The 2nd Story Gallery highlights local artists with monthly shows. The gallery is located in the historic Walker House and is open to the public, free of charge, on the 2nd & 3rd Friday and Saturday evenings of each month.
Parking is also free.
Mingle with the artists and enjoy their unique techniques first hand. Hors d’oeuvres, provided by LucaBella Restaurant, will be served on Friday evenings.
Friday September 14 & 21 and Saturdays 15 & 22, from 5:30 to 8:30 pm
The San Dimas Festival of Arts presents the 2nd Story Gallery.
The 2nd Story Gallery is the ‘Best Kept Secret in Town’ and has had ongoing shows since 2009.
This month we are very honored to welcome a group of over sixteen local artists, under the collective name of Palomares Artist Workshop, in their first Art Exhibit and Sale here in the 2nd Story Gallery, within the Walker House, San Dimas.
The Palomares Artist Workshop is a fine art and social club consisting of local artists who meet at Palomares Park Senior Center in Pomona, California.
There is a social aspect to the group, which is encouraged, as this open format allows the free exchange of ideas and techniques. Members are primarily senior citizens, but all ages are welcome. These artists work in oil, acrylic, watercolor, pencil, charcoal and pastels. These artists have varying levels of experience, and spend their time together assisting and critiquing one another.
The Palomares Artist Workshop has an ongoing commitment to support their local communities and the San Dimas Festival of Arts is happy to showcase their talents in the 2nd Story Gallery this month.
The featured artists include: Beth Costanza, Billy W. Schisler II, Blennie Danielson, Bobbie Sharpe, Doris Maldonado, Effi A. Martinez, Janet van Gaalen, Jean Harcourt, Kyle A. McGee, Lawrie Stratton, Marilyn Pina, Marina Tien, Nancy Burkett Kalinowski, Rollin Scott, Ted Ng, and Yvonne Hillman. More information on the artists below.
About the Artists
The Palomares Artist Workshop is a fine art and social club consisting of local artists who meet at Palomares Park Senior Center in Pomona, California. Here’s an introduction to these wonderful multi-talented and diverse September Artists:
Artist Statement: For me, art is a lifting of spirit, whether it’s my creation or viewing another artist’s work. There is happiness in doing and in seeing any creative and beautiful art object.
After retiring as Executive Director from the Arcadia Chamber of Commerce in 2011, Beth began attending watercolor art classes, although it had been 35 years since she had last picked up a pen, pencil or paintbrush. In high school she was awarded a scholarship to Art Center School, in Los Angeles, and attended three semesters, where she was enrolled in a life drawing class, which she loved. Following this she attended the University of Colorado and majored in education. Returning to the Los Angeles area, where her husband worked, Beth taught third grade, Early Childhood Education, and implemented Art and Spanish language programs, which were very successful.
Leaving the world of education, Beth and her husband, started several food/restaurant businesses. After selling their last business, Beth returned to the education field, teaching ROP classes and Adult Ed until she was recruited to become the Executive Director of the Arcadia Chamber of Commerce.
After 12 years, Beth retired and resumed her art studies. Never having worked with color – her biggest fear – her goal was to learn how to incorporate color into her work. Watercolor is now her favorite, although she sometimes works in acrylic, and has just experienced her first taste of plein air painting and oils.
Billy W. Schisler II
Artist Statement: Living in an urban area, I enjoy painting quiet, peaceful subjects found in nature, places where I would rather be. Sometimes these are real places and sometimes they are found within my imagination. Liking to be detailed, I found watercolor to be too loose for my tastes, but then I discovered that using ink, with my watercolor, produced a style of painting more to my liking.
After retiring, Billy decided to take up art as a hobby, and without any prior experience in the arts, he tried several mediums. He found the use of watercolor and ink to be the medium of his choice, along with acrylic.
Growing up in a military family, Billy traveled a lot and visited many National Parks and other places of interest. As an adult he continued to enjoy being out in nature, and this influenced his subjects when painting.
Billy now lives in Walnut, California, traveling whenever he gets the chance.
Artist Statement: I have been fascinated with graphic design, portraiture, and natural still life. The spectrum of hues, patterns and composition available within these subjects are a lifetime study for me. I am currently working in watercolors, but have a background in ceramics, oil painting and digital design. Living in Arcadia, the LA County Arboretum, and the surrounding mountains, provide a continuous source of inspiration for my work.
Blennie has studied with many local teachers.
She attended the University of Southern California and studied ceramics with Joyce Kohl, followed by classes with Ralph Bacerra and Ed O’Reily, at Otis Art College.
