For Julianna Sophia, making art is an experience as much as an outcome, a journey as much as a destination. “My objective is to express the feelings of joy and awe that nature inspires in me,” she writes in her artist’s statement. “I believe that painters have a vocabulary of color, texture, and other elements of design at their disposal that can be more powerful than words or even music in evoking an emotional response.”
Passion for the process of creating is as much the point for Sophia as is the passion for the subject she is revealing. Which may help explain why her paintings cover so many styles and media. Most recently, the artist’s work has been on view at both the Pathways ArtSpace in Chilmark and the West Tisbury library as part of their group show “Light.”
For the latter, she has chosen to show landscapes. For the former, she has contributed a selection of portraits and other subjects done in a very contemporary style, as well as a few abstracted landscapes. Among the paintings featured at Pathways are a self portrait executed in a folk art style, and a wonderfully stylized painting called “The Women,” which features multiple fine line images of figures blended into a colored swirling pattern. There are also some lovely simply rendered images of flowers with abstract elements and a couple of paintings of Balinese women.
The selection at the West Tisbury library displays a more traditional approach. Her deeply emotive landscape paintings benefit from a painterly execution with lots of layering and evident brushstrokes used to create very vivid scenes.
The sheer joy of expression is evident in all of Sophia’s work. “I’ve always loved paint ever since I was a little kid,” she says. “I really like to do things with my hands. I only draw with one hand but I paint with both arms. I really like the whole experiential process of being with paints—putting them on and scraping them off.”
Sophia also tries to incorporate her environment into her work. She often creates dyes with things like poke berries from her yard, and loves to paint on locally sourced birch boards and handmade paper. When possible, she recycles scraps of construction materials for her frames. “I really like working with found objects,” she says.
Sophia has been working as a professional artist since early adulthood. She has always been inspired by nature. One of her earliest inspirations was the fields and flowers of the Netherlands, where she spent time working on a graduate fellowship. In 1994 she moved to Carmel, Calif., where she painted with the renowned artist Gerald Wasserman. “The most important thing I learned from him was not to be daunted by conventional technique,” she says. “He used to say, ‘If you are true to your feelings that will appear on the canvas.’” The fact that she has since taken that advice to heart is clearly in evidence in all of her work.
After moving to the Island, Sophia found another mentor in the acclaimed Vineyard artist Allen Whiting. “I’ve been friends and colleagues with Allen for 20 years,” she says. “He hasn’t strictly been a teacher but we’ve hung out and painted together. Just his liking my work has kept me on top of things.”
Currently, Sophia is focusing on landscape painting. “I’m looking forward to deepening my work and also showing my work more,” she says.
On the Vineyard, Sophia’s work has been shown at the former Dragonfly Gallery, the Sargent Gallery, the Island Art Gallery, Featherstone, the Carnegie, and the Chilmark library. She has also exhibited at galleries in Westport, Conn., Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Carmel. For a dozen years, Sophia ran a little studio/gallery out of a shed outside her former home in Quansoo. Her work has been collected by people all over the globe.
Concurrently with her continuing landscape work, Sophia is pursuing a very ambitious art project titled Project Elevation: Multidimensional Journey Into Art as Medicine. The projected installation/immersive/performance art project will involve audience members enjoying a multi-sensory healing experience while the artist creates with physical enhancements like shooting arrows, and large brushes tied to her arms to enable her to create brushstrokes while performing tai chi moves. Discussion, herbal refreshments, music, and sound effects will all be part of the experiment, which Sophia is currently in the process of pitching to various arts organizations.
The artist is continually experimenting and working on advancing her skills. “I keep plugging away,” she says. “That’s what I do. Especially during these times, I find my work to be a huge solace to me. It helps me not only to express my truth but it brings me into a meditative state.”
Check out Julianna Sophia’s work at Pathways, which is planning to open to visitors Tuesday-Saturday, 11 am to 5 pm, so they can view the art there. You can also view Sophia’s work on Instagram @juliannsophia3 or contact the artist at email@example.com to visit her studio.
Google's Arts & Culture update includes filters inspired by famous artists | Venture – Daily Hive
In a recent update to Google’s Arts & Culture app, users can now apply famous artistic styles from renowned painters to their photos.
Dubbed Art Transfer, the update brings a new bit of flash to your photo game. By simply opening up the camera tool in the app, taking or uploading a photo, and choosing a famous style, the Google-built algorithm will apply said style to your image.
