Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Bonnie J. Smith Publishes New Book

Bonnie J. Smith's new eighty page book, "Swimming Upstream a Memoir with Portfolio Selections" is available on her web site or may be purchased directly from Bonnie.  The Memoir tells the story of her work related accident and finally able to get back into life through swimming everyday. Swimming becomes the metaphor letting the reader know they are not alone in life's struggles.  The Portfolio selections are divided into different phases of Bonnie's art with artist statements and commentary.  

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Bonnie J. Smith and Cristina Velazquez at San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles

"Forming Our Lives"

In the exhibit ‘Forming Our Lives’, three women recount personal stories that have affected and continue to shape their lives. Bonnie J. Smith found herself literally swimming upstream in her life after a work related injury forced her to use a wheel chair. Carol Larson was surgically shortened six inches as a teenager to make her a better fit for society. Cristina Velazquez’s work questions the world that says, “Women must be and do certain things.” The artwork they have created continually asks the question, “Why do certain situations happen in our lives and how do we overcome them” and gives insight into how three women have answered those hard questions.

July 26 - Sep 14, 2014, San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles 520 So. First St, San Jose, Ca. Contact: Bonnie J. Smith 408-298-7898 –


Saturday, June 28, 2014

Honorable Mention Award for Marian Yap's Painting STRATA

Marian Yap's painting, STRATA, took home an Honorable Mention award at the Wet Paint juried exhibit at the Pacific Art League in Palo Alto.  The exhibit is over now and the painting, acrylic/mixed media on 40" x 30" gallery wrapped canvas, is available for sale.
Two other of Marian's paintings were also juried into the Wet Paint exhibit - Gemini's Twin, and Stillness, both acrylic on 24" x 20" canvas.  
Gemini's Twin



Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Yvonne Newhouse at Peninsula Art Institute

Hidden Treasures in Full View – Flowers and Landscapes
At Peninsula Art Institute Gallery

I am looking forward to seeing you at my next solo exhibit of watercolor paintings.  I have quite a few new paintings of landscapes and wildflowers in this exhibit so please come by especially for the reception on Sunday June 29 1–4 pm. The exhibit will be on view June 26 to July 27, 2014 at the Peninsula Art Institute Gallery,1777 California Drive, Burlingame CA

The Peninsula Art Institute Gallery is across the courtyard from the Peninsula Museum of Art’s main entrance; and is open the same hours as the Museum, Wednesday through Friday 11 AM to 5 PM. For directions, visit PAI's 'Contact Us' page:  or call  650-692-2101. If this is your first visit, looking at the map is a good idea.

About the Exhibit
An avid hiker both on Bay Area trails and in the Sierra Nevada backcountry, Yvonne has witnessed and recorded many vistas of infinite beauty, interpreting them using transparent watercolor. A native of the prairies of Saskatchewan, Canada she is in awe of the stature and grandness of mountains and mountain meadows that host the wild flowers of California. She paints local flowers and gardens with the same sense of adventure.

Penstemmons Sunrise

Edge of the Burn

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Marian Yap in group exhibit "DISCONNECT" at Transmission Gallery

Marian Yap is exhibiting her painting, "Going to the Gypsy", in the group exhibition "DISCONNECT" at the Transmission Gallery in Oakland.

Going to the Gypsy - Marian Yap
Acrylic on canvas 

Opening Art Reception for "Disconnect"

Disconnect is an exhibition of contemporary art by members of The Northern California Women's Caucus for Art (NCWCA). The work included in this exhibition varies in medium, process and experience. The exhibiting artists were invited to submit work within the conceptual parameter of disconnection.
Their individual interpretations of this concept may be as diverse as the audience member’s point of view.

Meet the NCWCA artists 
Complimentary refreshments
Transmission Gallery
770 West Grand Ave.
Oakland, CA

Friday, June 6, 2014
6-9 pm
Barbara Milman ~ Jellyfish 8, 2013  Linocut on Stonehenge paper

Transmission Gallery
770 West Grand Ave.
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 835-2626
Fri. 12-6pm,
Sat. 11am-5pm
& by Appt.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Cristina Velazquez Exhibits Work in IDENTITY Show

