GDCA is pleased to announce our April, 2021 Group Exhibition,  "Vibration"

“Vibration”- Celebrates Painting, Photography, Digital Photo-Collage and Mixed Media on Canvas, Wood Panels, Plexiglass and Aluminum. 

Featured  Artists 

Nurit Avesar, Susanne Belcher, Anthony Caldwell, Edem Elesh, Siri France, Stacia Gates, Sylvia H. Goulden, Karen Hansen, Jonathan Jerald, Suki Kuss, Ryan Lane, Stephen Schubert & Bill Sherwood. 


Exhibition Dates: April 7th - April 30th, 2021

JOIN US FOR A VIRTUAL RECEPTION -  SATURDAY, APRIL 24th from 6PM - 8PM (PST)!  


Feel free to contact us anytime with questions or to arrange for a masked & socially distanced in person appointment during our temporary business hours: Wednesday through Sunday from 12noon - 5pm!! 😷

EXTENDED BY POPULAR DEMAND!!

GDCA is pleased to announce our April  2021 Solo Exhibition:

Cynthia Ann Swan:  "V"


"'V' is the culmination of my 18 years of passionate obsession with all that is Vincent. I have done multiple "deep dives" into his work and his life, and have come to feel a personal, intimate connection to Vincent, the man and the artist. My research has evolved into this reflective retrospective.

'V' strives to invite the viewer to experience Vincent on a deeper level. It references his letters, his thoughts, and the themes of his work as an impassioned celebration." - Cynthia Ann Swan, Kiln Formed Glass Artist


Exhibition Dates: April 7th - April 30th, 2021.


Feel free to contact us anytime with questions or to arrange for a masked & socially distanced in person appointment during our temporary business hours: Wednesday through Sunday from 12noon - 5pm!! 😷

Nurit Avesar 

"This body of work is in response to quarantine and uncertainty. I draw comfort and inspiration from my familiar surroundings – items collected over the years, my favorite books and the potted plants on my porch. I find myself contemplating smaller compositions and paying close attention to mundane details. The surreal sensibility of the paintings, with dream-like blues, deep oranges and compelling bold reds is a reflection of this restricted and complex time." - Nurit Avesar

Nurit Avesar, "The Long Way To Childhood", Mixed Media on Canvas, (38" x 41"). $2,100.

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Susanne Belcher 

“Fun and whimsical expressions on canvas soon became a catharsis of unexpressed anxiety traversing an unknown world. Facing challenges and obstacles on an unfamiliar landscape required a delicate balance in order to transcend isolation. Reality made a paradigm shift and dissolved into what became a serenade of escapism fantasies depicted by squares and traveling pods that began to meld together creating a sense of community and togetherness again.” - Susanne Belcher

SOLD! Susanne Belcher, "A Delicate Balance", Acrylic, Mixed Media on Canvas, (25" x 10"). $525.

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SOLD! Susanne Belcher, "Cyber Serenade", Acrylic, Mixed Media on Canvas, (24" x 36"). $1,600.

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Susanne Belcher, "Joyful Reunions", Acrylic, Mixed Media on Canvas, (25" x 10"). $525.

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Susanne Belcher, "Homecoming", Acrylic, Mixed Media on Canvas, (24" x 36"). $1,600.

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Anthony Caldwell

"Caldwell’s current body of work is comprised of alluring urban scenes that explore the transient effects of light and color with a photorealistic quality. Natural light “sets the stage” of each composition, with sunset and twilight serving as his favorite times of day. Vibrant changes occur within the surrounding atmosphere as the sun descends just below the horizon. The sky gradually transforms into deep shades of blue. Sources of natural and synthetic light begin to offset the impending darkness with radiant illumination. Shadows become elongated and dramatic as nightfall settles in. Architectural structures appear mysterious and stoic with brilliant flashes of light peering through the sky. Emblazoned with color and palpable energy, Caldwell deftly brings these subtle details to life."

Anthony Caldwell, "Late Night Rhythm", Archival Photograph / Media Manipulation. $1,500. 

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Anthony Caldwell, "Night Street", Archival Photograph / Media Manipulation. $1,500.

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Edem Elesh

"I am exhibiting new works from my "Mnemonic Devotion Series".  In them I celebrate a former world/paradigm where the freedom to travel, to peacefully congregate, of free speech, of the free exchange of ideas, of personal autonomy, of human physical interaction, and freedom from censorship, were the norm. But, all being said, we are still free to travel in the mind. This is our inalienable right. " 

- Edem Elesh

Edem Elesh, "Mnemonic Devotion I", Mixed Media  on Aluminum, (48" x 48"). $10,000.

