Assemblage Demonstration by Elida Scola – April 3, 2014

The fascination with found objects is ancient. A piece of wood that looks like a bird, a rusty door latch with filigree edges, these are my favorite things. Come see how I put them together to make a unified whole. Bring something to challenge me and I will try to turn it into art before your very eyes!
Join us for this first in a series of First Thursdays on Grand demonstrations at Galleria Scola.  Have a glass of wine and see art in the making.  6-9pm April 3,2014 at Galleria Scola on Grand Ave.

Art Talk: “History of the Art of framing- What does my Art Deserve?”

June 11, 7-9pm • Elida Scola speaks on the history of framing art, framing challenges and how to determine what frames are suitable for different art styles and periods. She helps her clients understand how framing affects their art.

This talk is part of a six part series of lectures on Art History & Art Appreciation designed to help people learn about art forms, and improve their appreciation and collection skills. It is one of the few opportunities to study Art History, outside of academic classes, offered in the East Bay.The presentations will be in an intimate atmosphere to encourage interaction with the speaker. Reservations recommended as space is very limited. To make a reservation contact the Bette Center or e-mail nan.gray@yahoo.com. Non-members $10, Frank Bette Center members $5 each lecture.

Sponsored by tax and business accountant Lars Hansson, CPA, Alameda.

Frank Bette Center for the Arts
1601 Paru Street at Lincoln Ave., Alameda, CA 94501
510-523-6957 • www.frankbettecenter.org

Woodson Watercolors – Exhibit Opens March 1, 2014

Oakland artist Kevin Woodson will exhibit a collection of brand new winter and spring 2014 watercolors of spring flowers, painted in the parks and gardens of Oakland and the Bay Area. The exhibit will run March 1 – March 30, 2014 at Galleria Scola with an opening reception Thursday March 6 from 5-9 PM, in conjunction with First Thursday’s on Grand Avenue.

Kevin’s Flowers are special because as an artist, flowers are his exclusive focus. Kevin paints flowers in the gardens where they grow, painting every day, and often returning to the same flower year after year. His dedication to nature, flowers, and culture is clear in every painting. In order to paint the entire magical and botanical experience of the flower, Kevin forgoes photography, pencil, and does not use cut flowers. Spending time with Kevin’s work, you immediately see that his paintings are unique, like doorways into our collective human dream of nature.

Magnolias Painting
Artist Kevin Woodson’s watercolor of magnolias in bloom.

Showing New Works by Elida

For those of you who came to my show at Tech Liminal and ProArts Open Studio, it was great to see you.  Your wonderful support has inspired me to start a variety of new works. What I learned from you is that you particularly like the assemblage and sculpture.  Here’s one of the new pieces, which is hanging in our  store window.photo-2

Size Doesn’t Matter

  We recently framed a wonderful piece of oversized art by a local artist, John Parente, a professor of art, creativity,philosophy, and religion at Chabot College. His work is filled with symbolism and knowledge reflecting world religion and philosophies.

  This piece is a large-scale watercolor done in 3 pieces that are presented together as a triptych. Since it is a waterborne medium on paper, one of the major challenges was to keep the pieces flat and supported inside the framing package. We utilized a large fabric covered liner that is strong and won’t flex like a matboard might, and attached the art to a sturdy backing. The larger center section is nearly 7 feet tall, so plexi is a must. We went with Optium museum plexi which has no reflection and is anti-static as well as scratch resistant.

   

  They are now proudly hanging in the Language & School of Arts building at Chabot College in Hayward, CA. A fitting tribute to a much appreciated artist. As John would wish for us all, “Peace and Fullness of Life!”