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.


Local Artists of Sunol and Niles form ‘Niles Canyon Artisans’


Niles Canyon Artists to to Debut with Special Fall Show + Open House Weekend of Nov. 17/18th featuring Social Gathering and Latest Works

Promoting artistic creativity in the East Bay area, especially the Niles Canyon region between Fremont and Sunol, a collection of local artists have formed the Niles Canyon Artisans,  an association oflocal artisans who are committed to further developing local arts and crafts while encouraging greater communication and collaboration.

The association, found online at will provide opportunities for the community to enjoy and view local arts and crafts through local shows and studio tours. The membership of Niles Canyon Artisans includes artisans from Sunol and Niles in addition to surrounding communities.

 “With the Niles Canyon Artisans we have brought together the brightest artisans of the area to build a community and increase visibility to the brilliant creativity that is happening all the time,” said Conover Smith.  “Covering many forms of artistry and craft, from paintings, to photography, knit lace, literature, to formed glass and sculpture, we offer a rich and diverse way for those in the community to experience what is made here locally.”

To mark the launch of the association a special event is scheduled for the weekend of November 17th and 18th (from 11am to 5pm Sat and Sun.) at the La Bodega Event Center at 11986 Main Street in Sunol. On display will be paintings, sculpture, jewelry and agricultural arts.

The event is co-sponsored by the Valley Pan and La Bodega Event center, and will feature works from as many as 20 artisans. The event coincides with an open house event on Saturday, November 17th at Hillcrest Ranch in Sunol, featuring cold pressed olive oils, soap making, and self-guided tours of the historic orchard.  A free shuttle service will run throughout the day between the two events.  For more information: Lynn Kozma


hanalei bay canvas prints

hanalei bay prints

Artist –  Medium
Conover Smith  – Ceramic bas relief and sculpture
Emelie Rogers  – Stained & kiln-formed glass
Debi Foland  – Fused glass/fused glass wind chimes
Connie De Grange – Nonfiction
Sue Morford Ceramics and beyond
Lynn Kozma Knit beaded lace
Derek Johnson – Photography
Bev Patterson – Jewelry
Steve Barkkarie – Watercolor, palm-a-gami
Simone Archer – Fused jewelry, Tiles, European oils
Maryanne Canaparo – Ceramics
Gary Canaparo – Multimedia piece
Andre Zunino – Fused glass
Kathy Zunino – Jewelry
Rene Sporer – Knit scarves
Sally Bennett – Sewn functional objects
Trish McNeill – Kiln glass and ceramics
Irv Tiessen – Wood
Allen De Grange – Watercolor and tile
Aris Vlacos – Painting
Hayley Nielsen – Photography
Kate Graham – Painting
Marie Groneley – Stained Glass
california coast art
tahoe art
hawaii art
lake tahoe art
blue water photos
yosemite art
hanalei bay metal prints
landscape art
glow art
big island art
sierra art
big island photos
hanalei bay posters
princeville art

Of boats, California and a little mystery!

Today I am sharing a fine blog post from “Trawlers n Tugs” blog about water color paintings featuring boats by California artist Jade Fon Woo.  The sample motif below –and the other paintings featured on the wonderful post– evoke feelings of mystery, there is something about the water and classic boats, as I can hear the song of sirens, the low pitched moan of fog horns.

Boat and art lovers, this blog is a must read. The post is here in its entirety, enjoy!