American Visions Art Gallery will host June Carey, a Northern California artist who has reached national and international fame and recognition for her local landscapes and maritime art.
For the first time teaching a class, Carey will host a three-day artist workshop, Oct. 6-8, at the gallery at 705 Sutter St. in Folsom.
The workshop provides students time to learn from her style and techniques, and gives them private time with Carey for consultation and evaluation of their own art. It will run from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. Preregistration is required.
The last day of the class will end with a champagne reception for friends and family to “celebrate and share their own original work of art,” said Sage Stark, gallery director.
Carey’s artwork is also featured at the American Visions Art Gallery in Granite Bay in the Quarry Ponds Center on Douglas Boulevard.
American Art Magazine says, “June Carey captures the essence of California’s landscapes and seascapes like no other artist. June found inspiration in California’s “Plein Air” (painting outdoors) movement of the 1980s. She developed a unique style, incorporating both intense color and dramatic lighting effects, with which she pulls the viewer into the historic California mission scenes, wine country landscapes, and Pacific Coast scenes that she loves to paint.”
Carey began painting full time in 1982, doing her time as a starving artist while raising her young son. She was happy to trade this tragic cliché for the happy success of sell-out gallery shows and award banquets. In 1991 she married award wining maritime artist David Thimgan, and the camaraderie and competitiveness of their relationship inspired continued growth in each of their unique styles of art.
The artist is known for her images of wine country and quiet peaceful spaces of California and Tuscany. Her interest in California’s vineyard scenes has taken her to the countryside of Tuscany, where she is renovating a home she recently found which she says is “between vines and sunflowers.”
Carey’s newest painting is the beautiful “Sunflowers of Castiglion Fiorentino”
Castiglion Fiorentino is a small walled city nestled against the foothills of the Apennine Mountains in Tuscany. The artist reminisced recently to Kara Shower, art consultant and client, describing the area. “It is in magical places such as this that the soul of the region resides,” Carey said. “On the peaceful flatland of the Val di Chio, just below the city, I climbed out onto the floor of this field of sunflowers. They were tall and I wanted to stand among them, to look up and see the sun glowing through their golden crowns.”
Also open to the public will be some of June’s most important pieces from her vault, her “Artist Proofs.” These will be available and on sale for the first time. According to the artist, she will enhance and personalize the Artist Proofs individually for each client.
“Sometimes, I see wonderful people come to see the art, but wish that it could be made specifically for them. Maybe they have a dog they want to have on the road, or favorite kitty resting in one of the quiet spots. It would be my pleasure to make the piece stand out uniquely for them. If there’s a mailbox it should have their number, if there is something they would love to see I will try to include it. This is like commissioning an original, but comes with the Artist Proof. I’m excited about this opportunity to give to my clients, who have given so much to me.”
Artist Proofs will be on view throughout the day. The gallery will host a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8. Anyone wanting further information or to RSVP are invited to go to call American Visions Art Gallery at (916) 351-1623. June Carey’s work can be seen at avartgallery.com.