Watercolor and collage artwork by Allied Artist West member Kaaren Marquez.

“When Thoughts Become Visual”
at the Addison Penzak Jewish Community Center Los Gatos
May 10 to July 2, 2018
14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos, CA 95032
Reception: Thursday, May 17, 6-8pm

Watercolor and collage artwork by Allied Artist West member Kaaren Marquez.

“First Impressions” at the John O’Lague Galleraria
May 25 to July 27, 2018
777 B Street, Hayward, CA 94541

Vermeer’s “Girl with a Pearl Earring”
40″ x 32″
Various mediums
Opening bid $1000; “Buy Now” price $1500.

Information on how to bid will be posted here when auction becomes live. Stay tuned…

Participating artists: Belinda Lima, Ed Lucy, Maralyn Miller, Judy Welsh, Pat Suggs, Veronica Gross, Vincent Liu, Michael Rogan, Kay Duffy, Julia Watson, Sam Pearson, Teresa Ruzo, Yao-pi Hsu, Sandi Okita, Jen Norton, Jane Hofstetter, Will Maller, Rajani Balaram, and Carole Rafferty.

What do twenty-six professional Bay-Area artists do for fun?

Recently, our members were each given a small 8″ x 8” canvas which had only a quick black and white sketch on it that was part of a larger well-known painting. The artists were instructed to make their own painting, sticking to the values (lights and darks) on the little canvas they were given, and were not were not given any clues as to what the total image would be. When the group got back together with their completed works, the paintings were assembled (after a little time!) into two refreshing unique and updated versions of Manet’s 1872 “Berthe Morisot with a Bouquet of Violets”, and Vermeer’s 1665 “Girl with a Pearl Earring”. The paintings were then presented to Martha’s Kitchen for their upcoming charity auction to raise money to feed the hungry. Auction date tbd. We will post information about the auction as it becomes available, so please check back!

Left: The original value sketch for the final painting. Each participating artist received one section of the canvas, but was not shown the final image.
Right: The artists assembling each piece of the puzzle to discover the final masterpiece!

The original value sketch and final multi-artist compilation of our second piece, Manet’s “Berthe Morisot with a Bouquet of Violets”.

***Martha’s Kitchen, located at 311 Willow Street in San Jose, CA, has served about four million meals to the needy since Louise Benson (“The Mother Teresa of San Jose”) founded it in 1981 with the mission statement: “feed the hungry with dignity, no questions asked, no judgements made”. Donors and volunteers have been a big part of the program from the beginning. Information about the auction can be found at www.marthas-kitchen.org , or 408-293-6111.