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2019 ENGAGE Artists

The Baker Sisters - Painting - Resident Designer

The Baker Sisters - Painting - Resident Designer

Melissa and Mercedes Baker grew up on a cattle ranch in the hills of Napa Valley, CA. Isolated from town and media, they spent their spare time drawing, writing, and turning old dusty hay barns into palaces of their imagination. They never stopped. Their current studio, a 1920’s hay barn as described in “American Art Collector,” May 2015 is “ A 6 acre ranch in the sticks with hundred year old houses, trees, rusty cars, fields, a gypsy wagon, a river, and an abundance of talented artists. It's where community is luxury and creativity is treasure."  
Anne Pentland - Painting

Anne Pentland - Painting

After finishing college (receiving a bachelor’s degree in Art from UC Davis in 1987) I settled in the Napa Valley with my husband and raised my son in Calistoga. I directed the Calistoga Elementary School Art Docent Program for 13 years, which allowed me to create and lead interesting lesson plans for students, and make a connection with my community. I was commissioned as Design Director for the Calistoga Education Foundation Benefit Auction for eight years. I was also commissioned as Visuals Chair for the Napa Valley Wine Auction in 2002. Local shows include the Napa Library, Sofie Contemporary Gallery, Open Studios shows, and Jessel Gallery. Commissions for public display art include chalk paintings at Cindy’s Grill and Brassica Restaurant, as well as Mending Wall Winery, where I have drawn chalkboards monthly for two years. As resident artist at Nimbus Arts I design programming and lead classes for all ages. I produce public art installations including murals in mosaic glass.
 
Edmund Ian Grant -Painting

Edmund Ian Grant -Painting

Edmund Ian Grant is a critically acclaimed internationally collected award-winning artist who has been immersed in his craft for nearly thirty years. He lives and paints in the Napa Valley at his Art Villa nestled in the Soda Canyon. His initial foray into the arts was through music - a saxophone player exploring the world of jazz. This musical influence gives his work a lyrical rhythmic quality. His distinctive style is his utilization of vivid imagination, compelling storytelling and innovative use of color. 
The Ehlers Society

The Ehlers Society

Ehlers Society is a collective of artists, musicians, filmmakers, writers, production junkies, and photographers. 
Elizabeth Stokkebye - 2D Mixed Media

Elizabeth Stokkebye - 2D Mixed Media

I am an artist and a storyteller, originally from Denmark, where I grew up and went to primary school. I came to California in 1979, a young woman in my twenties, with my husband and young children. Now a mature woman I like to spend my time on storytelling, whether on canvas or on paper. I am drawn to figures, to characters and to relationships between people. When my children went to college, I did, too, and studied art at Monterey Peninsula Community College. I transferred to UC Berkeley where I obtained my B.A. in Scandinavian Studies. From there I went to University of Washington and received my M.A. in Scandinavian Languages and Literature. 
Emma Higgins - Painting

Emma Higgins - Painting

Born and raised in Calistoga, I am mostly a self taught artist. Inspired by surrealism, post-impressionism, and folk art, I find inspiration in everything I come across. I mix symbolism, mythology, and everyday objects to express emotion through my work. 
Gwen Darling - Ceramics

Gwen Darling - Ceramics

The first time I touched clay I was in a class at San Jose City College. I had done some drawing and painting, but I immediately felt a deeper connection to the clay. I liked the physical resistance in the work, the way it reacted to being squeezed and wedged and thrown. It was challenging, and I soon realized that here is a craft that demands much focus. I’m the type of person who thrives on focus so I devoted myself to my ceramic practice, ready to experiment and to fail and eventually to succeed. My work has a contemporary aesthetic and promotes healthy values. It combines art with the art of living. It demonstrates harmony of man with nature. It encourages nourishing rituals. It can be useful forever….or at least until it is dropped.I plan to devote all my energy to the arts as an artist, teacher and facilitator.

Gwen was just awarded a Black Rock City Honoraria Grant to create art for the annual Burning Man.
 