While working in the Ceramic Department at Glendale Community College, she studied with Rob Kibbler, Mark X. Poore and Virginia Cartwright, and she received awards in several Art Shows.
Blennie continued her studies at Pasadena City College, with Jim Morphesis, Robin Mitchell, Sue Brown and Laurel Paley. With such a variety of teachers, Blennie has created her own style and is currently working with watercolors.
Bobbie has always loved art, even as a child. Her mother, an accomplished artist, was the first and greatest artistic influence in her life. Bobbie started taking classes in the early 1970s, and honed her skills by attaining a degree in Fine Art.
A busy family life prevented Bobbie from doing much painting for the next 30 years, but once their children were grown, she traveled, with her husband, to Europe for a month on an art tour with her Art History professor. One of the greatest thrills of her life was standing, in the Sistine Chapel, and looking up at Michelangelo’s incredible ceiling paintings.
Since that time, she has retired, rediscovered her passion for art, and has taken classes and workshops, with many talented California artists. Her granddaughter, Kristen, is also an artist, carrying the artistic tradition into another generation.
As President of the Palomares Artist Workshop, Bobbie spends half of her time socializing and the other half painting. She feels it is a great place to relax and spend time with fellow artists. This group of good friends bring much joy into her life.
Doris worked in the fashion industry, where she learned to combine colors that were pleasing and more attractive to the eye.
Eighteen years ago, Doris sat at the side of Dick Tarkington, while attending classes given by Mr. Ellington, and under his tutelage learned how to handle different media, concentrating then on oils.
Dick later became a teacher, and Doris continued her studies with him, where he introduced her to watercolor. Although she had used oils and pastels, using watercolor gave her a thrill. With watercolor she experienced a whole new world of brilliance and splendor. Watercolor has taken her into the unknown, and along the way she discovered new paths that led her into a realm of mystery.
Doris has five adult children who all think she is OK and she feels very blessed.
Effi A. Martinez
Artist Statement: I’ve always loved and appreciated art in all its many forms, from painting and sculpture, to music and theater. Even dentistry, which I practiced for many years, is an art form I appreciate a lot. I love visiting museums of art and taking in art anywhere I can, especially when I travel. Art is my main entertainment now in my senior years, but it has evolved from a hobby into something much more. Many members of my family, like my grandmother and several of my brothers, were artists, and I now consider myself an artist among them.
Effi Alpizar Martinez was born in Yucatan, Mexico. She first began studying art in high school, taught by her teachers, Ada Moreno and Josefino Fajardo, and eventually became a Doctor of Dentistry, which she considers its own form of art.
Effi moved from Mexico to the United States when she was 33, and continued to practice as a dentist at various locations, including the Los Angeles County Jail and a retirement home. She retired when she was 74 and took up painting as a hobby, to keep herself busy, and fell in love with it.
Effi is now 93 and continues to paint. She especially loves creating landscapes with watercolors and acrylics, and painting portraits using pastels.
Janet van Gaalen
Artist Statement: My love of the arts came from watching my grandmother create everything by hand, from oil painting to driftwood sculptures. I learned the love of bringing to life whatever I could imagine. I felt my spirit needed to feel and touch my creations, so I pursued an education in fiber arts, doing spinning, weaving, and silk dyeing. I am now painting with watercolors, striving to achieve the color blends similar to those achieved in silk dyeing.
Janet started painting in high school, and continued while studying at East Los Angeles Junior College, Mt. San Antonio and Rio Hondo colleges. She majored in graphic design and continued to work in this field for five years.
After taking a break for marriage, four children, baseball, scouts and life, Janet returned to the arts 20 years later. Her studies included ceramics, fiber arts, dye manipulations, and silk painting. The look of the dyed silk led her to the wash and flow of watercolors, creating constantly surprising results.
Kyle A. McGee
A former production supervisor for an international company, Kyle began his art studies in the mid 1960’s, where he remembers some of his first paintings were watercolors completed in the fifth grade. In high school, art and mechanical drawing were a major portion of his studies, and he won awards in several art competitions, finishing First and Fourth.
Later his drawing abilities were used in designs for machining and the aerospace industry. He began to paint again about fifteen years ago, preferring painting in acrylics, and with his favorite subject being landscapes. Kyle enjoys the process of painting, from the basic idea, composition, layout and finally the painting of the piece itself, and he feels a tremendous satisfaction in all of it, creating something brand new, which has never been seen before.
Kyle’s work has been displayed in a number of local galleries, including AVD, DPOA, 57 Underground, THE LOFT and the Pomona Public Library. He believes in doing works for charities and has contributed several paintings to several charities. You can also find him at his open booth at the Pomona Artwalk, where anyone can come and paint.
