Thursday, November 20, 2014

Ventura Breeze

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Gallery Open Saturdays 1-4pm

The gallery is open every Saturday from 1-4pm
Come see the show in person!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Opening this Friday!!

Come join us this Friday November 7th for the opening of our exhbition

Friday, October 24, 2014

Member News-Asandra

The following locations are upcoming events in which you can view Asandra's work in person.
These are in addition to the upcoming Inkspots exhibition November 7th
Santa Barbara Printmakers
21st annual juried competition
Faulkner Gallery, 40E. Anapamu St
Santa Barbara, CA
November 2 - 30, 2014

RECEPTION: November 6 from 5 to 6:45 pm

Feast Your Eyes Fundraiser
205_C Santa Barbara St
Santa Barbara, CA

Opening night: November 7 from 6 to 9 pm

30 Year Anniversary Exhibition
924 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL
November 19, 2014 - February 1, 2015

Asandra's work can also be viewed at:
527 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA

139 East Main Street, Mount Kisco, NY

Also represented by:
525 West El Roblar Ave, Ojai, CA

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Member News-Christina Altfeld

Christina Altfeld has been selected for inclusion in the 2014 Pacific States Biennial National printmaking exhibition. Out of 484 submitted entries, 50 works were chosen for the PSBN exhibition at the University of Hawaii at Hilo Campus Center Gallery. The gallery is  located at 200 West Kawili Street, Hilo HIThe exhibition opens on October 15, 2014 and closes on December 1, 2014.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Member News- Monica Wiesblott

Inkspot Member- Monica Wiesblott is exhibiting in San Luis Obispo at the Johnson Gallery
All About Eve is a three woman exhibition

Friday, August 15, 2014

Auction Event at Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art

A large portion of the Inkspots were invited to participate in this years
 5x5 Celebration Auction 
at Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art.
This is an auction that benefits the Museum and it's programs.

5x5: Celebrating Five Years

August 28, 2014 – September 11, 2014
5th Anniversary Party & 5x5 Reception – September 2, 2014 | 4-6PM
Online auction opens on August 28, 2014 and closes at 5:00PM sharp on September 11, 2014 (Pacific Standard Time)
To see all the work, and place bids once the exhibition opens CLICK HERE

Inkspot artists participating:
Asandra Lamb
Karen L Brown
Beverly Decker
Virginia Furmanski
Rosemarie Gebhart
Judy Gibbs
Bay Hallowell
Karen Schroeder
Monica Wiesblott

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Art Review "Marginalia" Bay Hallowell


By Josef Woodard
News-Press Correspondent

Photos by Wayne McCall

Printmaker Bay Hallowell often seems to surf around available and accidental influences and idea-triggers, which may give rise to a new series of expressions.  Such is the case in her deceptively simple and enigmatic exhibition called “Marginalia,” now aptly nestled in the cozy nook of the Faulkner West Gallery at the downtown public library.

In that small, long room, the artist can be found experimenting and improvising, visually mumbling and snooping in the margins of a good idea, shuffling letters and linguistic meanings, and generally ferreting out the theme of the very word of the show’s title.  Using monoprints and stencils, collographs and other media, she stacks the letters and reorders them, scruffs them up, leaves them polished or affects them with sundry printmaking techniques.  But whatever the variation or accentuation of each piece, “Marginalia” is the word in the epicenter of this artist’s playful arena.

Artists have long been fascinated by the power of select words and phrases, fodder for treatments and distortions in a more visual than language-related way.  Ed Ruscha has made a career out of painted, loaded words on canvas, and Jim Dine has found himself in love (ironically and otherwise) with the word—and heart-shaped symbol for—“love.”  Deeper in art history, Bauhaus design notions explored the expressive potential of letters and Kurt Schwitters and other Dadaists and deconstructionist types have latched onto language for reuse and recycling in their artistic language. 

