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November 2, 2010 > Waterworks


By Mona Shah

Aside from the seasonal shift, onset of fall turns thoughts toward the indoors: the fireplace, a favorite snuggly wrap, a chill in the air and the warm pleasures of indoor activities.

However, we can dream of summer, filled with backpacking, canoeing adventures and the moods of water, from wind-whipped storm surf to quiet Sierra pools. Award-winning artist Therese Ely explores these concepts in her recent paintings, Waterworks. Several pieces have been part of national exhibits, including Oil Painters of America and Arts for the Parks.

Ely is known for "Sierra-scapes" inspired by backpacking and canoeing adventures in the Sierra Nevada Mountains and other off-road destinations. Her paintings frequently begin with a mini sketchbook, brush, and camera tucked into a pack pouch. Small paintings done on location often serve as studies for larger studio pieces. Her favorite medium is oil although she occasionally works in transparent and opaque watercolor. "My goal is to capture both the tranquility and exuberance of nature," states the artist.

Ely began painting in childhood, taking both private art classes and California State enrichment classes. Her university work earned her a degree in biology and chemistry with the occasional art class along the way. After leaving a career in analytical chemistry to raise three children, she resumed her artwork. Through "Paint Yosemite" workshops, Ely discovered both the challenge and pleasure of plein-air painting, studying with a variety of artists, including Gerald Brommer and Dale Laitinen. The encouragement of her husband Gary and his enthusiastic backpacking companionship have been invaluable in her growth as an artist, and in accessing the places she loves to include in her art.

Her paintings will be on display for viewing pleasure and purchase through the month of November at Mission Coffee.

November 2-30

Artist Reception
Sunday, November 7
3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Mission Coffee
151 Washington Blvd., Fremont
(510) 623-6920

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