Hugo Corro - Drawing & Photography

Hugo Corro - Drawing & Photography

My artwork is inspired by folk stories and songs, contemporary popular culture, and local flora and fauna. I choose subjects that reflect sadness and futility, while also finding the joy and beauty that makes life worth living and, ultimately, laughing at. As an artist I strive to create artwork that is alive and expresses the beauty and absurdity of everyday life. I am driven to reach out and connect through humor and emotions while tapping into my own past growing up in both small-town suburban California, as well as the rugged mountains of Oaxaca, Mexico. As a photographer, I photograph tropical and desert plants in Bay Area landscapes and urbanscapes. The focus on these plants provides a challenge and a contrast to the overly common images which seem to identify Napa and Sonoma counties. 
Jackie Cohen - Jewelry

Jackie Cohen - Jewelry


Jackie Cohen has been designing Jewelry since 1977. His love affair with the medium began in San Francisco in the early seventies, and led to his enrollment in the world renowned, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem. Jackie spent eleven years in his studio and gallery in Old Jaffa until he moved to the United States with his family. For the last nineteen years he has been working and residing in Tarzana, California. Jackie's work features sterling silver combined with free form and natural stones such as fragments of ancient Roman Glass, Boulder Opals, Blue Opals, Amethyst, Osmenia Pearls, Blister Pearls, and various other semi-precious stones. His designs are distinct in their sculptural style, their flowing shape, and their organic finish. His use of both radiant and earthy colors combined with silver creates a dramatic and organic feeling.
 
Jane Bowyer - Painting

Jane Bowyer - Painting

Building on a life-long passion for painting, I have studied in undergraduate and graduate paintng and drawing courses at Mills College with Professor Hung Liu, and more recently with Professior Yulia Pinkusevich. My abstract paintings explore a wide variety of surfaces, media, and textures. I paint on canvas, wood, and paper, and have recently emphasised working with ink, charcoal, graphite, acrylic, and oil. I use paint brushes and unusual tools such as toothbrushes, cooking basters, and wooden sticks.
 
Jennifer LaPierre - Painting

Jennifer LaPierre - Painting

I am enamored with the cohesion and tension of classical art deconstructed to the minimalist of form. The traditional figurative to the transitional gestural and contemporary minimalist form to the deconstructed abstract. Texture and form~ utilizing all of my resources; my expertise in color and decorative painting, response to composition and lyrical nature of each piece, relying upon intuition for layering and revealing detailed vignettes. The line in its entirety combines artistic interpretations of classic art with graphic and material elements of today. Continually evolving, my art is created without narrative and truly has become more about celebrating the process. Recovering from neck surgery and debilitating nerve pain, I have found a grace in the fluid gesture and texture of these recent abstracts. As with our recent fires, our land around us is healing; regrowth with a new compassion and memory.
 
Leah Delmer - Jewelry

Leah Delmer - Jewelry

Leah Janet has been an artist all of her life, always engaged with the natural art and wonder of the outdoors, from insects to trees to the formation of clouds in the sky. Her love for jewelry was sparked by the hundreds of colorful pieces that her mom would wear and had on display on her dresser growing up. Always finding bright colors to be uplifting and heartwarming, she is naturally drawn to the gemstones, the energy they promote in the human body and mind and the utter magic that goes into the millions of years of creation of each stone. By studying the relationships with minerals, planets and metals she creates pieces that draw from the ancient world of alchemy, astrology and geology. Leah rarely plans out her designs but rather lets them flow through her. She has been making jewelry since 2014, but became a full time artist in 2018. With a BFA from SFSU in Fine Art Photography, Leah is a visual artist at her and she core and strives to always be working with her hands. 
Leslie Lambert - Painting

Leslie Lambert - Painting

Leslie Lambert maintains an art studio in Palo Alto and resides in Mountain View, Ca. Born and raised in West Virginia, she began college at West Virginia University in Morgantown. Lambert earned a Bachelor of Fine Art degree in Drawing magna cum laude from Arizona State University in Tempe. In 1995 she relocated to Ca where her children began elementary school. Inspired by the creativity at the Waldorf School, Lambert renewed her interest in painting and drawing. She became involved in the study of a style of painting called Lazure and worked in teams on large wall projects. Drawing from live models again became a passion, and there are many opportunities in the Bay area to pursue this expression. For over 12 years, Lambert has joined a like minded group of artists who draw from a moving model, with props, lighting, music and film to create a dynamic environment for creativity. The artist currently organizes this group, meeting in her studio and at rented venues. 
Matthew Baum - Photography

