RUTH BOLDUAN. A life of global travel has provided Ruth Bolduan with an understanding of diverse visual traditions while remaining firmly entrenched in Western thought. Her current work, based on months spent wandering in Yuan Ming Yuan Park in Beijing, is centered on the idea of the ecological history of a place as a carrier of meaning. She is drawn to these powerful places found at the intersection of nature and human culture, where memory is preserved in the landscape itself. Bolduan maintains a studio in Richmond, Virginia, where she was a professor of painting at Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts for over 30 years. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States and internationally, and she has been the recipients of numerous grants, commissions, and residencies.

KIM CAMPBELL Campbell’s career in the visual arts is rooted in her early studies in Jewelry Design, and subsequently painting and sculpture in Florence Italy. In the 1980’s Kim sought a bigger canvas, moved to California, and began to broaden her palette at the Gale Laurence School of Decorative Arts in San Francisco. Campbell quickly became one of the Bay Area’s top interior artists. For two-plus decades, she honed her craft designing and creating wall and furniture finishes. Campbell trained and mentored numerous craftspeople in faux finishing, several of whom went on to successful careers of their own in decorative painting. By 2000 Campbell had moved south to Monterey, California where she began to freely unleash her full artistic expression on canvas. Her works often reflect her background in wall finishes and metal, as well as her deep connection to nature. Campbell has exhibited in local and Bay Area venues and has garnered a growing following of collectors from both her design client base and local patrons. Her paintings are in private and corporate collections throughout the United States.

JAMIE DAGDIGIAN earned his degree in studio art from UCLA and began a career in graphic design and marketing communications. Currently, he teaches Art and Design and serves as the Creative Arts Division Chairman at Monterey Peninsula College.

Jamie began his teaching career while working as an agency art director and has taught a range of visual arts courses at the college level—from color theory and mixed media to graphic design. Jamie continues to make art while teaching full time. He has exhibited his artwork in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose, Ólafsfjörður Iceland, and in various galleries throughout the Monterey Bay area. Additionally, Jamie has served as a juror for several regional and national arts organizations, and has reviewed design portfolios throughout Monterey County. He lives and works on the Monterey Central Coast.

WALDEK DYNERMAN combines new technology with old methods of traditional painting to create contemporary art that is immediate and responsive to current global concerns. He creates paintings which provoke thought and force questions. They are not made to be pretty nor decorative yet his understanding of the painting process contributes to a kind of beauty not often found in such content filled work. Dynerman was born and raised in Poland. He holds an MFA in painting from the Warsaw Fine Arts Academy and works primarily in painting and sculpture, often presented in form of installations. Recently, his work was shown in a solo exhibition at the Carl Cherry Center for the Arts as well as at galleries and alternative spaces in Poland, Germany, Sweden, France and throughout the United States. In 1983 he accepted a teaching position at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design and moved to the United States. While in Milwaukee, he received the prestigious Mary Nohl’s Fellowship for established artists and was awarded a three month residency in Berlin. He retired from teaching and has moved to Emeryville, CA in 2021 where he currently lives and maintains a studio.

LAUREL FARRIN received an MFA from the University of Maryland in 1993. Solo exhibitions include those at the Devening Projects, Chicago, IL; Roswell Museum and Art Center, NM; Hallwalls, Buffalo, NY; The Figge, Museum, Davenport, IA; Lesley Heller Gallery, NYC; Joyce Goldstein Gallery, Chatham, NY; The Sioux City Art Center, Sioux City, IA; Spaces, Cleveland, OH; Anton Gallery, Washington DC and Green Chalk Contemporary, Monterey, CA. Group exhibitions include John Molloy Gallery, NYC; Macy Gallery, Columbia University, NYC;  the Des Moines Art Center; Bemis Contemporary Art Center; The Bronx River Art Center; The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC and The Florida Center for Contemporary Art, Tampa FL. She has had residencies at the Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program, NM, Yaddo; The MacDowell Colony; The Dora Maar Fellowship in France; Pratt Fine Arts Summer Residency; The Millay Colony for the Arts; VCCA; and the Atlantic Center for the Arts. Her work has been published in New American Painting, Mid Atlantic Edition, and featured in Fat Boy Review, Manchester, UK, Art Viewer, The WashingtonPost. Farrin has received an individual artist grant from the Washington DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and her work is in the collection of the Des Moines Art Center, the Tang Teaching Museum, Skidmore College, The Figge Museum, The Roswell Museum, Washington DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Wilson Buildg. among others. Laurel Farrin is a Professor in the painting and drawing program at the University of Iowa, Iowa City.

