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


[caption id="attachment_1165" align="alignleft" width="300"]SueEvans Pleasanton Hotel on Main Street. Beautiful Photographer Sue Evans’s recent photo of the Pleasanton Hotel on Main Street. Beautiful!


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


Twisted Silver Jewelry Summer Trunk Show – Community Calendar

[Shopping] Twisted Silver Jewelry Summer Trunk Show – Community Calendar.


[Shopping] Twisted Silver Jewelry Summer Trunk Show - Community Calendar

Visit Pleasanton for a seasonal fashion trunk show featuring one of the hottest brands in fashion jewelry, Twisted Silver.

The Twisted Silver trunk show takes place Saturday June 1st, from 10am to 2pm at Studio Seven, Arts and features hundreds of pieces, great prices and the chance to meet the designer in person to discuss 2013 styles, the latest materials and fashion influences.

Twisted Silver makes use of natural and often brilliantly recycled materials to deliver avant-garde styles with its earrings, necklaces and bracelets.

The Bay Area based company is the playground for Debbie Mitchell,
a trailblazing jewelry designer who puts all of her creativity into each piece.

As a special promotion for the event and Debbie’s visit, the gallery is offering select pieces beginning at a 30% discount.  Some of the pieces will be revealed on Facebook beginning May 30th 

“Being from Pleasanton, Studio Seven Arts is one of my favorite Trunk Shows of the year.  We get great support for being and buying local, right on Main Street,” said Deb Mitchell.  “We will have fantastic styles to share and a lot of excitement.”

“Twisted Silver is one of the gallery’s top jewelry brands because of its unique style, versatility, eco-friendly designs and local appeal,” said Kim Steelman, Jewelry Manager for Studio Seven Arts.

The “Twisted” brand has been adopted in boutiques and galleries nationwide, and is proudly worn by Hollywood to Main Street, including Michelle Money (The Bachelor ABC), Carolyn Hennesy (True Blood) and Malese Jow (Vampire Diaries).

Pleasanton Weekend Event: Brilliant Handmade Jewelry and Carvings of Steven Ruse

Studio Seven Arts (400 Main Street Downtown Plesanton) will be hosting a Wine & Cheese reception for artisan Steven Ruse on Friday, May 3rd from 6pm to 9pm and on Saturday, May 4th an exclusive Steven Ruse Jewelry Trunk Show from 10am to 5pm to mark the Spring season.

This is a unique opportunity to step into the world of Steven Ruse to see gemstones and carvings you’ve likely never experience before or again. Steven creates unique pieces from a wide array of semi-precious stones, including onyx, smoky quartz, tourmaline, moonstone, freshwater “Biwa” pearls, garnet, druzy, and 99% fine silver that is soft and silky smooth to the touch.

Steven Ruse

Steven Ruse

Ruse is a one of a kind: An artisan, adventurer and a lover of life.  His travels have brought him far and wide across the Pacific Rim, he is a former deep sea diver and a veteran jewelry maker and fossil carver of the last 35 years, mostly spent on the west coast.  He is also a local Pleasanton favorite and he will be displaying and discussing his hand-made jewelry.  Featured works will include an extraordinary collection of Ruse’s rings, earring, bracelets, pendants and fossilized carvings

“Jewelry pieces and carvings from Steven Ruse are totally unique and it’s a pleasure every time he presents them. His dedication shines through in his every work,” said Dirk Christiansen, owner of Studio Seven Arts. “Come see the unique stones and processes that make him an icon of hand-made jewelry.

Ruse’s work is inspired by the environment, bright deep colors and the natural wonders of the coast. 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.




Pastels in April with Marla Baggetta, Debbie Wardrope, Bonita Paulis, and Mary Lou Correia

As Spring is in full glory, Studio Seven Arts, found at 400 Main street in downtown Pleasanton, is bringing out the beauty of pastel paintings during April.

Marla Baggetta Plein Air Pastel

Marla Baggetta Plein Air Pastel

Plein Air Paintings will be displayed from noted landscape artists including Marla Baggetta’s landscape paintings have resulted in her being recognized as one of the west coast’s leading representational painters. Baggetta’s approach to painting reflects the formal art education she received at Art Center College of Design and her experience as a landscape painter. Baggetta stresses the fundamentals of painting; drawing, composition, color theory and the thought that paintings communicate an idea through this vocabulary.  Each of her original pastels is done on museum grade sanded pastel paper. Bagetta is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America and the Pastel Society of Oregon. She has won numerous awards for her paintings including Arts for the Parks top 100 in 1999, Best in Show, Oregon Pastel Society 2003 and Bronze Award for the International Association of Pastel Societies Exhibition, 2000 and 2010.






Diablo Mustard by Mary Lou Correia

Diablo Mustard by Mary Lou Correia

The second featured pastel artist, Mary Lou Correia’s inspiration for painting arises from observing Nature and man’s gentle intrusion into it- the angular slope of an old barn, reflections in a quiet stream, the changing of light of a pastoral scene. Influenced by the Impressionists’use of brilliant, sensuous layers of color, she observes the grace and beauty of Nature to capture a vignette in time. Painting loosely with exuberant brush strokes, her vibrant color combinations express the changing moods of the landscapes. The subtle use of figures stirs the viewer’s imagination. Challenged by painting pure landscape with only the hint of human presence, her painting encourages the viewer to appreciate and preserve landscape for future generations.






Pastel painting of west coast landscape by fine artist Bonita Paulis

Painter Bonita Paulis specializes in pastel paintings featuring Lake Tahoe’s beautiful environs.  She hikes and explores to paint western landscapes, having lived in the Sierra Tahoe area for 30 years. She emphasizes the four seasons , colors, sky and ever changing weather.








Pastel painting "Diablo Poppies" by Debbie Wardrope

Pastel painting “Diablo Poppies” by Debbie Wardrope

Additionally, local Pleasanton artist Debbie Wardrope will be featured. She paints in wonderful pastels. Beautiful use of color here. She teaches classes as well.  Her pastel landscape paintings reflect the various valleys and hills that surround the Bay Area. Weather, distinctive topographical features, and sunsets as shown in the painting below highlight the California central coast.

Tropical Landscape Photograghy

Singapore and Hawaii have been visited with new landscape color and black & white pictures, as photographed by Greg Cross in February and March 2013.

Enjoy the photos, visit for more information:  and Facebook: GregCross Photography





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