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SWAN Day in Martinez

SWAN Day in Martinez  

Copyright © Keiko Stong Artist 2017

Definitely a rainy winter in California! We hope at least one day will be sunny, however, and that is Saturday, March 25th 2017.

SWAN Day in downtown Martinez is back! Like last year, it will be held—rain or shine!—at and around Martinez’s Old Train Depot.

This event is sponsored by the Martinez Arts Association, with the appreciated support of the City of Martinez. As the official paperwork shows:

SWAN Day/Support Woman Artists Now is an international holiday designed to showcase the power and diversity of women’s creativity.”

Please check into the “WomenArts” organization which is celebrating this, the 10th Annual SWAN Day. As their website mentions: “…WomenArts is the new name of The Fund for Women Artists, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.”

Art on display and offered for sale at the Martinez event is handmade by the individual artists. Keiko will participate with a selection of her paintings, prints, cards, coasters, ornaments and her unique washi-paper desk organizers.

Here are the details:

SWAN Day Martinez

Support Woman Artists Now

Saturday; March 25, 2017

10:00 am – 4:00 pm        Rain or Shine!

Old Train Depot Parking Lot

Ferry Street; Martinez, California

Hope to see you there!

Keiko

Current and Upcoming Exhibits in 2016

  Copyright © Keiko Stong Artist 2016

 Happy Summer to Everyone!

I’m not sure how time can fly so fast but have found—unfortunately ‘as usual’—my schedule is out-of-date! Well, with this posting it is now current and will remain so…for at least awhile.

From now to the end of the year, here are confirmed exhibits; with times, themes, venue & sponsorships of each show:

  • Diablo Valley College (DVC) Library Features CC14

– August 29 (Monday) through October 7, 2015 (Friday)

Presented in conjunction with the CC14 group of artists

– The theme of the exhibition is “Water” and each of the participating artists will create an original item especially for this show. As for my painting, I am still thinking and planning—so many possibilities and whatever I end up creating will be—at least I hope—part of my Waterscapes series. Or maybe Tropical Marine Life? Or something totally new? Regardless, I will be ready!

– Artists’ Reception:

Saturday; September 10, 2016                    1-3 pm

In the DVC Library, L-218

321 Golf Club Road

Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

www.dvc.edu

Refreshments will be served. Artists are available for tours and questions!

Helpful note: Parking at DVC is free on Saturdays

  • DVC Library hours:
    • Monday – Thursday 7:45 am – 9 pm
    • Friday 10:00 am – 3 pm
    • Saturday 12:00 Noon – 4 pm
    • Sunday Closed

 

  • East Bay Artists Guild (EBAG)

Rotating show in store front on 105 Crescent Drive, Pleasant Hill, CA

(~2 paintings) (sometimes up to 4 prints!)

In future my schedule will hopefully be more continuously current—especially after the ‘mentoring’ session I had with my business manager…!!

Have a wonderful summer,

Keiko

Current and Upcoming Exhibits in 2015

Copyright © Keiko Stong Artist 2015

 Happy Summer to Everyone!

After a very busy first half of the year, we are finally managing to update our Event listing. I’m sorry it has taken so long to do so!

From now to the end of the year, here are confirmed exhibits; with times, theme & sponsorship of each show and which of my paintings will be displayed:

  • John Muir Medical Center Art Show

– July 18 (Saturday) through August 28, 2015 (Friday)

Sponsored by Las Juntas Artists

– Three paintings from my Pattern Landscape and Kamon series will be displayed:

  1. Yae-zan
  2. One’s Mind
  3. A Duck and A Catfish

 

  • Orinda Library: “Thrill of the Chase” Show

– August 2 (Sunday) through August 31 (Monday) 2015

Sponsored by CC14 Art Group

– One new, original painting to fit the theme of the show:

“Tarantula’s Nursery”; from my “Cosmic Worlds” series

 

  • Port Costa 2015 Car Show and Arts & Crafts

– August 16 (Sunday) 2015

10 am to 4 pm

Sponsored by Port Costa Conservation Society

– Annual Arts & Crafts Vendor Tables

                Variety of smaller paintings, prints, cards and handicrafts

                Great opportunity for early Christmas shopping!

 

Please see further details of venue, specific times and receptions on the “Upcoming Events & Shows” page. If there are any questions, please let me know!

 

As for painting, I am currently focused on my series of the universe—which I have begun to call the “Cosmic Worlds.” Similar to my other series, I focus on painting different views or aspects of a common theme. For Cosmic Worlds, that theme is the surreal beauty of deep space. The breathtaking photos from the Hubble Telescope are definitely an ongoing inspiration for me.

How could things apparently at random be so astoundingly beautiful?

