MINIATURE MASTERPIECE GALLERY 2020

The Masterpiece Collection 2020

#1  Untitled
Paper
Conni Thompson
cthompson17@gmail.com

Conni’s latest discovery & passion is quilling art. This form of art dates back to at least the 15th century when French and Italian nuns used the art form to decorate religious objects. Paper strips are used to create various shapes and put together to form art!

#2  Untitled
Ceramic
Abby Grant
abbygrant2010@yahoo.com

I was an Art major in college until I realized I needed to make a living. I hadn’t the confidence I could do it then…but after a successful marketing career all worked out and I now have the time to do what I love and give back to the community.
“A dual ceramic combo to enjoy in any way you like…”

#3  Untitled
Ceramic
Abby Grant
abbygrant2010@yahoo.com

I was an Art major in college until I realized I needed to make a living.  I hadn’t the confidence I could do it then…but after a successful marketing career all worked out and I now have the time to do what I love and give back to the community.

#4  Untitled
Ceramic
Abby Grant
abbygrant2010@yahoo.com

I was an Art major in college until I realized I needed to make a living.  I hadn’t the confidence I could do it then…but after a successful marketing career all worked out and I now have the time to do what I love and give back to the community.
“Doggies who love life together…woof!”

#5  Gourds & Goddesses

Hand-Built Ceramic Candelabra
Ellen Kimmel
ellenvillas@hotmail.com
@ekimmel1308

Ellen Kimmel is a ceramicist who has studied sculpture at Old Town Artisan Studios since she moved to La Quinta two years ago. Her recent work is inspired by the Mexican Arboles del la Vida (Tree of Life) candelabras, which traditionally were gifts to newlyweds.  This piece is a hand-built ceramic candelabra with symbols of fertility and abundance.

#6  A Small Version of Organized Chaos

Mixed Collage
Melody Ann Kelly
inkyrules25@yahoo.com

A native Californian returned to La Quinta, CA in 2017.  Works mostly in collage (recycled materials only), watercolor and acrylics, separately and many times all of those together!  These artistic expressions relate to periods of creativity reflecting a particular place.  Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA

#7  Honor Your Tears

Painted Gourd
Bobby Sizemore
bobby@gourdgeousworksofart.com
www.gourdgeousworksofart.com

I’ve been an artist my whole life.  I started at a young age crafting all kinds of art.  When I moved to the desert, I saw a lot of gourd art around which sparked my curiosity.  In 2014 I bought a bunch of gourds, art supplies, and tools.  I taught myself how to carve gourds and paint animals.
Round 9” diameter Gourd with a Painted head of a Cheetah on a green background

#8  Puffins N Paddles

Watercolor on Paper
John E. Svenson

NO BIO

#9  Money Talks

Found Object Collage
Tomasso Biondi
gt.biondi@gmail.com

Tomasso studied texture and color as apprentice to his father, Quintino, a textile craftsman from Italy  He lets ingenuity and inspiration drive him to explore new techniques.  He is drawn to using ever-day objects for his work.  He has been featured in galleries and exhibits throughout the Coachella Valley.

#10  Joyful Transformation

Collage
Kathy Louis
katlouis@dc.rr.com

As a new artist, I believe my creative journey is evolving as I continue to experiment with new techniques and mediums.  Working with collage has allowed me the freedom to upcycle old elements in a way that transforms them into something beautiful.  With each piece, I look for ways to delight the viewer with unexpected elements.  This piece is made completely from upcycling an old book, vintage papers and ink.

#11  Lavender Hummer

Acrylic
ULRIKE
ulrike.artist@gmail.com
www.thehappypaintbrush.com

ULRIKE works mostly with acrylics and texture on canvas, enjoys collage work, paints whimsical 3D objects, and loves bright vibrant colors for her many nature and wildlife inspired paintings. In this artistically rich environment of the Coachella Valley she continues her creative journey. She is frequently featured in Galleries, Art Shows and Community Exhibitions throughout the region.

#12  Ocotillo!

Archival Pigment Print
Joan Concetta Biordi
biordi@aol.com

I have always been drawn to light.  Years ago, I struggled with the mysteries of photochemistry.  My relationship with light is now more visceral, less cerebral. Photographers often talk about “capturing” an image.  For me it’s the opposite: light reflects forms and patterns; I am the captive, holding a camera.