In this case, Ms. Hallowell has a ripe word to mess around with, as visual putty, having to do with the digressionistic scribblings in the margins of a text, or the quality of that which is presumably “marginal,” but possibly a case of profundity in the periphery.

By virtue of the artist honing in on a very specific thematic target for her “variations on a theme” series, the word itself becomes a hypnotic blur.  Following the progression and sequence of pieces, especially in those numbered 1 to 16, we intuitively sense a kind of quasi-narrative flow, through the investigations and reinventions.  No. 10 has a dreamy, liquid-y overlay, while 12 finds the letters subjected to a mad scramble and fragmentation effect, rendered nearly illegible except as pure design, and 16 pits the word—in an early 20th century, Art Deco font—sandwiched between a warm yellow-orange-green foundation and the random ratatat of black dot-splatters on the surface.

Other later variations continue the process of plumbing expressive possibilities within the artist’s self-limited source.  In a few pieces, commercial letters are placed in a hip pattern with a shambling, tumbling charm a la Mr. Schwitters’ “Merz” aesthetic.  As if capping off the series with a ghostly echo of a finale, “Marginalia Trace 1, 2, 3” consists of the hand-scrawled word in positive and negative forms, suggesting a palimpsest-like hint of archeological enigma.  Marginalia rarely seemed so centered, and curiosity inflaming

July 11 – July 17, 2014
Santa Barbara News-Press, Scene Magazine (p. 51)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Member News-Monica Wiesblott

Inkspot member Monica Wiesblott has two exhibitions currently on view in Santa Barbara,
if you have a chance visit they are worth the effort.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Member News-Asandra

Great write up about Asandra's Gallery 525 Exhibition
Exhibition open until the end of August
make sure you sign their guest list for future exhibition opportunities

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Member News- Bay Hallowell Exhibiting in Santa Barbara

Bay Hallowell is pleased to announce an exhibition of her work, 
titled MARGINALIA: Recent Prints, 
in the West Gallery of the Santa Barbara Public Library during the month of July.  
You are invited to attend a 1st Thursday reception on July 3, from 5 to 8:00 PM.

This series of unique monoprints was inspired by her unexpected encounter with the word “marginalia,” the title of an essay by Glenn Adamson in The Female Gaze: Women Artists Making Their World, an exhibition catalog published by the Pennsylvania Academy of Art in Philadelphia.  Throughout a year of printmaking, Hallowell created more than twenty dynamic, multi-layered abstractions of this word using stencil, collograph, and trace drawing techniques.  
She attributes her on-going fascination with words to the sense of pure joy she experienced when she first learned to read.  For her, marginalia evolved from its dictionary definition[1] and from Adamson’s metaphorical focus on women artists, to include a wide range of people, places, art objects and values located in the margins--on the edges--of whatever the main “text” was or is[2] 
This new series continues her use of words and letters as a point of departure in making monoprints.  In earlier work, she focused on the word “redact” by forming the word itself with pieces of torn masking tape on a plate, then inking the plate in various ways and running it through a press with paper.  In 2013, when the Redact prints were exhibited at the Leslie Sacks Gallery in Los Angeles, the gallery’s director, Lee Spiro, commented, “(Hallowell’s) work is a perfect balance of aesthetic and conceptual concerns, not unlike the work of Jasper Johns and Ed Ruscha.”
Her 2011 exhibition at the Santa Barbara Public Library, “Tick Tock (R)Evolutions” consisted of a series of prints based on the phrase, “tick tock.”  Critic Josef Woodard observed: “This integrated and evolving series of monoprints brings together fragments of language and semi-abstract imagery, which play off of general ideas of time, clockworks and the cosmos, with nods to proto-Modernist styles such as Orphism and Constructivism.  That’s not to say, however, that Hallowell leans excessively on the cerebral or conceptual: it’s all in good, brain-puzzling fun.”
Hallowell exhibits her prints with the Los Angeles Printmaking Society, Santa Barbara Printmakers, Central Coast Printmakers, Inkspots of Ventura, Santa Barbara Art Association, and Goleta Valley Art Association.  Her prints are collected on both east and west coasts and were recently featured in the Flat File Project at Jane Deering Gallery.
Formerly a museum educator at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, PA, Hallowell has taught and written extensively about art from many periods and places for diverse audiences. She studied painting, drawing, and art criticism at Bennington College in Vermont and completed her M.A. in education at the University of Pittsburgh.  Shortly after moving to Santa Barbara in 2008, she began learning monoprint techniques from Siu and Don Zimmerman in Santa Barbara City College’s Adult Education classes.
[1] Marginalia are scribbles, comments and illuminations in the margins of a book (Wikipedia, 4/28/2014).
[2] I always feel that the margins tell you more than the center of the page ever could.” Marcia Tucker (A Short Life of Trouble: Forty Years in the New York Art World, University of California Press, 2008, page 1.)

