OUR RESIDENT ARTISTS

Janakos & Company

With more than 4,000 square feet of showcased items, Janakos & Company offers one of Sonoma County's largest collections of vintage and antique furniture, fine art, lighting, and decorative objects. Janakos occupies two separate buildings at Fulton Crossing (the "warehouse" and the "gallery" spaces), specializes in midcentury Modern pieces, and has been serving the San Francisco Bay Area for more than 40 years.

    

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Paula Strother

Paula Strother enjoys working with acrylic paint, as its flow and quickness in drying lets her work spontaneously. An additional advantage is the ability to apply paint thickly for texture or watered down for a softer look. Paula likes to work from photographs she's taken of landscapes, people, architecture, and places she's traveled. "I am interested in light on subjects adding a dramatic look to the painting," she says. "Working with a quick brush is the norm, but I occasionally enjoy the process of capturing details and a more realistic look."

 

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Cliff Strother

Soon after retiring from a wonderful and challenging career in healthcare, Cliff Strother realized he needed a new activity to occupy his days. He decided to learn to paint, picking up the palette knife and oil paints and a commitment to learn by doing. "My rules would be no chemicals involved with cleanup, no classes or workshops, no fancy tools, and no advice or coaching," he recalls.

What has developed since then is a steady learning curve resulting in a growing passion that gets Cliff to the studio every single day. Cliff has been using his developing skills to recall and express through art his history as a child, a soldier, and a singular human voice.

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Patricia Reilly

Patricia makes custom enameled copper and sterling-silver jewelry using traditional methods that've existed for centuries, but that she updates with skills and materials that have only just been discovered. She employs the chasing and repoussé processes to shape basic forms that are then embellished with color (enameling using a kiln or a torch), texture (etching and roller printing), and sometimes crocheted wire and felted fiber. "I am a maker because I love the fun of exploring many different materials and processes," Patricia says. "Making affords me the opportunity to be involved in communities or other makers. I am so grateful for the gift of being able to connect with people who understand and appreciate the effort and creativity involved in producing objects of beauty and craftsmanship."

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Tony Speirs 

Tony Speirs is a Bay Area painter obsessed with the insidious nature of advertising and the fate of youth in the United States. He studied illustration at San Francisco's Academy of Art University and counts as his influences L.A.'s pop-surrealism scene and Lowbrow Art figureheads like Mark Ryden, Alex Gross, and the Clayton Brothers.

 

Tony's intricate, large-scale acrylic portraits can take several viewings to decode. He begins with a face confronting the viewer, then layers on an avalanche of pop-culture imagery drawn from 1940s-era cartoons, science fiction, and pinball machines. He chooses these images based on whatever pop nugget is rattling in his cranium  this is a man who wakes up dreaming of a Frosted Flakes' commercial he saw 40 years ago, after all and also on the hopes and insecurities of his subjects, who he often interviews before painting. 

Tony has portrayed people from his personal life, YouTube “influencers” he contacted while late-night browsing music videos, and victims of racial injustice and gun violence. “I like this idea of young people where they're looking directly at us, and maybe at my generation,” he says. “They're not smiling or being a snapshot, but more just directly questioning us.” He has artworks in collections at local wineries and the Santa Rosa Junior College, and produces pieces for Burning Man with local collective Art Farm Motel and with his wife and fellow artist, Lisa Beerntsen, in Graton, California. 

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News about Tony:

"Graton artist’s Parkland victim portraits being turned into mural"

"North Bay artist sketches 17 Parkland shooting victim portraits"
"Tony Speirs: Mash-up artist"

Kelley Howell

After 25 years of boat building, Kelley found his true calling in 2010 when he decided to create an outdoor deck lamp using bronze and teak he had salvaged from an old boat. That simple need for lighting has evolved into an obsession with creating one-of-a-kind artworks from materials “rescued” from unusual sources.

Kelley puts a lot of effort into finding items with history, believing a bronze fitting from a 1950s yacht or chunk of mahogany from a 100-year-old church pew just has more spirit and energy than a piece from the hardware store. “I don’t do any welding, so everything has to be threaded, bolted, or screwed together," he says. "This makes it more difficult to achieve the vision I have in my head, but it usually leads to something even more interesting. To me, assemblage is about shapes, and the goal is for the observer to enjoy the final creation before realizing it is a collection of repurposed shapes."

