Renewal: The act of making new again. It’s a befitting theme for the first curated exhibit at the Belvedere Tiburon Library’s new gallery. Join us in seeing how a range of extraordinary artists interprets “renewal” in their work.
Alice Beasley’s work has been exhibited in many venues throughout the U.S., including the de Young Museum in San Francisco, the Textile Museum in Washington, D.C., the American Folk Art Museum in New York and the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum as well as in Madrid, France, Japan, Namibia, and Croatia. Her work has been purchased or commissioned by a number of public entities, including: the City and County of San Francisco, the de Young Museum, the United States Embassy, the County of Alameda, Kaiser Hospital, Highland Hospital and the Sunnyvale Medical Facility.
Renee Bott has always made and worked in art. She earned her MFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts in 1985. That same year, she started working as a printer for Crown Point Press in San Francisco.
In 1996, Bott joined with Pam Paulson to found Paulson Bott Press (now Paulson Fontaine Press), a fine print atelier located in Berkeley, California. For 20 years, Bott worked as a Master Printer with luminary artists such as Martin Puryear, Kerry James Marshall, and Tauba Auerbach. She specialized in facilitating the creation of complex and colorful intaglio prints within a traditionally black and white medium.
Katerina Capetanos’s work has been exhibited at the Arts Guild of Sonoma, the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, and the San Francisco Women Artists Gallery in Northern California. She most recently was included in the de Young Open Exhibit in San Francisco in 2020-2021. “The de Young Open literally opened doors for my artistic career. It allowed my artwork to be seen and recognized by our local Bay Area community in a broad and significant way. Since the Open, I have met countless art lovers, and now my work hangs in homes all over the country. “
A lifelong artist, Ellen Dreibelbis’ paintings have been exhibited nationally in museums, galleries, and international exhibitions. She has won scores of awards, including The Artists Magazine Artists Over 60 competition. Her paintings are in permanent public art collections in Alameda County and Minnesota. Dreibelbis’s art has been the subject of articles in American Artist, International Artist and Pastel Highlights. She is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America and a Signature Member and a Distinguished Pastelist with the Pastel Society of the West Coast. Her work was featured in the de Young Open and The Great American Paint-In. In October 2022, she will have a two-person exhibit of her paintings at the Piedmont Center for the Arts. She lives and works in Oakland, California.
Robert Evans has worked commercially most of his life. In recent years, Evans has devoted himself more to gallery work. He has exhibited at the Sausalito Art Festival, in other California galleries, as well as in Chatham, Massachusetts. He currently lives and works in Mill Valley.
Michelle E. Fillmore grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada. She studied in Viterbo, Italy, under the apprenticeship of painter Federico Paris, then returned to UNLV to graduate with a BA in Painting and Drawing in 2015. Following the de Young Open show, Fillmore held her second solo show in Berkeley. At this juncture in her art career, she decided to quit her day job at the grocery store and pursue art full time.
Fillmore now teaches painting in Sausalito and exhibits nationally, currently being represented by the SHOH Gallery in Berkeley, Adele Gilani Art Gallery in Sausalito, Artspace Warehouse in Los Angeles, and Woodman/Shimko Gallery in Provincetown, Massachusetts.
Raised in Sacramento, Sarah HaBa’s first art exposure was through family friends’ art collections and the Crocker Art Museum. She grew up surrounded by the works of Northern California painters - Wayne Thiebaud, Gregory Kondos, Richard Diebenkorn, and David Park. Their artwork became her visual vocabulary. Haba continued her studies at UC Santa Cruz, receiving a BFA in 1995. Painting serves as a lifeline to HaBa, pulling her forward during difficult times. Eager to see the next painting, she works with a wet paintbrush in hand, trying to capture her emotional life. She paints in her studio overlooking a garden in the Mission District of San Francisco . . . head down, listening to music, lost in thought.
Carolynn Haydu was born in Los Angeles. Her first artistic influence was her Hungarian grandfather, who worked as a carpenter on Hollywood sets. She has a degree in painting from UC Berkeley and an MFA from NYU. Haydu has shown her work most recently at the de Young Museum, the Institute of Contemporary Art San Jose, Metal Haus Gallery, and Hashimoto Contemporary in San Francisco.
Lars Johnson was born in 1949 in Seattle, Washington, and grew up in San Francisco. He began playing the piano at the age of 9, thus music became a life-long inspiration. He worked as a merchant seaman following high school, attended college, then spent time living in France and North Africa.
In 1976, Johnson was one of a dozen artists selected by the San Francisco Arts Commission to execute a mammoth 18,000-square-foot mural lining the interior of Pier 2 at Fort Mason. Johnson was admitted to the California Society of Printmakers in 1979, having perfected his aquatint technique at the Fort Mason Printmaker Cooperative. During the early 1980s, he worked steadily as a medical illustrator. Through scientific inquiry, he became interested in the abstract beauty of the natural world.
