Zoe Topsfield

 

Color, depth, light – glass has unique properties that draw me to working with it. However, it is the relationship of ourselves with our environment and each other that informs my artistic path. So although my work may contain flowers, trees, and landscapes it is also inspired by pure emotional reflection. Glass may be two dimensional, smooth sculpted, multi-layered, but it can also be harsh, textured, even deliberately broken.

The glass is cut and worked in sheet and powdered form, and then goes through several firings in a glass kiln. The glass may also be hand blown in a hotshop, or worked in a torch. Sometimes I collaborate with other artists on sculptures that incorporate blacksmithing and metalwork. Glass is mostly impervious to the elements (especially here in California) and so my art may be as easily displayed outdoors in your garden art gallery, as indoors.

If you are interested in learning any of the techniques that I use with glass, classes are taught at The Glass Studio.

Website: theglassstudio.net

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Things to do in Topanga Canyon

What to do in Topanga Canyon?

Looking for a quick escape from Los Angeles? Come visit Topanga Canyon located in the Santa Monica Mountains and get away from it all. Head down the PCH and turn right onto Topanga Canyon Blvd. It will take you 15 minutes if there’s not much traffic. You can also take Topanga Canyon Boulevard South from the highway 101.

The first thing you can do in Topanga Canyon is improve your driving skills by navigating the twists and turns of Topanga Canyon Blvd. Jim Morrison once said, “Keep your eyes on the road and your hand upon the wheel.” The road has many bicyclists and the occasional coyote so share the road. Put in some tunes, and enjoy the ride through the spectacular Santa Monica mountains.  If you’re really really, really lucky you might even see a mountain lion…but probably not.

The stress of city life and traffic is melting away as you zig zag up the canyon pass. You roll down your windows and inhale the fresh air. On either side of you is a green blur of oak and sycamore trees. You’ve emerged from the fog. Its June gloom no longer. The air has warmed up, the sunlight hits your face and a deep blue sky emerges. You are on your way…

The second thing you can do in Topanga Canyon is visit the Topanga Canyon Gallery. In about 4 miles from PCH you’ll come into “town”. Make a right at second stop light and turn into the Pine Tree Circle mall. The gallery is located in the strip.  Come on in. Don’t be shy. There are many beautiful and affordable paintings, sculptures, ceramic mugs, plates and jewelry to look at and purchase for your home. Its a feast for your eyes!

Topanga scenes, animals and spiritual motifs are often depicted by the local artists in their imagery.  For these artists experience is reflected in their art. But not all art in the gallery is representational. There are quite a few abstract and conceptual artists here. Their art begs you to take a closer look and ponder universal ideals, the meaning of art, and current trends in society. Delight in the mastery of their craft, the beauty, and the passion each artist has for his and her medium. It is a gift for all who enter.

Chat up the friendly person sitting behind the desk. He or she is one of the member artists of the gallery and can answer all or some of your art related questions, tell you some Topanga lore or maybe give you a great recommendation of what to do in Topanga!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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John Brunnick

The casual abstract patterns and compositions served up by nature, moment by moment, have always attracted my attention. With this awareness, and a lifelong recreational involvement with the Southern California coast, the area where water and land meet has become a rich source of inspiration for my paintings. These paintings are an effort on my part to evoke emotions and moments easily recognized by anyone with a fondness for the shoreline.

website: www.johnbrunnick.com

email: jbrunnick@mac.com

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