We are back online after a much too long absence. Life became a bit overwhelming with too much external stuff going on, so we had to take a break. Sometimes you just have to do what you have to do...
Ironstone is excited to announce we are in the process of planning our 25th Anniversary Spring Obsession Art Show & Competition! That being said, plans are underway for a big bang this next year.
This past year, due to events beyond our control, we were forced to eliminate the Opening Celebration of this exhibit and create a wonderful though soft closing event. This turned out to be a wonderful success for all our participating artists. So much so that we have decided to move forward with a great closing event again this year to celebrate. The weekend selected is June 11 & 12, when we should be out of the rainy season with more stable weather. Mark you calendars!
And stay tuned for more details as they come up!
|SOLD O-001 Passing Storm by Ann Nall acrylic 24x36|
"Passing Storm" has caught the eye of many of our Gallery guests. With its turbulent brush strokes and warm colors, it speaks of winter storms or crashing waves. Hope you were able to visit Ironstone's 24th Annual Spring Art Show. Spectacular exhibit with outstanding art work. Thank you to all the participating artists who shared their works with us.
Join us this coming Saturday & Sunday, May 22 & 23 from 10:00 - 3:00 at Ironstone Vineyards for the Closing Celebration of Ironstone's 24th Annual Spring Obsession Art Show.
Meet Artists as they demonstrate their techniques, present a wonderful sampling of their various creations and answer your questions. You will find a wonderful selection of arts, cards, prints, crafts and jewelry designs available for sale as well.
Many artists will be painting on site throughout the grounds. Come join the fun and meet the Artists:
Additional Artists Joining us this weekend are:
|SOLD O-064 Without a Paddle by Linda Lawrence oil 9x12|
Congratulations to Linda for the sale of her piece, "Without a Paddle". This precious little oil painting has found a new home in Arnold. The canoe's bold color and shape contrast nicely with the softer touch of the background. So much accomplished in this small format. Hope you had a chance to see before it left for its new home.
Linda has more paintings still available at Ironstone Vineyards now through May 23. Come on by and take a look.
A drywasher is a common desert mining tool for gold mining. It is much like a highbanker, since it uses a motor and a form of sluice, but it has no need for water.
The drywasher operates by the use of air. By forcing air to flow up through the material as it moves down the sluice, the heavier materials, like gold, will stay at the bottom and get trapped by the riffles while the lighter materials will flow up and over the riffles or be blown away. The lighter material that is not blown away will slowly flow down the sluice and fall out the end of the sluice.
Modern drywashers, hooked up to pumps are made of stainless steel and require minimal effort on the prospectors part.
SOLD O-069 Tucked Below the mountains by Margarita Anderson acrylic 9x12 $250
This jewel of a painting has found a new home. Small but powerful, this precious little piece with its perfect balance of warm and cool colors is compositionally pleasing to the eye. See more at Ironstone Vineyards 24th Annual Spring Art Show. On exhibit Thursdays through Sundays, 10:00 am - 3:30 pm.
Join us May 22 & 23 for the exhibit's official Closing Celebration. With Art in Action, Art Booths and more. Check Ironstone's website for more details.
This past weekend saw another great painting off to a new home. Sandra Campbell's delightful little collage, Red & Blue Birds Against Striped Sky, is a careful overlaying of colors that create a depth of field that contrast to the simplicity of the birds. Although not a large piece, it carries a huge impact of imagery and imagination. Time to make a visit to see the rest of the show before they also find new homes! Open Thursday through Sunday, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Pleased to announce "Feathers in the Wind" by Michelle Thornburg is off to a new home!
|SOLD O-015Feathers-in-the-Windby Michelle Thornburg acrylic 30x40- $850|
One of the first paintings to find a new home since the Show Opening on the 6th. Sold this past weekend, during a very busy day here at Ironstone. The Gallerias are now open to view the 24th Annual Spring Obsession Art Show & Sale. Let the Tasting Room hostess know you are here for the Art Show. If we are not at our maximum capacity, you will be admitted immediately to browse the exhibit and enjoy the wonderful paintings and drawings on display.
|O-025 Cherry Blossoms by Cheryl Smith acrylic 20x20 $225|
|O-024 Peacock in the Snow by Cheryl Smith acrylic 16x20 $150|
|O-088 Community Market-by Chella Gonsalves oil 9x12 $450|
|O-028 Barn Boat by Chella Gonsalves oil 9x12 $500.|
|SOLD O-027 Sunflowers & Elevator by Chella Gonsalves oil 30x16 $710|
|O-018 Year 2020 by Chella Gonsalves mm 24x36 $550.|
|O-015 Feathers-in-the-Windby Michelle Thornburg acrylic 30x40- $850|
My style of creating artwork is painting from the subconscious. There are no carefully planned sketches, no grids, it is just me and my paint with no expectations of anything but painting. I use my hands to apply the paint directly onto my canvas, no rules, just whatever feels right. The key for me is to let go of the conscious world around me, and just paint, allowing my hands to take the lead. Eventually the painting reveals itself. It's like daydreaming on a canvas.
|O-014 Sea-of-color-by Michelle Thornburg acrylic 30x40- $850|
Michelle Thornburg is a California Artist and Art Teacher living and working in the Central Valley. She creates dream like paintings from her subconscious using the Surrealist technique of automatism, or automatic painting. Her technique of using mainly her hands to apply acrylic or oil paint to the canvas allow her to connect with her artwork. Her paintings are created by applying paints onto the canvas in various colors, patterns, and movements. Her paintings are often reworked and go through many changes before they are completed. These expressive paintings are full of fanciful images and colorful landscapes.
|O-089 Periphery by Henrietta Sparkman pastel 30x22 $800|
Plein Air work of
|O-091 VerdantValley by Henrietta Sparkman pastel 22x26 $600|
A versatile artist, Henrietta Sparkman earned degrees in Studio Art, Industrial Arts and Art Education. Her teaching continues with workshops both in various media regionally and abroad.