#13  Sheena’s Shadow

Acrylic
Christina Bloch
christinabloch11@gmail.com
cblochfineart.com

Although my journey back to Art has been long and sporadic, I feel my life has come full circle.  My work reflects the woman who I now am, the experiences that have highlighted my days, the brightness of my joys, the shades of my sorrows and the passion for paint and paper that I never have and never will outgrow.

#14  Fancy Ladies

Watercolor w/ Fabric
Pamela Cary
toothpam@yahoo.com

My lifelong passion has been creating pieces of beauty in many areas of arts and crafts. Whether in the area of interior design, floral arranging, jewelry design, calligraphy, ceramics, chalkboard art or painting, I have always enjoyed putting attention to detail into all my work. My goal is to create pieces of art that bring lifelong pleasure to those who view them.

#15  Pottery Maker

Clay w/ Patina Oxidation
Farrell Haralson
fjharalson@gmail.com

Retired Furniture Designer, took up sculpture again when I retired after a 42 year sabbatical.  Studied under Kay Henkel in Palm Springs for a couple of seasons, and had several pieces shown in Desert Art Center.

#16  Flowers for Auntie

Acrylic & Collage
Chris Houser
chouser200@hotmail.com
@chouser200

Chris Houser is a photographer, painter, and collage artist living in Palm Desert, CA.

#17  RBG

Gouache on Canvas
Karyn Gilman
karynlgilman@gmail.com
karyngilmandesign.com

Karyn has been practicing her calligraphic forms for almost as long as she can remember. Formerly editor of Letter Arts Review magazine, Karyn now enjoys her freelance work as well as other desert activities. Recently her work has concentrated on political resistance.

#18  La Quinta

Watercolor
Mona Kadah
mkadah@msn.com

Mona applies art as therapy and a tool for self-expression. She created an art workshop for children at UCLA and loves to paint with her 5-year old boy and is a member of the Coachella Valley Watercolor Society. As a former dance teacher Mona feels art in all forms can transcend and bridge cultures.

#19  Basket Woman

Mixed Media w/ Encaustic Wax
Judith George
judithartcreations@gmail.com

Judith is a creative person on a quest to learn and create. For her, art is like life, layers upon layers, some seen, others waiting to be discovered. She is currently in love with all expressions of mixed media and encaustic wax. Encaustic is a Greek word meaning “to heat or burn in” (enkaustikos) and has been used for thousands of years.

#20  Coachella Girl

Acrylic Print
Linda Kottke
lkottke@midco.net
kottkearts.com

After graduating from the University of Miami in Art Linda moved to Lake Tahoe. Her work reflects a lot of the beauty of the outdoors. At Tahoe she painted with Madelon Bohannan, Frieda Klein, George Posh, and Holly Allen’s mom. She is a member of the DAC in Palm Springs, CA.

#21  Winter’s Stream

Mixed Media Collage Print
Jean Miles Hopkins
jeanmileshopkins@me.com

I’ve worked in all media, preferring oils, pastels, and mixed media collage. I have exhibited and sold work in Northern California, and currently in the Coachella Valley. I am a member of the Desert Art Center in Palm Springs and the Banning Art Gallery.

#22  Bear-ly There

Mixed Media
Linda Deskins

Inspiration for my 9×9 was from a scrap of fabric I had in my “stash”. This piece is a combination of my love for sewing and detailed paper art used in my line of one-of-a-kind cards. I’m a “detail” girl who loves to add texture plus a sprinkle of bling.

#23  Soon Dear, Soon

Mixed Media
Nancy Frey
kailuanan@dc.rr.com

Nancy Frey is a Mixed Media artist, a member of Art on the Edge, the Coachella Valley Watercolor Society, the Oceanside Museum of Art and a Gallery member of the Desert Art Center. Art is a reflection of our interpretation of the world around us. Thus, this year has led me to a series of art entitled “Art in the Time of Pandemia”.

#24  Big Easy Cactus

Acrylic
Cece Bouza
ceceannbou@gmail.com

Cece Bouza is a sophomore at Tulane University studying business (marketing) and film studies. She attended a Reggio Emilia inspired nursery school in Santa Monica where she became an artist. She currently enjoys creating new works of art in her dorm room between classes.

