THE BEADED ARTISTS
Wearable Art is what The Beaded Artists, Jane Jewett and Dena Hight, work to achieve. They specialize in beaded necklaces, earrings and rings. All pieces are made with quality beads, stones and crystals. Together, they have a combined beading experience of over 50 years. Wearing interesting jewelry pieces invites conversations and ultimately interactions with people. To us, that is the best part! They say, "Wear your joy!"
Jean, after other creative mediums, became interested in Real Leaves that are plated in 18k Gold and Copper. A handmade company in California electroplates the leaves (much like beads that I purchase) then I use a torch and hand fire the leaves plated in copper. It is a very slow and careful process that brings out the natural colors of the copper. I spray clear polyurethane on each copper piece to preserve the color. Then I personally create and shape Jewelry, Christmas Ornaments, Suncatchers, Nightlights, Bookmarks, Wine Glass Charms, Wine Bottle Ornaments, Driftwood and leaf mobiles and more. I also have my original Music CD and watercolor paintings.
To find out more about Jean's work please go to Jean's Website.
PROMOTIONAL ART CONTEST WINNER,
Rosalie Thurston, a long-time Mariposa resident, has worked for several local businesses throughout the county. She has always been interested in creative ventures and has designed and crafted various costumes, decorations, and clothing. Over the years, Rosalie has experimented with many creative fields, such as tapestry, drawing, and jewelry making. In May 2022, she started as a sales associate at the Ridgeline Gallery and Gift in downtown Mariposa. This new adventure has inspired her to try her hand at painting, and the rest is art in the making.
Art, Wine and Wheels 2022
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Italian Creek Designs returns! Saralynn Nusbaum designs jewelry that is well made, comfortable, and has a positive connection to the wearer. She works in gold, copper, sterling silver and semi-precious stones.
Inspired by a friend’s designs and encouraged by my husband Don, I began making jewelry about eleven years ago. I would describe my style as bohemian-influenced but elegant. I often mix metals and incorporate leather in my designs. I make what I like, not what I think will have market appeal. I love the colors, textures, and the elegance of making this jewelry. This work has been a gift to me and over the years creating jewelry has provided a much needed balance to my professional life. Now that I am retired I am able to devote more of my energy to this creative pursuit.
REBECCA AND RENIS HARVEY
Residing in the mountains outside Yosemite National Park, Rebecca Harvey has been enhancing her photographic skills while exploring the areas in and around Yosemite. This includes the Eastern Sierra Mountains, Mono lake, and Bodie State Park along with the various streams and lakes along US 395. She has made photographic journeys exploring and photographing people, places and things within the United States, Canada and Mexico. Made similar journeys to Europe. exploring Ireland, Britain, Denmark, Netherlands, France, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, and Germany. Made a photographic Safari trip to Africa that explored . She has displayed her work in many galleries in the San Francisco Bay area, Central Valley and the Sierra Foothills. Her work has been shown and offered for sale in Art and Wine shows throughout California.
Our returning winner from the 2022 promotional art contest, will be joining us again this year.
Gina Mims is a California native who relocated from Orange County to Ahwahnee in 2013. Her family has been coming to Bass Lake for their family reunion for over 75 years and on a trip decided it was time for a change. As an art major she painted often but as an owner of a graphic design agency, found hectic schedules got in the way. Upon moving to the area, she began painting again after an almost 20-year hiatus. She is the owner of Inspire Brands and works with clients remotely but makes it a priority to paint whenever possible.
Gina paints in acrylic on canvas using a combination of both brush and palette knife. Her work evokes a dreamlike quality and she creates works she calls "Serenity Scapes". She paints as an ''escape" and wants that feeling to transcend into her art. Her main desire is to give people who view her work a sense of peace and tranquility.
She is the past president of Yosemite Sierra Artists and remains the communications/marketing chair. For more information visit YosemiteSierraArtists.org.
Her work can be found at The Gallery at Oakhurst Spirits which is open Friday & Saturday 2-7 and Sunday 12-5 pm. You can find her there painting in her studio most weekends as well as during Sierra Art Trails the first two weekends of October.
For more information visit Gina's website at:
In Vicki's words: I prefer working in watercolors because of the lightness and transparency of the colors that flows into washes as they blend effortlessly one into the other to create pleasing shapes and new hues. My vividly painted flowers and floral still-life pieces are my favorite subjects, as well as drawing and painting children. I also paint plein air which includes mountains, meadows, buildings, forests, and streams.
I have taught watercolor classes to both children and adults at the Monrovia Historical Museum for almost l5 years, recognizing the importance of art in young peoples’ learning development and art appreciation. When my husband and I moved to the Sierra Nevada Mountains years ago, I continued to teach art to children.
For many years, I’ve exhibited at numerous galleries and art show, as well as art competition where I have received awards in juried and open art events. My dedication and professionalism are evident by viewing my websites and my collection of artwork/drawings.
