, I can always remember a face

Frank Trozzo

New Work by Frank Trozzo

W is for Whales

oil on canvas, 36″ x 48″

I paint symbols. Whales are solitary creatures who symbolize wisdom, awareness and intuition. In this painting I have a mother and baby humpback whale in deep ultramarine waters with rays of light streaming down from above. I used just three colors; ultramarine blue, cobalt blue and white. The ultramarine is the color of the night sky and deep water. It has a calming effect on the human psyche and represents stability. The cobalt blue has a blue-green tint that represents shallow water and sky. It is one of my most popular paintings. You can see more of my work at

Dragonfly Mandala

acrylic on canvas, 36″ x 36″

Dragonflies represent different things in different cultures, but mostly they represent speed, self-realization, and the ability to overcome obstacles. They are amazing to watch. I have red, blue, and green dragonflies in my garden. Occasionally a red-brown one too. The structure of their wings is an amazing work of creation. Here I represent the life cycle using turquoise for water, greens for plants, browns and tans for grasses and earth. The red-violet represents stability, nobility, energy and creativity. The geometric shapes denotes their place in the metaphysical world; the world of the subconscious, dreams and collective mind.

Elephant Mandala

acrylic on canvas, 36″ x 36″

Elephants represent good fortune and positivity. They are a remarkable presence exuding power and strength. I love elephants. I remember the first time I was taken to the zoo and allowed to touch one. It impressed me so deeply I’m still in awe whenever I see one. This painting is meant to remind us of the cycles of life.  We need to also to remember that elephants are endangered and we must do what we can to ensure their survival. Here I’ve painted an elephant parade around a baby elephant. I used yellows, Venetian red, browns, grays and greens to show their connection to the earth. The geometric shapes denotes their place in the metaphysical world; the world of the subconscious, dreams and collective mind.

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