Friday, June 1, 2012

Jeff Odell and Kira Fluer Olshefski—Featured Artists

Gallery at Marina Square Presents Our Featured Artists’ Exhibit for June 2012: “Town and Country”

A Featured Artist Reception will be held Friday, June 8th from 5-8pm at Gallery at Marina Square

Kira Fluer Olshefski
Kira Fluer Olshefski is a California Central Coast artist, residing in Atascadero. She has dabbled in a variety of media, but has found oil paint to be her media of choice. Kira taught elementary school for many years. Incorporating art into the curriculum was one of the highlights of her teaching career. Often one could find Kira and her students taking walking field trips with drawing pads and pencils in hand. She encouraged her students to create from the heart and connect with their subject. After leaving teaching, Kira wanted to focus on her art. She is happy to be out of the classroom and exploring the Central Coast. Just like her students, she paints from the heart and connects with her subject.

Carrizo Plain Tractor © Kira Fluer Olshefski


Jeff Odell
Jeff Odell has created visual images since early childhood. He began his formal art education at Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, California, and completed upper division studies at the Kansas City art Institute, earning a BFA in painting in 1979.

A major influence at KCAI was his experience in the painting studio of nationally recognized painter and Professor Emeritus Wilbur Niewald, who divided the act of painting into two categories: “visual painting” is executed directly from the observation of the subject in real time and space, “conceptual painting” is executed from sources other than direct observation, such as photos, drawings, computer, and the imagination. Niewald taught that the only way to get at the visual truth of color is to work directly from nature.

Indian © Jeff Odell

Jeff Odell has pursued the “truth of color” for more than 30 years on the Central California Coast, painting rural/urban landscapes, seascapes, portraits and figures, interior studies, and “anything that will sit long enough to serve as a subject.” He has created public artwork within the City of Morro Bay, including two “Art Cans” (large concrete trash cans turned into murals); one is located at the top of the Centennial Stairway, next to Dorn’s Breakers Café, the other is at 845 Embarcadero. He has a large mural on the north wall of the Backstage Salon, located at 960 Main Street, and he has also worked with school children to create a large painting on canvas, which hangs in the multi-purpose room at Del Mar Elementary School in north Morro Bay. 

Jeff Odell’s and Kira Fluer Olshefski’s exhibition of oil paintings, “Town and Country,” can be viewed at Gallery at Marina Square throughout the month of June, from the 1st through the 29th.

Gallery at Marina Square
601 Embarcadero #10, Morro Bay, CA 93442
Open Daily 10am - 6pm
805-772-1068

Alison Watt Jackson—Guest Artist

Gallery at Marina Square Presents Our Guest Artist Exhibit for June 2012: “Earthly Goddess”

A Special Guest Artist Reception will be held Friday, June 8th from 5-8pm at Gallery at Marina Square

Ancient Ones © Alison Watt-Jackson

Alison Watt Jackson likes putting women in touch with their inner spiritual female deity. “Goddesses are cross cultural, and have been an integral part of this earth since the beginning of time, and continue to exist today.” Ms. Jackson recognizes the sacred relationship of Goddess and Earth and believes in the basic Native American philosophy of all things being connected.

Unlike many traditional photographers, Ms. Jackson is about nurturing her subjects and the connections shared, rather then narrowly focusing on the finished product. For her, in a modern paradigm shift, giving presides over taking, and affirmation prevails over exploiting.

Painted Coast © Alison Watt Jackson

“As a woman, an intuitive, and practitioner of the healing arts, it is a natural progression for my camera to become an extension of my own mind, body and soul. I reach out to women with my lens and they reach back, one Goddess to another. This is when the magic happens and the worries of the world are left behind.”

Alison Watt Jackson (b 1967 Hartford, Connecticut) holds a BA from Plymouth State University Cum Laude and a MS from Rutger’s University. She has participated in both solo and group shows through out the United States and has won several international awards for her work. In 2009, she was the Artist in Residence for the online publication, “Shine.” Awards and Publications include F Stop Magazine (2011), Photographer’s Forum Magazine (2010), Visual Overture Magazine (2010), Art Rom Gallery, Rome, Italy (2010), and Women in Photography International (2009). Documentary and Fine Art Abstract best describe her imagery yet she is forever experimenting with new themes and techniques. Alison resides on the central coast of California with her husband.

Alison Watt Jackson’s photography exhibition “Earthly Goddess” can be viewed at Gallery at Marina Square throughout the month of June, from the 1st through the 29th.

Gallery at Marina Square
601 Embarcadero #10, Morro Bay, CA 93442
Open Daily 10am - 6pm
805-772-1068