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Many artists love to share their art and techniques with others. The "cross-pollination" that comes from being able to get out of your usual surroundings and see things in a different way.

Our YWA news and headlines do “OK” to keep you posted, but what about when you have news for the larger community? To that end, I, Mark Heliger, am going to curate the Arts column for SNO.

If you have any information that you would like to go to the entire community, then SNO would be a good place to put that info.

If you have something to share, please let me know and I’ll pass it along. You can submit text, photos and more. If you have some video, contact me.

Send it here

Local Survey for Artists

When artists look to expand their horizons, often they choose a workshop format to enable them to see things with the “eyes of others.”

 Please participate in answering some basic questions regarding your desires for an expanded workshop circuit here in Oakhurst. 

You can take part by clicking here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CZNC2KG 

Christmas Atelier and gift prints

 

 

Quality Restoration and Retouching

Gallery Yosemite is offering custom limited-edition prints for designs or projects you might have in mind. We encourage artists to use their originals as a point of embarkation to push their imagination even further.

We have the ability to exactly match an original, or even "push" the edges of the creative process. We can combine photography with traditional media and techniques. This provides absolute flexibility in working with all media. We print on rag paper, canvas and other materials. We work with artists to enhance their vision and provide a quality presentation.

 

Moira Donohoe's Pastel Workshop

Saturday, December 14, 2013 at Gallery Yosemite

9:00am until 5:00pm

Join Yosemite native and professional artist Moira Donohoe as she leads you through the process of creating a pastel painting.

We will meet at Gallery Yosemite, at 9am. Workshop is suitable for beginning or intermediate artists. The instructor will demo the materials she uses, techniques, and process. Participants will observe as a demonstration evolves from blank board to finished pastel painting. Instructor will provide photo references. After lunch student’s will begin their own pastel painting, with the instructor available for questions or suggestions. The day will end with a constructive critique of work done that day..

Class Cost: $125.00 For more information, please call: (530) 708-1845 or (559) 676-8599.

Minimum: 6 participants. Maximum, 12. Class will be canceled 3 days prior to day of workshop if minimum is not reached.

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GALLERY Workshop Schedule:

Saturday, December 14, 2013   

Meet at the Gallery Yosemite 9:00am

Instructor Demonstration and materials discussion 9:15-12pm

Lunch break (Students responsible for bringing their own lunch) 12-12:45pm

Workshop Participants engage in the Pastel Painting Process
outlined by instructor 1-4pm

Critique of day’s work 4-5pm

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What you need for this workshop:

Some materials may be purchased locally at Michael’s, or Allard’s in Fresno, online or over the phone at Art Supply Warehouse-800-995-6778, Dakota Art Pastels-888-345-0067, Dick Blick-800-828-4548, Cheap Joe’s-800-227-2788, to name a few.

SupportI recommend Wallis board for this workshop.  Richeson Gator Board, UART, Art Spectrum, are also good boards. 12, x 16, 12 x 18 are good sizes to use for this workshop. All these surfaces come as paper too. If you buy paper for the workshop, you must have a drawing board big enough to accommodate the paper, and masking or drafting tape. A drawing board also lends extra support when using pastel boards.

Pastels – I use a variety of pastels. Pastels come in different degrees of hardness, all within the soft pastel family. We are not talking about oil pastels, which is an entirely different medium

Rembrandt make a set of 30 soft pastels which would work well for this workshop. Faber Castell polychromos pastels (not pencils) are also a good choice and work well with the Rembrandts. I have some samples of Unison pastels, which are very soft, that I will share. Ideally, if one gets bitten by the pastel bug, the more pastels the merrier.

I usually begin a painting with the harder pastels like faber castell polychromos pastels, (not pencils) then progress to softer ones like unison, sennilier, Terry Ludwig, and schmincke.

Easel: Strongly recommended. Either tabletop, if unable to stand most of the day, or portable easel that is used while standing. Check out Allard’s, Michael’s, and Aaron Brothers in Fresno, or call or shop online, Dick Blick, Art Supply Warehouse, Cheap Joe’s. A fairly inexpensive easel, such as Blick’s studio classic field easel currently sells for $44.99. 