#25  Family Business (I’ll Cook Tonight)

Oil, Pastel, Crayon, Acrylic
Andre Pace
andrepace057@gmail.com

The artist task a retrospective reinforced by the verbal remains of the image identifying these elements they are seen afresh with expanded expression of color and patterns it’s not gender nor… identity the complicated issues still matters leaving visible traces of Contemporary Art Mix Media design works on paper.

#26  Palm Prince

Acrylic
Noah V. Kubacki
thepalmprince@gmail.com

Noah V. Kubacki, professionally known as the Palm Prince, is a neo-expressionist artist. His work is known for its unique style and layering. In all of Noah’s works he includes his signature, a tri-tipped crown; a trademark of his work.

#27  The Charcuterie Board

Photo on Canvas
Victory Grund
victory@oldtownartisanstudios.org

Created by my daughter Jennifer who takes joy in the culinary arts just like her mom. This photographic image if added to a bakers shelf with a cookbook collection will tempt the palate and inspire any cook who passes by.

Victory Grund – loves family and friends, the magic of art in the kitchen and studios everywhere. Cookbook author and founder of Old Town Artisan Studios.

#28  Sleep Tight

Painted Tile
Michael Angelo. H.
finest.touch@live.com
https://www.finesttouchdesigns.com/

Michael Angelo’s passion has always been rooted in his love for music and art. He has found an original style to express these emotions through the use of unique application of raw materials such as sealer pigments. This special technique is used to achieve an “Old World” look to withstand both time and the elements of nature.

#29  It’s All Golden

Mixed Media
Chris Cozen
chriscozen@gmail.com
www.chriscozenartist.com

Chris is an educator and self-taught mixed media artist as well as a Golden Artist Colors Golden Artist Educator.
“It doesn’t matter where you live, art is all around us. Over the years I’ve given into the whimsy of life and my work has gotten more detailed, but it’s always about color, line and pattern.”

#30  Balanced Butterfly

Acrylic on Canvas
Nancy Scott Miller
nscottmillerart.com

This composition explores the geometric contrasts of shape and color with the intricacy of the butterfly. I applied many thin layers of acrylic paint to achieve balance and depth of color with the wings.

#31  “Leaves” by Oranj Glas

Glass Origami Bowl
Karen Yasgoor
KYasgoorPhD@aol.com

OTAS opened the door to an incredible journey. Suddenly, the pandemic landed and everything sadly shut down, including OTAS! Bravely, I purchased a kiln and passed the time creating glass art. Oranj Glas is the name of my glass work, created as a personal reflection of our family’s journey meeting life’s challenges to success.

#32  Untitled

Thrown Bottle
Roark S. Shirley

As a chef and ceramic artist for more than 40 years, my two loves have coexisted together in a forgiving harmony. One forgives the other without jealousy. As my major in college at the University of New Mexico, Arizona State, and the College of the Desert, ceramics has followed me wherever my profession takes me.

#33  Untitled

Hand Weaving w/ Pine Needles
Nettie Roberts
nettiemath@aol.com

As a former math/science teacher, Nettie Roberts has an appreciation of nature and the wonders that surround us. She finds beauty in natural gemstones, pearls, and fibers and uses them to create jewelry, textiles and wearable art. To quote Oscar Wilde, “One should either be a work of art or wear a work of art.”

#34  Untitled

Chip Carving on Gourd
Nettie Roberts
nettiemath@aol.com

As a former math/science teacher, Nettie Roberts has an appreciation of nature and the wonders that surround us. She finds beauty in natural gemstones, pearls, and fibers and uses them to create jewelry, textiles and wearable art. To quote Oscar Wilde, “One should either be a work of art or wear a work of art.”

#35  Bachelor Button

Acrylic Painting on Canvas
Carol Olsen
carolannsteinerolsen@gmail.com

I have been involved in the Arts all my life but began a new journey upon retiring a few years ago. Most of my life I worked as an accountant, and since retiring I have been metalsmithing, making silver, gold, copper jewelry and other items. Then I became interested in color and started painting with acrylics almost full time.

#36  The Sun Welcomed Me in an Open Embrace (Part 1)

Acrylic on Canvas
Tess Lielle Cranford

I find inspiration everywhere and love to create pieces that speak to people’s emotions. Experimenting, with good or bad results, is my favorite way of learning and composing new works. Change is a common theme in my projects since I am young and my world changes every day. Currently, I am working with acrylics and finding my voice in this medium.

