Art & Art Activities at Little House
Currently Featured in the Little House Galleries
(Exhibited in the Glass Gallery)
What (or who) inspires your work?
Leaves, I have an interesting thing for leaves and other natural things like seedpods, feathers, shells. You can see leaves interpreted in many in my hat trims. I have an interesting collection of hat blocks, which inspire me as well. Most of these blocks are quite old and therefore considerably dated for contemporary design work. The inspiration comes with the challenge to use these old and familiar blocks in new and interesting ways.
People or rather personalities interest and inspire me. I have a wonderful client who has rather flamboyant taste. I was inspired to make a hat for her, without discussing it first. I planned to take the hat with me to a trunk show and she would see it there. Well I was a bit dashed as she was not able to make the event. So I called her when I returned and suggested that I send the hat to her on approval. When I mentioned that the hat was red with black trim she said " Oh my dear, I don't wear red". I suggested that I send the hat anyway, she could try it on and if she liked the style, I would make it in a color she would wear. The day she received the hat she called me to say "Wayne, This morning, I opened the box and pulled out this beautiful hat thinking, I don't wear red". "Well my dear, I have tried the hat on and I haven't taken it off all day, in fact I am calling you on my cell phone from Nordstrom. I'm looking for an outfit to go with it. Everyone has told me that I look wonderful, so I guess do I wear red".
Meeting with a client, seeing the outfit, discussing the events or plans for the wearing of the hat, will generate most of my design direction. Sometimes just the materials I happen to be working with. I rarely draw or sketch preferring to let the materials find their way into a hat. I have come to think of myself as a sculptor. http://www.waynewichernmillinery.com/index.htm
Alisan lives and paints on the San Francisco Peninsula. She began painting at the age of five at the knee of her Grandmother, Alice Knight, a pastel and oil painter and is the great-niece of artist, Grant Wood. Alisan started taking lessons at the Santa Barbara Art Museum at the age of six, and continuing through her high school and college years. She completed two murals while still in high school; one featured a scene of mythology for the Coral Casino Country Club in Montecito, and the other of “Old Spanish Days” for a studio in Santa Barbara. Alisan has received awards for her work from the San Mateo County Fair, winning two first places and several second and third’s. She has won “Best in Show by Popular Vote” and several first and second places at the Sequoia Spring Art Show. She is an active member of the Society of Western Artists(SWA) and a signature member of the Sequoia Art Group(SAG), she is also and a member of the Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society.
Alisan received a third place award in the December/January 2010 SWA Exhibit for her painting “Northern Lights”, and was recently juried into the 60th Annual SWA Exhibit. Alisan’s work was featured in the Town and Country Gallery in Sacramento, and the Qraz Gallery in Pikes Place in Seattle; she taught the Art in Action Program in the Menlo Park School District, and produced the Artist in Residence Program for Lytton Gardens in Palo Alto senior residents.
Continued classes and workshops with teachers Ferenc Besze SWA, Steve Curl, Stuart Givot, SWA, Sonja Hamilton SWA, Floy Zitten, Robert Eyman and others allows Alisan to increase her ability so her work will continue to grow with the fluidity of the materials she loves and works with daily. Some of Alisan’s originals are available in cards and Giclée prints.
Currently Alisan is the Coordinator for the Redwood City ART WALK and will take up duties soon for the OurReach and ArtReach programs for the Redwood City Art Center. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Art Center and the Society of Western Artists, Redwood City.
(Exhibited in the Main Galleries)
My paintings and monotypes are based on things I have seen, heard, smelled or felt, often while traveling. The colors, shapes, mood and composition of my work are extracted from sensory experience, translated into feelings, and recreated from emotional memory, with painterly discipline and technique, months or sometimes years later. My work represents the tangible world, interpreted by my subconscious, rather than pure idea or emotion. In this sense I am a painter of inner landscapes that parallel the outer world, which I want the viewer to feel as well as see.
I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, where I grew to love the great outdoors. Childhood trips to exotic locations fostered an early appreciation for different places and cultures, as well as a continuing passion for travel. In 2008, I left my job in high-tech communications to travel the world for a year, taking photographs and writing about my experiences. During that time, I built an educational travel weblog (www.wheresfrances.blogspot.com) with weekly photos, as well as historical and cultural information about the countries I visited. Upon my return to the Bay Area, I published a 400-page book of my blog, available online at Blurb.com.