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.
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.
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.
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.
Colin Foulke has dedicated his life to handpans — musical instruments consisting of two half-shells of steel glued together. From Germany to Russia, England to Canada, Northern California to North Carolina, Colin has traveled the world playing, performing, and sharing his love for this new and exciting musical instrument. Along with performing, Colin runs workshops on handpan techniques, teaches online handpan lessons, and has released a handpan tutorial DVD.
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."
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.
Chris Henry's paintings tell a story; they are mysterious and kinetic; they challenge you. They somehow discover where you are in your life and where you're going next.
As soon as Chris finished art school, he left the East Coast and drove West to look for a different life and landed in San Francisco. "I spent much of my youth as a seeker, until I realized that my search was not external," he says. "I found I was searching for something within. Realizing that, language began to have everything to do with how I saw the world. Paint is a form of language. I speak beauty, peace, and transcendence. It is my way of sharing. I paint as an exploration and as an inquiry into life and into myself."
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.
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."
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.
Cari was born and raised in the Bay Area and studied fine-art photography at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Prior to becoming a full-time studio artist, she operated a commercial photography studio for 7 years. Cari teaches, lectures, and shows her work in the U.S. and abroad. She's a founding board member of International Encaustic Artists and served as the creator and director of its first three annual retreats in Carmel Valley, California. Her teaching methods are featured in two instructional DVDs as well as several publications.
Seth Richardson grew up on Cape Cod and has worked on the West Coast for more than a decade, the common denominator being his love for finding calmness in the unpredictability of nature, its storms, and the power that is the ocean. Drawing inspiration from naturalist artists such as Andy Goldsworthy and New England's Robert Parker, he sources objects from around the farm he lives on in Fulton, California – gnarled grape vines, thistles, golden straw, and weathered rocks from rivers and beaches – and transforms them into gravity-defying sculptures and wall art. Richardson's training as a stone mason and construction manager infuses everything he creates, from trowel-brushing plaster on his paintings to recovering wood from houses damaged in the 2017 Northern California wildfires.
Richardson Design Co. is Seth's family-owned design and fabrication studio, which specializes in custom residential and commercial decor. The studio designs and fabricates everything from simple vases to dining tables that seat 14 people to custom wall art and sculpture, using any number of different mediums to meet client needs – steel, wood, concrete, glass, stone, and more. All of Richardson Design's work is done in house, and is showcased in homes, tasting rooms, restaurants, interior-design showrooms, and tech firms all over the San Francisco/North Bay area. The studio also ships work throughout the U.S.
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.
Jeffrey 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, Jeffrey 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, Jeffrey 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, Jeffrey was able to make a tremendous detour from his style of realism and wholly embrace abstract art.
A Korean native, Monica Lee-Boutz layers her imaginative collages with images reminiscent of her homeland. Working with watercolor, acrylic, charcoal, and sumi ink, she constantly experiments, adding handmade papers, plaster, fabric, dyes, plants, leaves, stamps, her own Korean calligraphy – anything that piques her curiosity – to discover new textures and visual effects for her collage creations. What began as a hobby quickly became a consuming passion. Monica has participated in many well-known artist workshops and has won several awards from juried art shows.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.)
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."