#37  The Sun Welcomed Me in an Open Embrace (Part 2)

Acrylic on Canvas
Tess Lielle Cranford

I find inspiration everywhere and love to create pieces that speak to people’s emotions. Experimenting, with good or bad results, is my favorite way of learning and composing new works. Change is a common theme in my projects since I am young and my world changes every day. Currently, I am working with acrylics and finding my voice in this medium.

#38  Welcome Home

Oil on Board
Donna Reine Taylor
drtstudio@aol.com
www.reinetaylorstudio.com

After teaching oil painting for 20 years in my Marin County studio and showing in galleries, I have relocated to Palm Desert and now enjoy doing portraits and personalized commissions for my clients.

#39  “Be still and know your Maker” Psalm 46

Aluminum Wire, Air Dry Clay, Paper Mache, Desert Sand, Cardboard, White Cedar
Audrey M. Lortz
audreylortz@yahoo.com

“Losing” my mom to Cancer at the beginning of last year was an unexpected blow. Consequently, quitting my job in San Diego to be with my dad in the desert, has proven to be a time of new beginnings. God’s ways are much higher than our own. Live life fully.

#40  Northern Dream

Watercolor, Charcoal, Rain Water
Hailey Knouf
haileyknouf@gmail.com
@simplyhaileyk

Hailey loves art of many kinds, seeing adventure in the little steps, and learning new things in unexpected ways. She holds family dear and her walk with Christ even dearer. Her goal in life is to love as He loved, even in the simplest of forms.

#41  Untitled

Photograph
Jim Allen
jeall@comcast.net

Jim has been taking pictures all of his life for family and friends. Originally from New Mexico, Jim and his wife began coming to La Quinta over forty years ago and moved here permanently in 2014. When taking photos he focuses mainly on landscapes and families.

#42  Untitled

Acrylic on Metal Plate
Jeanine Maurer
hjeaninem@comcast.net

My name is Jeanine Maurer. I live in Vancouver, WA. I have been painting in acrylics for 32 years and teaching for over 20 years. I worked designing acrylic design packets for the Artist Club for 6 years. I currently am not selling my work but I do submit projects to charity for fund raising. For this piece, the metal plate holding the bunny was primed before painting with auto paint so it would accept the acrylic paint without chipping or losing color.

#43  Untitled

Acrylic on Wood
Jeanine Maurer
hjeaninem@comcast.net

My name is Jeanine Maurer. I live in Vancouver, WA. I have been painting in acrylics for 32 years and teaching for over 20 years. I worked designing acrylic design packets for the Artist Club for 6 years. I currently am not selling my work but I do submit projects to charity for fund raising. For this piece, the Japanese bird is done with acrylic paint.

#44  Untitled

Watercolor w/ Colored Pencil
Jeanine Maurer
hjeaninem@comcast.net

My name is Jeanine Maurer. I live in Vancouver, WA. I have been painting in acrylics for 32 years and teaching for over 20 years. I worked designing acrylic design packets for the Artist Club for 6 years. I currently am not selling my work but I do submit projects to charity for fund raising.  For this piece, the owls are watercolor on watercolor paper with colored pencil detail.

#45  The Hummingbird

Pastel Pencil on Wood
Eileen Gianguzi
Maloney52@verizon.net

I may be a senior but I am a youngster when it comes to being an artist. My life changed two years ago when I began to do acrylic pours and it has blossomed this past year with drawing in graphite, colored pencils, charcoal and pastels. Art became my life!

#46  View from Back Yard II

Acrylic
Karen Lustman
frenchfry217@gmail.com

Growing up in a rural area in Indiana, Karen Lustman learned to appreciate all the beauty surrounding her in the outdoors. Since moving to California the beach, palm trees, sunsets, mountains and forests all inspire her to replicate her love of nature.

Karen lives in Rancho Mirage with her husband Lewis and their Coton du Tulear Ralphie.

#47  Dice Is Hungry

Acrylic
Misty Scott
scottmisty9@gmail.co

Misty Scott is a self-taught artist and animal lover that found her joy in painting pets. Misty loves her dogs and shares that feeling with so many others. It gives her great pleasure to see the owner’s face light up when she gifts them a painting of their precious pet

Misty lives with her husband Dann and their two Shih Tzus, Dice and Sailor in Orange, California.

#48  My Pets Rock 1

Painted Stone
Kim Groff
kimgroff@aol.com

Born and raised in Bangkok, Thailand. Lived in the desert over 15 years. Love art & craft!

