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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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

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