Throckmorton Theatre’s April 2017 Art Exhibit features Muriel Schmalberg Ullman and Laurie Curtis in the Theatre Gallery and Kathryn Strietmann in the Crescendo Gallery.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
MURIEL SCHMALBERG ULLMAN
Gardens Markets Landscapes
I paint things I love, in places I want to be. Most of my paintings are done on location. I have a passion for farmers markets and set up my easel in the midst of it all in Marin and SW France where I paint several months every year. I love the lively atmosphere, bright fresh vegetables, just harvested flowers, and especially in France, the umbrellas. Painting on location captures the fleeting experience, changing light and excitement of the moment.
My garden paintings were first done in watercolor in France and East Hampton NY. I pinned up these watercolors in my studio as inspiration, and painted large acrylics that morphed into multi panel paintings that took on a life of their own.The smaller acrylic landscapes were painted on location in Sonoma County and Provence. Several large watercolors were painted in and around the village in SW France where I paint every year.
My paintings can currently be seen at Nancy Dodds Gallery in Carmel, CA; Lady Bug Flowers and Pine Street Natural Interiors in Sausalito. And of course, by appointment in my studio.
I have a BA and MA in FIne Arts and Education from Hunter College, New York, NY. The artist/teachers there inspired my freedom. Later at College of Marin, several classes with Chester Arnold were invaluable. My paintings have been shown all over the Bay Area, The Hamptons, and SW France. In recent years I’ve had important solo shows at Robert Mondavi Winery, Alliance Francaise SF and Bay Model.
Artist Statement: I am lucky to have lived in beautiful Marin for most of my adult life and for the last 20 years I’ve been a ceramicist. Although I love working with clay my first love has always been watercolor painting on paper. Most of the pieces I’m showing are an extension of the painting I do on my pottery – lots of fruits and flowers and a few West Marin landscapes. My style is a little bit nostalgia mixed with Japanese brush strokes. I’m endlessly fascinated with the different characteristics of pigments and how the colors relate to each other and settle on the paper when using lots of water.
I was born in Sacramento, CA and shortly after my family moved to Kern County to live on a Standard Oil Company Lease – a small group of 40’s styled bungalows with a central park and sometimes a large swimming pool scattered throughout the desert. The oil companies created these oases to lure employees to the otherwise desolate area during the oil boom. I loved our “oasis” with the beautiful gardens of flowers, citrus, pomegranate and pistachio nut trees out in the middle of nowhere surrounded by oil wells and tumbleweeds. I was given a lot of freedom to roam and I think the contrasting environment had a lasting effect on me and the way I create.
I studied Fine Art at Idyllwild School of the Arts and later Design and Architecture at College of Marin. I also studied fabric design in Berkeley and Interior Design at UC Berkeley Extension in San Francisco. I am Exhibiting Member of ACGA (Associate of Clay and Glass Artists). In my studio in Pt. Reyes Station, I teach clay & surface techniques. I participate twice yearly in Pt. Reyes Open Studios.
I was born and raised in Marin County. I received my BFA from Art Center College Of Design in Pasadena. I lived in New York City working for magazines, small weekly papers and the New York Times Book Review. I never lost my passion for childrens books and still love to tell a story with pictures. I’m particularly inspired by fairy tales, myths, fables, music, fashion and world events. I use silk screen with acrylic paint, water color, gauche, inks and dyes.
Please visit my website kathryn-strietmann.squarespace