AtmosphericSan Ramon Valley Conference Center | 3301 Crow Canyon Road, San Ramon, CA

July 21 – October 19, 2017 | Hours: Open 24 hours, 7 days a week.

This exhibition presents artwork that reflects the local environment with a notably moody aesthetic. Featuring paintings by Sarah Morrison, David Nyquist, Karen Smidth, Amy Lee Solomon, and Victoria Veedell.

Featuring two of my atmospheric landscape paintings “North Bay Passage” and “Monday Sunset”

North Bay Passage, oil on canvas, 48″ x 48″


Monday Sunset, oil on canvas, 48″ x 48″

Beautiful Planet at El Camino College Art Gallery

Beautiful Planet
in celebration of Nature

El Camino College Art Gallery
January 20 – February 12, 2015
Opening Reception:
Thursday, January 29, 7-9pm

Coast Fog, oil on canvas, 12 x 12

Victoria Veedell, Coast Fog, oil on canvas, 12 x 12










In a time when one might well despair the demise of the planet, as we experience global warming, biological species extinction, drought and more, it seems also of great importance to simply stop, observe, and revel in the extreme beauty that remains. Perhaps in so doing we can be further encouraged to take steps towards preservation of the utterly remarkable natural environment that exists on planet earth.

The nineteen artists in Beautiful Planet celebrate the natural world in a multiplicity of ways that ranges from drawing, painting, photography, digital media, and poetry to mixed media installation, relational aesthetics and neon sculpture.

Elizabeth Bloom exhibits expressive portraits of her garden, signifying the diurnal shifts in Southern California light, in oil on canvas.
Garrett M. Brown shows lyrical abstractions of roses, water, land and light, in acrylic on construction paper.

Lorraine Bubar exhibits intricate paper cutouts celebrating the diversity of life forms on earth.

Lauren Evans presents a monumental wall installation with circling raku-fired ceramic cormorants.

Candice Gawne shows luminous undersea life forms in neon (glass with Argonne gas).

Ellen Giamportone exhibits two photographic images of flora demonstrating two very different ways of looking at nature-one a macrocosm of “Flower Trash”, the other an iPhone shot of silhouetted forms in urban landscape.

Carol Goldmark explores the metaphysical relationship between flowers and flesh in her rich oil on panel paintings and graphite drawings of decaying blooms.

Robin Hinchliffe lends poetry to Beautiful Planet with her affecting haiku, related to the four seasons.

Margaret Lazzari’s exuberant oil on canvas abstractions, dealing with density of matter, luminous voids and movement, are based on her observation of landforms, water and sky. — M. Lazzari

Betsy Lohrer Hall presents an experiential piece in which she will dedicate 4 consecutive hours at 5 intervals over the duration of the exhibition, to being outdoors, technology free. Each interval will focus on one of the 5 senses. Viewers are invited to do the same. A space within the gallery will serve as a site for display of what the artist and viewers collect, discover and produce and as a forum for exchange.

Kenneth Ober’s rhythmic pinstripes in oil on canvas converge into fields of undulating grass.

Ann Page presents mixed media collage and 3-D rapid prototype objects that seem to invent new biological species as well as bearing reference to those already present here on planet earth.

Deborah Patterson presents dream-like photo collage from digitally manipulated, sheer, layered photographic images of nature.

Carol Saindon exhibits elegant photomontage grid of black and white images of waves in water.

Anne Scheid presents a drawing in graphite and lithographic crayon, imaging the constant exchange of energy that exists between humans and the forces of the earth.

Laura Stickney exhibits images of beetles, pods and bracts described in oil on repurposed Polaroid film carriers.

Victoria Veedell presents small works in oil that evoke the dense fog and muted light of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Pat Warner exhibits striking large-scale paper cutouts of cherry and plum trees in bloom in Japan.

David Jordan Williams presents one exquisite digitally manipulated photographic image accompanied by other straight-up color photographs.

Night River, oil on canvas, 12 x 12

Victoria Veedell, Night River, oil on canvas, 12 x 12