Full Circle // Jennifer Rowe // 08.17-09.17
Jennifer Rowe was born in Altus, Oklahoma, in 1975, and holds a degree in engineering-physics, but discovered a passionate interest in pastel painting about ten years ago. She initially studied with master pastellist, Anita Wolff.
Rowe is a Distinguished Pastellist of the Pastel Society of the West Coast, a Signature Member of the Sierra Pastel Society, and an Associate Member of the Pastel Society of America. Her work has been shown in group exhibitions at local galleries as well as the Butler Institute of American Art in Ohio, Haggin Museum in Stockton, and the National Arts Club in New York. Recently her portrait, Out of the Blue, was included in Strokes of Genius 8: Expressive Textures.
Rowe has always loved observing light and color, and through pastel painting, she hopes to express what she sees and enjoys. In her words, she describes her art journey:
“If it wasn’t for the Oak Hills Art Gallery, these pastel paintings would not exist. In fact, I would have never started pastel painting. About eleven years ago I was looking for a creative outlet. I began trying out a number of various mediums: watercolor, photography, mixed media, and water-mixable oil paints. I could not settle on one and had not even considered pastels. Around that same time, I saw a beautiful show of oil paintings here at the Oak Hills Art Gallery and asked the artist a few questions. Through that brief conversation I found an art mentor, Anita Wolff. She introduced me to pastels, and it was a perfect match.
“Painting with pastels combines the broad loose strokes of oils with the finer lines and shading of drawing, an activity I loved during art class in junior high school. There is so much that can be achieved, especially in portrait painting, through pastels. I am honored to have my first solo show at the very place where my pastel painting journey began.
“With this show my pastel painting has come full circle, and I hope it inspires others as I was inspired years ago here.”
Please join us on Saturday, Aug 26 from 7 to 8:30 PM, for a Gallery Reception.
Previous Gallery Shows
What They Said // Debbie Schnabel // 05.17-06.17
In April 2015, I started a new quilt series called “What They Said”. I wanted to record what different people said when they encountered Jesus. No matter whether they liked him or hated him, the response to Jesus was never static. It is the same today. How do you react, and what do you say when you encounter Jesus?
It was very moving to me to try to illuminate the emotion behind the words and to spend so much time hand-stitching these words. When all the words were finished, I machine quilted each piece. Many of them have little hints quilted in about the setting in which the words were said.
Debby has worked in various types of fiber arts her whole life–from spinning and knitting, through cross stitch and needlepoint, and now quilting and occasionally rug hooking. Beautiful colors are her biggest influence, and she loves the different textures that handwork can create. Embroidered quilting has become an important part of her work.
After a successful and fulfilling career as a Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse, she retired to work full-time as a studio quilt artist in her cabin in the Sierra Foothills.
Her faith in God is an integral part of her life, and she loves to incorporate the beautiful words of scripture into her artwork. “I am never quite as happy as when I am working with color, and never quite as content as when I am stitching the words into the quilts.”
Fragile Canvas // Teresa Mihalko Harbert // 04.17-05.17
“Probably the number one question I am asked about this art called pysanky is, ‘Are they real eggs?’ The answer? Yes, they are very real eggs. God created an engineering marvel with those shells, sturdy enough to withstand the mama bird’s weight as she keeps them warm before they hatch and yet designed so the baby bird can still peck its way through to life on the outside.
“Over the years I have accidentally broken eggs at every stage in this creative wax-and-dye process. From exploding an egg while emptying it, to smashing one as I reach for it on my work area, to bobbling another as I remove layers of wax, and even dropping one or two as I proudly tried to admire my finished work of art.
“This solo exhibition show has been a long time in coming. It is the joy of creation and the pain of loss all tangled up in thoughts and eggshells. It is the reminder that we are all made of fragile canvas and yet even in our broken state, we still have beauty.”
Teresa’s Gallery will be presented from now until May 7. For more information, as well as more beautiful photos of her pysanky, please visit her website: eggsbyteresa.com.
