Connie’s photography connects us to the daily rhythms of life through music, nature, and lifestyle.
Through Connie’s pictures they will transcend you into feeling every beat, movement, and splendor of beauty that surrounds us.
Connie currently lives in Topanga, California where she continues to be inspired locally and a mission to reach worldwide. Her community participation is in covering local events such as: Topanga Film Festival and Topanga Chamber of Commerce. In addition, local music festivals such as: Reggae pon the Mountain and Malibu Guitar Festival which are all held within the majestic Santa Monica Mountains set against the pristine Pacific Ocean. More relationships are being developed by her, in 2017, amongst LA’s finest music venues such as: The Wilton, The Roxy, and The Canyon Club.
Stay tuned. Connie’s wish is to bring the beauty of this world out her lens to share with you.
Kolle Kahle Riggs is a mixed media artist that makes small sculptures, installations, wearable art, as well as traditional jewelry. She received her BFA in Jewelry/Metal Arts from California College of the Arts, and her MFA, also in Jewelry and Metals, from Kansas State University. She is also a lifelong student of natural history and science. Much of her work explores themes such as, humanity’s impact and relationship on/with the natural world, and her anxiety about the world completely filling up with brightly colored shiny plastic. She is an avid collector, and often features items from her collections in her work. She collects, rocks, beach plastics, styrofoam, fossils, lichens, bones, feathers, dung beetles etc. Kolle’s work incorporates traditional metal-smithing fabrication and finishing techniques as well as woodworking and the use of resins and other plastics.
She is a current Topanga resident who enjoys exploring the nearby trails in the Santa Monica Mountains. She also enjoys picking up shiny objects off the ground in hopes that it will be gold, and sorting sand.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, I graduated from Art Center College of Design with a degree in illustration. Although still practicing my illustration skills, painting has become my main focus. I started working in collage from 2012 and haven’t looked back. The exploration of the variety of textures and surfaces I can create and put together into my “landscapes” is of endless fascination to me. Although nature is my main inspiration, I try to push the forms found there and cut them up and remix them, so to speak, into something a little more stylized, abstracted to create new shapes.
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My art is derived from my life’s journey informing what my eyes see and creating a narrative. The camera is very much like my eyes, in that it records without interpretation a two – dimensional reality. The goal of my craft is to try to elevate the simple recording of a person, place, object, or moment in time into that narrative. My dark room is the final stage where I breathe nuance and luminosity into the image. When the entire process works I have created an image which moves me.
The most successful pieces suggest a story, an emotion, a mood, or all three. I catch people in the everyday “act of being” – being who they are, doing what they are doing, unaware of observation. Other images of people centers on a connection with them; moments where they share something of themselves.
I also explore “possibilities”; what is behind that door, through this passageway, in that window, up or down those stairs, around that corner? Lastly, the intersection of light, colors, and shapes draws me, whether organic or man-made. Although often beautiful, it’s the feeling it generates which asks me to capture it.
The common thread across all my work is the attempt to capture unique, emotional moments in time.
Patrick has been photographing with this vision since the 1960’s in Vietnam. His photographic career includes working in a technical wet darkroom and as a commercial stock photographer. He has focused on fine art photography for the last 15 years. He is a resident of Topanga, California.
I love sharing with others the feeling of a moment in time that stopped me in my tracks. Times that I’m stunned and awe-struck at what I’m looking at. Photography allows me to communicate with other people in the best way I know so far. It takes me all over the world and gives me the opportunity to see life through the eyes of other people. People I’d probably never meet if I didn’t have a camera in my hand. Also, it allows me long walks in the middle of nowhere with my dog.
And now for the boring technical stuff:
I shoot with high resolution digital cameras as well as large format film cameras. I do all of my own printing in order to maintain the feeling and vision I had when making the photograph. All prints are archival, and each image is printed on a paper that’s been specifically chosen to bring out the best in that photograph.
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“Growing up in a home where wine was always on the dinner table, I found myself drawn more to the bottles than the spirits. The uniqueness of each bottle, the vagaries in density of the bottle walls, and the shades of color and intriguing transparencies were, and still are, fascinating to me.
After amassing a significant number of wine bottles, and abandoning my goal of building a seventy foot long bottle fence, I decided to create and experiment with the bottles as a basis for functional art. Years later with much practice and many failures, continuous study and abundant curiosity, I have developed my own processes and works.
Glass bottles have been used decoratively almost from the instant someone figured out how to control the heating of sand to form vessels (around 3500 B.C.). I study the glass arts, use the skills developed by many artisans, and draw on those methods and forms to spawn new processes for my work. By using wine bottle glass as my medium, I am making something – from another thing that has fulfilled its purpose. Because each wine bottle has traveled on its own unique journey from a bottle maker to a bottler, to a seller and to a table, each piece of my work is informed by the singleness of each bottle”.
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.
“Faces” show is currently running and closes August 17, 2014. A gallery artist, Rebecca Andrews, invited Chuck Blackwell to be the featured artist. We are pleased to add his pop cultural imagery to our already varied genre. His works reflect contemporary, representational/ illustrative training, yet he plays with imperfection through spontaneous mark making. He also explores topics of popular icons, with quirky facial distortions and effective color blending and transitions. His paintings are worth the stop.
Then we have a collection by members of the gallery. There can be no other word to use for this show than diversity. We were asked to submit work on the topic of “Faces,” in all forms of interpretation. Our artists used media from paint to photography, sculpture to cloth, representational to conceptual. Caryl Lightfoot captures human intimacy in Ethiopia, while Toby Salkin humors us with a painting of Randy from the Village People.
Randy by Toby Salkin
John Brunnick takes us to the macabre with his highly skilled painting “Dark Cape,” while Lisa Goldfarb combines kitsch and skill with her painting “Grumpy Cat.” These are only a few of the artists. We have representations of a dog, farm animals, imaginary faces, children, and cats. There are also spiritual, imaginative, and ethereal images.
Grumpy Cat by Lisa Goldfarb
In addition to 2D imagery shoppers can browse through wonderful ceramic artists, and well crafted jewelry. The are greeting cards and prints for purchase. If you can’t make this show then please return in August for “Visions Three” exhibit, opening August 23, 2014, 4-7 pm. This show will feature an in death exploration of the work by Linda Bolhuis, Carole Spence, and Sharon Tanner. Our gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday 10 am to 6 pm, and Sundays 11am to 5pm.
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!