If an easel is not in the cards right now, sitting at a table with your drawing board propped on your knees, and our small format working surface is doable.

A small table: such as a card table, or tv foldable table, to hold your supplies (unless your easel has an area for this. French easels do)

Minimum Supplies-Support, pastels, pencil, vinyl eraser, drawing board big enough to accommodate your paper (if you are using paper), masking or drafting tape, small sketchbook (5 x 7 or 9 x 12), paper towels, and/or wipes.

NOTE: Please read the minimum supplies section above. I am not suggesting you buy all the things listed on the materials list. You do however need the minimum supplies. I offered various brands of paper and pastels to choose from, recommending some, and others are alternatives. If you are already a pastel artist, or have pastels you would like to use bring them.

Click here to sign up.

Jerome Grimmer and Plein Air Techniques

Jerome presents a demo of Plein Air Techniques at a recent YWA meeting.

 

Gallery Yosemite Artists in Sierra Art Trails

Rita Alvarez – Sierra Art Trails #17
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Merylyn S. Whited – Sierra Art Trails # 33
Mark Heliger – Sierra Art Trails #49
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Vicki D. Thomas – Sierra Art Trails #50
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John Peto – Sierra Art Trails #51
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Jack Lantz – Sierra Art Trails #52
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Gretchen Lee – Sierra Art Trails #54
Timberline Gallery, Oakhurst
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Michelle Sonoqui Gillette - Sierra Art Trails  #75
Slim's Koffee Shak, North Fork, CA
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Craig Schub - Sierra Art Trails #76
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Jack Lantz and the Magic of his Hands

Jack will do a demo of a still life at the next Yosemite Western Artists meeting Saturday, Sept. 21st @11:30am!

The Artists at Sweetwater

We had a great demo from Andrew Erickson about HDR (high Dynamic Range) photography. The food was very tasty too. Thanks to Dave DeSanders, of Sweetwater for taking such good care of us.
After brunch, we repaired to the gallery where we participated in the installation of the memorial plaque for the Chris Sorensen Sculpture Project.
And then? And then?
We watched a video on the Life and Times of William Keith. He was, during his day, the most famous painter in the country. One thing that impressed me was that even at the height of his fame, he traveled to Europe to study painting in order to have better skills of expression.
We will be having another Brunch with Artists and offer other demos and DVD showings. We will keep you posted. Next up will be a display of 3D photography given by John Peto. It will run for 3 days, over the Labor Day Weekend. There will be a chance to view some very interesting Yosemite photos.
As we are starting to prepare for the Sierra Art Trails, we will have a number activities relating to that.

Brunch with the Artists – Saturday, Aug. 24th @ 11:00am

Gallery Yosemite is hosting a Brunch with the Artists at the Sweetwater Steakhouse
41177 Highway 41 Oakhurst, CA 93644 on Saturday, August 24th 2013 at 11:00am. 
 
A social gathering of many of the 21 artists that belong to Gallery Yosemite. We all are interested in connecting with our neighbors and letting them know that if they want to find some really great interpretations of the essence of Yosemite, they should stop by to see our fine art. After brunch, the artists will shift over to Gallery Row and Gallery Yosemite, to talk about their work. Andrew Erickson will show us how he works with HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography. We will also show a video on the life of William Keith, who painted Yosemite for over 60 years.

This is a chance for people interested in art relating to Yosemite and the Sierra Foothills to see up close the diverse expressions of talent and creativity that abounds in the Sierras.

We are inspired by the same sense of wonder that John Muir experienced when he saw the Yosemite and we are working to create the "next generation" of fine art that is part of the historical lineage of the first Yosemite masters such as, Thomas Hill, William Keith, Carlton Watkins and Ansel Adams. 
Many of us, just like you, have moved to this area just to be close to Yosemite. We have studied the history of Yosemite even as we have trekked there to experience its many facets during each season.

We will have answers for questions about techniques or what inspires us, but in general, we will just "hang out" and be talking about Yosemite and our love and appreciation of the fact that it just is.

The Sweetwater Connection

As a synergistic gesture, we now have a display of our artists over at the Sweetwater Steakhouse. They are the fine dining experience where we have our continuing "Brunch with the Artists." Our next event will be on Saturday, August 24th at 11:00am. We are doing it on Saturday this time so that people can come who usually are in church the same time on Sunday.

