Creator and Story Teller Steven Ruse visits Pleasanton

Studio Seven Arts kicks off its first trunk show of the spring – a special event featuring the precious jewelry and unique fossilized carvings of artisan Steven Ruse.  An artisan and storyteller, Ruse showing a wide collection of his handmade and intricately fashioned works, including rings, bracelets, pendants and fossilized carvings, will be featured and discussed at a special Trunk Show on Friday,


March 22nd at the downtown ImagePleasanton Gallery from 10am – 5pm. Ruse creates distinctive jewelry pieces and this year will have rings for men in addition to his impressive collection of jewelry. Local to California, Ruse’s work is inspired by the brilliance, colors and natural wonders of the Pacific coast. A former deep-sea diver, Ruse began fashioning his vast collection of artifacts and precious stones to create jewelry for his wife, and later, for everyone. Ruse’s work inspires natural appeal, due to the artisan’s use of fine silver and distinct metals, beautifully colored precious stones, and fossilized ivory, polished and fashioned for his carvings. Ruse makes use of fine silver (99.9% silver) for many of his jewelry creations that also are adorned with an array of fittingly colored precious stones and mineral specimens selected by hand, found in stunning colors.

Studio Seven Arts Presents March Exhibition for Artist Josef Kote

Exhibition features Tranquil Boats and Water Themes


Studio Seven Arts, the Bay Area’s largest fine art gallery, today announced a special artist exhibition in February and March featuring the works of contemporary artist Josef Kote.


The Kote exhibition, in downtown Pleasanton at 400 Main Street at Angela Street, features paintings of boats and water, with an impressive collection of limited edition giclees.

Josef Kote is a contemporary painter combining classic and abstract styles with sweeps of vivid color to create stunning, a unique edgy and current style of art.


Living in New York for more than a decade, Kote has refined his style in different parts of the world, including Greece. Kote’s artistic trademarks are his bold brushwork and vibrant colors, usually applied in thick strokes with a pallet knife. The results are bold yet calming paintings of boats on the water, in addition to architecture and landscapes.

Master Jewelry Maker Pom Visits Pleasanton for Trunk show

Entering the 2013 Holidays shopping season, gift hunters and holiday jewelry lovers have ample options for jewelry, from the standard fair at large department stores to online retailers. But instead of finding “what everyone already has” Studio Seven Arts of Pleasanton is presenting the handmade jewelry of master artisan “Pom” – a local Bay Area jeweler with unique, beautiful creations.  

ImagePom’s custom jewelry designs are both of the finest quality and local, putting his 20+ years of hand-crafted experience and precision into each piece.

To create his jewelry, Pom selects semi-precious gems, lustrous pearls, unusual 14Kt gold-filled findings and Sterling Silver to match with other carefully selected gemstones and processes that present the highest quality.
For the first time in three years you are invited to meet the artist Pom to discover and discuss his amazing one of a kind works at this special Trunk Show on Saturday, Nov. 16th from 11:00am to 3:00pm at the downtown Pleasanton gallery.

Studio Seven Arts
Studio Seven Arts is the Bay Area’s largest art gallery has been voted by readers as the ‘Best Art Gallery in Pleasanton’ by the Pleasanton Weekly in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 was awarded the ‘Best of the East Bay’ by Diablo Magazine for three years running, 2011, 2012 and 2013. Located in the heart of downtown Pleasanton, the gallery specializes in fine art from nationally collected and regional artists, uniquely handcrafted jewelry and custom art framing

Award Winning Artist Karen Neely Visits Pleasanton – Showcases Miniature Landscapes of California Coast

Award Winning Artist Karen Neely Visits Pleasanton to Create and Discuss California Coast Themed Miniature Masterpieces

Oct. 28th 2013 Award winning artist Karen Neely is painting miniatures at Studio Seven Arts on Saturday, Nov. 2nd.   Neely is inspired by the breathtaking beauty of the ocean and the splendors of vineyards, gardens and surrounding landscapes.

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Neely envisions and then carefully paints incredibly detailed works of art, primarily in acrylics. She favors miniatures (as small as 3” by 4”) and each of her works is an original. The paintings depict coastal scenes, vineyards, birds and other sites along California’s Central Coast. Today Karen’s works are included in prominent collections globally, and on occasion, adorn the walls of business such as wineries and home décor shops.

Studio Seven Arts Hosts Paintings of Award-Winning Bay Area Artist Karen White

ImageStudio Seven Arts is hosting an Exhibition for artist Karen White with an appearance  on Saturday morning, October 12th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.   Here she will display and discuss her work with gallery visitors in downtown Pleasanton. 

White specializes in landscapes and still life paintings. She takes a progressive approach to her work with strong, simplified design and saturated color.  In her work, she often uses big brushes and confident strokes. She makes use of vivid colors and a range of textures that convey a range of emotions.  Quieter scenes, such as those that might be found in the California foothills on a misty morning, call for “softer-edged brushwork and gentler color shifts to tell a story of serenity and calm,” she notes.

The Bay Area has been Karen White’s home since the 1960s, when the area was more agricultural. She has studied for many years at the Pacific Art League, California Academy of Painters and Palo Alto Art Center.

ArtBlock September Features Pleasanton Favorite Debbie Wardrope and Pink Spots

Wednesday night, Sept. 4th, Wardrope and dozens of other creative artists and hand-made crafters will display work for final Summer street party

The final edition of 2013 ArtBlock, a featured event at the summer series of Pleasanton’s Downtown “1st Wednesday Street Parties, happens Wednesday night, September 4th , right on Angela Street at Main Street beginning at 6pm.