The MUSHAR Project // 2.12.17-3.26.17
The MUSHAR Project is a collaboration between various artists of faith in support of the Mushar people of India, considered the lowest rung of the Indian caste system. Politically, socially, and economically segregated and powerless, the Mushar are the untouchables of their society. Artists of faith are banding together to raise awareness of and funding for the Mushar through the creation of a gallery of original artwork, whose intent is to value the Imago Dei of the Mushar people through the art of portraiture.
“I Am Mushar,” the name of our current gallery, will run from February 19 through March 26. For more information, contact art4india.org.
Wolves and Wild Things/Raulin Olivera // 1.08-2.12
Raulin Olivera’s art is inspired by wild things in God’s creation. From very early on God put the desire to create in his heart. In elementary school, he began by drawing cartoon characters for friends, and later copied characters from comic books and newspapers. Through high school and college, he expanded his horizons by taking art classes and experimented with other mediums like oils and watercolor. Several years ago, he restarted this lifelong passion by taking classes in figure drawing/painting.
In Raulin’s words, “I’ve always been very critical of my work and never happy with a finished piece. With this set of wolf paintings I tried to put my judgement on hold, but that was hard for me. Another challenge was to try out new color palettes and techniques. In playing with that I learned that experimenting is actually fun and that kept me going as I fought my ‘procrastinating side.’ If I didn’t like something about a painting, I reworked it, changing color schemes, adding details to the background, even using a palette knife instead of a brush. As I prayed I felt God was saying, ‘I want you to learn from this project.’ And He has taught me a lot through this year-long process about letting go of self-criticism, about continually moving forward even if the pace is slow, and about the art as an expression of who I am.”
Angela Joy Houk // 2.16-3.16
Angela Joy Houk is a mixed media artist who describes herself as an artisan at heart. She has been creating and teaching art in a variety of ways across the US for 25 years. As a wife and mother of four children she constantly finds opportunities and inspiration in the daily rhythms and challenges of family life. Beauty, grace and redemption are perpetual themes that the Spirit of God uses to teach and shape her daily. It is natural that those same themes are found here in her work.
In 2006, Angela founded her own studio, New Joy Arts, in an effort to bring opportunities for creative expression to others in the community of West Orange, New Jersey. The studio offered classes to adults and children in a variety of media and disciplines from creative writing to performance as well as the visual arts. It operated as a shared space for artists of faith to work and teach as they encouraged others to find joy through the arts. Now as a resident of the Sacramento area, her desire is to re-launch her studio and establish an arts ministry here in our community.
The current Gallery collection of mixed media is a retrospective on the story of redemption. Some of these objects have been given a new identity or purpose after undergoing a variety of processes. Others are changed because we view them through a new perspective. All of them depict transformation. For more information, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Growing up I was never really interested in art. I remember hearing how modern art was very “anti-Christian” so I basically blocked it out. I did like to draw but the purpose was always to copy something to show my ability to reproduce a cartoon or draw a face.
When I went to school for graphic design I was required to take traditional art classes. One of these classes was design and composition. I remember the teacher saying to think of art and design like music. Both have a rhythm, a composition and usually some kind of message.
I played guitar and was an audio engineer so this comparison really opened my eyes to the world of art. Even abstract art started to make sense. It was a composition of shapes and colors expressing a mood. I didn’t have to find the hidden realistic object.
Soon I discovered the joy of making my own art. This time I wasn’t bound to having to copy something. I could experiment with shapes and colors. I could paint something from reality or something totally from my imagination.
For me, my art is now a journey. In the beginning, I tried to go for the master piece. The next painting I was working on had to be my best ever! But you can get burnt out very quickly doing art this way. It has to be a process of discovery and imagination for me.
Honestly, I can’t really narrow my subject matter down too much. As you can see it is pretty random. Some of my art is conceptual. Some of my pieces are trying to capture something I find beautiful from God’s art work in nature. And some pieces are purely just something from my imagination that I wanted to print on to canvas. The common theme I see is creativity. Celebrating our ability to imagine. And in my conceptual work, I can look back and see a lot of therapeutic art. Pieces like “My Captain” where God is with me through the storm. He is even the very boat that I am in.
Thank you for checking out my art! Contact me at jtc-art.com or email me at email@example.com.