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Siri France

"This time for me is so much about paying close attention to my immediate surroundings. These bougainvillea outside my window were fascinating to paint; I found the more I looked the more I discovered in pattern and complexity." - Siri France

Siri France, "Bougainvillea", Oil on Canvas, (36" x 36" x 4") . $2,700.

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Stacia Gates

"I create two very different styles of artworks and they are both very therapeutic for me. The beautiful feelings that I have, and the meditative mindset I am in during the creative process, lifts me into a light so great, there's really no way for me to explain it in words; but I hope it translates into the art itself, and I hope that I bring some of that light to the viewer." - Stacia Gates

Stacia Gates, "Perseverance", Mixed Media, Plaster on Canvas, (30" x 30"). $1,500.

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Stacia Gates, "Ocean", Mixed Media, Plaster on Canvas, (30" x 30"). $1,500.

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Stacia Gates, "Ice", Mixed Media, Plaster on Canvas, (30" x 30"). $1,500.

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Stacia Gates, "Beach", Mixed Media, Plaster on Canvas, (30" x 30"). $1,500.

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Sylvia Hamilton Goulden 

"Power As One" SERIES

"I created this series of monoprints as my thoughts reflected on the strength we gain while working and creating together with close friends. After completing two or three of my pieces, I became engrossed with the idea of expressing the importance of women uniting to become more powerful. I created more than nine pieces in the series with the thought of exhibiting them as a grid. To further express my thought, I wrote this Haiku:

GATHERING AS ONE MIND
FRIENDS THROUGH THE SEASONS OF LIFE 
DANCING THEIR POWER" 

- Sylvia Hamilton Goulden

Sylvia H. Goulden "Gathering: Shadow Dance", Monoprint, (12"x 10") Framed. $575.

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Sylvia H. Goulden "Gathering: Spirit", Monoprint, (12"x 10") Framed. $575.

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Sylvia H. Goulden "Gathering: The World Is Mine", Monoprint, (12"x 10") Framed. $575.

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Karen Hansen 

"These are particularly trying moments in our lives. We have the isolation that has come with Covid-19 as well as its threat to our health and to our economy. Also among our stressors are massive wildfires in the West and historic hurricanes and flooding in the Southeast. On top of all that is a contentious, fragmented political atmosphere. It’s no wonder we feel anxious. 

These paintings are offered as serene resting places from our hectic, complex world. They are moments of reprieve." - Karen Hansen

Karen Hansen, "The Geography of Hope", Acrylic on Cradled Wood panel, (40" x 30" x 1.6"). $2,650.

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Jonathan Jerald

"They are an invitation for viewers to create their own narratives...

...Here’s as much as I would like to say: 

“Social Media” is meant to provoke a little thought about the role of technology in our relationships.

 “Rain” was inspired by a period advertisement.  A fish umbrella seems charmingly surreal.

“Intersection” is about time.

 “Jumpin” is just a period snapshot of cheerleaders with a little visual editorializing above suggesting a fragment of imagination inspired by the exuberance of youth." 
- Jonathan Jerald

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"Social Media", (A/P), Digital Photo - Collage, (16" x 16"). $850.

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"Rain", (A/P), Digital Photo - Collage, (17" x 18"). $850.

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"Intersection", (A/P), Digital Photo - Collage, (16" x 24"). $850.

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"Jumpin" (A/P), Digital Photo - Collage, (19" x 17"). $850.

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Suki Kuss 

"This has been a difficult year for creators. Isolation is usually something that most people fear. For the artist, it can be a gift, an uninterrupted space in time to work and learn. My lesson was the reality that I am a solitary extrovert. I have to balance my urge to be alone with my work and the need to communicate…talking with my artist friends and watching bad TV.

This series spans a period of time from 2014 through 2021. The diptych, Celestial Navigation, my most recent work, speaks to me of flight and space, not an area that I commonly explore. The pieces felt oddly familiar which led me start a hunt through my storage unit, looking for answers. I discovered work that was quite similar but done years ago when my husband was hospitalized. 

My conclusion…when life is uncontrollable, create a universe of your own and set yourself free. The work is personal and profound…a celebration of freedom and an intimate voyage." - Suki Kuss

Suki Kuss, "Celestial Navigation I", Mixed Media on Canvas, (24" x 24").  $1,400.

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Suki Kuss, "Celestial Navigation II", Mixed Media on Canvas, (24" x 24"). $1,400.

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Suki Kuss, "Sanctuary II", Mixed Media on Canvas, (36" x 24"). $2,600.

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Suki Kuss, "Sanctuary I", Mixed Media on Canvas, (36" x 24"). $2,600.

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Suki Kuss, "The Edge of the World IV - Icarus", Mixed Media on Canvas, (24" x 24"). $1,400.

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Suki Kuss, "The Edge of the World I - Night Watch", Mixed Media on Canvas, (24" x 20"). $1,200.

