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.


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

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.

Bay Area Art: Master Printmakers David Smith Harrison and Stephen McMillian Featured During Special Weekend

At Studio Seven Arts (400 Main Street, Pleasanton, CA), the unique aquatint and hand coloring processes as reflected in master printmaking to be discussed and demonstrated at a special event weekend dedicated to the Master Printmakers.

This special weekend at the gallery begins with a collectors reception on Friday night, June 17th, (from 7:00- 9:00pm) and continues with an open house on Saturday June 18th (from 10:00am to 2:00pm), and a special presentation about etchings given at noon.

Stephen and David will be discussing their fine art prints, etching techniques and sharing their individual inspirations.

The fine art prints and etchings of David Smith-Harrison and Stephen McMillain capture the wonders of nature, exquisite architecture, realism and some of the rich local landscapes of the West Coast and the world.

With the inspiration and dedication that goes into each of their custom prints, visitors are sure to gain a deeper view and appreciation for the printmaking craft.

sea framed prints

sea posters

sunset hawaii canvas prints

Featured Print Makers

  • Stephen McMillian

Throughout his life Stephen McMillian has been inspired and sustained by the natural world and has spent much of his life outside. Whether it’s a bike ride in the countryside, or an extended backpacking trip in the High Sierra he finds himself renewed and invigorated by being in and moving through landscape.  It is this sense of renewal that Stephen seeks to share with others. Stephen’s unique aquatint etching is a technique that produces a full tonal range and rich textures.

  • David Smith Harrison

David Smith Harrison’s approach to printmaking relies on his drawing skills. Being attracted to the infinite possibilities of impressing ink onto paper, David finds the unique textural characteristics of prints to be full of subtlety and nuance – evolving and developing slowly. This gradual process allows David to be deeply involved with the subject. With this intense observation David is able to make a sensitive intimate statement about the subject.

napa grapes wine nature prints

napa grapes wine nature canvas prints

tropical posters

tropical metal prints

california coast framed prints

california coast canvass prints

“Florals and Figures” Spring 2011 Art Exhibition – SF Bay Area

Spring has sprung in Pleasanton’s Studio Seven Arts Gallery, located at 400 Main Street, and its time to celebrate the Mother Earth’s floral beauties and floral paintings with the finest from artists of the Bay Area, Tri-Valley and the nation.

Studio Seven Art’s Florals & Figures Spring Exhibition kicks off Friday night, May 6th, from 7:00 -9:00 pm, with a special Gallery event that will feature the collection of the local and globally acclaimed artists and sculptors who will attend to discuss their work, inspirations and the creative techniques they use.  The Florals and Figures exhibition includes original paintings in oil, pastel and water colors, feminine sculptures and hand-blown glass, with all works characterizing the bright colors and subtle beauties of the season.  It will be displayed into June.

Florals and Figures – Featured Artists:

  • Carol Gaab of Aptos — Feminine ceramic sculptures
  • Florence de Bretagne of Palo Alto- — Contemporary and colorful oil painting  (Pictured “Dans La Foret” painting)
  • Diane Pruett of Danville –Florals and mixed media abstracts
  • Lorrain Lawson of Campbell — Contemporary paintings
  • Rob Ransley of NY — Elegant floral paintings
  • Robin Purcell of Pleasanton — Colorful “water media” landscapes and natural wonders
  • Debbie Wardrope of Pleasanton –Local landscape and village pastel paintings

California Artisan Steven Ruse Offers Fine Silver Works

I met Steven tonight (Friday night after a simple meal of Cod and Chips at Red Coat Pub, 700 block of Main Street, Pleasanton) at the Studio Seven Arts gallery pre-trunk show — and wow was I was taken back by both his personality and his ample collection of fine stones, pearls, ‘hand made’ jade, fossil carvings and fine silver all processed (and once admired by Swarovski)

I don’t always think of the ocean when imagining the latest in precious jewelry and

Steven Ruse Jewelry Inspired by the Pacific

unique fossilized carvings, that is until I discovered the works of California artisan Steven Ruse.  Local to California, (Alaska, Arizona, and even Bali!) Ruse creates a number of fine jewelry pieces -all one of a kind– His work is inspired by the brilliance, colors and natural wonders of the Pacific coast.

A former 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.

Pearl Crossing in Fine Silver by Steven Ruse

Fine Silver –Brilliant and Soft: Touching a soft ring is like nothing else. 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.

Fossilized Ivory Carvings:

The genesis of Ruse’s unique carving style began with his discovering and dedicating himself to refining an ancient Mesopotamian aging technique.  The result is distinctive hand carvings made from fossilized walrus tusk ivory, expertly fashioned and worked by hand. This ivory was discovered at the Berring Strait, and resident in the ground for as many as 30,000 years.

Ruse along with many of his works, including rings, bracelets, pendants and fossilized carvings, will be featured and discussed in the San Francisco Bay Area at a special Trunk Show on Saturday, May 7th 2011 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Brazil’s Hidden Treasures found with artist Talita Suassuna

There is often a rich story behind every piece of art that has at some point captured your imagination. Once you gaze upon the works of Pleasanton’s Talita Suassuna, this becomes readily apparent.

However, the varied stories behind Talita’s works, especially at first glance, are anything but obvious. Her art captivates the eye with bursting colors and intricacy –this part is really obvious!  The colors are placed in harmony and done quite boldly, yet smoothly. This draws you in more closely, studying the subjects depicted. And once you are focused, you find that weaved into Talita’s work is a creative symphony of stories that all flow together.

Central to Talita’s work is her Brazilian culture, this includes nature’s elements, such as the rainforests, personality, folk art and legend, her ideas–possibly from memories and dreams– and yes, life itself. Be it the different leaves of the rainforest, little flowers, other shapes and sometimes feminine figures. This story is more profound than a collection of bright colors, it is cheerful with a deeper meaning, what I think of as the many cycles that are all around us.


According to her web site, Talita utilizes hand-painted paper cut outs and textiles, which she cuts and pastes in layers to form bright, optimistic, nurturing and cheerful shapes.

If you have the opportunity to meet Talita, with her signature raven black hair and bold eyes, she might happily explain that her culture has fused naturally with her art, and when you learn she is now happily living with her family and painting (the work of her own dreams) right here in the Bay Area–the story all comes together quite naturally.
You can see Talita’s beautiful work on her website and at Studio Seven Arts gallery in Pleasanton, at 400 Main Street.

Colors culture and life itself mark her work