Travels, Tomatoes, and Taffy: Matt Lister // 5.15-7.15
Matt had an interest in drawing and painting from an early age. He started drawing comic strip reproductions for his friends in elementary school and still recalls the thrill he had when receiving a dime and a free school newspaper for winning the school’s Thanksgiving turkey drawing contest in the third grade.
Although he took several art classes while in college, in the course of making a living he did not devote much time to developing his skills or interest in art. When he turned forty he decided it was “now or never” and enrolled in a series of classes taught by painter and author Margot Schulzke . Margot’s primary teaching medium was pastel, and Matt was immediately captivated with the clarity and richness of color that could be obtained using that medium.
Matt paints in a representational style and focuses on the fundamentals of subject matter, composition, and color when painting. When choosing a subject to paint, he first questions if the object can be meaningful to the observer in some way- can the viewer relate to or be influenced by the image? The composition for the painting is then assessed; is there an element of the subject that immediately captures the viewer’s attention? Are there design principles that could be used to portray a subject more effectively? Finally, the colors of objects in the painting are evaluated. For Matt this is one of the most fascinating parts of painting. “When you really look at something closely you notice that there is such variety and vividness of color in everyday scenes that we often miss or don’t pay attention to; it is my goal to capture that color. God could have created the world in shades of gray, but He didn’t!”
Matt has been accepted into juried exhibits and shows sponsored by the Sierra Pastel Society, the Pastel Painters of Maine, the Maryland Pastel Society, and the Pastel Society of the West Coast. He has had three paintings accepted by the Pastel Society of America and exhibited at the National Arts Club in New York City. He received honorable mention (landscape) in the Pastel Journal’s 2009 “Pastel 100.” Matt is a signature member of the Pastel Society of the West Coast.
Inprogressness: Katie Murphy 4.15-5.15
I am in progress as a person, and as an artist. As a person, I am learning what it looks like to feel real human emotions, walk in faith and trust God all at the same time, and am finding it “mission impossible” without His help. The past few years have presented significant challenges, and one of the ways I express my emotions is through art. These paintings represent a shift toward embracing my own stories and emotions instead of escaping into others’ stories and emotions or avoiding emotions altogether.
As an artist, I don’t often find words for how I am feeling until I have painted or written about it. Once I can see what I am feeling, I can put words to it. Usually.
A good friend of mine recently shared with me,“God has created us to feel emotions and to praise Him in the midst of our emotions. The hardest part is putting name to them and then not carrying the burden of the hard emotions on your own. You share the weight when you put them in your art and encourage others to do the same.
My artwork is about the process and not the destination. Some of the unfinished edges reveal an abstract work in progress, not a perfect and polished masterpiece. Many of the pieces show an almost whimsical background with a more serious, more realistic foreground which creates a bit of a tension. New and old stories integrate into one painting. New painting styles and colors integrate with old sketches and doodles from journals. Visual art, poetry and writing integrate with dance, as music and movement are part of my creation process too. Strong, curved lines and vibrant colors are central themes in this body of work, in addition to the many layers peering from beneath each visible surface. Mixed media materials include permanent marker, ink, acrylic paint, oil pastel, pencil, collage pieces, canvas, wood, water and wire.
Each piece has a story to tell, with many layers, although the story you see will depend upon your own lens. For more info, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Quilts: Debbie Schnabel // 2.15-4.15
Debby Schnabel has worked in various types of fiber arts her whole life–from spinning and knitting, through cross stitch and needlepoint, and now quilting and occasionally rug hooking. Beautiful colors are her biggest influence, and she loves the different textures that handwork can create.
After a successful and fulfilling career as a Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse, she retired to work full-time as a studio quilt artist in her cabin in the Sierra Foothills.Her faith in God is an integral part of her life, and she loves to incorporate the beautiful words of scripture into her artwork. “I am never quite as happy as when I am working with color, and never quite as content as when I am stitching the words into the quilts.” Most of the quilts are available to be borrowed if your church would like to have them for an event or a specific amount of time. “I would love to share my work with others, hoping that it will bring a fresh way of viewing the scriptures and provide new inspiration in their lives.” The quilts can be viewed in the galleries on the website, debbyschnabel.com.