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Ryan Lane


“It seems to me that I’m painting events. And the in paintings of mine that I like the most the stasis of the horizon is in jeopardy." - Ryan Lane

Ryan Lane, “Tropic of Cancer”, Enamel, Oil, Paper/Paint Samples on Wood, (17" x 17").  $2,600.

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Ryan Lane, "#39", Enamel, Oil, Paper/Paint Samples on Wood, (24" x 16"). $2,600.

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Ryan Lane, "#40", Enamel, Oil, Paper/Paint Samples on Wood, (29" x 17"). $2,600.

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Ryan Lane, "#2/9 - Finding Heave's Gate", Enamel, Oil, Paper/Paint Samples on Wood, (24.5" x 16").

$2,600.
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Ryan Lane, "#2/7", Enamel, Oil, Paper/Paint Samples on Wood, (24.5" x 18.5"). $2,600.

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Stephen Schubert

"Unity Stripes - Since we are all made up of different stripes and colors, I wanted to recognize that even so - we are all United by more of what we have in common, most of which is below the surface..."


" 'Crossings' is about discovering magic along our paths right now as we cross this new terrain. There is much that is new to connect to..." - Stephen Schubert

Stephen Schubert, "Unity Stripes", Acrylic / Resin on Wood Panel, (60" x 60"). $10,800.

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Bill Sherwood
 

"We cannot imagine- twenty four hours at any time but our sun can! A never failure-our eye in the sky, where perfect trajectory begins, then ends at the same place with every hour- passing moments- to final seconds. A journey of personality changes, bright to shiny, murky to dark, then sometimes however not at all when clouded at least from what we only see. There are blue and bright skies, laughter above and beyond. The confusion is we perhaps - all of us. We are only the only ones who leave.... Sun Going - Down Gone."

Bill Sherwood

Bill Sherwood, "Sun Going - Down Gone", Mixed Media on Plexiglass, (72” x 32”). $2,900.

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The Portraits

Vincent painted many self portraits, each striving to capture the man he was at the time he was painting the portrait. Vincent held a high regard for painted portraits, believing they were a deeper depiction of the soul of the subject (in this case, himself) than a photographic representation.

Therefore, I choose his most iconic self portrait to represent Vincent, trying to channel everything I felt I'd learned about him with each mark I made with my glass. I centered this likeness, flanking it with two others abstracted from the original. The abstracted versions intend to convey an aspect of Vincent which is not naturally apparent by viewing his likeness, a private peek at the invisible man.

Both of these bookended portraits share the abstracted profile of the original, and employ the reference of prison bars to both literally and figuratively suggest cages that held him captive.

Nearly all of his most famous paintings from his St. Remy period were painted from the barred window of his asylum cell. Even, "Starry Night". He just left out the bars.

Cynthia Ann Swan, "Vincent's Self Portrait". Portraits Series, Individual Kiln-Worked Glass, (20" x 16").  $3,000.

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Cynthia Ann Swan, "Complex Contrasts". Portraits Series, Individual Kiln-Worked Glass, (20" x 16"). $1,350.

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Cynthia Ann Swan, "Vincent's Blues and Yellows". Portraits Series, Individual Kiln-Worked Glass, (20" x 16").  $1,350.

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The Letters

The letters of Vincent van Gogh refers to a collection of 903 surviving letters written or received by Vincent van Gogh. More than 650 of these were from Vincent to his brother Theo. They have been preserved and cataloged, and are available online. They offer the best insight into this artist's life and soul.

Cynthia Ann Swan, "Letter From Arles". The Letter Series, Individual Kiln-Worked Glass, (20" x 16").   $1,500.

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Cynthia Ann Swan, "Letter From St. Remy". The Letter Series, Individual Kiln-Worked Glass, (20" x 16").  $1,500.

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Cynthia Ann Swan, "Letter From Auvers-sur-Oise". The Letter Series, Individual Kiln-Worked Glass, (20" x 16").  $1,500.

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The Paintings

The idea of creating a collection that celebrated and shared what I had come to know and love about Vincent the man and the artist did not manifest itself quickly, but saturated my creativity slowly and deeply over more than 15 years. It was never my intention to "copy" Vincent's work, but to allow his life and his art to bleed into my heart and inspired me to create what I hoped would be a worthy homage to all that he was.

That said, I did feel that one of the series in this collection should actually reference his own art, so I decided to select three of his lesser known paintings (one from each main residential location /period), and interpret them with glass.

1."Public Garden with a Corner of the Yellow House" (Arles 04-1888)

2."The Iris" (not to be confused with "Irises") (St Remy-de-Provence 05-1889)

3."Undergrowth with Two Figures" detail (Auvers-sur-Oise 06-1890)

Cynthia Ann Swan, "Public Garden with a Corner of the Yellow House". The Paintings Series, Individual Kiln-Worked Glass. $1,500.

