Artist Spotlight: Sharon Riley

Meet Sharon!

"Art has always been important to me. As a young child I remember my teachers giving me Prang Watercolors and I would paint outside during recess and take the set home to paint.  My artistic desire was the impetus to take art classes in college, explore different mediums at CSUN and CLU and earn a Masters in Education and minor in Art. I’ve enjoyed years of teaching and sharing my enthusiasm for art mediums with children in public school, the Santa Barbara Art Museum, education department, and the Fowler Museum. Presently I work in my studio mosaicking sculptural pieces and imprinting textural plates onto clay.

Being selected as one of the artists for the Public Art Conejo Cottontails Project gave me another opportunity to express myself artistically and emphasize the oaks in our beautiful landscape. Ancient Oak Lore symbolizes the tree as having attributes of “Courage, Strength and Protection”. It seemed natural to me to visualize the Conejo Cottontail encircled within the oaks making it’s home under the spreading branches of the majestic oak. The word “Enchantment” inscribed on the rabbit has a history in literature for children and adults reading fairytales, myths and folklore. Enchantment inspired my imagination to choose mixed media for mosaicking the rabbit using hand cut stained glass, gold smalti, handmade ceramic leaves and several colors of paint airbrushed for an ethereal expression. I believe this Public Art Cottontail and the other Cottontails will be viewed with pride in our community." - Sharon Riley

Check out more of Sharon's work on her website

Art Trek Pays It Forward

Meanwhile at Art Trek...

Our gracious board member, John McKee, nominated Art Trek to receive a Pay It Forward Award from Premier America Credit Union.   We look forward to putting the gift towards current and future programs at Art Trek!   We would like to thank Premier America representatives and John McKee for this generous gift to our organization.

If you know anyone who deserves to be recognized for their charitable efforts in the community, visit Premier America to nominate today!

Cottontail Assembly at Ladera Elementary!

Art Trek Director, Nan Young, brought the Conejo Cottontails to youth at Ladera Elementary School! Students were given a presentation all about cottontails in the Conejo Valley and a great little clay project.

ABRA Gallery | Westlake Village, CA

Join fellow art enthusiasts this Saturday, November 21st from 5:00p-8:00p for the Good-bye Party & Final California exhibit for the Abra Gallery in Westlake Village, CA. You will be able to view the Conejo Public Art Cottontail painted by artist, Hessam Abrishami.  

Works of art will be on exhibit through the end of the month to view before the gallery is relocated to Miami, FL.