SUSAN HYDE GREENE relays stories from impressions of experiences, thoughts and memories about the world around her. She combines imaginary imagery with images that she photographs or rephotographs, and binds each piece together with stitching, graphite, paint and sometimes language. Greene studied textiles, photography and art history, receiving a BFA from the University of Hawaii, Manoa and an MFA from the University of Utah, where she won a Graduate Research Fellowship Award and membership in Phi Kappa Phi. Additionally, she received a MS in Special Education from Dominican University, CA. She taught art in schools and programs throughout Marin County, CA, and was the founder of Marin Very Special Arts and Art Pals. She also taught art at the University of Utah, Santa Clara University and Napa Valley College. Presently, Greene is an Access Advisor for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, leading workshops inspired by current exhibitions since 1996. Greene has been the recipient of several awards and grants including a Marin Arts Council Individual Artist Grant for Photography and First Place in the 2013 Center for Photographic Art Juried Exhibition. Collections include Victoria and Albert Museum, Adobe Systems, the Institute of Health and Healing, Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco, Bread & Roses, Corte Madera, Smith Andersen North, University of Hawaii and University of Utah. Recent exhibitions include The Triton Museum of Art, The Carl Cherry Center, Center for Photographic Art and Rayko Photo Center.

ROBIN HAMILL is a fabric and multimedia artist. While her background is in the sciences, early in her academic career, she gave herself the gift of an art class each semester. After a 40 year hiatus from serious creativity because of work and raising 6 kids, she happily returned to the soul-nourishing arts. As her work progressed, she found that commercial fabrics just weren’t enough, so took on eco-printing, fabric painting, and fabric dyeing including shibori and batiking. While her work is primarily making art quilts, Robin has enjoyed engaging in multimedia work and finally learning to work with watercolors. Often one medium allows finding the solution to a creative dilemma in another medium. Hamill resides in Charlottesville, Virginia.

LEONARD HAN, born in Carmel of Korean/Chinese parentage, is an artist/painter, educator, and cultural performance artist. He has resided and worked in Monterey and Santa Cruz, CA, as well as Philadelphia, PA, and South Bend, Indiana. His work has been shown in group and solo exhibitions in California, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Michigan, Chicago, IL. Awards and grants include an Individual Artist Fellowship Grant, Michiana Arts and Sciences Award, Indiana Arts Commission 1990-91; a Pollack-Krasner Foundation Grant, New York 1989-90; a Residence Artist Grant, Warsaw, Indiana 1989; Awarded Best in Show, Gallery Aquinas 4th Invitational Juried Exhibition, South Bend, IN 1984; Juror’s Merit Award, 48th Annual Exhibition, Northern Indiana 1979. In addition to his primary vocation painting, he has spent over forty years performing world art and culture in education through his artistic process of blending art disciplines in Taiji, Qigong, and Chinese Lion Dance carrying forward not only the intrinsic multiculturalism of America, but also incorporating his role and place in it. He holds an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania, a BA from the University of California at Santa Cruz and an AA degree from Monterey Peninsula College. Married with two children he currently resides in Monterey and continues his painting, and teaching, while collaborating and performing with other artists and professionals.

FRANCIE HESTER work in museums and galleries internationally. Hester’s work has been shown in Jordan, Ulaanbaatar, Ireland, and Costa Rica with solo exhibitions with Susan Eley Fine Art in New York City and Hudson, NY, Anton Gallery, Washington, DC; Green Chalk Contemporary, and the Hawthorne Mansion, Monterey.