Monica Soliman Barr // 1.15-2.15
Monica is a Jesus-loving wife and mother who heard a call to paint, to engage with GOD, as prayer. She struggled to pray and develop a personal relationship with her LORD and SAVIOR Jesus Christ until she answered that call to pray without words. She is also an Occupational Therapist and business owner.
Born to Coptic Orthodox parents who immigrated to the United States due to Christian persecution in 1969, she heard the full Gospel message for the first time as an adult in Ephesians 2:8 and has never been the same since. Monica has led the HAVEN creative worship group through Bridgeway Christian Church in Rocklin for nearly five years. She has “Prayer Painted” live for three of those years during church worship services to provide a time and place to reflect in awe upon God through the visual arts. monica@
Specimina: Judith Monroe // 9.14-10.14
The search for meaning is a common thread for humanity. We want to know why we are here, what we are supposed to do, or at very least that our life has meaning to others. We also have a tendency to search for meaning in the acts of others, in the world around us, and in art. As for me, I have begun to look for meaning in natural artifacts and in the process, I am formulating a personal symbology for my faith. In my world, a sparrow is not just a sparrow, but a reminder that God cares about me.
That sparrow’s nest points to a final home and that sparrow’s death reminds me where I would be without my faith and points back again to the first reminder. Many of my symbols will be familiar to those with a knowledge of Judeo-Christian literature, as they derived from my studies of the Bible. Some have farther reaching commonalities and some maybe fewer, all are meant to be shared regardless of one’s spiritual beliefs.
Symbols are strong things, able to tell a whole story with single image, convey concepts on a subconscious level and wield the power to unite or divide. My goal is to bridge any gaps that might exist and provide a forum for discussion. This is an ongoing journey for me, continually picking up objects that seem to speak to me and stopping to listen, then passing the message along. judithmonroe.com.
Kaleidoscope: Karen Wenck // 6.14-7.14
I grew up in Algonquin, Illinois, a wonderful small town where we fished and swam and ice skated on the Fox River in the winter. As a child I loved trying to capture my surroundings on paper with paint, clay, and crayons. At the same time I loved studying how the plants changed as the four seasons came and went. Through high school and college I took equal delight in my science and art classes. My parents encouraged me to pursue science as a career so that I could enjoy art in my leisure time. Since I like the idea of working with people rather than sitting in a lab all day I ended up choosing to become a dental hygienist.
Now after raising a family and working for 44 years as a dental hygienist I am retired and beginning to pursue my love of art by taking classes at Sacramento State…not for a degree but rather for pure enjoyment. I find I am thoroughly enjoying expressing this more artistic side of my life. Having lived in Taiwan for two years and traveling to many other countries, I’ve stored up a lifetime of warm memories, exciting cultures, lush landscapes, colorful dress and ceremonies, interesting people and wonderful music to draw upon for my art. So…let me present to you this kaleidoscope of my life’s journey. To contact Karen, click here.
Biographies: Pamela Reynoso // 4.14-5.14
Within a few years of marrying my high school sweetheart, we moved from the Bay Area to New York City. I had always appreciated art, but the museums and galleries and the breadth of culture in New York City were unlike anything I had ever experienced. Though I was not an artist at that time, my artistic sensibilities awakened through what I saw and also through being married to an artist/professor of art who is not only my dearest friend but also my mentor and teacher.
Most of my life has been consumed with caring for and home schooling our five children. It was not until 2011 that I began pursuing photography more seriously. Day to day life is busy and it can be messy. As a mother, my days swing wildly between calm and chaos with little warning. Quietly contemplating my surroundings as I go about my daily activities, even in the mundane tasks, allows me to reconnect with beauty and solace, even amidst the chaos.
I celebrate life and its beauty through photography. Sometimes the beauty is obvious. But at other times it is elusive forcing me to be still, contemplate, and then actively search for the quiet beauty that is surely present. For years I wondered what I would be when I grew up. It seems it was in front of me the whole time. http://www.pamela-reynoso.com.