In a world dominated by pop culture, society and the media – how is identity defined?
In collaboration with gallery nine5, Karen Gutfreund, Exhibition Director of the Women’s Caucus for Art, is pleased to announce an international exhibition of 25 works from 21 female artists.
Identity seeks to expose the extremism of a consumer culture dominated by Western notions of beauty and the pursuit of idealized feminine perfection by exploring themes of power, representation and objectification. Female artists, in particular, face the challenge of identifying themselves amidst a society determined to do it for them. The artists featured in Identity attempt to manipulate the boundaries of authority and dominance and explore deeper themes of control. The viewer is challenged to confront his or her own gaze on the body and reflect on the psychological aspects of the female persona. Drawing from a feminist perspective, the selected works aim to define gender and identity through the artist’s terms, whether through accepting or rejecting society's view, and voicing their individual definitions of the powerful feminine.
Please join us for the opening reception on Saturday, May 31st from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Performance Art by Megan Mantia and Leone Anne Reeves: GIRL WORLD OUR WORLD OUR BRAINS WE LIVE HERE AND WE LOVE IT: An Erotic Memoir on May 31 at 4:30 p.m.

gallery nine5
24 Spring Street
New York, NY
Exhibition runs from May 31 to June 22, 2014
The artists in the exhibition at gallery nine5 are Shonagh Adelman, Chan & Mann, Sally Edelstein, Claire Joyce, Lauren Kalman, Beth Lakamp, Jessica Lichtenstein, Jessica Maria Manley, Meghan Mantia and Leone Reeves, Sarah Maple, Ellen Deitell Newman, Samantha Persons, Mei Xian QIu, Jennifer Reeder, Phyllis Rosser, Sonal Shah, Erin Sparler, Joanne Ungar, Cristina Velazquez, and Meghan Willis.


Sunday, May 25, 2014

Color x 3, orange - headed to Birmingham, U.K.

Bonnie J. Smith's fiber artwork "Color x 3, orange" was selected to be exhibited in the Masters Art Quilt division at The  Festival of Quilts ;  Birmingham, U.K. August 7-10, 2014,and was also short listed to be previewed at the Business Design Centre, Islington, London N1, 25-28 June in the New Designers Exhibition. 

"Color x 3, orange", was also a Niche Award finalist.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Marian Yap Selected as Featured Artist by Coastal Arts League

Marian Yap, a member of the Coastal Art League Gallery, has been selected as their Featured Artist.  Marian exhibits her paintings at the gallery and you will find a selection of her work from the ongoing Haiku Threads series as well as several monoprints and other mixed media work.  The gallery is located at 300 Main Street in Half Moon Bay and is open Thursday - Monday, noon to 5PM.  Please visit Marian's website  

Photo: Thank you Coastal Arts League Gallery for choosing me as Featured Artist.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Ruth Waters Honored by 13th Senate District

 Our 13th Senate District "Woman of the Year", hello Ruth Waters!

Ruth Waters, "Woman of the Year", is a long time
advocate for the fine arts in San Mateo County.
Well deserved recognition and honor!
The Daily Journal/Angela Swatz, 4/26/14. "Museum head named woman of the year." 

"A “deep commitment to art” in the local community is the reason Ruth Waters, founder and executive director of the Peninsula Museum of Art in Burlingame, is what landed her as the woman of year for the 13th Senate District.

State Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, presented the award to Waters. Hill named Waters Woman of the Year because he said she has been such a force in the community, tirelessly advocating on behalf of art and artists. “She is dedicated to making art accessible to everyone,” Hill said in a statement. “Ruth Waters has demonstrated unparalleled leadership by serving as a guiding light to the Peninsula Museum of Art, the 1870 Art Center in Belmont and the Peninsula Chapter of the Women’s Caucus for Art.”
About a year ago, her museum in Burlingame opened after about $800,000 worth of renovations were done. This only was able to happen after a man named Charles Homer donated $1 million to launch a building fund. The museum now hosts 28 artists that include artists from China, Germany, Iran, England and the Netherlands."   Read more.
Reference -  Peninsula Museum of the Arts.  "Our Mission:To become  premier Northern California visual arts destination by showcasing trailblazing regional artists and meeting the needs of the community as an extensive art resource and educational center."
CA State Senator Jerry Hill, representing the 13th Senate District.  "SD 13 is based on an almost complete nesting of AD 22 and AD 24 and consists of the remainder of San Mateo County south of SD 11 and northern Santa Clara County, including the sister cities of Mountain View and Sunnyvale. This district keeps the San Mateo coastline from Pacifica to the Ano Nuevo State Reserve and peninsula cities from South San Francisco to Sunnyvale together. South San Francisco is the only city split to achieve population equality." There is an area map of the 13th Senate District on this link. 
Note photograph from The Art Scene in Silicon Valley, "The Art of Ruth Waters."