Hester’s commissioned works include 2016 sculptures for Memorial Sloan Kettering In New York City, an 18-foot atrium piece for the Chicago Kent College of Law and EADS-Airbus Headquarters in Virginia. Her work is represented in numerous private and corporate collections including the World Bank, Airbus, Capital One and the International Monetary Fund. She has received honorary grants from the District of Columbia, from the Arts Council of Montgomery County, MD and from the Maryland State Arts Counsel. She received her MFA in painting from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a BFA. in painting from the University of Michigan.

ANNE MARCHAND is a mixed media artist whose work is underpinned by a structure ofgeometric fabrics embedded under translucent paint, anchoring paint and charcoal marks, thread, glass beads, and other elements. Mystical themes are at the fore in the paintings, stimulated by readings by Garcia Lorca, Kandinsky, and Rumi. Travel to India in 2005 brought a range of new color palettes and fabrics that she has incorporated into her work. Marchand majored in art at Auburn University, graduating with a BA, then earned an MFA from the University of Georgia. She has exhibited her work extensively in solo exhibitions at the Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, GA; Macon Museum of Arts & Sciences, Macon, GA; Hardin Arts Center, Gadsden, AL; Brick City Gallery, Springfield, MO, and recently in a two person show at the Carl Center for the Arts, Carmel, CA.

VICTORIA MAY combines raw, unpredictable elements with human-invented intricacies, exploring realms from psychology to industry. A diversity of sensually evocative materials are meticulously joined, layered, and embedded, resulting in highly crafted sculptural objects, wall works and installations. Naturally derived materials or processes intersect with ones that are artificially synthesized, relaying visceral and conceptual tension. May is an avid advocate for material re-use. She received her MFA from San Jose State University and her BA from UCLA. In 2010 May received a Santa Cruz County Rydell Fellowship and In 2015 she was named an Artist Laureate by Silicon Valley Creates. Her work has been published in By Hand, Fiber Arts, and Surface Design Journal. She exhibits nationally and internationally and is represented by Green Chalk Contemporary in Monterey, CA and Conrad Wilde Gallery in Tucson, AZ.

HEIDI McGURRIN is fine art photographer/artist/poet, educated at Miss Burkes in San Francisco, Foxcroft School in Virginia, the California School of Fine Arts, (San Francisco Art Institute) and Finch College in New York City. She has specialized in photographs which evoke the spirit and lifestyle of indigenous people. She has exhibited widely and was honored by Congressman Sam Farr who presented her Cuban exhibition on Capitol Hill. Heidi spent time photographing in Cuba, Haiti, Brazil, Mexico, Chile, Bolivia, Guatemala and Chiapas. She translated and photographed for Los Medicos Volodores, {The Flying Doctors} in Sonora and Baja, and spent time in Maya and Inca lands, in Mexico, Cuzco, Peru and Bolivia. Now she is painting, teaching children, photographing, and writing.

Many themes  TOM NAKASHIMA Nakashima regularly addresses in his work may be related to being born racially mixed. Born in Seattle, a third-generation American, his father’s parents were Japanese and his mother’s family was Canadian/German/Irish, Catholic/Jewish. He grew up in Middle-American in the charged post-war years where he was frequently perceived as a Japanese immigrant.

For many years, stories of his extended family’s incarceration during WWII in the American Concentration Camps, combined with a limited sense of belonging, created an artistic vision that made him doubt his place in terms of self, family, and tribe.  Nakashima eventually came to terms with his cross-cultural linage to regard himself as an artist whose work acts as a synthesis of cultures cutting across traditionally defined boundaries between East and West. His work is included in over sixty museum collections including the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Mint Museum, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the Muscarelle Museum, the Hermitage Museum, and the Yamanashi Museum of Art. Awards include the Joan Mitchell Fellowship; the Southeast 7-SECCA/RJR Artist Fellowship; the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Grant; the “Mayor’s Award for Excellence in an Artistic Discipline,” Washington, DC; the Mid Atlantic Visual Arts Fellowship; and a NEA National Fellowship. He is an Emeritus Professor at the Catholic University of America and a Morris Eminent Scholar Emeritus at Augusta University. Nakashima currently resides in Floyd, VA.

