Belle is probably the finest writer among today’s leading American artists. She has written two acclaimed novels (``Baba’’ and ``Odyssey of a Manchurian’’), a graphic novel which was praised by the Wall Street Journal (``Forget Sorrow’’), and several honored children’s books, including ``My Name Is Hannah’’. She is the subject of the documentary film ``My Name Is Belle’’, which has been telecast on PBS. There is currently a national touring exhibition of her work through 2017, ``Crossing Cultures: Belle Yang, A Story of Immigration.’’’
Keland is equally skilled at oils and oil pastels of strong imagery of man interacting with nature, particularly water – in realistic, symbolic and mystical ways. His watery scenes range from the rivers and sloughs of California to the lakes of his native Wisconsin to the quiet fjords of Norway, the birthplace of his ancestors. It is powerful work with a primal touch. Much of it can be seen in the book ``William Keland: Paintings and Drawings.’’
Joseph walked out of China during the tumultuous days leading up to World War II. His astounding story of survival and strength led to his daughters acclaimed novels ``Baba’’ and ``Odyssey of a Manchurian.’’ A poet as well as an artist, Joseph’s exquisite watercolors spring from his youthful memories of a pastoral China of farmers and villages.
De Brito is not only important as an artist, but in enriching Portuguese-American relations. He was the impetus behind a book, “Ashes to Life: A Portuguese American Story in Art’’, that also includes the prominent artists Mel Ramos, John Mattos and the late Nathan Oilveira. A colorist and creator of strong compositions, he has been influenced by the French fauve painters as well as the California artists represented by The Society of Six and E. Charlton Fortune.
Chang had a very successful career as an illustrator and when he returned to his native California, he turned back to landscape and, more specifically, agricultural scenes, much of the work inspired by the writings of John Steinbeck. His ``Monterey Now: Warren Chang’’ exhibition last year at the Monterey Museum of Art proved exceedingly popular, as exhibits at the Butler Institute of American Art and the Salmagundi Art Club. The book ``Warren Chang: Narrative Paintings’’ is published by Flesk Publications.
Katakis is a photographer and writer and also represents the Ernest Hemingway literary estate. His photography hangs in museums and his work – photography and journals – held by the British Library. He co-authored “Michael Katakis: Photographs and Words’’ with his late wife, cultural anthropologist Dr. Kris L. Hardin. Other books include; “Traveller: Observations from an American in Exile’’ and “A Thousand Shards of Glass’’, published by Simon and Schuster..
Caroline Kline is a native of Ohio, where she received a Ford Foundation grant to study at the Columbus College of Art and Design. That led to exhibiting her work in Texas, Japan and Spain before settling on the Monterey Peninsula. Here she painted with artists such as Sam Colburn and Joan Savo. Kline, who works in watercolor, pastels, oils and acrylics, continually experiments with her art. Recently she has also shown a considerable talent for illustrating stories, creating evocative, moving, sometimes startling images.
Wood began sculpting and carving in wood as a boy but took to it seriously in later life as an escape from the high pressure executive world. Wood studied with renowned wood carver Bill Schnute. Eagles are a favorite subject, but whatever Wood carves invites the touch of the human hand.
Hauk studied art history at Connecticut College. Over the years, she studied art with Pacific Grove’s Sam Colburn, a leading California watercolorist, and also with two National Academicians: Californian Gregory Kondos and Don Nice of New York. Jann Pollard, Gerald Brommer and Claire Verbiest were also among her instructors.
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