June 24, 2015

Dear Art Diary

Dear Diary

Dear Art Diary,

There’s a wonderful spot, I’m told, where it’s never too hot and it’s never too cold;

Where you’re never too young and you’re never too old,

Where you’re never too big or small.

And you’re never, never, never too, too, too, anything at all, Oh!

You’re not too mad and you’re not too sane,

And you don’t compare and you don’t complain,

All you do is sit tight, ‘cause it’s all so, so, so, so down –right, right!

Tra-la-la! Ha-ha-ha and a couple of ho-ho-ho’s,

That’s how we laughed the night away,

At the Lovetts Lollipop Guild Art Show!

Oh, Art Diary, how I love the wonderful world of art! The expression of each artist

was so creative; each a wizard in their own right! All together they worked like a

team…….follow the fellow who follows a dream!

The room was full, with lots of inspectors;

Fond faces of patrons, our cherished collectors!

The refreshments, they flowed, and the lights were aglow,

Thank you for following Lovetts yellow brick road!


The Lollipop Guild Exhibition is in the Gallery for viewing and purchase through

 July 20, 2015. (Note: some sold pieces will remain through this date and others

will go with their new owners at time of sale) This unusual collection of miniature

works are only small in size, but many in numbers and large in talent. Art wasn’t

the only thing hanging, as we had the surprise and pleasure of artists hanging out

as well. Robert Caldwell, Virginia, Sharon Pomales, California, James Johnson,

Texas, Oklahomans, Dr. Wood and Molly Murphy and Brian Slawson from………….


We aren’t sure how Brian got back home to Kansas… balloon? Or

did he click his heels together three times and say “there’s no place like home”?


I will be writing again very soon.

The Birds Show is coming up and there are a lot of preparations here at Lovetts Gallery!

The Birds CC Invite4

                                                    Sincerely yours,




A generous “THANK YOU” to everyone for your support and enthusiasm of  The

Lollipop Guild Exhibition and for making the imagination real!



June 10, 2015

Dear Art Diary

Dear Diary

Dear Art Diary,

Oh, so many things to talk about since I wrote you last. In case you haven’t heard, I suppose now would be a good time to tell you. Remember HTTP… we have been together forever. Well, I think that relationship has run its course and he is so on his way out the door. He’s been loyal and faithful and all, but he is kind of stuck in his ways, lives in the past and stubborn to try new things. I was ready to go to the next level and that’s when I met WordPress. He sooo gets me and this new relationship will take us and our clients to a better business web experience.

They sing “breaking up is hard to do”…….But in my case, it’s really just the hassles of making the transitions necessary to be up and running smoothly. For instance, the Wall newsletter will now be accessible on our site so our clients and visitors won’t experience a disconnect in regards to art and artists and other news and information.  You will continue to be able to access all of our social media sites in one place!

I’m so excited about the other new features too, like the Inventory Tab that will be on Lovetts front page. This will allow you to see the entire collection of all artists work at one time. At present, it is by individual artist and that will remain as well.

For all new pieces, you’ll be able to view four separate images of 3Dimensional works! With more options in viewing artwork, quicker and additional information on the artists, press and videos……..It will definitely be love at first “site”!

I also heard through the Gallery grapevine that Phil has a new photo of Jack he’s going to replace for the present one. Jack doesn’t know! I just love you art diary; we can talk and you keep my secrets!

But two things that are never a secret…….is the greatness of the art and artists at Lovetts Gallery and certainly the greatness of our clients.

Oh, Art Diary, I have so much to talk about but will have to wait till my next entry.

So much to do for the upcoming Lollipop Guild Exhibition in a few weeks!


I bid you a sweet goodbye!



April 23, 2015


All we are saying is………..

                                          GIVE PEACE A CHANCE………..


Pablo Picasso has said, that ”Often while reading a book, one feels that the author would have preferred to paint rather than write. One can sense the pleasure he derives from describing a landscape or a person as if he were painting what he is saying, because deep in his heart he would have preferred to use brushes and color.”