BETSY PACKARD is a conceptual artist whose work transforms ordinary objects, found images, and simple matter into fundamentally new concepts of meaning. At times, her autobiographical work is punctuated with a great deal of humor evidenced by her choice of medium and materials. Betsy Packard has been exhibiting her work since the late 1980’s. Her work has been shown at the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans; The Shiva Gallery, John Jay College, CUNY, New York; the West Hubbard Gallery in Chicago, The Addison Gallery of American Art in Andover, Massachusetts, and in the Washington, DC metro area at the Katzen Arts Center, American University Museum, the Washington Project for the Arts. Packard earned her BFA, from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, Il and MFA from Tulane University, New Orleans, LA.

KATHERINE READER uses photography, drawing and stitching to create artwork to exorcise the darkness she finds in the world. With an acute awareness of the beauty of nature that surrounds her coastal home, her work attempts to bridge the gap between the tumultuous realities of life and the tranquility of the natural world. She is an award-winning fiber artist who began her art studies as a child and has continued to study drawing and fiber arts with both traditional and contemporary artists, such as Jane Sassaman, Sue Benner, Velda Newman, and Katie Pasquini Masopust. She was raised in California and has lived in Connecticut and the Netherlands. This is her third career, following success as both an accountant and a software developer.

JOHN REXINE draws on the Byzantine iconography that was a familiar backdrop to his youth raised in a Greek American family. Born in 1960, and raised in Hamilton, NY, to Boston-born parents and Greek-born grandparents. Received his BA in Fine Arts from Colgate University and MA in Classical Mediterranean Studies from the University of Leicester. Graduate coursework in Museum Studies at Tufts University, Core Artist-in-Residence, Glassell School of Art, MFA, Houston, TX. His work has been exhibited in group and solo exhibitions in New York, New England, and Texas, and is held in many private collections. With the exception of Miniatures contributions made to the Monterey Museum of Art’s annual fundraiser, this is the first time the artist’s work has been shown in California. An art museum administrator for nearly forty years, he is currently employed by the Monterey Museum of Art.

ZOYA SCHOLIS uses natural forms in her work – birds, leaves and the human figure. She often starts with random marks or pools of paint later defined by grids, lines or the carving out of negative space. With spontaneous philosophical inquiry, her motivation and stories emerge. Her work has been shown in galleries throughout the US, including the Nancy Dobbs Gallery and the Sunset Center Gallery, Carmel; the Mirada Gallery, Half Moon Bay; City Art Gallery, SFWA, Boarderland Gallery, the San Francisco Women Artists Gallery, ARC Gallery San Francisco; Los Gatos Museums Gallery; Fibre Arts Gallery, Palo Alto and the NFWS UB Anderson Gallery, Buffalo, NY. Scholis received her Teaching Credential from Chapman University and BA in studio arts from CSU, East Bay. She studied Advanced Painting, with Prof. Hawkinson, Stanford University and Advanced Painting, with Professor Feasel, San Jose State University.

JERRY TAKIGAWA was born and raised in the US and as the grandchild of Japanese immigrants, many Japanese influences are evident in his work. While Western culture values subject, individual expression and uniqueness, Eastern culture embraces context, order and social harmony. His culturally hybrid influences have always haunted his sense of individual creativity and passion. For Takigawa, photography is a second language—a medium for his lifelong quest to integrate two cultural viewpoints with the goal of inspiring us to recognize the importance of beauty and our ultimate interdependence with one another. His work in this exhibition is from a series titled, False Food, A Metaphor for Survival. His vision rests on the assumption that a unique and powerful aesthetic can emerge by focusing on materials that have caused irreparable damage to countless birds. In False Food, those materials are the plastic artifacts retrieved from the remains of albatross on Midway Atoll. Takigawa is an independent photographer, designer, and writer. He is a co-founder and creative force behind Carmel’s Center for Photographic Art’s PIE Labs workshop. He received the Imogen Cunningham Award in 1982, the Clarence J. Laughlin Award in 2017, and CENTER Santa Fe Curator’s Choice Award in 2018. His work is in the permanent collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Crocker Art Museum, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the Library of Congress, and the Monterey Museum of Art. He studied photography with Don Worth at San Francisco State University and received a degree in art with an emphasis in painting. Takigawa lives and works in Carmel Valley, California.

