Art & Art Activities at Little House
Currently Featured in the Little House Galleries
Maida's lifetime involvement with the making of art, as both student and teacher, has left a legacy of warm memories and a body of work that illustrates her limitless imagination. She painted in oil and acrylics for many years, but in 1987, at the Pacific Art League where she was a member for 44 years, Maida became intrigued by the unique qualities and properties of the monotype process. After years of painting from the model, she was excited to have the freedom to spontaneously create her own images and fantasies. The printmaking fever eventually extended to the collagraph, a combination of collage and printmaking; as well as etching on metal and Styrofoam. Her images are often reminiscent of another place and time, a wonderful adventure into the world of Toulouse Lautrec, Degas and other Post-impressionists who inspired her. Many of her images depict the human figure in poses that convey powerful emotions, sometimes crystal clear, at other times quite ambiguous. Maida liked to leave it up to the viewer to interpret the situation and it's outcome. But in every piece, it is clear that there was a strong and underlying feeling of empathy and compassion for her subjects.
Her oil and pastel work has been exhibited in the ToledoArt Museum, ChicagoStateUniversity, The Pacific Art League, and a number of galleries in Baltimore and WashingtonD.C. Her monotyoes have been shown at the Pacific Art League, at galleries in Saratoga, Palo Alto and Oakland, CA and purchased for the permanent collection of the TritonArt Museum in Santa Clara, CA.
Steven's work is totally digital, uitilizing digital SLR cameras, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom and some specialized third-party sfotware. He captures raw images and perform the equivalent of what one would do in a chemical darkroom, only using digital technology.
Judy Gittelsohn has been painting in the Bay Area for over 30 years. She exhibits widely and her work is collected around the world. Anne Loucks Gallery, Glencoe, Illinois, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Artist Gallery and Art Dimensions, Los Angeles represents her artwork. In addition, Judy is our area’s Golden Paints Certified Working Artist. She educates artists on the possibilities of Golden Acrylics. Judy has received man grants to teach art to developmentally disabled individuals and at risk youth. She mounts shows, produces murals and creates publications of their artwork. In 2007, Judy opened Art For Well Beings – www.artforwellbeings.org – an art center in Palo Alto to serve all people interested in the extraordinary impact of art. The cable television show Art For Well Beings brings you access to all of the above.
On display are recent paintings. Her way of applying paint is to do so in many layers; she curbs and lays the paint on in many applications. The result of this build-up method is that the paint responds to light. Paintings appear differently at different times of day. In one light a painting can seem yellow or gold and at another time of day, it will look as if it is pale white. In her work, she focuses on shapes being simultaneously solid and porous, full of airy, planes tipping forward and back, and angles intersecting curves.