Sunday, November 6, 2011

Jeffry Jensen - November 2011 featured artist

                                              A Child's Moon - photograph  24 x 18"


Since 1991, I’ve been a member of the Pasadena Society of Artists. Over the years, my paintings, mixed media works, and digital photographs have been shown in many one-person and group shows, winning awards on several occasions. In addition, I’ve worked as a research editor, reference librarian, and college instructor. I’m also the author of several poetry chapbooks, nonfiction books, and many hundreds of essays and book reviews.

Artist statement:
As a self-taught artist, I approach every painting, mixed media work, and digital photograph with a sense of discovery. Through vivid abstract images and vibrant color combinations, I hope to shed light on how my subconscious mind translates the visible world around me.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Murphy Armitage - October 2011 featured Artist

Corry Drawing, 2011 4 x 5 B&W photo

Murphy Armitage: Artist Bio

Murphy is going to school for Graphic Design. He defines himself as a Screen Printer, Photographer and Graphic Artist. While awaiting admission results from Art Center College of Design and Cal Poly Pomona he has taken more interest in Photography. He prefers to shoot large format 4x5, but he also shoots a lot of 120mm, 35mm and digital formats. He has spent most of his time in photography shooting black and white, but has recently started shooting color film as he has learned to develop and enlarge color film. Murphy develops all his own film and enlarges them as well with the use of black and white or color photographic papers. Murphy would place his body of work mostly within the style of Photojournalism, but he is still testing the waters in all types of photography.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Victoria Hibbs - September Featured Artist

Artist’s Bio:
Pasadena, CA girl moves to NYC, stays thirty years. Teaches math and science really well, becomes tri-state area private tutor of choice. In the middle of all that re-discovers yearning to make art and discovers the Art Students League. Studies there for several years with Peter Cox, Bruce Dorfman, Richard Pousette-Dart, William Scharf and Fredrick Wong. Bit of a teacher’s pet sometimes, sometimes not. Earns some awards. Family ties pull her back west and she is back in Pasadena. Hopes you like the art.

Artist’s Statement:
Painting equals a safe place for me in a world where I have never felt safe, even in my own skin. Read anything, see any movie, play or TV show, listen to any lyric – almost every time there is the seeking of safety or security. A few people seek danger, heroes seem fearless and take risks, but most of us need a safe place.

Making a safe place for myself has always required the matching of mismatched edges: mine with those of the world. I find myself bonding together broken fragments, trying to make some sort of new stronger whole structure out of things that were never meant to fit each other.

I think this is why I feel compelled to make the work as I do.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

David Grigsby - Featured Artist August 2011

Church Street, Lower Manhattan 2009
Acrylic on Canvas

David Grigsby explores the urban landscape in his paintings, many of which focus on the unique iconography of Southern California, where the artist has lived most of his life. He finds inspiration in the familiar, nondescript elements of the city and suburbs - the sidewalks and strip malls, traffic signs and billboards. When asked to describe his style of painting, Grigsby says he would call himself simply a 'realist', as opposed to a 'photorealist'. "Although my paintings are based on photographic references, I often alter the original source material considerably in order to arrive at a compositional arrangement that suits me. Maybe you could also call me a 'minimalist', because I'm always looking for ways to eliminate elements that are not essential to the overall composition."

A member of the Pasadena Society of Artists, Grigsby is a regular contributor to their group exhibitions and juried events, as well as other individual and group shows in the L.A. area. His paintings are owned by a number of corporate and private collectors worldwide.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Bonnie Bostwick Featured Artist July 2011

Bonnie Bostwick is a local artist and high school art teacher. She works with both gouache and acrylic paints as well as a variety of three-dimensional media.  Many of her paintings explore the deep emotions and compassion found in faces across all cultures and the unexpected beauty found in unlikely places. Some pieces focus on the bonds and interconnection between feminine archetypes from infancy throughout old age.

Artist reception: Sunday, July 10th 4:00 - 6:00 PM

Tuesday, May 31, 2011


Lisa R. George is a figurative and plein air painter who works in oils and various other media. This series of paintings was inspired by walking in the foothills, road trips, or a momentary reflective facial expression.

Designing each painting came down to how to encapsulate the moment visually with texture, tone and light. The way light shined on each subject, or didn't, created the most dynamic composition.

"Although I love painting a variety of subjects, I find I often return to painting trees or people. Their forms and moods are strangely similar and interesting. There is always a different, original story to tell."

Lisa studied at Colorado Institute of Art and Art Center College of Design. With a background in graphic design and fine art, her experience led her to work for various entertainment studios in Los Angeles, including Disney and MGM.

Her artwork has been displayed locally in Altadena at The Gallery at the End of the World, The Spring Towers in Downtown LA, and La Jolla.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Richard Davies - May 2011 Featured Artist

     The artist works that are presented in this exhibition consist of two elements: the oil painted images created by Richard Davies, and the unique frames crafted by Richard Benson. Davies and Benson are former colleagues at the Caltech Jet Propulsion Laboratory where they pursued efforts to explore the planets in our solar system.
     The images in the paintings are extensions of landscapes and skyscapes, all related to the various creations of Mother Nature. The oil painting techniques are several but the most easily recognizable is the use of pointillism. The paintings are contemporary in feel because of their abstract construction, but they are nonetheless about something natural.
     Once one of these paintings was begun, it took on a life of its own, leaving the painter Davies somewhat at a loss to explain to others his mental processes during the painting. Davies hopes a viewer will be instantly intrigued by the images and will wish to take a second look and a third and other longer looks.
     The materials used in the frames made by Benson are cherry and dark walnut wood that Benson took out of forestland his family owns in Michigan.
     Davies has exhibited elsewhere. Locally he has shown his work at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena and the Gallery at the End of the World on North Lake in Altadena.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Nancy Desmond Armitage March 2011 Featured Artist

Nancy is a landscape, figurative and contemporary painter.  Her recent series "The Adventurers Club" is featured at The Coffee Gallery and illustrates fascinating people, places and memories from around the world.  The layered paintings depict treasures and maps from a faraway land, local birds and fishes, people and customes from certain places - a pictoral journal.  Nancy received her BFA at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA.  Additional works can be viewed at or

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Linda Ternoir February 2011 Featured Artist

Linda Ternoir is a local artist who works from her imagination. She paints with acrylics, uses collage, draws with ink, and uses a variety of color media. Movement is the most important aspect of her art. She invites those who view her paintings and drawings to engage, participate, and become involved. Linda is an award-winning artist who has exhibited in many solo and group shows.

Dates: February 1 through 28, 2011

Reception: Sunday, February 6, 2011 from 5 - 8 PM

Thank you in advance, best regards,