MARK TANOUS shares the offbeat, irreverent, and self-referential approach to his work employed by Robert Arneson, as he explores narrative and historical subjects as well as objects from daily life. A resident of Carmel, CA. Tanous is an inheritor of the traditions and legacy of TB-9 at UC Davis, where his father, Joseph Tanous was a part of the “reductionists” movement along with Peter Vandenberge, David Gilhooly, Steve Kaltenbach and Robert Arneson. At nine Mark Tanous rode his florescent pink Schwinn Stingray into he loading dock of TB-9 then the home of ceramic artists Robert Arneson, David Gilhooly, Peter Vandenberg and his father Joseph Tanous. His hands first touched clay there after school and on the weekends as he hung out absorbing the fumes of kilns reducing and glowing in the night, the churning of the pug mill, and the whine of the spinning potters wheel. He was hooked. Pots were thrown on the wheel, then on the floor, on tables in corners, rolled over sticks bricks anything that would alter and shape the clay. Glazes were sprayed, slopped, dipped, scraped and sanded. There were no restrictions these were These were the Reductionists and they were playing by a new set of rules. In high school, he spent some time in a highly developed high school ceramics program which produced the likes of Tony Marsh and William Morris. Later, at Stephens College in Columbia, MO, Tanous continued to make pots while he studied theater arts. After graduation. he moved to LA where he entered the UCLA MFA program for film, worked as a TV commercial producer and as a creative executive for Propaganda and River Run Films. After 16 years in LA he moved his family to Carmel. He now teaches ceramics at the Monterey Peninsula College and holds an MFA from Lesley University College of Art and Design.

BROOK TEMPLE is a graduate of Yale University, where he studied fine art, and also trained at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Throughout his life he has worked and collaborated with many other artists, including Joseph Albers, Bernard Chaet, James Brooks, Richo LaBrun and Lorser Feitelson, to name a few. His drawings and paintings have been shown in more than 50 exhibitions and are now in over 100 public and private collections including those of Chase Manhattan Bank, CBS, Sydney Roberts Rockefeller, the High Museum of Fine Art in Atlanta, the prestigious Achenbach Collection of the California Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco, the Oakland Museum of California and the Bakersfield Museum of Art. Now, semi retired, Brook lives and works in Carmel, California, with his wife Jeanne.

TEMPLE SISTERS – Holly and Ashlee Temple – work in mixed media to generateworks on paper, canvas and create small assemblages. Each work they devise is meant to engage the viewer in questions about the temporal and fluid nature of image, memory, and the cultural language of expression. The sisters often draw inspiration from collage artists such as Joseph Cornell, Robert Rauschenberg and Hannah Hoch but are most heavily influenced by their father, California painter Brook Temple, who studied at Yale under Joseph Albers. “Art, artists and art theory were just an everyday integral part of our lives” said Holly Temple,  “Our dad taught us Albers’ Color Theory class when we were young, and we continue to use it today”.  Ashlee Temple adds  “The relationship and placement of color – or sometimes lack of color – is a very intentional element of all our work.”

Collaboration, both in applied method as well as conceptually, is at the core of their work. They each find the implicit trust  required by working in tandem to be one of the most  interesting and integral parts of their art. A shared history and shared aesthetic emerges as a partnership in paint and paper. It is their deep belief that collaboration – artist-to-artist, art-to-observer – is at the heart of the creative process.

The sisters’ works have been in more than two dozen exhibitions across the country, including New York, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Chicago and Denver, as well as throughout California. Holly and Ashlee Temple are both based on the Monterey Peninsula and maintain their studio in Sand City.