Monday, February 13, 2017

March Show in AmadorArts Gallery: Oil Paintings and Gourd Art

March Show in AmadorArts Gallery to Feature Oil Paintings by Stephen Matweyou, Gourds by Leanne Kelly and Robert Swendsen.

A selection of masterful oil paintings by the late landscape and seascape artist Stephen Matweyou will be featured on the walls of the AmadorArts Gallery for the month of March.  Additionally, three-dimensional artists Leanne Kelly and Robert Swendsen will have some their meticulously created gourd art for viewing and buying.

The show opens during the 1st Saturday Art Trek on March 4. A reception that day will honor the artists from 2:00 to 5:00 pm. The show will run until March 29. The AmadorArts Gallery is located in Sutter Creek at 11-A Randolph St. Hours on weekends are 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. The gallery is open during the week, but it’s best to call ahead, 209-267-9038.

Until his death in 2012 at the age of 91, Stephen Matweyou painted in a representational style what he saw in nature around him. He received his art training at the Akron Art Institute and at Carnegie Institute of Technology.  He studied privately with prominent Ohio artists Homer Lowery, Michael Gregory, and Clay Kelly.  He had many one-man shows, and exhibited at the Akron Art Institute, The Massillon Art Museum, and the Butler Institute of American Art.  Since Matweyou's arrival in California in 1945, he began being exhibited at the Crocker Gallery in Sacramento, the Oakland Art Museum, the Kaiser Building, Jack London Square, and the Alameda County Fairs. Matweyou received numerous awards and honors and his paintings are currently in many private collections.  He especially favored the Mother Lode area during the fall season for his landscapes and the Carmel and Half Moon Bay locales for his dramatic seascapes. AmadorArts is honored to show and sell Matweyou’s fine works of art. His son, who lives upcountry in Amador County, is helping to curate the exhibit.

Example of the style of celebrated oil painter Stephen Matweyou.
Leanne Kelly is an indigenous artist of Onondaga/ Potawonomi decent. Since early childhood she has had a pencil in her hands, drawing pictures on her homework and entering school art contests. Her early mediums were predominantly graphite and colored pencil, although she played with other mediums as well. In high school Leanne won the Congressional Art Award for the State of Michigan, where her drawing "Endangered Species" was hung in the nation's Capitol for over a year and she was featured on the "Today Show."

The drive to use different and unusual mediums is what eventually led to her discovery of gourds. Kelly creates her time consuming work with gourds as a form of meditation and a way to share herself with others. She says, “If my pieces bring joy and wonder to those who see and hold them, then it was worth every second it took me to make them”.

Leanne Kelly creates gourd art that collectors seek out to buy.
Robert Swendsen is a self taught, self trained artist from as he says, “The school of hard knocks.”  In his youth, he started expressing himself using pastels, oil paints, charcoal and pencil drawings. His travels through life lead me him to a career in taxidermy, where he learned sculpting and various other useful artistic skills. Combined with his second career as a surgical technician, he developed a fine tuned understanding of manipulating stitching which became the basis of his current gourd artwork. In 2015 he entered his first ever art competition at the Davis Gourd Festival and was awarded Best of Show. The same year he was honored with the award of Gourd Artist of The Year by the American Gourd Society. Together, these awards inspired him to take his art to new levels, sharing his work with people who appreciate the skill of beading and the love of working with gourds.

Intricate beadwork make the gourds of Robert Swendsen alluring  works of art.

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