Inner Interpretations: Noel Sandino // 2.14-3.14
Noel Sandino’s path to artist has taken her from private elementary school teacher to muralist and faux finisher to enthusiastic painter who works not only in oils and acrylics but also is involved in monotype and experimental printmaking. She has won many awards for her artwork locally, nationally and has been included international competitions.
“As I began to work on my own I thought as a believer that my art had to reflect scriptural themes but the art always looked contrived and poorly done. I have had most success when I just let go, allow the paint to flow and let ideas come to me. I don’t set out to paint a pretty picture but my goal is to communicate an idea and capture someone’s attention.
Art is born from the heart and soul and life experiences. My artwork comes from the way I view things and at times a sort of quirkiness ensues. I see humor in many areas of life and I just paint what comes to mind. My painting approach allows for a free interpretation to develop which comes from trust and freedom. I paint what I feel led to and believe that God will use me in this way. Sharing with others who are not believers gives me opportunity to share my story so being out there is important.
Our need to be creative comes from God and as a visual person I am constantly inspired by the world around me. I think the color palette I use also communicates a celebration of life and a sense of beauty.” Noel is an active volunteer and is part of the worship arts painting team at Bridgeway Church in Rocklin. She also plays bass in a local jazz band with her husband of 37 years. Her other interests include scuba diving, sailing and playing with her grandkids. See Noel’s website here.
The Art of Rondall Reynoso // 1.14-2.14
Growing up it never occurred to me to be an artist. My father is a prominent lawyer and I planned to follow in his footsteps. So, I entered college as a double major in economics and philosophy with the plan to attend law school. But, I became more interested in art and eventually became an art major. In 2000 my father received the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his work in Civil rights and the following year 9/11 happened. Suddenly, a life in the arts seemed frivolous. Despite being in graduate school studying painting and art history I made plans to attend law school. But, there was something deep inside me that could not relent. I could imagine my life without the law but not without art.
As my art developed, my early interest in philosophy continued to grow. Art, for me, is philosophy thought visually. So my work became increasingly focused on visually expressing metaphors grounded in my philosophy and faith. My paintings are the visual expressions of the thoughts running through my head. They are intentionally oblique and overtly beautiful as I believe beauty inherently points to God. But my work, despite containing pretty colors, is an expression of much more than just a love of color and line.
My art is worship. Not in a corporate sense, but private. Each piece is an act of reverence towards my Creator. Each creative act of mine is homage to the Creator of my soul. Each stroke of the brush is an act of devotion. Nothing is more essential to the human experience than our relationship to the Author of our lives, the Potter of our body, the Poet of our soul. It is not frivolous. Visit Rondall’s website here.
Enduring Impressions: Christine Springer // 10.13-11.13
Art for me is a necessary striving to express clearly and colorfully what is important, what I love, and what pulls at my heart.”–Christine Springer Christine began oil painting almost five years ago when she met artist Randy Blasquez, who has made the greatest influence on her art in the Russian Impressionist style. Taking a workshop from artist Ovanes Berberian further spurred her interest to move toward this style of painting. Although Christine grew up in the Bay Area, she lived for many years in the southwestern states of New Mexico and Arizona. She first became seriously interested in art as a student at ArizonaStateUniversity graduating in 1977 with a degree in Fine Arts, Interior Design. While in college Christine worked as a nanny for artist Beth Ames Swartz, further spurring her interest in art and the importance of daily painting. She remembers a sign in her studio that said, “Paint 3 hours daily.”
Christine’s favorite artists during that period were Georgia O’Keefe, Edward Hopper, Wayne Thiebaud and the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists such as Monet, Manet, and Van Gogh. Some of the works in this gallery were inspired by an oil painting workshop this year in France, visiting Paris, the Languedoc-Roussillon region of southern France and also the Catalan port town of Collioure. To learn more about Christine and her work, please visit her website
Expressions: Melinda Word // 5.13-6.13
About 7 years ago my husband asked me when I was going to be done decorating the house or changing the backyard. It occurred to me that I could never be done, because these are just a couple of the ways I express my creativity. I live to create. I lie in bed at night thinking about the next project I will work on… decorating, gardening, and sometimes sewing (even though I hate it).