While he has delved into some Steampunk art, Kelley does not consider himself a Steampunk artist. “I’ve always liked the look of patina bronze, varnished teak, shiny chrome, and weathered leather, but mostly I just like things that have cool shapes."

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J.D. Emmerson

J.D. comes from a family of artists and engineers and earned his AAA degree in commercial art with a focus on illustration. He went on to earn a BA degree from the Kansas City Art Institute. In 1989, J.D. found himself in Hollywood and, working as a sought-after art director for the next 26 years, managed to create well over 2,000 movie posters, album covers, and a wide range of advertising solutions for major corporations in several different industries. In 2016, J.D. gave up the Hollywood lifestyle and relocated to beautiful Santa Rosa, California, for a very significant change in his art, life, finances, and even health (fortunately, all for the better). For the first time ever, J.D. was able to make a tremendous detour from his style of realism and wholly embrace abstract art.

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Linda Dove Pierson

Linda doesn't plan paintings in advance, but trusts in the process and just lets it happen. Her paintings evolve as she works, with places and objects emerging from memory and imagination. This intuitive technique allows her to experiment, explore, and create. The overabundance of our times has inspired her to repurpose and reimagine found objects. Things that others toss out are treasures for her to be incorporated into artwork. 

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Lucy Liew

Lucy Liew is a Malaysian-American artist whose paintings have been described as a “rich tapestry of color,” a reference to her vivid, multilayered painting style. Lucy studied at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore. Upon graduation she was awarded a Commonwealth Foundation fellowship to study at West Surrey College of Art & Design in England. In 1996, she moved to California, where she continued to develop an artistic style. Since establishing herself in the San Francisco Bay Area, Lucy has been actively participating in Silicon Valley Open Studios and her work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including Stanford University, the Triton Museum of Art, and the San Jose Museum of Art. Her public art includes commissions by the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Valley Children’s Hospital of Madera, and the Joyce Ellington Branch Library in San Jose.

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Bill Gittins

Primarily a painter of land, water, and sky, Bill started sketching and painting in the mid-1980s. His work has evolved from experimental abstract scenes created in watercolor and acrylic to representational oil landscapes, seascapes, and skyscapes. "The process of creating each piece has always brought me complete satisfaction," he says. "From the initial quick sketch of the scene to the fully developed piece, it provides happiness and enjoyment to me and to the observer. I am drawn to the simplicity of the shapes and the radiance of objects I see."

Bill's work resides in regional, national, and international locations. He shows his work at various venues throughout the year, including galleries and wineries and the permanent collection at Sutter Hospital in Santa Rosa, California. 

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Jill Keller Peters

Jill's knowledge and practice of color and light have matured from two areas of study. First, she explored light and its effect on film at the Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara. She also studied with master colorist Susan Sarback, from whom she learned the effect of light and color when translated into oil painting. Her work has received recognition locally and nationally and she has exhibited at Galerie Judith Engelstad in Sausalito as well as in San Francisco, Chicago, and Denver. 

"When I go into my studio to paint, I am mindful of the strength of the beauty, light, and color. Expressing these elements with oil paint ushers in a whole new world of depth and design," she says. "When I look to grace and beauty, and I am open and reach for that higher thought, the painting in progress becomes a talisman, a prayer. I am devoted to creating strong, rich, luminous oil paintings using color as my language. The result is a force of creativity and wholeness."

  

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Donna McGinnis 

Donna paints in the genre of landscape, yet "landscapes" is too simple a description for her paintings. Her work is modern in composition; the horizon determines the mood and narrative that will develop. With the swirling of brushwork and layering of glazes, she creates her signature style of softness and a painting that glows from within. 

In each landscape, Donna paints skies that are both ethereal and realistic. As a child, she remembers watching the sky with its changing cloud formations. Each cloud promised a transformation into a different children’s fantasy. Even more importantly, clouds became for Donna the beginning elements of abstraction.

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Becoming Independent

Becoming Independent (BI) helps people with developmental disabilities live meaningful and productive lives. We are a nonprofit community-benefit organization serving Sonoma, Napa, and Solano counties with a purpose to elevate human abilities for the mutual benefit of our community. At BI, we believe our pioneering model has and always will break barriers for people with disabilities. We believe that beauty and potential exist in each of us. We believe it’s our responsibility to be active citizens. We believe in standing for the rights of all people, especially the right to a life of dignity and fulfillment.

