Seven Women Artists present â

An exhibition of fine art to be held in Gallery 21, Spanish Village located at Balboa Park from November 16, through November 29, 2006. The show celebrates the creative accomplishments of these seven award-winning female artists.
Gallery 21-Spanish Village
Balboa Park
1770 Village Place
San Diego, CA 92101
“There Ain’t Nothing Like a Dame”
 
Seven Women Artists present “There Ain’t Nothing like a Dame.”
An exhibition of fine art to be held in Gallery 21, Spanish Village located at Balboa Park from November 16, through November 29, 2006. The show celebrates the creative accomplishments of these seven award-winning female artists. They are:
 
Shandel Gamer: Pastel on Board
Shandel Gamer is a member of several art and wildlife organizations including the Wildlife Artists Association.  She is a past President of the La Jolla Art Association.  Of her art Shandel says, For me, art has always been a personal and solitary journey. I began this journey as a child and despite the various roads taken; I find that I always return to my art.  In the end, my paintings reflect a personal need to connect with other human beings. When people see my portraits or wildlife paintings, I hope that they see something which they identify with and which ultimately connects them with one another.
 
Karen Howard: Pastel
Karen Howard is a member of the San Diego Portrait Society, the Pastel Society of San Diego and the La Jolla Art Association.  Karen spent her childhood on the coast of New England.  She was fascinated by the movement of the sea; whether water currents on the ocean’s surface or the spectacular explosion of energy and light in a breaking wave.  Thirty years ago she began her study of art with a pencil and a pad of paper and later discovered the wonders of painting with pastels.  Of her pastel paintings she says, The immediacy and tactile nature of this medium suited my needs and has excited me ever since. It has taken many years for me to come to the point in my life where I am comfortable in my ability to capture the movement, the light and the dynamics of the ocean on paper.
 
Dana Levine: Photography
Dana Levine studied art history and chemistry at Barnard College and then earned a PhD in Biochemistry from Columbia University.  After moving to La Jolla ten years ago, she picked up the threads of her interest in art.  She is a member of several art organizations including: San Diego Art Institute, San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild, San Diego Watercolor Society and the La Jolla Art Association where she serves on the Board of Directors.  Of her photography she says, Artists and scientists strive to see nature with a fresh eye.  As a scientist turned artist, I explore the inner richness of nature and the human form in a visual medium, looking for the structure underneath the surface, using the original colors our eyes combine together.
 
Wilma J. Lopez: Encaustic (wax)
Wilma Lopez is a member of several art organizations including Huachuca Art Association, Inc., Foothills Art Association, San Diego Museum of Art, Artists’ Guild and the La Jolla Art Association where she served on the Board of Directors.  Of her art she says, Through my encaustic paintings I try to create unique original works which perfectly balance my knowledge of color and technique.
 
Eileen Mandell: Digital and Traditional Photography and Painting
Eileen Mandell is an artist and an educator. I teach Photography and Digital Arts at the high school and community college level. Of her work Eileen says, Photography is always the source-the seed of my ideas. I love capturing detail, and expressing movement. I often compress the passage of time, and incorporate depth, through the use of digital collage. I believe people are made up of layers of time, passions, and experiences. Blending imagery allows me to peel away time, and expose layers that may have faded but are still part of what we were and who we are.
 
Caroline Morse: Oil, mixed media, collage, photography
Caroline Morse is a member of the San Diego Art Institute and the La Jolla Art Association.
Of her art Caroline states, My paintings are interpretive realism with an emphasis on color,
space and light.  I seek to capture energy and emotion, combining substance and meaning
with aesthetics.
 
Marcy Stinton: Manipulated Fused Glass
Marcy Stinton is a member of the Art Glass Association of Southern California, the San Diego Art Institute and the La Jolla Art Association where she has served on the Board of Directors.  Of her glass work she says, I enjoy creating unique images in my mind and then recreating them in glass. The challenge for me is how to fuse together different metals, glass types, colors and textures to bring these images to life.
 
The public is invited to an open house/reception in honor of the artists on Sunday, November 19, 2006 from 11:00 – 4:00 p.m. at Gallery 21 in Spanish Village. Gallery 21 is located in Balboa Park at 1770 Village Place, San Diego.  “There Ain’t Nothing Like a Dame” is open to the public daily: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The gallery will be closed Thursday, November 23rd in honor of Thanksgiving.  There is no admissions fee.
 
For further information, please contact Shandel Gamer, at 619-562-5791.

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