So I told him that it might be time for me to get back to painting, which is something I loved doing when I was younger. I began by copying other people’s paintings, and then doing some of my own originals. Frustrated by my lack of skill to achieve the end product I saw in my mind’s eye, I began taking classes a few years ago at the School of Light and Color. While I wouldn’t say I’ve arrived when it comes to my work, I do feel like every once in a while I come close to expressing what I want, the way I want. It’s been a great experience for me, and our home isn’t in constant chaos from changes…but it does smell like oil paint, and now I have one more thing to lie in bed thinking about! This gallery reflects the journey I’ve been on. You can see my style evolve from some of the older pieces to the most recent. Enjoy.
Melinda has been married to Ben for 27 years. They have attended Oak Hills Church for over 20 years along with their daughter Megan. She has been on staff at the church for 14 years, working in the area of Finance.
In the Mind of the Beholder // 4.13
A partnership between ARTZ: Artists for Alzheimer’s and Eskton, IN THE MIND OF THE BEHOLDER is a special series of paintings on the subject of “Happiness” as seen through the uninhibited mind. Comprising the exhibition are artistic interpretations of happiness by five individuals living with dementia — residents of a local Eskaton Memory Care community; and five first-graders — students from Kohler Elementary School in North Highlands. The intent of the creative workshops and the resulting BEHOLDER exhibition is to affirm that the desire to be happy transcends age and life experiences, and further, that this joyful state is healthy and contagious.
Body Language: Mary May-Yuarn Fong // 4.13-5.13
In our daily life, we communicate with others in different forms: through our voices, through our written words, or expressed in our body language. While we often encounter the power of words through language itself, we can miss the inherent power of the language of the body.
This series explores this language of the body through several studies of gestural representation.
Each figure represented expresses some inner emotion or conflict, and can powerfully portray a situation or event in life without any words. Awaiting, Salvation, Listening To The Sermon, Walking the Walk, Rejoice, Sorrow, Repent, Love, Blessings, Trinity, Mother and Child. Can you find them? Mary Fong Artist Statement: “I was originally a mathematician and I worked in an industrial firm for about ten years. As time passed, my passion for fine arts grew and soon, I could not ignore the swelling desire to pursue an artist’s career. In 2006, I returned to the schools in the area, American River College, Sierra College, and UC Davis, to learn more about fine arts, emphasizing painting especially. I earned my AA in Fine Art in 2009. I am versatile and I try many different mediums to achieve thorough communication through my compositions. Continuing to create new art work is the most joyful part of my life.”
Housetop Quilts: Debby Schnabel, Quilter // 1.13-2.13
Housetop Quilts began as a simple challenge: to work entirely with solid colored fabrics. I had never worked with solids before as there were so many beautiful prints that I loved. I looked and looked, and finally decided to make a ‘housetop style’ quilt. “Housetop” simply refers to the block pattern/structure used. It is similar to the more familiar “log cabin” block. The Housetop pattern was made famous by the Quilters of Gees Bend, a group of African American women in rural Alabama. I had the privilege of meeting these women several years ago, and was so inspired by them.
In spite of their difficult lives, they made beautiful art out of just what they had on hand. And more than that, I was inspired by the way they seamlessly integrated their faith in God into every part of their lives. So as I started on the first housetop quilt, I happened to read a verse in the Bible that I had never noticed before. “Jesus said, ‘What I have whispered in your ear, shout it from the housetops.’” “Hmmm. isn’t that interesting? I am making a housetop quilt, and here is a verse using that same term.” I also thought to myself, “Hmmmph. You never shout anything from the housetops. What is wrong with you?” I thought about these two things—the housetop quilt and Jesus words—all day long. And then it occurred to me. I could put Jesus’ words into my quilts. And that was the beginning of The Housetop Quilt Project. It has been a wonderful year of re-discovering old favorite verses, and finding new-to-me beautiful words of God to put into my quilts in various ways and using various techniques.
Rescued Art: Suzanne Maust // 8.12-9.12
Suzanne Maust combines her love of vintage linens, her creativity, and her passion for abused and underprivileged children with this gallery of unique items. Suzanne loves to re-purpose cherished vintage linens.