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Julie Marie

Initially, I was considering medical school but while studying anatomy I became entranced with classical figure drawing. I changed majors and graduated from UCLA with a degree in Fine Art.  I love the act of drawing. To me that primitive basic mark making holds a power and has the uniqueness of a signature. My current paintings often combine elements of classical figures in an atmosphere of marks and gestures. 

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John Lee Reed

Indulge in the joys of childhood on the beaches of the Atlantic and Pacific. Dive into the thrills of surfing and surf culture. Go inside the mind of an artist searching for his voice and expressing himself in a way only a seasoned professional can. That's what you get when you experience John Lee Reed's artwork. 

After graduating college in Virginia and spending time on Madison Avenue pursuing an advertising career, John finished first in his class at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. He went on to design T-shirts for Disney and Warner Bros. in Florida, an experience that put him on the cutting edge of computer-generated graphics in the 1990s. John then relocated to Los Angeles to head up the design departments of two large toy companies, Applause Toys and Beverly Hills' Equity Marketing. The artist, his wife Vali, and their three children moved to Sonoma in 2003 and now happily live in Windsor, California.

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Teresa Saluzzo 

Teresa grew up in a family of artists and has been working in the art field since she was a child. She is a colorist who imbues her oil, acrylic, and pastel work with a palate based on her inner vision. Teresa believes that art is not a rarefied intellectual distillate, but an intensified brilliant life. "Although I don't stay in any one style, my inspiration comes from two sources," she says. "There's the turn-of-the-century California Impressionists; their bold color and immediacy with paint drew my attention and truly helped create my vision. And then there's living in one of the most beautiful areas of the world, the Northern California coast. I work towards painting the stories of the land." (Teresa accepts commissions – email her for details.)

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Carol Ashford

Carol Ashford is a mixed media artist currently focused on encaustic painting. She often integrates objects into her work, ensnaring them in colorful wax compositions that reflect on life’s mysteries and challenges. Hermetically sealed in thick coats of pigmented beeswax, her wood panels host a dimensional presentation of development and excavation like a archeological study of the human experience.

After completing her first degree in art at (then) Cal State Hayward, Carol continued to expand her repertoire of varied techniques and disciplines at CCAC, Academy of Art, and Humboldt State before becoming an art teacher herself for 14 years. During her tenure in the classroom, she encountered digital media for the first time and subsequently became a trailblazing advocate for technology and arts education as an administrator of schools across the Bay Area, Napa, and Sonoma Counties.

In a world now fully digitized, Carol’s art is a return to reliance on the more tactile digits she uses every day. Always yearning to explore new techniques and processes, encaustic wax painting appealed to her as a medium which she had not yet charted despite its ancient history. Starting with a wood panel, she keeps a critical eye on her work while letting her subconscious wander during the application of pigmented wax encasing objects and textures, composed at first by instinct and sometimes partly excavated en route to completion.

Though cryptic at a glance, the symbols and materials in her hermetically sealed panels often document and reflect upon her life experiences. In her recent work one can often find pieces of rubble from the house she lost in the Tubbs fire, sometimes accompanied by worker bees toiling away at a new honeycomb for their queen.

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Floral Luxe & Co
Christina, Owner, Designer, + Floral Enthusiast

A Sonoma County Native, Christina was born and raised in Santa Rosa, California. Christina began designing flowers as a hobby and very quickly turned it into a passion. She was confident and committed to spend her life doing exactly what she loved and has been chasing her floral design dreams ever since.  

 

As a previous business partner of S.C. Marie Floral & Event Designs, she is now Owner and Lead Designer of her very own Floral Design Studio. Her role is to get to know each client and understand their ideas. She touches every floral design and has meticulous attention to detailing, Guarantee perfection for every Floral Luxe & Co. event.

 

Specializing in Weddings and Events, Floral Luxe & Co offers a wide variety of styles including Romantic, Contemporary, Vintage, Classic or Sophisticated Designs. We offer a gorgeous selection of Bouquets, Ceremony Designs, Centerpieces, Cake Florals, and more, personalizing your décor every step of the way.