Sierra Sown is a mix of cyanotype prints, up-cycled cyanotype apparel, jewelry and more.
Kali McKeown has lived and worked on rivers in the mountains of the Sierra Nevada for many summers and have since found herself on a beautiful property in Mariposa, California, just outside of Yosemite National Park. She has spent every Spring for the last few years carefully picking and preserving various wildflowers from her property. These (mostly native) flowers mix with topo maps of favorite places and are arranged different ways to create the designs that make each print, clothing, or jewelry piece a one-of-a-kind original.
See more of Kali's work on her website.
I love creating unique and beautiful things, and I am able to do this with my basketry and painting. I have been painting and drawing since I was able to hold a pencil and brush. Eva Katz gave me lessons in oil painting from the age of 7 until she passed away when I was 12. She left all of her painting supplies to me. I had a bit more formal training during my high school days, as well as commercial artistry at PCC Jr. College. My inspiration comes from my travels in the US and Europe. Wonderful landscapes are available everywhere.
All of the baskets are made from oiled pine needles and a wooden or pine needle base, or Gourd Base. Some are embellished with natural stone, bone or metals. The only synthetic item on the baskets is artificial sinew for the thread."
SIERRA ARTISTS GALLERY
Artists from the Gallery will be joining us, including, Elizabeth Saltos, Diane Erwin, Barbara Liss, Neil Edwards, Bill Fontana, Jodi Sergenko, Danjie Way and Marjorie Esposito.
Elizabeth Saltos will also be running an art activity booth for children.
ACTIVITY BOOTH FOR CHILDREN
KAREN MENTZER AND TROIAN CUMMINGS
Karen Mentzer and Troian Cummings will be at our Mariposa Yosemite Rotary Art, Wine & Wheels Festival. They will be running live demonstrations in hand building and on the pottery wheel.
So don't miss out!
"At the Bootjack ClayShack we work in clay, We make wheel-thrown and hand-built pottery and we often incorporate our beautiful surroundings and rich history into our work. We make functional work as well as some decorative pieces.
We plan on bringing a pottery wheel as well as some hand building projects to demonstrate for the community."
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Reva Colliver is primarily a water color painter, coming to Mariposa Yosemite Rotary Art, Wine & Wheels Festival May 27th 11am-5pm.
"Over the years, I've taken classes in painting with oil, acrylics, and watercolor at a variety of community colleges, and have enjoyed working with all of them. However, watercolor has become my favorite medium-with it I can best express feeling for a certain natural scene or wild animal; for instance, creating a mood using falling water, reflections, a misty clouds. I lived, worked, hiked, and climbed mountains in Yosemite National Par for more than 25 years, which was like living a dream. So, I really enjoy painting
Yosemite and other outdoor scenes of nature and animals, trying to convey not only their beauty, but the fun and Joy of being there with them. I've been a member of the Sierra Artists
Gallery and shown my work there for the past several years, and at other local venues, including the Mariposa Visitor Center, Casto Oaks Gallery, and occasionally as part of annual shows like the Mariposa Rotary Art, Wine, and Wheels Festival, the Yosemite Sierra Artists Art Trails (at a home-venue in Mariposa and at their gallery in Oakhurst), and the Yosemite Sierra Artist's/Madera Arts Council's joint annual Open Art Competition and Exhibit at the Circle Gallery in Madera."
For more information on the Festival, please go to:
JAN DESHERA OF WILD FIRE RANCH
After having a successful career as a choral musician, Jan DeShera retired from the musical arts to an 'encore' career in fiber arts.
She and her husband own Wild Fire Ranch in Coulterville, where they are running about 30 head of sheep.
She is a hand spinner and weaver, using fiber from her own flock as well as cotton, bamboo, silk, and tencel. She specializes in hand spun wearables has won numerous awards at the Mother Lode Fair and Mariposa Fair for her work.
Come see Jan at the Mariposa Yosemite Rotary Art, Wine & Wheels Festival May 27th 11am - 5pm
In the meantime, check more artists on our Facebook page.
SANTIAGO PALACIO OF ENCHANTED CIELO
Santiago is a Print Maker in California. He works in Mariposa and Yosemite, making original linocut prints. He is inspired by nature and the places around him. Santiago works as a Park Ranger by day and makes art at night.
Make sure you stop by his booth, in the meantime you can check out his website:
DAWN JACKSON OF LEATHERWORKS UNLIMITED
Dawn Jackson of Leatherwork unlimited will be joining us at the Mariposa Yosemite Rotary Art, Wine and Wheels Festival May 27th 2023 11am-5pm.
Dawn has been doing leatherwork for 48 years. She has built her skills under the help of John Hill, a well known saddlemaker. Working hard, she finally started her own business when she married Kevin in Nov 1989. Dawn makes all kinds of custom leather work, now in a large shop manufacturing their own line of equestrian tack, accessories and other items selling to all over the world.
