Life on Earth
Closes Monday, June 13
by Mark Kostrzewa
Birgitta Bower gave a felting demonstration on May 28 and explained how she accesses and prepares the wool fibers.
There is something wonderful about wool fiber. It is soft, light, and warm. It has all kinds of natural colors and then you can dye it too. Next, there is the 'magic' part; how the felting needle interlocks the fibers and creates form and shape. It feels alive to me. Also, you can pick up your needle and wool, work on it, put it down, go off, or bring it along if it's a small piece... No major set up and clean up...just be sure to keep your needles safe. Finally, there is a satisfying crunch sound every time you poke the wool with your needle (or, failing that, you poke your finger and agony!).
Marie Susa, Nature Photographer
My passion is long exposure photography, and the use of natural light in my images. I attempt to capture the beauty of nature in all its forms, large and small. I also specialize in macro wildflower photography. I convey the beauty in nature as seen through my lens and what inspires me. My creative vision is to share nature as it truly exists. My images are single images, capturing a moment in time, and not composite images.
Frankie says, "I was honored to be one of the featured articles and cover story for the Half Moon Bay magazine in Nov. 2017. They did a wonderful job capturing the essence of my studio working with students and also showcased some of the other work I have around my home and a commission piece I was working on."
Rebecca Ellis, Animal Banners
It is good to do that which uses the talents you are given. If doing a particular something comes easily to you, makes you smile inside, and you lose track of time in the midst of it, then that may be what you are called to do. Art is that way for me. I’ve enjoyed creating images all of my life.
Lu Chang, Landscape Painter
I have always loved painting and dreamed of becoming an artist. After teaching successfully as a professor of education at a local university for 20 years, life took an unexpected turn due to a sudden health problem. It was then that I took up painting again as my escape and therapy. The deep love for art within me was reignited. Through art classes, workshops, reading, and most importantly, painting, I am finally fulfilling my childhood dream.
I enjoy painting in oils both en plein air and in my studio. I am attracted to the natural beauty around us, particularly seascapes and landscapes along the central coast.
Rebecca Ellis presented six giant doorway sized banners, painted on canvas to bring attention to endangered animals. This is a departure from her usual smaller watercolors, oils, and acrylics that can be seen in the Collective Gallery.