Susan Antonini

Assemblage….is what best fits my work…

I first discovered the shadows on a piece of ceramic work at the DeYoung museum…and one day a neighbor had a garage sale with a box of unused adding machine tape….and the idea struck me!

So when I use adding machine tape or newspaper…I look to see what kind of shadows occur….they vary as the light changes…

The paper is painted before placing on the canvas…

And on occasion …I will add Kosher salt…grout or more paint to achieve the look I’m trying to create.

There is a website link on my about the artist page that shows a demonstration of a paper (assemblage) flag at its creation.

Ann Nunziata

Ann updated on her display at Art Gallery Napa Valley today.  Ann writes, “I decided that I should unify my exhibit to display a single medium.” Ann comments that there is an ongoing debate amongst artists about how best to display ones work.  Some feel a variety of mediums best informs the viewer about the artist, while others maintain that a consistent look and feel is desirable.  The latter is the approach of Open Studios Napa Valley where Ann has participated in recent years, that is when she not been traveling in September.

Marlene Haas Inktober

Marlene writes “
“Bubblegum “ is an ink painting: 14 x 14.   I began this ink series when I  found Zentangles  designs several years ago.   I liked the meditative aspect of repeated designs in Ink and color patterns.   Zentangles and pattern paintings  are part of my creative lexicon.   

 Inktober celebrates creations composed with inks and is highlighted the month of October.

 Bubblegum  is displayed at the Artist of The Valley, 1307 First Street. Napa, CA.

AGNV Artists in Napa PopUp Art Show

Art Gallery Napa Valley artists participating:
Janis Adams
John Comisky
Trish Danby
Bill Mellberg
Sunshine Moeshler
Cary Robnett
Frank Trozzo
Alan Vaughn

Download this map to see participating locations.

As you may know, AANV had to cancel its annual Open Studios in September as a result of the COVID-19 virus restrictions. A group of artists will be participating in a spontaneous event instead.

The Napa Art Drive Pop Up will be held on Saturday, October 17, 2020, from 10 AM to 5 PM. The entry fees paid by the participating artists will be split between the Napa Food Bank and AANV. If you have the means, you are encouraged to donate to the Napa Food Bank, whether you drop by the Pop Up locations or not.

Leo Peck

Pottery custom made for FUME’ Bistro & Bar

Leo writes: I think most of us would agree that 2020 has been a crazy year! However, as a local potter it’s been a perfect time to experiment with new designs and glazes. My past portfolio of work includes plenty of large-scale tile projects and tile tables, but I’m happy to be back working with functional pottery. 

Most recently I was commissioned by Terry Letson, owner of Napa’s FUME’  Bistro & Bar, to design and produce over 300 pieces of pottery – including different shaped plates, trays, and coffee cups.  Terry and I collaborated on the designs and he encouraged me to use a variety of my glazes. Having Fume’ support a local artist during this challenging time has been much appreciated and is an example of what makes Napa such a special place to live and work. 

Custom pieces in use at FUME’ Bistro & Bar add character and have been found more durable than commercially available alternatives.

Marta Collings on “Green”

Sauvignon Summer
Limited edition Giclee on canvas 48″ x 36″  (original sold) 

The original oil was painted “Plein Aire” near St Helena off Silverado Trail.   I tried to capture the feel of summer in this piece by capturing all the subtle warm and cool greens that are so prevalent in the valley during the summer months.  I hope to convey the feeling of having a cool glass of Sauvignon Blanc while gazing across the vineyards. 

Marlene Haas

Marlene writes, “I became fascinated with the night sky.  This spring I viewed the full moon several consecutive nights.  I covered amazing colors and values of blue gray lit by the moon.  A new painting series was born,  I am now working on the 10th canvas in this series.  Four of the canvases are in the Art Gallery Napa Valley at 1307 First Street, downtown Napa.

Shown Left: Wine Moon, oil, 8″ x 12″

Moonglow, oil, 11″ x14″

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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