See her website at the link below
Sally Skogen is an award winning photographer who lives in Mariposa. In her own words:
"I love to capture the beauty of God's creation in my photos." She is also a Made in Mariposa Artist and her work can be found at Castro Oaks, Lone Wolf Designs, Steve Sportsman's Café, Jantz Bakery, Made in Mariposa Store at the Tourist Information Center and her jewelry at the Gem and Mineral Club store.
He work includes photography, framed and matted prints, cards, mugs with her photos, and some jewelry.
For more information, please visit our Facebook page below:
NATASHA GRAHAM OF
YOSEMITE FLOWER FARM
Natasha Graham of Yosemite Flower Farm, with her husband, will be with us at the Festival.
They run a small farm that grows high end flowers. They dry the flowers and let the customers build their own bouquets from a dried flower bar. Also selling hand carved wood items (spoons, bowls and vases) that Natasha's husband makes from local wood.
Come see them at the festival, also at the weblink below:
SIERRA BARREL WORKS
"My husband Brian and I, both grew up in Mariposa and came from families that enjoyed craft projects. In 2019, I wanted a wine barrel table, and that is how Sierra Barrel Works started.
We have a wide variety of garden and farmhouse décor. We also do laser engraving on the wine barrel staves to create beautiful signs and collectables. We can also customize our engraving for the event or do personal signs for the customer".
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TALIA FOSTER OF TWO TREES TIE DYE
In Talia's words:
"I create unique, unusual, high end textile and fabric art, specializing in geode style designs. My dyes include both clothing items and homemade goods. I use professional quality fiber, reactive procion dyes and professional textile detergent. These are not your typical hippie style tie dyes".
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Veronica enjoys her painting time after retiring from thirty years of teaching art to high school students in San Jose. Transparent watercolors are her primary medium and she prefers the inspirational immediacy of plein air painting. She shows her work at the Gallery 24 in Los Gatos. She has been juried in several local, national and international exhibitions. She won first place in the 47th Watercolor West International Juried Exhibition 2015 and is now a Signature Member of Watercolor West.
For more information please use the link below:
"My medium is mainly pastel. I like the simplicity and immediacy. Pastels are pure pigment with a binder. The colors remain true over centuries. Within my art is the desire, to capture a moment and preserve it with all its colors and shades of emotion."
Christine Obers has won numerous international awards. Her artwork has been exhibited at the National Arts Club, Pastel Society of America Exhibit in New York, Albuquerque NM, Moro Bay CA, and the Aurora Art Center just outside Toronto Ontario. She has been featured in major art publications, Pastel Journal and Southwest Art. Christine Obers was awarded the Master Circle Gold Medal from the International Association of Pastel Societies in 2019. She is a Distinguished Pastelist in the Pastel Society of the West Coast and Master Pastelist in the Pastel Artists of Canada Association. Obers' commissioned artwork is in private collections throughout Canada and the US.
Growing up in Canada, Christine began commissioned oil paintings of landscapes and animals while in her teens. After high school she studied graphic design and illustration at George Brown College in Toronto, Ontario subsequently moving to the us·to pursue a career in advertising. Her career as senior art director led to many opportunities to explore her creativity in a multi-faceted way while working for major corporations, Chevron, Macy's, Domino's Pizza, Royal Robbins and E&J Gallo Winery.
In 2009 Obers retired to devote herself to fine art.
Frank Vigneri will demonstrate, en plein air, techniques used to create his award-winning watercolors and Sumi-e Ink works. He will also do some paintings using wine.
"My first art experience was at age 8 with a small sculpture that was exhibited in a class project at The Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, NE.
My continuing education was always being an art major, until at Long Beach State when I was in the painting class with my big, round canvas that was 8 feet tall and 3 feet in diameter. The instructed said; ''Oh, we just don't do those here; only make rectangles!'' That was my last day in school.
I had gallery representation in LA in the early 60s, and then we moved to San Francisco where I started doing Acrylic Sculpture and had a one man show at the Mavina Miller Gallery. I shared a studio with artist James Grant and we did polyester resin sculpture commissions together.
In 1981 Anne and I teamed up to design and make ''Sculpture To Wear.'' We are pioneers in the use of Plexiglas as their material for Art-to-Wear Jewelry. We worked together to create one-of-a-kind designs using an industrial material in ways that had never been seen before.
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Jenni Buczko, a local to Yosemite and the Sierras, began coming to the park every summer with her family starting at the age of two. Twenty years later she became a Park Ranger and fell in love with climbing the granite walls of Yosemite Valley. Since becoming a ranger she has spent the last 10+ years working, climbing, painting, loving, and building community in this beautiful and wild place.
Jenni now lives locally in Mariposa, CA and works as a clinical psychotherapist.