 

If you haven't been over there, here is a close-up of the signage that we will be adding to your space in the gallery. Note: this display isn't done yet. It also looks like it needs an adjustment. The paneling is radically uneven, leaving much to be desired in terms of alignment. Where is a good chiropractor when you need one?

 

Come and See the Galleree!

If you haven't stopped by to see us this summer, you have a chance to take a quick look right here and now. We are a group of artists who are lucky enough to have Yosemite in “our backyard.”

Take a look at what you will find:

 

The Continuing Saga of Gourd Art

Well, its been a few weeks now and Gretchen's "bird" gourd has been finished. Have a look below:

 

The delicacy of the rendering process requires such care, that we present an earlier gourd we call the “Landmarks” gourd.

See below:

 

A Gourd Artist's Life – Hurry Up and Wait for It

 Gretchen Lee is our resident gourd sculpturess. It actually takes more than a year for Gretchen to do a gourd. She plants the seeds, grows them watchfully, waits for them to express their nature, then picks them and waits a hell of a long time for them to dry out. 


Then she has to clean them up in various different ways and then… only then… can she begin to work on them.

What we are showing you is Part One of her adventure. Sort of, the foundation work, from the ground up. The final will be shown in the next part, but it will be a a short time from now.

Part Two will be when she finishes off the gourd that she showed today. In the gallery, we will show you the final result when that gourd is "ready for its close-up." What this video does is put a context into the "craft" of her art. It requires a lot of dedication to express in that medium. It requires a lot of patience.

Take a look…

Brunch with the Artists – Report

We had a delightful brunch at Sweetwater Steakhouse. There were 21 people present and we went over some of the plans and ideas for Gallery Yosemite to show more artists at the Sweetwater. Everyone introducing themselves to each other and there was lively conversation throughout the brunch. 

As we started, I showed the latest oil from Jerome Grimmer. It is a new direction in his painting and everyone really loved the treatment. Looks like Jerome has taken his own class.

 

We also showed the reproductions on canvas that I have been producing and how, even next to the original, they were splendid!

After brunch, we held a vote about which moulding we each liked better as an appropriate frame style for Jerome's new painting.

I would tell you, but instead, I think that I will add a questionnaire to this email and let you in on the fun. 

 

Here you go… Which frame sample do you like the best? Which sample do you like the second best? Your choices are: A, B, C or D.

 

Pick you "Fav" and your second "Fav." To make it easy to tabulate results, you can answer the survey by clicking HERE:

Next, we spoke of the William Keith Collection at St. Mary's College in Moraga, California. It was there at a show entitled Superbly Independent, that I first saw a painting on a cigar box. The exhibit was of Early California paintings by three women students of William Keith. Such a rich bounty of sights for the eye, and amongst the most memorable, the cigar boxes, reveling in interpretations of the California landscape.

Then… we raffled off the cut roses at the tables, then went to Gallery Yosemite where Jack Lantz set up a demo of how to paint a cigar box using oils. From the setup to the end, we took a video of Jack's demonstration and it is very interesting to see a master is at work.


Everyone had a wonderful time and we intend to do it again. Perhaps next time we will do it on a Saturday to allow people to attend who were not able to because of church.

To see the saga of "Jack and the Cigar Box," please click here!

Brunch with the Artists – Sunday, July 14th 2013

Gallery Yosemite is hosting a Brunch with the Artists at the Sweetwater Steakhouse
41177 Highway 41 Oakhurst, CA 93644 on Sunday, July 14th 2013 at 11:00am. 

A social gathering of many of the 22 artists that belong to Gallery Yosemite. We all are interested in connecting with our neighbors and letting them know that if they want to find some really great interpretations of the essence of Yosemite, they should stop by to see our fine art. After brunch, the artists will shift over to Gallery Row and Gallery Yosemite, to talk about their work. A few artists will "demo" their methods of creating art. 

This is a chance for people interested in art relating to Yosemite and the Sierra Foothills to see up close the diverse expressions of talent and creativity that abounds in the Sierras.