“From the bold, swirling movement in Vincent van Gogh’s paintings, to the surreal, confident brushstrokes of Frida Kahlo, many famous artists have instantly recognizable styles,” reads the update. “Now you can use these styles to transform your own photos.”
Notable artists include Munch, Basquiat, Warhol, and Hokusai.
Art Transfer works directly on your phone, without any active conversation with servers or other sources, applying the filters with ease and speed.
Arts council announces changes in staff and in ways to share art with the community – Columbia Valley Pioneer
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New executive director
The Columbia Valley Arts Council is pleased to announce the appointment of Sami Wackerle (pictured) as executive director.
Sami’s past work experience as the program director of the Canmore Museum & Geoscience Centre will be a great asset to the arts council and its members. One of Canmore’s great destinations, the museum offers a variety of collections, programs and opportunities for residents and visitors “that celebrate mountain life.”
In addition to her experiences in the not-for-profit sector in support of the museum’s board of directors, her specific duties included volunteer recruitment and management, community and school programming, event organization and delivery, partnership development, website development and marketing/communications. Sami also worked with their collections department on exhibit design – often with complementary programming to encourage community connections to new exhibits. And she has had specific experiences in the upkeep of historic buildings, attending to Canmore’s 1893 North-West Mounted Police Barracks Building. So Sami is delighted to know that she will have an office within our wonderful Pynelogs Centre, and also play a significant role in its stewardship.
Sami has also worked for Parks Canada, having spent her university years as a volunteer mentor in an online graphic design community, and has recently returned to these roots to do marketing and promotion for a few of her artist friends.
On a personal note, Sami has achieved one of her life goals by being able to move to the Columbia Valley! She has visited the area many times and will be on a mission to explore the East Kootenays one back road at a time. Since her interests include hiking, snowboarding and kayaking, we know that she will find the transition here to be an easy one (COVID-19 notwithstanding). We can’t wait to show her more of the amazing resources of our valley – and most importantly – introduce her to the wonderful people who live and visit here. Sami began her position here on March 30.
New assistant gallery curator
Kate Goldie moved to Invermere from New Brunswick in 2006 and quickly fell in love with the incredible area she now calls home. As an emerging artist, she is excited to be working so closely with the arts in such a fantastic setting!
When she’s not at work, Kate can be found painting and enjoying time in nature with her two toddlers.
Departing executive director
Jami Scheffer has been at Columbia Valley Arts (CV Arts) for over 15 years. She has built CV Arts with a number of boards from a small organization to one that brings live music to the valley on a regular basis and a multitude of art shows and events. We have Love It Live, the Invermere Music Festival, Fresh Fridays for those just starting out in the music world, as well as an open mike on Fridays with OSO. Jami has also started many art shows from Little Peeps to Art from the Heart and shows that run regularly for mature artists.
Jami has been instrumental in leading the CV Arts programs to where they are today. She will be missed by the past and the current board as well as the people in the valley who enjoy the wonderful events that have been organized by her at CV Arts. Her knowledge has developed over the past years as her experience has grown, and we are grateful for the years that she has dedicated to CV Arts. She has loved it and it has shown through her professionalism and hard work; it has been her baby.
We wish Jami the very best in her adventures on Bowen Island. She will be a huge asset to any arts council she joins. Good luck Jami and remember to come and visit this beautiful valley!
How to get creative and enjoy the arts during self-isolation and COVID-19
Pynelogs Cultural Centre will remain closed for the foreseeable future. All upcoming events are currently cancelled. Where possible we will be reintroducing these events online. Our gallery is also shifting online. Our first show Art from the Heart will be available to view soon.
We know that many of you now have a lot of extra unplanned and unexpected time on your hands, so in addition to making the switch to digital, our new staff have also started assembling a collection of creative resources and challenges to help you stay occupied. We’ll be posting links to a variety of puzzles, games, and activities designed to help keep you out of trouble right now. The first activities featured are a Pynelogs history crossword and word search. Check out the activities at: https://www.columbiavalleyarts.com/creative-activities/
We’ll also be featuring a daily Stay Home Creative Challenge on our Facebook and Instagram accounts. There’ll be everything from fashion shows, to dances, date night ideas, and drawing challenges to keep you feeling inspired one day of social distancing at a time!
Interested in creating something to share with the community? Please contact Sami at firstname.lastname@example.org
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