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Cynthia Ann Swan, "The Iris". The Paintings Series, Individual Kiln-Worked Glass. $1,500.

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Cynthia Ann Swan, "Undergrowth with Two Figures". The Paintings Series, Individual Kiln-Worked Glass, (20" x 16").  $1,500.

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Trees

Vincent, like many other artists, liked to paint the same or similar subject many times. You might think of his paintings with nights full of concentric stars, or vases full of golden sunflowers. You might not think about trees, all kinds of trees, from his iconic cypress to almond groves, stately pines to tangled forests.

He and I share that love of trees, so this is the spot in the collection where I allowed our loves to intertwine. I chose to paint many of my own favorite trees, but using a different one of my own signature glass techniques for each piece.

The resulting series serves as both a nod to Vincent's beloved tree subjects and a technical retrospective of my own explorations in glass process.

Trees are sacred, essential guardians of the earth, purifiers of the air, and beautiful beyond measure. Save the trees, save the earth, save ourselves.

Cynthia Ann Swan, "Creative Path". Trees Series, Individual Kiln-Worked Glass, (20" x 16").  $1,450.

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Cynthia Ann Swan, "Greenwood". Trees Series, Individual Kiln-Worked Glass, (25" x 25").  $2,000.

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Cynthia Ann Swan, "White Birch Forest". Trees Series, Individual Kiln-Worked Glass, (13" x 36").  $1,400.

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Cynthia Ann Swan, "Deep Woods". Trees Series, Individual Kiln-Worked Glass, (12" x 25").  $1,450.

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Cynthia Ann Swan, "Rainbow Eucalyptus". Trees Series, Individual Kiln-Worked Glass, (48" x 20").  $2,250.

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Plein Air Gardens Series

Plein air painting is about experiencing painting and drawing outside in the landscape. Vincent preferred the freedom to paint “en plein air,” which is the French expression for “in the open air.”

My Plein Air Gardens series was an attempt to re-create the experience that Vincent so loved by experimenting with creating glass canvas and glass "paint", and painting landscape and nature outside using a plein air portable easel and palette knives. It so happens that I painted this series outside in the high desert of California in the 100+ degree weather of high summer (unlike Vincent's balmy French countryside). It was a challenging undertaking. I painted both natural desert and landscaped lawns and rose gardens. Juggling all the painting apparatus and trying to keep my glass "paint" from drying out and crumbling off the glass canvas gave me new appreciation for the efforts that Vincent made to paint.

Three of the paintings are rendered in the double-square format Vincent used almost exclusively during the final weeks of his life in Auvers, in June and July 1890. To arrive at this size, Vincent combined the legs of two standard square sizes to create a literal "double square" canvas. I created my 3 double square glass canvases as 24"w x 12"h. " - Cynthia Ann Swan

Cynthia Ann Swan, "Front Lawn of the Grey Swan House". Plein Air Gardens Series, Individual Kiln-Worked Glass, (12" x 24").  $1,900.

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Cynthia Ann Swan, "Courtyard  of the Grey Swan House". Plein Air Gardens Series, Individual Kiln-Worked Glass, (12" x 24").  $1,900.

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Cynthia Ann Swan, "Woodland Preserve by the Grey Swan House". Plein Air Gardens Series, Individual Kiln-Worked Glass, (12" x 24"). $1,900.

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Cynthia Ann Swan, "Miss Cindy's Roses". Plein Air Gardens Series, Individual Kiln-Worked Glass, (22" x 22").  $2,200.

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"V"

Cynthia Ann Swan ~ Artist's Statement

"V" is the culmination of my 18 years of passionate obsession with all that is Vincent. I have done multiple "deep dives" into his work and his life, and have come to feel a personal, intimate connection to Vincent, the man and the artist. My research has evolved into this reflective retrospective.

Vincent was a loving, spiritual, lonely, and tortured soul. His art was both a source of personal expression and professional rejection He was misunderstood, rejected, and tormented by nearly everyone he encountered. His illness imprisoned him, and love set him free. His sanctuary was the enduring bond he shared with his beloved brother, Theo, to whom he wrote 874 heartfelt letters over many years, sharing his thoughts and ideas. Thanks to Theo and his wife, Jo, those letters were preserved, and provide an amazing insight into his private reality.

"V" strives to invite the viewer to experience Vincent on a deeper level. It references his letters, his thoughts, and the themes of his work as an impassioned celebration.

Please, let me introduce you to Vincent Van Gogh." - 

Cynthia Ann Swan

Kiln Formed Glass Artist

Please enjoy our Virtual Reception with the Artists!

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