Sherrie Palmer — Artist Friend for June
This month Deborah is welcoming Sherrie Palmer as her Artist Friend of the Month. Sherrie moved to Arnold from Concord in 2003, and now resides in Arnold with her husband Lyle. She is a past President of the Arts of Bear Valley and a Certified Oil Painting instructor. Sherrie has participated in art classes in community college and workshops in Vallejo, CA, Portland, OR, and Murphys. She has taken workshops from such local notables as Jill Figler, Carolyn Macpherson, Jeannie Vodden and has attended Watercolor Classes with Martha Wallace and Oil Painting classes with Judy Cain.
Sherrie feels that "the Sierra Mountains inspire the artist in everyone. The skies, sunset, wildflowers, and the stars so close at night; God's beauty is everywhere you look". Sherrie paints in a vibrant style and has a wonderful display of watercolors, oil giclees and cards at Deborah Marlene's this month. It is Free to look and enjoy her wonderful collection.
Peggy Huth — Artist Friend for May
Peggy moved to Arnold, CA, to experience and record the remarkable dance of nature often unnoticed in our everyday lives. Her works with acrylic and mixed media lead the view to feel the messages whispered to us through this mystical universe. Her eclectic choices of expression allow viewers to journey through many mystical paths of life, perhaps experiencing something quite foreign to their everyday thoughts. Peggy has many collectors in California and as far away as Long Beach, New York.
Linda Trapp — Artist Friend for April
Linda began her art career in the late 1960's , operating a pottery and weaving studio in Wisconsin. There she continued studies in serigraph production and sculpture. Linda refers to art as "her first love". She paints in a style that is referred to as Lyrical Abstraction. After a life of, book writing, lecturing, and travels, even working at a Mission in Ethiopia She now resides with her husband Bob in Valley Springs, CA. Linda does many one woman shows at Hotel venues and offers a "Watercolor Bootcamp" from her home. She was a welcome addition to the gallery and left me with a nice new Art Gallery sign made by her husband Bob.
Sandra Maurer — Artist Friend for March
Sandra Maurer, a resident of Murphys, California, is primarily a self-taught watercolorist. She paints exclusively in watercolor and strives to capture the spirit and essence of her subjects through the play of light and shadow. Sandra has studied life science extensively and enjoys painting and capturing the beauty of both plants and animals in their natural setting. "Transparent watercolor reflects not only the play of light and shadow, but also my passion for the natural world."
Sandra has studied under local artists Carol MacPherson as well as Jane Hofstetter, Dale Laitinen and Jill Figler. She has won local awards and served as a board member for the Arts of Bear Valley.
Susan King — Artist Friend for February
Deborah Marlene's will be hosting a Reception for Susan King as her Artist Friend for February. Susan King is a retired teacher from Hazel Fischer School in Arnold. She has been a resident of the Murphy and Arnold Area for the past 30 years. Susan is a member of the Arts of Bear Valley and shows at their venues. She also exhibits at Art on Main and the Magnolia Cafe in Murphys. She uses a variety of mediums and techniques which she feels creates a unique emotion connection within her work. The Reception will be held on Sunday, February 23rd from 1PM to 4PM, at Deborah Marlene's, 8242 Main Street in Historic Mokelumne Hill. Enjoy some refreshments and appetizers as you watch a live demo of Susan's artistic tallent.
Janet Alcalde — Artist Friend for January
After a semester of photography in college, I became smitten with the absolute magic of that latent image emerging on the paper in its chemical bath. Amazing! I’ve been dabbling in photography ever since. With the encouragement of friends and the skills acquired through Columbia Community College classes in the ’80s, I’ve participated in a variety of local and regional shows. I’ve been slow to transition to the digital darkroom
(I sure miss that magic!). I love to travel, especially in the southwest, and many of my images are from my road trips. Since my retirement from education, I’ve begun to dabble in watercolor, playing with prints, pixels, and pigments.