Sunday, January 31, 2016

Meet Artist Amber Palmer, Theme Division accepted Artist

T-019  My First Love  wc  16x20  $350
T-018  Sally's Garden  wc 16x20  $350

Amber Palmer Art Biography

Amber Palmer has lived in the Northern California Valley since birth.  Images of expansive skies, rivers, tall grass, symmetrically planted orchards and rice marshes are living memories.  As an artist, her paintings and photography are influenced by the mood and atmosphere of the changing seasons.  She continues to find her personal creative voice through watercolor media and photography.  Her work has been exhibited in national juried exhibitions, invitational shows, museums, and commercial galleries.  Amber states: “I find a state of reverie and focused meditation while in the creative process.”
While obtaining her Bachelor of Arts at California State University, Chico, Amber studied under Ann Pierce and Sal Casa and continues to utilize them as her mentors.  Amber obtained a Master’s degree in counseling, psychology from the University of San Francisco and is a licensed marriage family therapist.  She has been working in private practice for the past 30 years counseling individuals and groups and uses the creative arts and art therapy as a major role in the healing process.  She continues to conduct conferences utilizing art therapy and creative expression. 
Amber’s contributions and recognitions include but are not limited to the following:
·        Volunteered as the fine art consultant for Patrick Ranch Museum: coordinating art shows, children’s activities and fundraisers in the museum
·        Fine Arts Consulting Business – Coordinates art workshops for local and national artists and teach individual lessons and group workshops on water media techniques.  Mind Vacations through Watercolor.
·        Coordinated the Gateway Museum’s community garden: art show and a children’s art program in coordination with the nutrition program through CSUC.
·        Past Chairperson of the Butte County Water Color Society.
·        Past regional and state director for Very Special Arts.
·        Past chairperson of the Chico Arts Center.
·        Curated art exhibitions at the Ronald Regan Library Gallery, Children's Gallery in the California State Capital, California Governor’s Chambers and several private galleries.
·        Local Awards: 6 time recipient of the Chico Mayor’s Award, Chico Art Council Annie Award
·        Exhibited work – Many local and national juried exhibitions and galleries.  Currently: paintings and photography on exhibit at Chico Museum, Sally Dimas Gallery, Patrick Ranch Museum, and Amber Palmer Gallery.

·        Chico News & Review “Voice of Visual Arts” for Artober 2010.

Meet Artist Juliana Tillman, Theme Division accepted artist

T-013  Love in Bloom  by Juliana Tillman  wc  15x23  $500

Juliana Tillman was born and raised in Vacaville, California. In 2003 she moved with her family to the small town of Twain Harte in the Sierra Nevada's, whereupon she changed direction from working to raising her family and pursuing art. An interest in art and design has been there since her late teens though she was unable to make it a priority. Growing up in a family of antique and art collectors fostered her appreciation for fine arts. In the past five years she has increased her focus on art and the dream of being a professional painter. She is primarily self taught, with the exception of studying with local & nationally known artist through workshops and private classes. Juliana is an oil and watercolor painter with special focus in plein air and has won many awards in local art competitions. Juliana is a current member of the Mother Lode Arts Association.

"My goal is to create a lasting impact through art that survives generations with the hope that it will evoke reminiscent feelings of moments captured in time."

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Meet Artist Carol Clark, Theme Division accepted artist

Artist:  Carol Clark
Date:  March, 2016
Address:  2342 Partridge Court, Valley Springs, CA. 95252
Carol is a refugee from the rust belt and her husband is a hillbilly from the Ozarks. They came to California to make their fortune.
Now that I have your attention, Carol graduated from CSC Long Beach where she majored in Art.
“I love to paint and make things beautiful!  This year I’m trying some watercolors and acrylics.  I usually prefer oils.  I like all kinds of color and enjoy quilts, stain glass windows, and anything that has beautiful colors.”

Come on up to Ironstone, have lunch, and see my artwork.  “I can’t think of anything I enjoy doing more than painting . . . well, I also enjoy cross country skiing.  Another beautiful thing.”          

T-008  Spring Dewdrops  by Carol Clark  wc  11x14  $350

Meet Ironstone's Spring Obsession Theme Division accepted artist, Renee Rondon

T-002  Tulips  oil  16x20  $295

Renée is a 4th generation (of 5) Californian.  She moved to Calaveras County almost 9 years ago.  Her pastimes include camping, hiking and gardening.  Her passion is oil painting.   She is mostly self-taught, but has had lessons with many wonderful and respected instructors including Ed Garcia, VaLoyce Jensen, Gereon Rios, Gill Delinger, George Durkee, Diana Boyd, Judy Cain, and Peggi Kroll-Roberts.    
Renée welcomes the challenge of developing her paintings into a story that will touch someone’s heart, or remind them of an event that is a special part of their life.  Each painting is developed from a personal photo, sketch, or idea from various trips, other outings and even from her own backyard.      
Her art has won several awards, and her paintings have been in various galleries including the Aloft Gallery in Sonora, Mistlin Gallery in Modesto, Calaveras Arts Council in San Andreas, Lodi Community Art Center, and Delicato Winery in Manteca. 

If you would like to contact Renée, please call (209)772-0287, or email her at  

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Meet Ironstone's Spring Obsession Theme Division accepted artist, Kathleen Wolf

Meet Artist Lynn Takacs, Ironstone's Spring Obsession accepted artist

Lynn Takacs
1820 Scenic Drive, Modesto, CA 95355
(209) 872-4418

Lynn was born and raised in Humboldt County and currently resides in Modesto, California. She took art classes in high school. Having earned her AA degree in business from College of the Redwoods in Eureka, she went on to take coursework in fine arts and graphic design at College of San Mateo and Academy of Art University in San Francisco.
She is a member of several art associations.
Lynn’s art has been exhibited in the 2nd Annual Central California Arts Showcase (2015), Central California Art Association member shows, the Annual Exhibit of Fine Arts at the Tracy Art League Gallery, and in 2015 she participated in the Stanislaus Artist Open Studio Tour. She’s a 5th year participant in the Annual Art of Justice fund raising event sponsored by the Stanislaus Family Justice Center, Modesto.
Her hope is to be an inspiration to art lovers around the world with her art.

I paint because it makes my heart sing.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

FIrst THEME Division entry is in!

We are very excited here at Ironstone.The first entry into the THEME Division for the 19th Annual Spring Obsession Art show is IN! Artist Connie McLennan has submitted her entry, "Daffodil Cheer".  As the very first entry submitted, Connie's painting bypasses the Theme Division review committee - directly to GO!
Read more about Connie McLennan and her entry here:

T-001  Daffodil Cheer  by Connie McLennan  18x14  $400

Do remember the Theme Division entries are due January 15th. and the OPEN Division entries are due February 12th. with the Exhibit Open to the public starting March 19 & 20. Stay tuned for more information.