Henrietta's work is created in both two and three dimensional mediums. Recently she has concentrated her work painting en plein air, water-color, painting making and abstract painting.
An award winning artist, she actively exhibits and her work has been shown in a variety of venues: Chartreuse Muse, Mistlin Gallery, CSU, UCSF, Yosemite Renaissance, Ironstone Winery, Museum of Monterey, The Carnegie Arts Center, California Breast Cancer Research Symposium Art Exhibit, Firehouse Gallery, JayJay, Harrington, Pacific Grove Art Center, The Grand Center Theater for the Arts, Goodwin Gallery, State Fair & more. She is actively involved in community art organization and believes artists give as much as they create.
O-090 RiverBend by Henrietta Sparkman pastel 22x26 $600
|O-049 -Aspens-by Terry Richardson -oil 20-x 10- $350|
I began doing art at an early age while in grade school. I can remember spending hours in my room drawing, copying other artist’s work. I studied it formally in High School and college but abandoned it to pursue a career in Occupational Therapy and to raise my 2 girls. At some point in my adulthood I mentioned to my husband that I would like to start painting again and that year, for my birthday, he bought me an easel, paints and paint brushes. There was no turning back now! I needed to refresh my skills so I enrolled in an art class through Columbia College taught by Gereon Rios. I was hooked!
|O-050 -Life Gives You Lemons-by Terry Richardson - oil 12-x 14- $325|
I continue to be inspired by the beautiful world around us and other artists.
|O-051-Princess- by Terry Richardson oil 15x17-$475|
Thank you and enjoy the show.
Terry D. Richardson
|O-055 Bee-Target- by Judy Ryder wc 22x22 $1200|
I stepped into the world of art seven years ago when I took my first photography class. Taking photos opened my eyes in a new, inquisitive and expansive way to what was around me.
As one thing often leads to another, a photographer friend encouraged me to join Popi Tyler's watercolor class. This was an invitation to learn something new. Her weekly class provided an opportunity to sink into the study and practice of painting while observing my emerging style and expression. Popi has been a wonderful teacher.
When I paint, I open to my evolving creative process, and I love how it offers an element of surprise between intention and what is finally captured on paper. As I was drawn to the abstract in photography, I also enjoy combining realism and abstract in my paintings.
My home is in Sebastopol, California, where my husband and I raised our family and continue to reside.
|2nd Place Winner, Open Division |
O-021 Above the Fray by Cali Roberson pencil 14x18 $2000
Cali Roberson grew up outside of
|O-022 See-It-My-Way by Cali Roberson pencil 10x14 $850|
At age 11 she began spending summers
living with cutting and cow horse trainers Carl and Kathy Gould.
|O-023 Bend by Cali Roberson penink 8x10 $850|
After years of trying to work a full-time
job, train her horses, and draw,
When you were a child, what did you want to do when you grew up? For me, the dream of being an artist has been unwavering, blossoming and growing ever since my little hands could use a crayon. I created art because I feel like it's something I need to do, and because I love it more than anything else, and because of the indescribable joy of the moment when a piece that I created resonates with someone else, and becomes something that they treasure for the rest of their life.
For most of my life, I have lived in the town of Wilton, California, a rural area south of Sacramento. I was raised on a farm and have always had a passion for nature and animals. The creatures that surround and inhabit my life have a strong influence on the artwork that I create. I am not only to portray my subject matter as realistically and accurately as possible, but also to capture the expression and soul of an animal.
|O-047 Rosebud by Katherine Plumer pencil 11x14 $8900|
The drawing you see here in the show is done with colored pencil, which is perhaps my very favorite art medium. Over the years I have explored many ways of creating art, and currently focus on engraving, drawing, and a mixed media style that combines elements of painting and drawing. The subject, Rosebud the Red Roan Clydesdale draft horse, actually lives just a mile or o down the road from me, and I've been lucky to spend time with her! I've wanted to draw her for years, and finally did so after taking some reference photos at a horse show early one morning a couple years back. This drawing turned out exactly as I had hoped.
I invite you to follow me on social media, where you will see "behind the scenes" as I create new custom art pieces.
W. Vaughn Lew Bio:
|O-033 South Fork of the Stanislaus by Vaughn Lew oil 24x18 $1155|
Born 1946 at Baker City, Oregon. Lived a ranch/country life. Lots of free drawing with pencil and india ink.
|O-034 Tuolumne Grazers by Vaughn Lew oil 24x12 $770|
First art Techer gave minimal instruction, just draw, draw, draw. That was fine with me. Moved to Lodi California 1961. Took some art but still not much depth to the instruction.
|T-025 Let There be Light by Vaughn Lew oil 18x24 $550|
Enrolled in the art program at Sacramento State. Emphasis was on commercial art with DeWitt Whistler Jayne, a nationally known illustrator, portrait painter, and art director. Tarmo Pasto, an art psychologist and art instructor, was also an important influence. After college I taught art at Elk Grove High School, Los Rios Correctional Center, and various adult education programs. Currently live in Hughson, California with my sweet wife Glenda, Daughter Melissa, Precious the cat, and sister Sadie the Dog.