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Inkspot Member News- Asandra in Ojai

Gallery 525
Artist Reception: Saturday, July 12, 5 to 8 pm
525 W. El Roblar Ave., Ojai, CA 93023

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Inkspot Members in LOS ANGELES


  Opening Reception Friday, May 23rd             5:00~8:30pmThe Pacific Design Center

This will be the final exhibition at the LA Print Space, the gallery space of the Los Angeles Printmaking Society. The LA Print Space focused on bringing exceptional contemporary print exhibitions to the Los Angeles public. This show will include 65 prints selected from nearly 240 entries from the national pool of artist members in this venerable print organization. Viewers will be treated to a wide variety of accomplished prints using traditional and non-traditional techniques from letterpress to intaglio, artist books and collage.

Artwork for the show was selected by long-time artist and former instructor at CSULB, Judy Chan. Judy Chan is well known for her mixed media works on paper and represented at numerous galleries and is in the collection of the Long Beach Museum of Art and the Japanese American National Museum.

Looking forward to seeing everyone there!
    Artists for the Juried LAPS Membership Exhibition 2014:
    Florence Alfano McEwin(Featured artist on this mail flier),
    Christina Altfeld, Dorothy Anderson, Cynthia Back,

    Janet Ballweg, Carlos Barberena, Shirley Bernstein,
    CathyJean Clark, Briar Craig, Cathie Crawford, Judy Dekel,
    Dorothy Dempsey, Annegret Disterheft, Aline Feldman,
    Jenny Freestone, Deanna Glad, Eric Goldberg,
    Jessica Gondek, Katharine Gross, Yeung Ha, Dirk Hagner, 
    Karla Hackenmiller, Vanessa Hall-Patch,

    Jayne Jackson, Gesine Janzen, Brian Johnson,
    Miles Lewis, Christopher lisio, Susan Makov,
    Diane McLeod, Grant McGean, Amanda Mears,
    Ines Monguio, Michelle Murillo, Patricia Post, Bill Salzillo,
    Silvia Simmons, Pat Simon, Kelsey Stephenson,
    Eva Svitek, Mary Tarango, David Teng-Olsen,
    Caroline Thorington, Donna Westerman, Monica Wiesblott,
    Jacqueline Will, Mimi Williams, Max-Karl Winkler

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Sunday, May 11, 2014

Member News- LA PrintSpace

Included Inkspot Members: 

