1224 E. Main Street
We will be hosting bead circles and pottery wheel throwing with Dr. Kate Ratliff, painting with Janice H. Chan, live music as well as food and drinks!
Event & Venue Description For ArtWalk Ventura:
Spring Hollow Art Gallery & Studio is not just a typical art gallery featuring exquisite handpicked, hand made art and items from local as well as international artists, but it is also a divine space to come create your own art. Spring Hollow features fine art as well as one-of-a-kind hand made artifacts and beads you can add to your collection, or use as a medium to create your own jewelry, pottery, painting, baskets, handbags, clothing or just about anything else you can imagine in our beautifully renovated historic studio and gallery on Main Street. We also offer a variety of social and instructional classes featuring painting, basket-weaving, pottery makings, glasswork, jewelry making and even bead circles to help inspire and get your creative juices flowing!
Spring Hollow is a place to find your inner artist. We believe that all people are natural born artists, but life has a way of stifling the artist in all of us. As young children, we are stifled by our adult caregivers in our lives that expect us to learn to draw a tree as they see it, not accepting our interpretations of the tree. As adults, we’re told to focus on more pressing matters such as bills, work, family- that our creative needs are surpassed by our survival needs. We believe our creative needs and our survival needs are one in the same. No matter your age, identity or responsibilities, you can unlock the creative artist that yearns to be free! Not sure what your medium is? Come check us out, we have everything from painting & pottery to jewelry an even music- we’ll help you find it.
Spring Hollow always donates a portion of all sales to various charities that support the arts and education such as: Kids Arts Ventura, Spring Hollow Early Learning Center and the Boys and Girls club of Ventura.
About the Artists
For many years, cooking and dancing were my means of creative expressions. At a very young age I would lose countless hours painting, using those paint by numbers kits most of the time and I loved it. Family circumstances changed and the painting stopped. I begged my mother to teach me how to cook at the ripe old age of 11. Luckily for many, including myself, she acquiesced and taught me the basics. Although a math major in college, I loved taking classes studying art in various cultures. Western Civilizations was my favorite class. After graduating college, I moved to California. Sometime in my mid 20's, I enrolled in a figure drawing class and found I was quite adept at capturing the essence of the person being drawn. Once again the art stopped. My knowledge of cooking grew and my natural talent for cooking was fed by experimentation and exploration. My dining room table was my palette for many years where I created a visual painting using the table setting and the food to nourish the person and their soul through sight, smells and tastes. I am also a life-long photographer.
Things changed again and life brought me back to painting. I learned that I have a natural sense of color, I love mixing my own colors too. I paint in oils. I paint from photos I’ve taken and sometimes I free form sometimes creating representational abstract. I love large big flowers and many say my paintings remind them of Georgia O’Keefe unplugged.
I have studied with Marcia Cummings, a sculptor and painter, with Glen Orbik, a well know American illustrator, at the California Art Institute, with Bob Moskowitz, Head of the Art Department at Ventura College and an accomplished artist and with Jill Sattler at Santa Barbara City College, a well known abstract painter. I have been commissioned to do oil paintings of dogs and an abstract. I also completed a triptych of digital flower paintings using healing frequencies while creating them. I am doing more abstracts now, studying with Jill Sattler, growing, learning and expanding.
My painting is changing and growing. Studying abstracts has really opened me up more. Many of my paintings have an unplanned space theme. They are filled with feelings and are full of light, love and joy. Many are filled with healing frequencies as well.
In the last few years, I’ve begun writing and have a blog. It has become another creative outlet for me as well.
I would love to heal the world with my paintings my photos. My dream is that this comes through in my work. Enjoy! Life is to be savored either through taste, feel, smell, dance, visual or sound! Take your pick. I love them all! How about you?
In 1955, after yet another bad hair day, Handmade By Stephanie was created featuring hat styles with both unisex/adult and women’s upscale chic line, as well as a unique, affordable children and infants’ line. Accessories, and even a stuffed animal huggable have since been well received additions. Using imported yarns and always the perfectionist, Stephanie designs, crochets, trims, dyes… and more…herself. Choosing to remain on a staff of ONE. Each hat is hand-crafted to be worn with several different looks and reflect her “individualize your own style” appeal.
After spending an inordinate number of years in post graduate medical training, Rose took a class in working with stained glass in order to broaden her horizons. Since that first exposure to the beauty of glass in 1997 a passion has grown. Moving from stained glass to working with the media of kiln formed “warm” glass was a logical transition. The freedom of expression and ability to play in this media has been such a gift. Rose has exhibited her work at the Bakersfield Jazz festival and has been awarded best in show at the Kern County Fair. She is a resident of Ventura since 2012 and hopes to inspire others in the art of glasswork through her affiliation with Spring Hollow Gallery.
Painting feeds my soul and makes my heart sing! I love exploration through color and texture with the freedom of water color and the movement and energy of mixed media. As a self taught artist over the years, I have experienced the excitement of artistic discovery while working in a variety of media on a variety of surfaces.
As a Registered Nurse, Retired, and a personal cancer fighter, I have embraced a strong belief in the “Arts as Healers”, a theme that influences my work, motivates me to paint and, to share my philosophy when ever possible. Art gives us the gift of healing and wholeness, and, can transport us to amazing and reflective places!
“Art speaks to the rhythm of life and the connectedness we share in the human spirit. It is a common thread in our Universal Fabric!!!”….WANA www.wanaklasen.com
SHELLY ANN MOORE
When I began to understand my purpose I began to realize why I was constructing these ceramic images with the open unfinished look.
I have been given this gift to enlighten myself and other to pursue their deepest thought process of the soul. I believe the soul is a reservoir is what connects the body, the soul and the spirit of a person allowing it to become a creative unit.
My sculptures are a unit of information dealing with matters of the soul from a created existence. Each sculpture is constructed with a hand blended, multi-clay body, starting from the base and working upward until I reach a satisfying open finish form. I know I am finish when it looks and reads whole.
My intention is to engage the audience to read my unfinished but finish forms, develop a dialogue, complete the sculpture with their dialogue and a gain a deeper insight of their own internal soul. I believe the gift to understand your own soul is a powerful tool of self worth to value that endless reservoir and share it with whoever will listen. I chose to explore and share my reservoir with the world through art, my God given talent. Enjoy.
Playing with a ball of mud (clay) when I was very young started it. From the beginning transforming clay has struck me as magical. Clay is my key to the secret garden, my way down the rabbit hole through the looking glass and out again, Over the years, that magical process has had its way with me, leading me from hobby to professional artist and ceramics teacher. Ceramics fills me with a sense of accomplishment and integrity and has proven a most amendable vehicle for translating inner vision to outer reality. But basically, I create my figures because I have to!
I fashion my sculptures from the inside out influenced by the creations of contemporary artists Debra Fritts, Tim Burton and Beatrice Woods. I work deliberately, consciously employing both traditional and innovative techniques. However, my subconscious is the undisputed project manager. The joy of this work elevates my imagination and provides many opportunities for happy accident and grace to influence the finished project.
My imagination drives me in the creation of figurative sculptures of a whimsical, out-of-this-world existence. They go through a process of metamorphosis as they evolve from strictly human forms into the essence of the story they tell. I create my figures with high fire clay. Finishing them with colorful glazes, engobes, and underglazes bring their images to life. I form my figures based on stories in my mind. My intention is for my patrons to be inspired to create their own tales.
EMILY THIROUX THREATT
Emily Threatt is a sculptor, ceramist, weaver, photographer, designer, writer, and quilter.
Traditionally in the study of ceramics, the ceramist will practice creating the same form over and over while trying to achieve symmetry and perfection like dishes by Noritake or Crate and Barrel. While I fully appreciate the beauty of these forms, my pleasure comes from doing something different every time. I see that my skills and techniques improve with each item I create even though the actual items vary widely. Instead of even, perfectly crafted fiber baskets, ceramic baskets emerge with fluid shapes, unusual colors, and everlasting flowers permanently blooming. Instead of a solid color platter, a multicolored impressionistic fish flows across a plate, or a lovely stand of bamboo inspires serenity.
Texture and color fascinate most people, including me. Incredibly soft woven fabric, rough fibers in a basket, glossy, smooth ceramics, and breaking glaze colors capture my imagination and inspire me to create new baskets, wall pockets, bowls, platters, and fabric. When I wake in the morning, I have images of items in my mind for me to create. I sketch or paint inspirations, and I photograph colors and shapes that lead me to discovering something new to create. All this leads to an ever changing variety of hand built, thrown, or woven objects, or works of art that combine these techniques. I explore different clays and now create my own glazes.
My current favorite inspirations include the never ending variety of shades and texture in my garden, the colors and patterns I discovered from the photographs I took while traveling the world, and the peace I find in spiritual images. I am also intrigued by the human form and its expression.
She has been the featured artist at Ventura County Potters’ Guild Harbor Gallery, a Guest Lecturer at the Ventura County Potter’s. She did a solo Figurative Sculpture show at Studio 1317 in Ventura, and has had her work on display and sold at Beatrice Woods Center for the Arts in Ojai. She wrote a column featuring local artists for Ventura Breeze, and she does video artist interviews for her website, www.theheartoftheartist.com and she taught basket weaving classes at Bakersfield College and Studio 1317 in Ventura.
Painting abstractly allows the power of the unconscious to emerge. In this soul/process of discovery, cellular memories and inner landscapes appear and I rely on my intuition, body and instincts to guide me. This deep desire to paint kinesthetically activating and displaying inner worlds onto the canvas is a magical, alchemical process.
We each co-create our own reality and painting abstractly is exactly that.
A sacred creation where one can align and express one’s consciousness.
"Popcorn" was a revelation, my personal galaxy self-actualizing like popcorn popping. "Angel Wing" expresses the dynamic experience of a wing opening - ready to fly, to soar over our personal worlds and witness a more comprehensive view.
These paintings are reflections that mirror our commonality. Harmonic, playful, emotional and contextual interplays of color begin to demonstrate the infinite stream of information in the abstract universe of paint and canvas.
MILTON B. TARVER
Artist/Sculptor/Potter/Sailor/Seeker: Milton is passionate about working with pastels, watercolor, acrylic, creating abstract and contemporary works. Also love sculpting stone and clay. Studied all forms of art at the Austin Museum of Art, Austin Community College, Santa Barbara City College, worked with several mentors in painting and sculpture. Have participated in shows and guilds in Austin, Palacios, Matagorta, Rockport, Houston, Clear Lake, Kemah TX. Santa Barbara CA,Carpinteria CA. Ventura Ca. Bell Arts Factory Studio 77. Currently have my work showing in Santa Barbara Ca. Ventura Ca. and Rockport TX. I am currently working with Pastels/Acrylics and find my creative energy is coming from sources developed from my varied experiences from travels all over this planet in many arenas and circumstances. Travels for pleasure, sailing the seven seas, historical journeys, spiritual quest and military experiences and I am now a Cancer Survivor and find new insights and energy resources to draw from. I am an Honorable Veteran, served in the Viet-Nam war, serving in the combat zones in 1967/1968. I draw creative energy from these experiences too. My business life had many wonderful adventures in many fields of interest and extensive travels. Working with Major corporations, Small businesses, Partnerships, and Self owned enterprises in Retail/Sales Management, Oil/Energy interest, Public Speaking, Education and training markets, Financial planning and Insurance sales and management.
"Your Life is a Poem, Listen to the Images the Poem conjures......
What you hear will tell you not only what to do........
But how to do it"
Maribel was born in Michoacan, Mexico. At an early age she demonstrated irrepressible creative passion. By age four, her favorite rainy-day activity was to make spiral and doll-shaped variations of hop-scotch designs. By age 8, the young visionary was captivated for hours by watching waves of bird migration patterns in the sky. She received her first colored pencil set from her grandmother as a souvenir from her journey to “El Norte” (the States). This watered in the young artist a love for vibrant color in her creative expressions. However, these expressions did not land on canvas or an official sketchbook until after Maribel arrived in California. Maribel’s continued use of vibrant color distinguishes her current style. Her work ranges from design (graphic, interior, and fashion accessories), photography, ceramics, and painting. In constant pursuit of color and diverse media, Maribel’s work speaks of her passion for life, with its various rhythms and emotional landscapes.
MARIBEL'S ARTIST STATEMENT
If I could paint the world in brighter colors; I would, that is why I love to paint. Painting frees me to express the world I see and feel with added style and color. My art reflects this intuitive spontaneity in all its elements: color, style, shape, and design. I also enjoy exploring different mediums, such as painting, ceramics, graphic design, interior design, and jewelry craft and design. Nevertheless, I do not confine myself to these methods in becoming a fulfilled artist. My current means of expression coupled with future explorations will allow a continuous reinvention of this sentient world as I become increasingly, creatively, fearless. I am an artist whose driving passion is to capture emotion and feeling beyond apparent aesthetic beauty.
Adam Azeris is a mixed media artist who was born in Wheaton, IL in 1982, and presently resides in southern California. He studied painting and drawing as an undergraduate at the University of Kentucky, where he received the Oxemann Award in 2005 for best graduating artist. Since graduating with a BFA, Adam has participated in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States. He currently works with Spacewomb Gallery in New York City, NY and Stovall/Costilow Collective in Denver, CO.
Robin Lee paints like a jazzer; she incorporates form, improvisation, attention to tradition and a drive for innovation in her work. To say that Robin’s work is influenced by the impressionists is like saying that jazz is influenced by blues. There is a continuity of tradition that is clear to the casual observer, but her daring use of color palates, textures, and clear technique suggest an artist with a modern aesthetic.
Robin puts it best when she says, “ I learned Art, and Jazz is my thing.” To view her art is to see jazz impressions of simple subjects that incite the mind to see that the image is the means to experience the subject: the dance between the imaginations of the artist and the viewer.
GREGORY K. ZANEY
Gregory K. Zaney was born in Pittsburgh, PA. He moved to Austin, Texas, where he practiced criminal law before finally relocating to Ventura. Greg paints with watercolors and sketches in charcoal. His themes are abstraction, neo-expression and primitive. Greg is totally self-taught though influenced by his mother who was an artist. Greg’s work is derived from personal experiences. He likes to transfer the emotion of his work to the person viewing and their interpretation. He also works part-time as a mediator in Ventura.