We are inspired by the same sense of wonder that John Muir experienced when he saw the Yosemite and we are working to create the "next generation" of fine art that is part of the historical lineage of the first Yosemite masters such as, Thomas Hill, William Keith, Carlton Watkins and Ansel Adams. 

Many of us have moved to this area just to be close to Yosemite. We have studied the history of Yosemite even as we have trekked there to experience its many facets during each season.

So, we will be talking about the many times of peace and joy we have seen and experienced when we have been there. We will be open to questions about our art and maybe some tips as to how we have solved logistical challenges in being in the park.

We will have answers for questions about techniques or what inspires us, but in general, we will just "hang out" and be talking about Yosemite and our love and appreciation of the fact that it just is.

The "Gang" of Artists at the Open House

 We stood for a group photo that will go in the Sierra Heritage Magazine article about our galleries. It was hard to keep still.



Moira Donohoe Demo's a Pastel

 We had our Open House of May 4th! While we were showing people what Gallery Yosemite was all about, Moira Donohoe showed us what she can do with a few pastel chalks and some art paper. The entire process took around 45 minutes, but we have excerpted the highlights and put it to music. What a talent she has!


Gallery Yosemite Artist, Moira Donohoe from iPub-Press on Vimeo.

Open House! Saturday May 4th, 12-5 pm

 

Wally Pacholka published by NASA


Our starry-eyed photographer, Wally Pacholka, just got another of his photos published by NASA. This one is a panorama of the Milky Way galaxy as seen from Mauna Kea. Wally does such a good job of his specialty because he has been doing it for over 30 years. That is WAY before digital ever made a photographer's life easier. 

Congratulations Wally!

http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130310.html

Restoration of Mariposa Grove… from The Sierra Star

 Restoration of Mariposa Grove plans available for review. – Reprinted from The Sierra Star

The public comment period for the Mariposa Grove Draft Environmental Impact Statement is open through May 7. The document is available for public review on the park's websitenps.gov/yose/parkmgmt/mgrove.htm).

The primary goals of the Mariposa Grove restoration are to restore giant sequoia habitat and improve the visitor experience.

The Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, the largest of three sequoia groves within Yosemite National Park, contains approximately 500 mature giant sequoias. The significance of this grove was recognized by Abraham Lincoln when he signed the Yosemite Grant on June 30, 1864, a landmark bill that set aside and protected Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove. The giant sequoias are among the largest and oldest living things on earth.

The Mariposa Grove restoration will restore dynamic ecological processes and increase the resiliency of this treasured grove. Heavy visitor use over the past 150 years has negatively impacted the Mariposa Grove. Additionally, roads and parking lots in the sequoia grove, along with other development, have adversely impacted the natural ecosystem. The plan will provide for visitor access, while reducing impacts to the grove and restore the natural ecosystem of the area.

The Mariposa Grove draft environmental statement presents and analyzes four alternatives, including a "no action alternative." The park identified Alternative 2 (South Entrance Hub) as the "Preferred Alternative." This alternative will restore giant sequoia habitat by removing the parking lot in the lower grove, removing the gift shop and ceasing the commercial tram operation. Additionally, the road within the grove will be rerouted to avoid a wetland, thus allowing restoration of this sensitive area.

The "Preferred Alternative" will improve the visitor experience by also proposing traffic and transportation improvements that include a new parking lot and transportation hub near the South Entrance to the park. Improvements include enhanced orientation for visitors and a free shuttle bus between the transportation hub and the Mariposa Grove.

Parking will be available near the grove for vehicles with handicap placards. A new trail will be constructed, which will enable visitors to hike from the transportation hub to the grove. Accessible boardwalks and trails will be constructed within the lower grove in order to provide better access and protect sensitive wetlands.

For a copy of the plan and a complete description of the alternatives, please visit the park's website.

Comments can be submitted on the Planning Environment, and Public Comment (PEPC) website at parkplanning.nps.gov/mariposagrove. Comments made through the PEPC website are the preferred method of submission. Comments can also be sent via email toyose_planning@nps.gov or via U.S. mail to: Superintendent, Yosemite National Park, Attnention: Mariposa Grove DEIS, P.O. Box 577, Yosemite, Calif., 95389

Public meetings will be held in multiple locations throughout the Yosemite area. Specific dates, locations and times will be announced at a later date.