Here is an example from the series: DSC_4976-Edit

 

Titled, ‘Star Dust’ this painting portrays NGC 346, Emission Nebula and the immensity and depth of space.

And finally, somewhat in the same ‘ball park,’ last week brought to Earth the stunning photographs of Pluto. Art subjects are everywhere!

I hope you enjoy these exhibits and wish everyone a very enjoyable summer!

 

Keiko Stong

Exhibits at 555 California and 315 Montgomery, San Francisco

Copyright © Keiko Stong Artist 2015

Happy New Year to Everyone!

I am pleased to announce that I have been invited to exhibit my art in downtown San Francisco, as part of rotating art in two office buildings in the middle of the financial district. Selected paintings are now being displayed in 555 California and 315 Montgomery:

– December 29, 2014 (Monday) through March 7, 2015 (Saturday)

Curated by Casey and Associates, Art Advisors

www.caseyandassociatessf.com                 415-834-2394

– “A Cultural Montage”: 12 paintings inspired by my cultural heritage, including pieces from my Ka-mon (Japanese family crests) series, are on display in the Plaza Gallery (Plaza level of 555 California)

– “OtherWorldly Landscapes”: 10 paintings  from my Pattern Landscape series are on display in the Concourse Gallery (lower level, 555 California)

Veldt Grass: a single, abstract piece hinting of the open veldt of South Africa is on display in the lobby of 315 Montgomery

A Special note for the Venue:                555 California and 315 Montgomery

These are busy, working office buildings so please respect their use-rules (a key one being that the Plaza level lobby is not available to non-tenants on weekends and holidays). Most of the people moving through the lobbies are intent on getting their daily work done as efficiently as possible!

 

A bit more background on the themes:

A Cultural Montage: 12 paintings inspired by my cultural heritage, including pieces from my Ka-mon (Japanese family crests) series, are on display in the Plaza Gallery (Plaza level of 555 California)

The inspiration behind these paintings is the many different mon (family crests) used by families and clans in Japan for centuries. In past ages, these usually simple, but sometimes complex, symbols allowed everyone to quickly know with which family a wearer was associated. This was particularly important on battlefields, where mons were emblazoned on armor, jackets, or on vertical standards used by warriors and samurai.

In more peaceful times, curtains in front of shops carry these symbols.

With these paintings, Keiko has taken the essence of the forms and given them vivid vibrancy. For those viewers with a more mystical bent, imagine their history, meaning and perhaps, as some have observed, as a wall of meditative mandalas.

OtherWorldly Landscapes: 10 paintings from my Pattern Landscape series are on display in the Concourse Gallery (lower level, 555 California)

Alive with color and patterns drawn from designs influenced by kimono patterns, these landscapes reflect natural forms and even city skylines. The colors are definitely not of this world—but who’s to say that somewhere else, on some other world, there might not be views such as these?

Some paintings in this series represent events and turning points in people’s lives. The titles hint at which ones are based on the stylized representation of actual experiences.

I hope you enjoy these exhibits and wish everyone a very Happy New Year!

Keiko Stong

Current Exhibitions

Copyright © Keiko Stong Artist 2013

I hope everyone is enjoying the wonderful Bay Area spring. The last week has been phenomenal—although a bit more rain might be very helpful.

We have been so busy that we haven’t got around to letting everyone know about several events where a range of my paintings are currently being exhibited:

Diablo Valley College Library Show 2013

         “Inspiration Earth”

– March 11 (Monday) through May 10, 2013 (Friday)

Sponsored by the East Bay Artists Guild (EBAG)

– An Artists reception will be held: 

April 6, 2013 (Saturday)

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Light refreshments will be served

– Three paintings from my Waterscapes series will be displayed, from Slide Rock Park in Arizona

Venue

– At the Diablo Valley College (DVC) Library

321 Golf Club Road

Pleasant Hill, CA  94523

– The library hours are:

Monday – Thursday                  8 am to 9 pm

Friday & Saturday                  10 am to 3 pm

Saturday                                    12 Noon to 4 pm

Sunday                                                      Closed

http://www.dvc.edu/org/departments/library/index.htm

Metropolitan Transportation Commission-Oakland Exhibition

“A Celebration of Art!”

