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

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).

Saturday: Kim Pace Fall Trunk Show: Unique Jewelry, All Handmade and Original

Join Studio Seven Arts (400 Main Street, Pleasanton) on Saturday Nov 3rd for a special jewelry trunk show featuring the unique, hand crafted work of Kim Pace. Image

Pace, a local artisan of the Bay Area, specializes in handmade jewelry highlighted by her signature necklaces and bracelets. She will be in the gallery to discuss and demonstrate her exclusive pieces on Saturday from 10am to 2pm.

“All of Kim’s jewelry offers an inspired design, with meticulous attention to details, with carefully chosen materials, such as bone, shell and Kazuri beads from Africa,” said Dirk Christensen, owner of Studio Seven Arts. “Her finished necklaces and bracelets are individually named and signed as Kim Pace exclusives making Saturday a great opportunity for guests.”

Pace’s work also features colorful and brilliant gemstones, ornate glass, in addition to vintage and natural beads, in combination with .999 and sterling silver, 14k or 18k gold-fill and gold-plate. Pace’s designs offer diverse looks, ranging from bold, to elegant, natural, eclectic, and whimsical.


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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


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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
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tahoe art
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landscape art
glow art
big island art
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Studio Seven Presents Hines and the Totems Art Collection – Paintings that Render Meanings from Figures

Studio Seven Arts is presenting a new figurative art exhibition featuring Hines.His latest collection of figurative paintings, the  Totems collection, represents an allegorical aspect of paintings providing a deeper meaning.


Recognized throughout the nation and the San Francisco Bay Area, Hines will be present live in the gallery for a special opening reception on Saturday Oct. 6th, Hines will be present from 11:00am to 2:00pm to display, discuss and perform his painting. Paintings will be on display in the gallery from October 5 through November 5.

Hines offers insight into the inspiration for Totems and his journey in art to surrealism:

 “After doing mostly abstracts for 12 years, I was missing the component of renderings on canvas which I felt needed to be incorporated into paintings with objects and figures. I use the figure in an allegorical context. So I found that surrealism and the various artists painting in that fashion interested me and I drifted into that direction.

The Totem paintings are vertical and stack on to one another. They have an incongruous trait to them that is true to a more creative view of time and space.


About 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 and 2011 and recently awarded the Best of the East Bay by Diablo Magazine in 2011 and 2012. 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.