Matthew Baum - Photography

Matthew Baum is an artist and educator based in Napa Valley, California. He earned a BA in American history from Brown University, studied architecture at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, and received his MFA from the School of Visual Arts. Matthew has been on faculty at the University of California - Davis, New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Hunter College and the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He was co-founder and director of the VisuaLife photography education program, working with underprivileged youth in NYC. Matthew’s work has been exhibited at venues in the United States and abroad, including CAMRaleigh, Fordham University’s Center Gallery and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at the New York Public Library.  
Micah Lebrun - Painting

Micah Lebrun - Painting

Micah LeBrun is a self-taught artist who considers his understanding of art to be derived from what he visually identifies in everyday life. Developing a penchant for drawing at a young age he turned his attention to painting while he was still in his teens. Through the discovery and process of working with different materials he began to isolate a stylistic punctuation in the many mediums he created with. Early on, LeBrun’s most profound influences were the cubist and line oriented works of Pablo Picasso, the bold graphic nature of Andy Warhol, as well as the dominant colorful brush strokes of Peter Max. Coupled with modern day movements such as car culture and graffiti, these influences meld with the artist’s fascination of the natural design of insects, skeletal structure, reptiles and amphibians. LeBrun is a self-prescribed wanderer when it comes to his creative process as he believes each idea or intention possesses an individuality which should be executed in its own medium.  
Nate Geare - Painting

Nate Geare - Painting

Nate Geare grew up in Napa CA. He spent most of his time as a child in the back room of his father’s video rental store through the 80s and 90s, watching movies. Eventually he too worked at the video store in the summers and after school. His parents were always working. His mother baked bread and various other goods that she sold at local farmer’s markets. Nate was good at entertaining himself growing up; either watching movies or tinkering in his father’s wood shop/ garage. Movies and tools; there were always plenty of both. And bread. Nate left home for Los Angeles in pursuit of a career in illustration and animation but fine art quickly took over as the ultimate path. Nate discovered Cornhole, or Bags, as it is also often referred to, at UCLA, where he earned his art degree.
 
NBC Pottery - Ceramics

NBC Pottery - Ceramics

NBC Pottery is the brainchild of Nikki Ballere Callnan (the NBC from NBC Pottery) and William Callnan III. After meeting in a ceramics class in 1997, they each went on to get degrees in fine art. Their mutual love of clay as a material and their insatiable passion for creating also led to a wedding. They were married in 2005 and have expanded their ceramics business and family ever since.
NBC Pottery is located at their home studio in Angwin in the mountains just above St. Helena. They specialize in custom-made wares with an organic edge and rustic flare. They draw inspiration from the rugged beauty of the surrounding Napa Valley and often work in collaboration with their clients to create one-of-a-kind designs. Some of their more notable clients are Martha Stewart, The French Laundry, Chappellet Winery, The Restaurant at Meadowood, Opus One, The Charter Oak, Promontory Estate, Silver Oak Cellars, Jordan Vineyard and Winery, Viader Vineyards & Winery and L’Auberge de Sedona.
 
Parviz Payghamy

Parviz Payghamy

I was passionate about painting and poetry from a very early age. Painting has been my compass over all the changing stages of my life. My special love of poetry caused me to be dubbed “the poet painter” by friends, professors, and colleagues at Tehran University while studying art there. Poetry continues to influence my work. Frederico Garcia Lorca was a significant influence as was the artist Paul Klee. Many of my paintings are abstracted landscapes: I love creating rich tapestries of lines and patterns curving and bending through the picture plane. The colors often come vibrantly and speak their own language. Art helps me express how I think about the world and my life. Painting is a visualization of life's sadness and happiness -- all emotions are translated by means of lines, shape, color, and take actual form. The expression of the subject is more important than the actual subject itself, and what is worthy of thought and reflection.  
Sarah Ammons - Painting