– March 11 (Monday) through May 10, 2013 (Friday)

Sponsored by the East Bay Artists Guild (EBAG)

An opening reception will be held on

March 28, 2013 (Thursday)

4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Light refreshments will be served

– Three paintings from my Japanese Heritage series will be displayedShochikubai

Venue

– At the Joseph P. Bort Metro Center

Art Gallery

101 Eighth Street, 3rd F

Oakland, CA 94607

– The hours of the Metro Center are:

Monday – Friday                  9 am to 5 pm

Saturday & Sunday                  Closed

510-817-5700

http://www.mtc.ca.gov/about_mtc/art_gallery/ebag/

John Muir Medical Center Art Show

– March 16 (Saturday) through May 3, 2013 (Friday)

Sponsored by Las Juntas Artists

– Two paintings from my Pattern Landscape series will be displayed

– This is a juried show and my painting, “International Cities” won 2nd Place in the Oil and Acrylic Section.DSCN0236.JPG

Venue

John Muir Medical Center (Walnut Creek Campus)
1601 Ygnacio Valley Road

Walnut Creek, CA
925-939-3000
http://www.johnmuirhealth.com/index.php/jmmdhs_jmmc.html

East Bay Artists Guild (EBAG)

Rotating show in store front on 105 Crescent Drive, Pleasant Hill

(~2 paintings)

Hope you are having a wonderful spring!

Keiko

Keiko Stong

E-mail:                              keikostong55@hotmail.com

Blog #:                                    13-03-034

“Art communicates emotion.”

Error in Date: Port Costa Art & Craft Show ONLY Saturday; Sept. 15, 2012

We apologize for our mis-understanding. We had previously announced that the Port Costa Art & Craft Show would be on Saturday; September 15 as well as on Sunday; September 16, 2012.

Unfortunately, the correct information is that the Arts & Crafts portion was only for today, Saturday, September 15th. Tomorrow, on Sunday, the Art Show Gallery will be open but the Arts & Crafts vendors will not be there.

We are very sorry for any inconvenience.

Keiko Stong

Upcoming Shows & Events

Copyright © Keiko Stong Artist 2012

 I hope everyone is enjoying summer. Interesting weather, isn’t it? From very hot to downright chilly. Well, that is part of the beauty of living in the Bay Area!

As we head into late summer and the beginning of fall, I wanted to let you know of several upcoming shows:

CC14 Show: Another World

    – At the Orinda Library

    – August 2 (Thursday) through August 30, 2012 (Thursday)

    – The library hours are:

Monday – Thursday 10 am to 8 pm

Friday & Saturday 10 am to 6 pm

Sunday 1 pm to 5 pm

    – An opening reception will be held: 

August 4, 2012 (Saturday)

3:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Light refreshments will be served

As a special treat, recent immigrant from Colorado,

Bryan Kemler, will be playing guitar and saxophone during the reception.

Memory Lane 1

 

 

 

aRt Cottage Show

   – At the aRt Cottage

         2238 Mt. Diablo Avenue

         Concord, CA

    – September 1 (Saturday) through September 28, 2012 (Friday)

    – The hours of the aRt Cottage are:

             Monday – Friday; 9 am to 5 pm

             Saturday and Sunday; 1 pm to 5 pm

    – An opening reception will be held at the Cottage

            September 6, 2012 (Thursday)

            6 pm to 8 pm

             Light refreshments will be served

     – The same paintings as the CC4 Show, Another World, will be displayed

Lamorinda Landscape Artists’ Exhibition

Waterfall

Contra Costa County Administration Building

651 Pine Street

Martinez, CA

    – The month of September 2012

    – Reception for the artists is:

           September 5, 2012 (Wednesday)

           6 pm to 8 pm

           Light refreshments will be served

    – Five of my paintings will be displayed

Shardow Water

The Arts and Culture Commission of Contra Costa County announces the display of landscape paintings, drawings, prints and photographs, created by Lamorinda Arts Alliance (LAA) members and by resident artists of Lamorinda. The art will be on exhibition at the Arts Passages Gallery, Contra Costa County Administration Building, 651 Pine Street, Martinez during the month of September.

 

Port Costa Art Show

      – At the Old Port Costa school house

             Canyon Lake Drive & Reservoir Road

      – September 15 & 16, 2012 (Saturday and Sunday)

             10 am – 5 pm

Mountain Peak 1

     – This annual event is a weekend holiday arts & crafts fair wrapped around an Art exhibition. The Port Costa Art Show is fun for everyone with much to do and, importantly, is a fund-raiser for the “Port Costa Conservation Society.” It’s a great place for getting an early jump on that holiday shopping list!

     – I will have at least one painting in the Art Show, and will also have a table for prints, etchings, small paintings (e.g., pattern paintings and the universe series), mailing cards with photos of my paintings, and other crafts such as Christmas ornaments and the well-received Japanese-washi-paper desk-organizers (see photo!).

Hope you are having a wonderful summer!

Keiko

Keiko Stong

E-mail:               keikostong55@hotmail.com

Blog #:                    12-07-032

“Art communicates emotion.”