Johnson continues to work as a painter and printmaker in his studio in the Hunters Point Shipyard in San Francisco.
Pam Jue’s love of art formed at a young age and continued while attending New York University’s Studio Art program where she experimented with painting, photography, and digital art. After graduating, she put a pause on her art to pursue a career designing products and services for others focused on health. It was after breaking her 10-year hiatus of making art that she remembered how healing art can be to one’s own health.
Since showing at the de Young Open in 2020, Jue has invested more time in exploring and making personal and commissioned art. She also hosts workshops to teach others how to use art to process their own emotions.
Aleishall Girard Maxon grew up immersed in the vivid palette of the southwest in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and continues to draw inspiration from these early surroundings as well as her world travels. She received a BA with a concentration in creative writing from the The New School university in 2003. Since then, she has worked in the world of fashion and design for over 15 years and has explored many different media in her own art practice.
Born in Pune, India, Parasnis has lived and worked in San Francisco since arriving in 2001 to pursue his MFA. His paintings have been shown at numerous venues in the U.S., Europe, and India, including museum exhibitions at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento and the Bakersfield Art Museum, where his work was exhibited alongside that of Oliveira, Diebenkorn, Elmer Bischoff, Joan Brown, Theophilus Brown, and other renowned Bay Area artists. Parasnis is the recipient of a 2012–13 Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant, with his work reviewed in publications including The Huffington Post, Art Ltd., and American Art Collector. His work can be found in public and corporate collections, including Dell Computers, the Galesburg Civic Art Center in Illinois, and the South-Central Zone Cultural Center in Nagpur, India.
“When I received my BFA from Arizona State University in 1966, I initially focused on photography. But in the early 1970s my interest shifted to drawing and I began a career as an illustrator. In 2014, I "retired" and once again changed direction to a more focused painting career.
In the early days of Covid, the building where my studio was shut down for about a year. I was not able to work so I spent my time sketching trees. My studio is now open with distinct safety guidelines. Originally from Winslow, Arizona, I now live and work in Oakland, California.”
Raised in Los Angeles, Valerie Scott is an Abstract Expressionist painter who now lives and works in San Francisco. Her work examines the friction between nature and urbanity.
Scott's studio is in Bayview – a throbbing, urban enclave within the city. Since the Open Exhibition at the de Young museum, she has received multiple commissions from private individuals, companies, and, most recently, Scott’s art was exhibited in Infinity Towers in San Francisco.
Samanta Tello was born in Barcelona and raised in Madrid, Spain. She studied Fine Arts at the Complutense University of Madrid. About 20 years ago, she moved and settled in San Francisco.
Inspired by the magnificence and splendor of the trees in the area, she started using wood as her primary material. With the birth of her now 11 and 14 year-old daughters, her artistic focus and inspiration evolved, bringing attention to women’s and girls’ issues.
Tello’s work has been exhibited at the 2018 United State of Women Summit, the 2018 GEO National Conference, in numerous galleries in San Francisco, Vermont, and New York.
Tello was the winner of the 2018 So To Speak, Feminist Journal of Language and Art visual contest and in 2019 was awarded a commission to paint a heart sculpture for the SF General Foundation’s 2019 Hearts in San Francisco project.
Her work was recently selected to be digitally displayed during the Alice Neel exhibition at the de Young Museum and at the Sorbonne University in Paris.
Kevyn Warnock received a BA in Fine Arts from the University of Utah. After a hiatus, she returned to art with classes at the College of San Mateo, where she discovered her gift as a landscape artist. Warnock's paintings have been shown throughout the Bay Area, including at the distinguished Pacific Art League (PAL) of Palo Alto. She was one of the featured artists in the 2005 Peninsula Museum of Art landscape exhibitions and, in 2013, was honored to be awarded the 13th District Artist of the Year by State Senator Jerry Hill. Most recently, her work was selected for the 2020 de Young Open, a highly vetted, juried exhibition featuring Bay Area artists. She maintains a private studio in Burlingame, California where her work can be seen by appointment.
Richard Weinberger is originally from New York and but has lived in the Bay Area since 1979. His background is graphic design and advertising art, but in 2007, he began painting again at the College of Marin.
In 2016, Weinberger had his first solo show at our very own Tiburon Library. Since that time, he has shown at the Mill Valley Library, Art Works Downtown, Marin Society of Artists, and various other galleries. In 2020, Weinberger was pleased to be accepted into the de Young Open, a salon-style show at the de Young Museum in San Francisco.