Sarah Ammons - Painting

Sarah was born and raised east of Toronto, Canada, on a beach on Lake Ontario. She became interested in art a young age, spending every available minute drawing, and developing her techniques. After high school, she spent a year in an interdisciplinary liberal arts program in Halifax, Nova Scotia, at the University of King’s College, studying Western literature and philosophy. Following this introspective year, she earned a BFA at Queen’s university in Kingston Ontario, graduating in 2012. She began to sell and exhibit her paintings in Toronto, learning about the business side of being an artist. Sarah completed her MFA in painting at the San Francisco Art Institute in 2014, and was awarded a year long fellowship residency at the Headlands Centre for the Arts in Sausalito, California. Sarah now works out of her studio in Healdsburg, California, and exhibits her work across the San Francisco Bay Area, and in New York and Toronto. 
Sonia Lub - Jewelry

Sonia Lub - Jewelry

Sonia Lub is committed to making jewelry that is original, beautiful, meaningful, & of the highest quality. She carefully selects her ingredients, & incorporates salvaged & recycled material in many of her pieces. All her jewelry is handcrafted in Napa Valley, California. The daughter of glass artist Gaye Frisk & Argentine jeweler Sergio Lub, Sonia was raised in many cultures, traveled six continents & from her earliest years was taught the sanctity of peace & compassion. She served as a peace ambassador for the Dalai Lama, a student ambassador to New Zealand & Australia, & has lived & worked among the Luo & Massai tribes of Kenya, & Secoya Elders of Ecuador.
She also studied sustainable business & living practices in Auroville (eco-village/intentional community) in Tamil Nadu, India, & in 2004 co-founded the Circle of Hope Daycare Center in Kunya Village, Kenya. Her inspiration stems from her travels, & her beloved community around the world.
 
Tim Weldon - 2D Mixed Media

Tim Weldon - 2D Mixed Media

Tim is self-taught and inspired by his family and the works of many artists including Basquiat, Dubuffet and Klee. His adventures in travel and curiosity have led him to create work with a variety of materials including paint, sand, vintage ephemera and rescued objects on surfaces such as canvas, reclaimed wood, vintage signs and doors. The result touches the inner child in all of us sending the message of "FUN". 
Vincent Connors - Painting

Vincent Connors - Painting

Experimenting with paint, cloth, and wood materials (among others) from an early age, Vincent honed his youthful artistic inclinations at the University of Pennsylvania, studying Fine Art and English Literature. He continued his education at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco where he graduated with a masters degree in Fashion and Textiles in 2004. After university, Vincent worked in New York City in the fashion, textile, and graphic design industries. His textile and design experience lead him to a posting in Shanghai, China in 2012. In 2014, he and his family settled in his wife’s hometown of Napa and a year later, he established Devaux Ranch Studio in Carneros as a unique space for his artwork creation and display. Unfortunately, the studio was destroyed in the recent Napa County fires. He is rebuilding. Until then, he works out of a barn in Yountville and continues to utilize various materials to create art and object based on the local landscape and industry. 
Will Callnan III - 3D Mixed Media

Will Callnan III - 3D Mixed Media

Artwork is the vehicle in which I communicate and share the profound importance of creativity in thought and action. Creative thinking instills a sense of empowerment and fascination in an active engaged viewer. The content of the work deals with the contrasting push and pull of despair and hope in one’s own actions and morality, as well as the world at large. I approach this goal through the juxtaposition of content that is sentimental, satirical, beautiful and macabre. I use all media to attain this aim. 
Yumi Ueno - Jewelry

Yumi Ueno - Jewelry

My jewelry is being made with high karat gold , sterling siver, precious and semi-precious gems. I use these materials freely to create my own unique designs. I have two different design themes. ON the one hand, they are exploration of three dimensional geometric abstraction. The other is whimsical. When I create either way, I always focus on the balance of movement and direction. The beauty of color and texture of the gems sometimes give me inspiration.
I hope sensibility of my design is able to communicate to many people.
 
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