Artist Spotlight: Judy Miller

Through the Cracks  32x24 assemblage on canvas  $675
"I love to explore the things we keep, save and what they mean to us. Through the Cracks is one in a series of these explorations. My first love is sculpture, most often using clay. I also paint with acrylics, usually with texture involved, and I also use found objects to create a variety of mixed media pieces.

Liberty  bronze sculpture   $2500

Liberty and Justice was originally created in clay after 9/11, when I felt that the Statue of Liberty needed to sit down and drop her torch.

In 2018, I felt the need to make a mold of this piece and cast her in bronze.

When the newspapers became filled with suggestions that we need to build walls around our country, I felt this image would represent what so many of us felt.







Somewhere Out There   48x36 acrylic  $650

Somewhere Out There is a painting with texture that gives the feel of opening up and letting go, but also has a feel for the sky and vastness."



Judy Miller has lived in the East Bay for 47 years. As a working artist, she has exhibited and sold her work for the last 30 years. She's also a retired Occupational Therapist, using art activities as part of her job.

Judy is a member of the Association of Clay and Glass, Lamorinda Arts Alliance, Moraga Art Gallery, National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, and ACCI Gallery in Berkeley.





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Artist Spotlight: Judy Feins

River Light - 24x36 oil   $1800

"I‘m fascinated by all that I see in the natural world. My passion for portraying that beauty is the force behind my paintings. The fleeting drama of weather and atmosphere creates an unending joyful challenge.

I paint to celebrate the qualities of shifting light, long vistas of space that evoke possibility and freedom, and the brilliant tranquility of light on water. I love the cool clarity and luminosity of northern California and it’s mysterious transformative fog.

I enjoy studying and painting the layered complexities of visual phenomena, like rocks submerged in water, seen through a surface reflection of the sky, and abstracted by ripples or wind.

It’s also exciting to explore and paint the personalities of different geographical areas, and capture remnants of California’s history and culture, its coastal villages, small family farms and ranches."

Yuba River - 24x36 oil   $1800

"Both of these paintings are portraits of beautiful rivers - the Mokelumne and the Yuba. I love rivers; the movement and colors, and the free feeling of the water interacting with rocks, and the contours of the land. It has a dancing joyful feeling, always changing, mesmerizing. I love watching light sparkle on the surface and illuminate the depths. The Yuba has an extraordinary green color lit with gold. The reflection of the sunlit rocks, sky and trees make a kaleidoscope of patterns on the ripples.

I’ve been painting and drawing all of my life, but have been able to devote myself completely to it for the last 20 years. Art is a profession but also a calling for me- something that makes me feel alive in a way that is different from everything else.

More of my work can be seen on my website, as well as at Valley Art Gallery in Walnut Creek and ACCI Gallery in Berkeley. I also have solo shows in other venues - this August through November, I will have a solo exhibit at the Walnut Creek City Hall Gallery Space."


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Artist spotlight: Danguole Rita Kuolas

Untitled - 24x18" woodblock print  $400

"From the first time that I carved a linoleum block at the age of 12, I have been a printmaker. Printmaking has been the medium in which I found my artistic voice. That voice was further amplified when I began familiarizing myself with the strong printmaking traditions of the country of my heritage, Lithuania.

My imagery comes from within. Unplanned, unexpected, evolving from one line, to a series of marks, to a shape, each step a constant surprise to me. Each plate or block causes a reaction that fuels the need to create the next. Whether etching copper, carving a wood block, assembling a collaged plate or incorporating digital media, I am fascinated by the technical and the physical aspects of creating an image. 

And that moment of lifting the paper off of the plate after running it through the press and seeing the resulting image still causes amazement. When the print is being viewed I smile at the thought that no one knows the secrets of creation that hide beneath the surface."

Festival - 18x24" woodblock print $400

"I have a BFA in printmaking and have been living in Lafayette for the last three years. I work every day in my fully-equipped studio and teach occasional workshops. I also make handmade paper and create artists’ books... art is my calling."

Beyond the Fence - 24x30" woodblock print  $300

Danguole is a member of the California Society of Printmakers, The Boston Printmakers, the Moraga Gallery and the Lamorinda Arts Alliance.


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View Points

Judy Miller

3/17/20 UPDATE:
aRt Cottage is currently closed to the public, in compliance with local and state laws for non-essential businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please stay home and stay healthy - we're all in this together!

In the meantime - click here to see a video tour of the show. Call us with purchase inquiries - we're happy to arrange payment online with a safe porch pickup.

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March is Women's History Month, which we are honoring with our next show called View Points. These nine female artists are sure to make history one day with their wide variety of professional work, including collage, monotype, bronze sculpture, woodcuts, silk paintings, photography and more.

Linda Yoshizawa

Featured artists:
  • Judy Miller
  • Susan Erickson
  • Pat Prosek
  • Linda Yoshizawa
  • Danguole Rita Kuolas
  • Carla W. Gelbaum
  • Judy Feins
  • Margaret Lucas-Hill
  • Jill Landau

View Points is on display for the months of March and April.


Susan Erickson



Anything Goes!


George Rammel
"Anything Goes" is our theme for the first show of 2020 which runs through January and February.

Come by to see the wide variety of work from talented local artists!

Gregory Vasgerdsian

Handmade for the Holidays!


There's nothing more thoughtful than a lovingly handmade gift - support your local artists and crafters and do your holiday shopping right here at the aRt Cottage!

Jewelry, knit & crochet, upcycled art, notecards, mini journals, paintings, mixed media, collage, photography, home d├ęcor - there's something for everyone on your list.

Artists featured here:
  • Margaret Lucas-Hill
  • Pat Viera
  • Joanne Zehrung
  • Elliott Night
  • Julie Van Wyk
  • Margaret Dzikielews
  • George Rammell

Tom Quinlavin - Working on Paper

Tom Quinlavin
Working on paper was essential to my development as an artist. The smooth and fast properties of paper meant I could take more risks. Despite several moves, I have been fortunate to have retained several pieces of work on paper from the past forty or so years.

A friend asked what the lines are about. The purpose is to contain the energy of the shapes they encircle – like a levee, holding back. In defining the space this way, it pushes the contrast between colors and the movement - or rhythm.

Early on in my career everything I did was about pushing energy out, energy expelled. Or as artist Ted Stamm used to say, it is “energy transferred.” So, sensing a need for some control, I started containing the source. Years later I consciously started encircling shapes. This essentially allowed me to draw by squirting paint straight from the tube, which is such a great feeling.   — Tom Quinlavin

Untitled, 1981

QUINLAVIN 
40 YEARS ON PAPER 
October 3 – 26, 2019 

Artist Reception & Open House
Saturday, October 5  •  2–5pm