Blue Wing Gallery will feature Glass and Ceramic and paintings by local artists, Bobbi Pillard and Emile Righetti.
About Emilie Righetti
Ceramics and Kiln Formed Glass give me the ability to work with my hands and imagination. I often use found objects; precious or semi-precious stones and metals in the work I create, always trying to create movement in what can be very stiff feeling materials. It can be functional and non-functional. I like to use colors and textures from nature, combining my ceramics and glass techniques to create unusual pieces. Putting a glass dragonfly on a ceramic piece or a ceramic frog on a glass piece, adding copper or brass leaves and vines to a piece make my pieces different and unique. When someone asks how I created the piece I know I have captured their attention.
I grew up in San Francisco, CA where nature and museums were all around me. I loved art and took classes in high school and college. In 2000 I started taking courses at Sierra Nevada College “Visiting Artist” summer workshops. That’s where I fell in love with ceramics and fused glass. Some of my instructors were: Kathleen Koop, Bill Abright, Andy Ruble, Randy Brodnax, Don Ellis, Shuji Ikeda & Carole & William Hutchison.
About Barbara “Bobbie” Pilliard
Barbara Pilliard, known to most as Bobbie, is a native of the Loomis area of Placer County in California. Her early years were spent doing the same things that all kids did, with the exception of the ever-present No. 2 pencil and pad of paper. During that time, her main subject was usually the family dog who patiently looked at her while she created his portrait, time and time again. Bobbie did not study art in school, as there was never space in the schedule that her Dad designed. Dad said, “If you become an artist you will most likely starve.” He was most likely right.
Bobbie’s first formal art training was with the late Dorothy Brackenbury, an accomplished local artist and teacher. The main focus was still life and portraiture in oils. This experience was invaluable because of emphasis on fundamentals and technique. About 18 years ago, Bobbie was reintroduced to Jean Bolin, her Mother’s best friend, and a well known impressionist and teacher, who owned the Left Bank Gallery in Folsom, California. Jean’s work is fascinating. It shows freedom and vibrancy, regardless of the subject. Bobbie was hooked! So amidst being a partner in a small business and a beef cattle operation, Bobbie could be found at the Left Bank. Bobbie has recently studied with Margot Schulzke, an internationally known artist and author. Emphasis is on design and composition, the elements necessary in all works of art.
Bobbie has received several awards in Northern California juried shows and has been a KVIE Art Auction contributor. While living in Twin Falls, Idaho she received several awards at local shows and was invited to have a one-person show at the Gallery Pequena in the Magic Valley Arts Center.
Bobbie is now working at home in oils, acrylics and pastels. She feels that the subject often dictates the medium. The subject is usually dictated by whichever Bobbie wakes up in the morning.
The show will be running from June 2nd to July 28. There will be an artist reception on Friday, June 2nd from 6 to 9 p.m.
Blue Wing Gallery is located at 405 Main St. For more information or questions, call (530) 666-9498 or email firstname.lastname@example.org