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Fleurs de France
Jessica Switala - Founder & CEO

We are passionate & energetic, specializing in weddings and event design, and we love collaborating with clients (and their other vendors). Our goal is helping to create the event you envision right here in the Sonoma County & Napa Valley Wine Country in Northern California.

Whether your event is intimate or a lavish soiree, modern or whimsical, or you desire sophisticated elegance, formal, romantic or a more natural garden look, Fleurs de France will bring your vision to fruition. Each new project is approached with passion, creativity, grace & honesty (I will tell you what I think, really). Never fear I do listen to you, embracing your vision, lending my experience of what works, all the while keeping it real and focusing on what matters to you.

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Kevin Howell

Kevin Howell has been blowing glass for 10 years. He specializes in borosilicate, otherwise known as "hard glass."

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David Lawson 

David Lawson creates designs and builds custom interior cabinetry and trim. He works closely with architects and interior designers from conception to finalization of plans and product selection, and believes in the core principles of green building — reclaim, recycle, reuse.

 

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Peter Weber

Peter Weber is the founder of the Cork Quality Council, a nonprofit organization sponsored by selected wine cork suppliers. The group was established to promote education and better quality-assurance procedures for the wine and cork industries.

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Tauro Design
Leather Craftsman

It was an opportunity to apprentice with an Hermès Craftsman that led to my focus on leatherwork.  Over the years I have combined my various skills to arrive at the point I am currently at; providing design and build services for the design trade.

Leatherwork remains at the core of my interests, while working with metal, wood and textiles round out my abilities. 

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Elizabeth McKoy
Painter, Theater Director, Teaching Artist and Founder of Soulster.org

Elizabeth McKoy​ is a Painter, Theatre Director, Teaching Artist and  Founder of Soulster.org - a non-profit organization seeking to help  individuals grow and celebrate their creativity.   


Her paintings tend to be textural, colorful, and gestural. She explains, “I  love the intimate dance of working with acrylic paints and when I paint, I  often get completely lost in time and space, especially when I immerse  myself in music. I often find a physical rhythm to my paintings that informs  my process. I love abstract painting, but I also enjoy the discipline of  painting realistic subjects.  Each type of painting offers me a different way  of seeing and responding - a different way to find an artistic balance. I  also deeply appreciate the sense of detachment when I am working - of  not knowing exactly where a painting will start, stop, or need to be layered  over. Some of my favorite paintings have 10 or more fully finished layers  beneath them.” 


Before moving to Sebastopol, she has been deeply involved in the Bay  Area professional theatre arts community for over 20 years where she  founded and was Artistic Director for the award-winning Berkeley  Playhouse.  Elizabeth is a “forever nester” with 5 children ages 6-26,  an amazingly  supportive husband and endlessly helpful mother. She is passionate  about teaching, coaching, and helping others unleash their creativity  online and in-person.   

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Rachel Brooks
Painter + Muralist

Rachel Brooks is a Bay Area painter and muralist. She is an honors graduate of The Art Institute of San Francisco where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2010. For the first 10 years of her career, Rachel held various roles in the fashion industry, working as an illustrator, designer, and creative director. Her work as a creative director has been showcased throughout both regional and national editorial publications.


Rachel’s full transition back into the world of art happened after her move from San Francisco to Sonoma County where she was inspired to move closer to her fine art roots. These days she works in both traditional and digital media, but most often acrylic painting on canvas and wood paneling. Rachel’s murals have been commissioned by residential, commercial, and public properties throughout the Bay Area. Her painting style clearly reflects her background in textile design and illustration using unique combinations of color and textures to build layers of interest in her two-dimensional pieces. Her public art has included large scale installations, site-specific installations, and mural commissions by the Lava Mae organization in San Francisco, The Sisters Cities Artist Exchange in Yektaktenberg, Russia, and most recently The City of Petaluma Public Library.


Rachel’s work often explores many cultural and social issues, especially as they pertain to women. From 2012 to 2015, she sat on the graduation panel of her alma mater mentoring students throughout their portfolio presentations and their transitions into the industry. She spends her spare time volunteering at the Homeless Prenatal Program in San Francisco as well as local middle schools inspiring students to pursue careers within the arts. 


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