Christina Altfeld, Ines Monguio and Monica Wiesblott


Friday May 23 to Friday July 3
May 23, 2014 Opening reception 5:00-8:30PM
Join us for the last show at the LA PRINT SPACE of the Los Angeles Printmaking Society. This is a juried membership show presenting work of the varied talents of our accomplished artist members. Work for the show was selected by juror, Judy Chan for this final exhibition at the LA Print Space.
 "Printmaking techniques are tools to create art that is unique to each artist. Old masters, like Rembrandt, made beautiful prints but those same printmaking techniques, and new methods and styles, should be used to express the world we live in today. I want the work to immediately capture my attention, whether it's a powerful visual statement or simply the beauty of the markmaking. There are so many variables today, in the printmaking genre, that it remains an exciting and beautiful art tool."
 is an artist who received the National Endowment for the Arts, Visual Artists Fellowship. She received her MFA in Printmaking from California State University, Long Beach. Ms. Chan has taught Printmaking at CSULB, and at Long Beach City College in Long Beach, CA. She is also known for her mixedmedia, works on paper. She had several solo exhibitions including: Long Beach Museum of Art, Stone Rose Gallery in Long Beach, CA, Rogue Gallery in Medford, OR, Merging One Gallery in Santa Monica, CA, SCA Gallery in Pomona, CA, to name a few. Ms. Chan is in the collection of the Long Beach Museum of Art and the Japanese American National Museum where she currently has her art on display.
May 22, 2014: Opening reception 5:00-8:30PM
July 3rd, 2014: End of show

Monday, April 21, 2014

Member News-Karen Schroeder

 © Karen R. Schroeder, Silent Reading, woodcut, 14" x 11"
Faulkner Gallery East
It's Elementary : Let Them Shine
Original Prints by Karen R.Schroeder
May 1 through May 31, 2014
Reception: Thursday May 1st, 5 to 7:30 pm
An elementary school is an unlikely theme for an artist unless you are an artist and a teacher. Artist and former teacher Karen R. Schroeder’s most recent work, It’s Elementary: Let Them Shine is on display at the Faulkner Gallery East, for the month of May. It is a show of innovative prints of children at play and in the classroom. This is an artistic peek into the lives of elementary school children, a time when they find out about themselves and should be encouraged to shine. These pictorial moments urge each viewer to appreciate this art work in a personal way and you may find yourself in these prints when you were young.
There is a fascination with drawing in Schroeder’s work, but in a nontraditional way. She uses a rhythm and movement of line to create a narrative of a child’s environment that exists today and in yesteryears.
Schroeder’s use of diverse printmaking techniques gives variety to the subject as does her use of contrast. Some prints are monochromatic and others glow with bright colors. Some children are at play while some are absorbed in class work. As you view her prints you can see an Asian influence and at times one of American folk art. This contrast gives the show an appeal that is refreshing and unique. Schroeder’s prints tell a beautiful visual story of innocent charm.
Faulkner Gallery East
© Karen R. Schroeder, Every Hand, linocut, 24" x 18"
Santa Barbara Library
40 East Anapamu Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Open library hours

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Member News- Pushing the Limits SLO

Inkspot members Bay Hallowell and Monica Wiesblott
were juried into the Traditional Printmaking-Pushing the Limits
exhibition at the SanLuis Obispo Museum of Art
This years Juror was Linda Lyke from Occidental College

Friday, March 21, 2014

Member News-Out of State Exhibition

Mark your calendar and head for Prescott, AZ.
Two inkspot members are in the Mountain Artist Guild & Gallery
This is an invitation only exhibition.
Ink Spots and Impressions....A Show of Diverse Forms of Fine Art Printmaking.

Congratulations to Christina A. and Karen B.!
The educational exhibition runs from April 17th through May 15th.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Press- Realty ONE Group Summit teams up with local artists, the Inkspots

In honor of supporting neighborhood businesses and vendors, Realty ONE Group Summit has partnered with a local group of artists, The Inkspots, by offering a gallery-type display of the group’s work.
Realty ONE Group Summit is the fourth franchise location of a thriving company that is consistently on Inc. 500’s fastest growing companies in America. With more than 5,000 agents nationally, Realty ONE Group continues to attract agents with its innovative technology and compensation structure.
Established in 2006, The Inkspots of San Buenaventura brings area artists together to collaborate, explore and create works of fine art and printmaking. The displayed work includes colorful prints, collages and etchings.
The Inkspots’ work will be displayed through March 31 at the office of Realty ONE Group Summit. The office is in Downtown Ventura at 940 E. Santa Clara St., Ste 100. The public is invited to visit the office and peruse the artwork, completely free of charge, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. All of the art is available for purchase as well. Call 978-5764 for information.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Member News-Bay Hallowell

