Saturday, August 6, 2011

Whimsy & A Touch of Class!

Royal Party, mixed media on board by Laurie Meseroll

It's been years since we've had work from Laurie Meseroll, but the times, they are a-changin'! She's finally sent us new work! Laurie's work is playful and full of personality. She works on canvas and board with paint, paper, fabric and glitter, and will even embed essential oils into her artwork so they have evocative scents. Her folksy figures can be seen sewing, carrying baskets of eggs, eating soup and playing tug of war. These treasures would be perfect for a niche or placed on a shelf or bookcase.

Small Kimono Boy with Two Birds, ceramic by Maria Counts

Maria Counts has been having fun in her studio! Her recent ceramics are otherworldly Asian-inspired figures. Not quite human and not quite animal, Maria mixes birds, frogs, cat's ears, kimonos and toadstools to achieve truly sophisticated results. If you're a fan of her classic vessels adorned with the faces of women, don't worry, she brought those, too! Always a calming presence in the gallery, Maria imparts her particular ease within her ceramic art.

Oxidized Gemstone Hoop necklace by Mashka

Influenced by her Siberian heritage at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, Mashka creates her elegant, sophisticated jewelry in her studio in northern California. Using fine metals and semi-precious gemstones, her look is timeless, elegant and ever-so-slightly ethnic. Karen found Mashka's work at one of the trade shows where she hunts out new talent. Her muted palette is perfect to wear with evening wear or even jeans and a white top.

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