Lawrie has lived and worked in the east San Gabriel valley area since 1958. When she retired almost a decade ago, her pastor came to call, and seeing some of her oil paintings, suggested she take some art lessons. Following his suggestion, a fellow student referred her to the Palomares Artist Workshop. This has become one of the brighter spots in her early retirement years.
Lawrie enjoys rendering in oil, colorful flowers, animals and landscapes. She also does an occasional charcoal drawing and finds it a fun hobby.
Marilyn studied art at the Art Institute of Chicago, and at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. She is continuing her studies currently at Mt. San Antonio College. She enjoys all media, from oil, to watercolor, to pastels, and especially enjoys portrait painting. Marilyn retired from a teaching career, where she was a school principal, and now has time to enjoy her artwork.
Marina has loved painting since she was a child. After she emigrated to the Los Angeles area, Marina began to attend painting classes at Adult School, whenever she had the time. She started initially working with different media, including oil, acrylic, pastel and watercolor, and finally decided that her favorite is watercolor, which she has used for the past ten years. Marina really enjoys painting with her friend at the Palomares Artist Workshop on Friday afternoons.
Nancy Burkett Kalinowski
Artist Statement: I love the oceans and clouds, which are ever changing, and want others to love them too, and the many colors that nature provides.
Nancy has drawn since she was very young and just thought it was something everyone could do, so she never took any formal lessons. Over 40 years ago she taught herself to paint in oils, and then switched to watercolor, because there was less cleanup afterwards. She prefers to work with her watercolors on Yupo paper, which is a synthetic type of plastic paper, which she both loves and hates. This paper is difficult to control with watercolor so most artists shy away from it. However, Nancy is determined… or just stubborn!
Rollin believes his interest in art started when he was 10 or 11 years old, mostly with drawing. He remembers art classes in both Junior and Senior High Schools.
His first experience with oil painting was when he attended Fresno City College. During his working years he continued to enjoy painting whenever he had time.
When he retired, in 1996, he started Adult Education art classes with Heinz Rosien, Gail Holl and Wei Lo, and also worked as a teacher’s Aide with Heinz Rosien, for a short time. Rollin now enjoys his Friday afternoons with the Palomares Artist Workshop.
In 2006, after years of procrastination, Ted decided to further his interests from mere appreciation to physical engagement with art.
He began by joining a drawing class, sponsored by the city where he lived, and committed himself to finishing at least one drawing each week. Since then, Ted has attended a few other drawing/painting classes, and he began devoting more and more time to his artwork.
Ted has been very fortunate to have had the opportunity to study under such great artists as Mark Westermoe, Ray Tucker, Wei Lo, Deni Wohlgemuth Ponty, and Mary Winterfield.
From 2013 on, Ted has devoted much of his time doing portraits in both oil and charcoal. His favorite artists include Andrew Wyeth, Anders Zorn, Joaquin Sorolla, John Singer Sargent and many more.
Yvonne’s interest in painting began with admiration and love of Mr. Bob Ross and his remarkable work. Finding confidence and joy in painting, gave both her and her father an opportunity to try their hands at painting.
With busy schedules of children, grandchildren, husband and household, Yvonne’s challenge was put on hold until later in life. However, with the passing of her father, she brought his paints and brushes home to provide her with the inspiration to start again, and at age 69, Yvonne began her painting career.
Now four years later it is a passion and fulfilment. A true “Joy of Painting”, although many other artists have guided her hand. She credits Santa Barbara artist, Mr. Buck Paulson, several Public Broadcasting painting shows, and the Palomares Artist Workshop for helping her succeed.
We invite everyone to come and enjoy the Art displayed at the 2nd Story Gallery in the Walker House in San Dimas. Gallery dates are Friday and Saturday evenings, August 10, 11 and 17,18, from 5:30pm – 8:30pm.
One of the unique features of the 2nd Story Galley is that the artists are usually in residence during our gallery hours, so you have an opportunity to ask them any questions about their artwork, what inspired them to create that specific piece, the challenges they faced, how they knew when the work was finished, and so on – whatever you wish to know!
The Friday evening Artist’s Reception, presented by Luca Bella’s Restaurant and the San Dimas Festival of Arts, will complement your viewing experience.
All artwork displayed is available for sale, so we hope you find something to take home and enjoy!
While visiting the Walker House we hope you will also enjoy the Luca Bella Restaurant and the San Dimas Historical Society, at 121 North San Dimas Avenue, San Dimas, CA 91773.
For more details, please contact San Dimas Festival of Arts at 909-599-5374
This is a Free Event.