September’s ArtBlock will be the final edition for Summer 2013. The event features more new and inspired handmade works of art, music right on the street, and the month’s featured artist will be Debbie Wardrope, who specializes in landscape pastel paintings featuring iconic local scenes of downtown Pleasanton, Sunol, Danville, Livermore and Walnut Creek.

ImageWardrope’s art is the local favorite of Pleasanton, depicting famous restaurants, local vineyards, and town landmarks like Sunol’s Little Brown Church.  In addition to Wardrope, multiple skilled artisans and craftsmen will display their work, from oil paintings, to glass, hand-made jewelry and other decorative works.

Additionally, Pink Spots will be a featured sponsor for September’s ArtBlock. Pink Spots is a leading business directory for the LGBT community, including gay owned, operated and friendly businesses, such as art galleries, restaurants and consumer service providers.    Visit Pink Spots online.

“We are a print and online resource guide for LGBT consumers to find gay-friendly businesses & services in their neighborhood. We are excited to be a part of Pleasanton’s ArtBlock and look forward to all the fabulous folks we will meet,” said Kevin Babeaux of Pink Spots and Rhineaux Media.

More than 100 pieces of art have sold while thousands of residents of Tri-Valley and the greater Bay Area have enjoyed art, food, games and music.  Visit ArtBlock on Facebook

Studio Seven Arts
Studio Seven Arts is the Bay Area’s largest art gallery has been voted by readers as the ‘Best Art Gallery in Pleasanton’ by the Pleasanton Weekly in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 was awarded the ‘Best of the East Bay’ by Diablo Magazine for three years running, 2011, 2012 and 2013. Located in the heart of downtown Pleasanton, the gallery specializes in fine art from nationally collected and regional artists, uniquely handcrafted jewelry and custom art framing

Pleasanton’s June 1st Wednesday ArtBlock – New Artists, Photographer Sue Evans, Local Musicians, & Debbie Wardrope


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Following a fantastic turnout for the debut of ArtBlock at the 1st Wednesday evening in Downtown Pleasanton in May, the second edition of ArtBlock is ready to impress.

It goes off on Wednesday night, 6pm to 9pm, June 5th right on Angela Street at Main St.

June’s edition of the First Wednesday Street Party will feature even more new artists, photographer Sue Evans, music right on the street by Lisa Marie Johnson and Eric Rozran, and hometown Pleasanton favorite artist Debbie Wardrope.<br />ArtBlock (each first Wednesday of the Summer months) features award-winning local artists, sculptors and jewelry crafters, all who specialize in exquisite, hand-made arts and crafts.  During each event, a featured artist will be in attendance to offer live demonstrations and discuss their work.  ArtBlock will occur through the duration of each event on Angela Street (at Main) at the same location as the Pleasanton Saturday Farmer’s Market.

June’s Featured Photographer Sue Evans.  She began photographing as a child and developed and printed black and whites. While serving as a ranger in Glacier National Park, she took hundreds of pictures and became a professional. Nature is her passion. She takes solo trips to capture new images and discover new parts of herself.

Renowned artist Robert Bissell makes his debut at ArtBlock.  His award winning work is focused on the natural world and animals, with paintings of scenes that range from bears to frogs to bunny rabbits and whimsical bees and butterflies. His paintings deliver an experience that is rooted in the natural world yet brushed with fun and fantasy.

Painter Joann Blake’s colorful artwork has been showcased at the Renaissance Hotel in Wailea, Maui, for over 20 years where she has maintained a loyal following.  Today she has relocated and is greatly inspired by beautiful California surroundings.  Her oils are a blend of impressionism and realism with vivid colors.

A second new ArtBlock display will feature the works of Joe and Karen Mileli, members of the Pleasanton and Livermore art leagues. They craft hand-made pendants which range from conventional  dihroic to streaky and hand painted ones.  As an added benefit, whenever one is purchased, 100% of the net proceeds go to Children’s Healthy Smile Project, a local non-profit.

June’s Featured Artist
Debbie Wardrope, an Artblock Favorite and famous known for her colorful pastel landscape paintings depicting iconic hometown scenes of Pleasanton’s Mainstreet, Sunol, downtown Danville and Walnut Creek in addition to the scenic wineries of Livermore. Wardrope’s award winning work is adored in the Tri-Valley and she will be there Wednesday night in person to show off her latest work and engage ArtBlock visitors.

ArtBlock’s Lively Music: 
June’s ArtBlock has scheduled a pair of popular musicians, Eric Rozran and Lisa Marie Johnson. They were previously featured at Pleasanton’s Sizzling Saturday events and for night gigs at Pleasanton’s Red Coat’s pub.

Flying the Gate, a photograph by Sue Evans, featured artist for June

“Flying the Gate” a color photograph by Sue Evans, featured artist for June

Robert Bissell's natural fantasy paintings make their debut at ArtBlock

Robert Bissell’s natural fantasy paintings make their debut at ArtBlock


Debbie Wardrope’s Iconic Plesanton Pastel Painting


“Red Tree” painting by Joann Blake – new to ArtBlock!


Colorful Pendants by Karen Milleli – proceeds go to charity


Music at ArtBlock by Eric Rozran and Lisa Marie Johnson, Pleasanton favorites