#49  My Pets Rock 2

Painted Stone
Kim Groff
kimgroff@aol.com

Born and raised in Bangkok, Thailand. Lived in the desert over 15 years. Love art & craft!

#50  My Pets Rock 3

Painted Stone
Kim Groff
kimgroff@aol.com

Born and raised in Bangkok, Thailand. Lived in the desert over 15 years. Love art & craft!

#51  My Pets Rock 4

Painted Stone
Kim Groff
kimgroff@aol.com

Born and raised in Bangkok, Thailand. Lived in the desert over 15 years. Love art & craft!

#52  My Pets Rock 5

Painted Stone
Kim Groff
kimgroff@aol.com

Born and raised in Bangkok, Thailand. Lived in the desert over 15 years. Love art & craft!

#53  My Pets Rock 6

Painted Stone
Kim Groff
kimgroff@aol.com

Born and raised in Bangkok, Thailand. Lived in the desert over 15 years. Love art & craft!

#54  The Hummingbird

Watercolor Original
Karin Felker Harris
karinharris76@gmail.com

In addition to teaching at The Old Town Artisan Studio, Karin is active with the La Quinta Women Artists Group, The Desert Art Center and the Coachella Valley Watercolor Society where she was honored to receive an award at their annual exhibit. Artistic curiosity with color and light has always been her inspiration.

#55  Untitled

Raku Pottery w/ Horsehair
Howard Wilder

Dr. Howard Wilder graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine.  He practiced Retinology in Chicago and retired in 1993. He spends his winters in Palm Springs doing pottery and has been a Raku artist for the last 20 years.

This pot is a Horsehair replica of an original pot done on commission.

#56  Eurika

Acrylic Pour w/ Gold Leaf on Canvas
Henriette Heiny
hheiny@gmail.com
henrietteheiny.com

In the past I experimented with a variety of art forms including lithography, relief and intaglio printing.  Now, I dedicate myself to acrylics, often employing unlike media. I investigate the interplay of paint opacity and transparency, viscosity and flow to create beautiful color expressions that delight the senses.

#57  Contemplation

Acrylic on Board
Diane Moore
butterfly@dc.rr.com
http://dianemoorewatercolors.blogspot.com/

For me, taking the time to sketch and paint seems to be essential…I love it more than dancing…and I dance a lot! Plein air painting is a favorite…landscape and seascapes…watercolors, acrylics, and especially ink pens are captivating! Primarily, when I paint or draw, I feel a connection with our earthly spiritual experience!

#58  Cacti

Embroidery
Miranda Thoene
mirandathoene@gmail.com

California has been my home since I grew up in the Coachella Valley. I take inspiration from nature and its ephemeral quality. I took up hand embroidery in March when the world was turned upside down and it has helped with staying creative and patient.

#59  The Painted Desert

Acrylic
Colleen Kline
www.sccellars.com

NO BIO

#60  Late Blue

Acrylic
Barb Bakstad
barbbakstad@me.com

A lifelong lover and supporter of the arts, it wasn’t until classes at OTAS in ceramics, abstract acrylics, pastels, and fabric, with talented instruction, led me to explore, unleash and have fun with my creative self.

Banff, Canada / La Quinta, California

#61  Petal

Kiln-Formed Glass
Kelly Walter
faultlineglass@gmail.com

Kelly is a Multi Media and Fused Glass artist who works from her home studio in La Quinta. She enjoys the challenges of “hot glass” and creating unique pieces. Kelly is fascinated with the possibilities of melting and reworking glass in the kiln and experimenting with interesting techniques.

#62  Untitled

Ceramic
Michelle Cullen
michecullen23@gmail.com

Michelle is an artist born and raised in La Quinta, CA. She studied illustration at Laguna College of Art & Design and studied Glass Blowing with Gavin Heath & Marcus Theasing. Michelle taught at the Sawdust Festival from 2016 to 2019 and is currently teaching at Old Town Artisan Studios.

#63  Untitled

Ceramic
Shay Nadler
shaynadler@yahoo.com

Born and raised in the Catskill Mountains of New York near Woodstock, Shay has always had a love for art and creating. She attended Ventura Community College in the 1970’s where she took her first Sculpting class. Shay had not taken the time or opportunity to pursue art until she found Old Town Artisan Studio.