Orange Spot by Bay Hallowell
Bay Hallowell's monoprint, Orange Spot, was awarded Honorable Mention
at the JCC SB Printmakers exhibition.
Juror: Dr. Judy Larson, Director, Westmont-Ridley Tree Museum of Art, Westmont College

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Member News-Leslie Plimpton

Leslie got the following two pieces juried into the recent
JCC exhibit in Santa Barbara

Jewel of the Ocean

Fringed Cape

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Member News

A big congratulations to the following Inkspots members who were juried into the
Artist Union " The Art of the Book 5"
exhibiting at the Sylvia White Gallery
 in Ventura:

Christina Altfeld
Karen L Brown
Beverly Decker

Judy Gibbs
Bay Hallowell
Ines Monguio
Betsy Quinn


Thursday, February 27, 2014

Member News-Asandra

Artist reception: March 1, 2014
4 to 6 pm
Less is More, Much More
Blackboard Gallery
2222 Ventura Blvd, Camarillo, CA 93010

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Art of the Book 5 curated by Ines Monguio

The Artists' Union at the Sylvia White Gallery

postcard images: Len Poteshman,
Karen Scott Browdy and Ines Monguio

The Art of the Book 5 - March 1 through March 23

Sylvia White Gallery
1783 East Main Street - Ventura

Saturday March 1, 3 to 5 PM - Opening Reception

This exhibit features a look at contemporary, traditional,
compelling and unusual book art. In past exhibits artists have
shown books from miniscule limited editions to installation-size
originals. Materials thus far have included canvas, wood, cloth,
Tyvek, Plexiglas, metal, clay, organic materials, stone, coffee filters,
video, hand-made and commercial papers, and... books of course
           Curator: Ines Monguio
             Juror: Jill Littlewood
Other events:
First Friday 3/7, 6 to 8:30 PM
Saturday 3/8, at 3 PM
       Solo Magazine 50th Anniversary Celebration
Friday 3/14 at 7 PM
        Literary Fashion Show
Saturday 3/22 at 3 PM
        "Afternoon Delight," erotic poetry reading
   hosted by Marsha de la O and Friday Lubina

video of Art of the Book 4

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Member news-Christina Altfeld

Christina won 3rd place at the Buenaventura Gallery Open juried show.
The show was juried by Robert Burridge
who gave a talk about his process of selecting the work.
Congratulations Christina!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Guest Visitor- Master Printmaker Michael McCabe

photo by: Bay Hallowell
The Inkspots hosted an in house visitor,
the wonderfully talented Master Printmaker
Michael Mc Cabe. 
Four Inkspot members participated in a Saturday critique by Mr. McCabe.
Ginny Furmanski, Karen L. Brown, Karen Schroeder, and Bay Hallowell
 received valuable feedback and tips.
 Here, he is inspecting one of Karen Schroeder's prints.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Member News- Asandra

Asandra is included !
Love Potion No. 9
Group Exhibition
Gallery 525
525 W. El Roblar Ave, Ojai, CA 93023
Opening reception February 8th, 5 - 8 pm

Monday, January 27, 2014

Member News-Bay Hallowell

Out of the Blue by Bay Hallowell

One of Bay Hallowell's prints was selected by juror Randy Sommer,
co-owner of the Acme Gallery in LA,
for the upcoming Santa Barbara Art Association exhibition at the Channing-Peake Gallery.
There will be an opening reception on Thursday, February 6 from 5 to 8 PM.
The show will be up until May 22, with additional receptions on March 6, April 3, and May 1.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Member News- Two Inkspot members accepted into LAPS

Opening reception January 31st, 2014 5:00PM to 8:30PM

Hours: Tuesday -Friday 11 AM -4PM
Pacific Design Center
8687 Melrose AvenueSuite #B273 

West Hollywood, CA 90069
Ariell Brown, Gallery Director: