Dr. Seuss often remarked—with a twinkle in his eye—that he never really learned to draw. His school notebooks often included bizarre creatures that framed sporadic notes he had taken in class. For over 60 years, Dr. Seuss’ original art and illustrations brought a visual realization to his fantastic and imaginary worlds. However, his artistic talent went far beyond the printed page, as in Dr. Seuss Secret Art works – the paintings and sculptures he did at night for himself that he rarely exhibited during his lifetime. Dr. Seuss always dreamed of sharing these works with his fans and had entrusted his wife, Audrey, to carry out his wishes once he was gone. Audrey, too, believed the work deserved further recognition and that Dr. Seuss himself would one day be evaluated not only as an author, but also as an artist in his own right. Join us at the gallery for refreshments and hors d'oeurves on June 16th to meet a Dr. Seuss Representative.
Whether it is a bear roaming the forest, a skier plummeting in snow, or people walking through town, artist David V. Gonzales paints with zeal and vitality. “The essential ingredient to create a spontaneous flow of color and movement in my artwork”, says Gonzales “is to work everywhere at once”. You may have seen his work on the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta or the USA Pro Challenge poster, or represented on other national and international media. Recently, Lindsey Vonn, the World Cup and Olympian champion out bid eight other people to acquire a Gonzales painting. Join us June 22nd and 23rd for hors d'oeuvres and refreshments as Gonzales performs a live-demo.
Tim Cotterill’s trademark Bronze Frog Sculptures capture the whimsical character, the jewel like quality, and the pure joy of these beautiful little creatures. The limited edition pieces are hand-finished and individually signed and numbered by the artist. In recent years, Tim has released the Koi, Gecko and Bird series in addition to his popular Frogs. Along with Tim’s collection of available works and his newest releases, Marcus Ashley Gallery will be introducing its 2018 “Show Frog,”. Join us at the gallery on June 27th to meet Frogman in person!
Jon Paul is a large format film photographer who focuses on landscapes and nature. Jon has a passion for outdoors and pristine natural places like Lake Tahoe and National Parks. His images are untouched and capture the raw beauty of the world he experiences. Join us on Jon Paul's photographic journey at the gallery on July 1st and 2nd, as he makes dedications and tells the story behind his photos.
Steve Barton is the famous "Wavy Frame" artist. His paintings are inspired by the vivid colors of tropical beaches and vacation destinations like Lake Tahoe and Southern California. Steve's relaxing artwork captured the attention of Disney and opened up a whole new marriage of artistic imagination. Join us for hors d'oeuvres July 6th and 7th as Steve Barton paints live at the gallery.
Val Warner is one of the most talented wildlife painters of our time. She paints directly from her wildlife photography. The subjects she creates are realistic creatures whose spirits transcend the surface of the canvas. Her ability to capture the light and radiance of animals is what makes her so unique. Join us at the gallery for refreshments and hors d'oeurves on July 13th and 14th as Val Warner paints live and dedicates her work.
Maya Eventov is known as the "Palette Knife Painter." Maya loves rich, bold and bright colors of Mediterranean and often portrays scenes from her travels in her landscapes and even as a background for her still-life. Maya developed a technique of etching on oil and wants to share with you the warmth of afternoon sun and the heat of the sidewalk, the smell of exotic flowers and the taste of ripe fruit. Join us at the gallery July 20th and 21st while Maya paints live and invites us into her artistic world of romance and bliss.
Mackenzie’s work is honest and immediate. He rarely plans a painting ahead of time, but rather explodes onto the paper or canvas with an urgency that allows him to realize the emotion he is experiencing at that exact moment. Mackenzie uses his hands and fingers as extensions of the pastel sticks. He works that pastel into the subtle blending of colors with his hands. The precision of his more graphic compositions is achieved with the same explosive energy.
Giuseppe Palumbo’s whimsical, anthropomorphic sculptures delve into the human psyche through irony, wit and humor. By applying classical techniques to his contemporary subjects, Giuseppe’s textured and spirited bronzes embody the essence of each being he portrays. The surprising humanization of common animals urges the viewer to identify with the creatures and forge surprisingly intense emotional connection with the artwork, shattering not only the barriers between viewer and artwork, but between human and beast. Join us August 3rd and 4th for hors d'oeuvres and refreshments as Palumbo performs a live-demo.
Rolinda Stotts is the creator of "Bella Rotta," meaning Beautifully Imperfect. Rolinda uses a ten-step, labor-intensive process to achieve the worn and broken look of her art. Inspired by her love for family, nature and Italy, each piece is spiritually connected to Rolinda and no two pieces are alike nor perfect. Join us as we host Rolinda at the gallery for hors d'oeurves, live painting and dedications August 10th and 11th.
Jack Storms' glass sculpting begins at the heart of the design, by creating a core of lead crystal which is cut, polished and laminated creating reflective mirrors. When wrapped in optical glass, the refraction of light as it passes through the glass art creates rainbows of hypnotic color. The 10-week process of repetitive cutting, grinding and polishing requires intense passion and rigid self discipline. Join us at the gallery, August 17th and August 18th, for refreshments as Jack dedicates and presents his work.
Eric Christensen is a celebrated Napa Valley wine artist. He is the only known artist capable of hyper-realism using traditional, transparent watercolor. Due to his strong background in painting, botany and gourmet cooking, Christensen exquisitely captures the romance of wine country in his landscapes and still-life. Join us at the gallery on August 24th and 25th as we host Eric Christensen for live painting and dedications.
Michael Flohr is an abstract expressionist who effortlessly captures the movement and energy of his nightlife and cityscapes. Flohr's brushstroke technique combined with his masterful use of light creates a sense of "déjà vu" for the outsider looking in. His interpretation of light and ability to convey multiple senses in his paintings is what has made his work so desirable. Join us on September 1st and 2nd for refreshments as Michael Flohr dedicates his work and paints live at the gallery.
Alexander Volkov was born in Russia in 1960. He started painting with oil as a high school student and in 1986 graduated from the Department of Physics at Leningrad State University. Following graduation Alexander worked as an animator at Leningrad Studio of Science Films and later as a stage artist in a small Leningrad theatre.
Combining a lifelong fascination with architecture, landscape and still life subjects, Alexander brings drama and poetic expression into his work. With his unique vision, he merges mood and atmosphere, evoking powerful emotions that create harmony. Join us on September 15th for refreshments as Alexander Volkov paints live at the gallery.
Michael Parkes' is the world's leader in Magical Realism. He is a master of stone lithographs, bronze sculptures and oil paintings. The subjects of his artwork seem to merge the realms of the dream world and reality. His work evokes a mysterious atmosphere, influenced by ancient mythology and eastern philosophy. Join us at the gallery on September 29th for hors d'ourves as Michael Parkes dedicates his exquisite art.