This hobby first began by trying to memorialize her own families’ linens as she made many things for her children, grandchildren, siblings, nieces, etc. It then grew into a country-wide search for beautiful old linens, buttons, etc. Suzanne uses a variety of materials in her art—embroidered pillow cases, fine table linens, pieces of old quilts, dresser scarves, crocheted doilies, curtains, vintage clothing, samples of the old arts of tatting, filet crocheting, drawn cutwork, and quilting.Suzanne brings awareness to and raises funds for two ministries: Powerhouse Ministries, a non-profit interdenominational corporation in Folsom serving families and individuals in crisis with love and mercy to meet their physical, emotional, educational, social and spiritual needs; and Courage to Be You, an international, non-profit Christian organization that works to rescue children trapped in sex trafficking right here in our local area.
Run With The Fire: Various Artists // 7.12-8.12
For those in the Christian tradition, the flame is also a symbol of the tongues of fire that touched the people during Pentecost. Run with the Fire is an arts project for the London 2012 Olympics organized as a joint venture by commission4mission, CANA, and Veritasse based on the image of fire which links these two symbols—the Church’s Pentecost celebration with that of the Olympic runner. Involving 25 artists from five continents, Run with the Fire aims to celebrate creativity, cultural exchange, and hope for the future by providing a virtual exhibition of international artwork. This digital exhibition, timed during the 2012 Summer Olympics, ran concurrently in five continents in scores of churches and venues around the world. Oak Hills is pleased to be a part of this international event.
Fire and Fragrance: Sandi Padilla // 6.12-7.12
Take a journey with Sandi Padilla who found that beauty could come from ashes; joy could come from pain as she allowed her Creator to use fire and fragrance to heal the deepest parts of her soul. “When our hearts no longer resist the Refiner’s fire and the Gardener’s pruning shears, we find complete freedom,” says the Sacramento based watercolor and mixed media artist. You’re invited to spend time reflecting on themes of spiritual transformation at this exhibit of unique floral paintings, landscapes and abstracts at Oak Hills Church in Folsom June 10 through July 15.
Born and raised in Sacramento, CA Sandi Padilla had the wonderful opportunity of growing up in a home that nurtured her creative talents. Her childhood energies were channeled into dance, music and artistic expression. She credits her grandmother who was a fine oil artist for encouraging her to explore all mediums of art. From an early age Sandi liked personalizing gifts and cards and also enjoyed working with her mom on weekend and holiday craft projects. Musical talent and songwriting became a passion in her teenage years and she began recording original music as well as leading worship. All of the textures, sounds and colors that permeated her world have now become the rich backdrop of her vibrant, signature art.
In Gratitude: The Art of Randy Blasquez // 1.12-2.12
A California native born 1954, Randy has a style that reflects the lineage of Russian Impressionism. She is most often recognized for her California landscapes, but she also enjoys painting florals, and most recently is painting memories from her recent trip to France.
Recognizing God’s role in her life has opened up a whole new experience in her painting. Together the spiritual and the artistic sides both inspire Randy’s work today. This artist is a teacher herself at the School of Light and Color in Fair Oaks, California. Today she finds that she loves teaching as much as painting itself.
You can view Randy’s most recent public installations at the new Kaiser Surgery Center in Folsom, the new emergency wing at Mercy Hospital Folsom, or in Roseville at the Hilton Garden Inn Hotel lobby. For more information, or to visit Randy’s on-line gallery, please see her website here.
Hope, Peace, and Acceptance: Dianne Mattar //1.12-2.12
“When an accident changed my life, I began to explore my artistic creativity. It has become an expression of my love of God and family and freedom as an American, and has given my dependency on Christ a voice in the commercial world.”
“Each piece starts with a sense of urgency, so much to do…so much to share…so much to express. Emotion is at the base of every painting and these emotions are key in my use of color. I have studied and traveled throughout the Caribbean, China, Europe, Australia, and India, and just returned from a volunteer mission trip to Romania. I have been blessed with strength from God and encouragement through the darkest times. I celebrate life through my art and I am honored to be able to share that with you. My intention is to bring a sense of hope in the future, peace with the past, and acceptance of what is.” For more information, please see Dianne’s website here.