Artist Shanna Kunz is a woman who has chosen to speak with paintbrushes and oils as her voice!  

First of all, hers is one of sharing by experience. The diversity of her contemporary western American landscapes is rooted in her being planted as a naturalist at a young age. Shanna seeks balance in nature, within herself, and her artwork.  The three applications that are instrumental to Kunz in achieving her goal of connectivity are consciousness, composition and communication. I believe these are evident in her thematic decisions, attention to detail, the deliberate performances of mood, light and color, the contrast of subtleness and complexity and her emotional investments of her encounters of the land, trees and water.


In her piece “Evanescence”, you see nature mirrored in the water, a reflection of itself. Spatial relationship and distance give this painting depth and dimension; from the water, to land, over the tree tops, above the hill, to the mountain top and up to the sky………. yes, the sky revealing the time of day like a watchmaker using shadow and light as hours and minutes. Evanescence is the condition of transition, in time, in the seasons and in life. Now let me transition to another piece of Shanna’s, titled “Liz’s Cattails”.


The foreground of this painting spotlights the cattails by its position up close, the star feature in this show of nature, as they stand in contrast to the landscape behind them in Utah. Enjoy the uncomplicated beauty they add to the landscape, but don’t be fooled….. they are important producers to our environment. Cattails-“Typha” are often among the first wetland plants to colonize areas of newly exposed wet mud, with their abundant wind-dispersed seeds. They are typically eaten by wetland animals, such as the muskrat, which may also use them to construct feeding platforms and dens. Birds like to use the seed hairs as nest lining. Ah! Natural recycling!

Collectors and admirers of Shanna’s work inevitably express a feeling of peacefulness and tranquility when viewing and purchasing her work. I certainly concur! The deft way she applies her oils in layers and “pushes the color and value” in her compositions is also striking in her other new pieces, such as, Azure Afternoon”,


"Sapphire Shadows” ,”Bend in the Stream “and “Autumn Stirs”.  When you come in to see her work, you will see her mission; to continue studying the landscape, bringing her closer to an honest translation-of both soul and land- and to continue a lifelong effort to communicate the emotional connection she feels with her environment.  We feel it too! At Lovetts, we are so glad that Shanna shares the sentiment of Picasso and chooses to describe landscapes with brushes and color. Thank you Shanna!





     Raven Sawyer

April 16, 2015


 ARTIST JODY LYLE, “WORKS ……….BRINGING OUT THE SECRETS OF NATURE AND APPLYING THEM FOR THE HAPPINESS OF MAN.” Rather for the happiness of women in her case! Unless, of course, it is the happiness it brings the man to see her wearing it or purchasing it for her!

What does this artist create, to bring us the happiness of which I speak?



Fusion Jewelry.

Jody merges the different elements of nature into a union of personal adornment. Jewelry has always been a part of human culture. Jewels were produced from any kind of materials that were available-stones, animal skins, feathers, plants, bones, shells, wood, and natural made semi-precious materials such as obsidian. As the time went on, advancing technology enabled artisans to start taming metals and precious gems into works of art that influenced entire cultures and many modern jewelry styles. However, even with all the advancements of metallurgy and gem processing, the purpose of wearing jewelry always remained the same: they enabled the wearer to express themselves non-verbally, showcase wealth, rank, political and religious affiliation or affections toward someone. This enabled jewelry to become timeless, and a target for constant development and refinement.

Lyle incorporates her devotion for creation, innovation, and cultural heritage. Parallel with personal discovery and disclosure, Jody’s heart and goals are in her commitment to art and exploration of fusion jewelry.

The results of Jody’s merging work have brought several new pieces to the Gallery and I am excited to tell you about them! One is the “Obsidian and Orange Sapphire Forged Necklace”.


 The Obsidian, carved and polished, set in a hand forged Argentium sterling silver pendant with a sterling silver chain and a pop of color with the natural orange sapphire infused into the design, is a beautiful collaboration of the artist and nature. Another piece, “Black and White Necklace”, Jody has set the dramatic stone of dendrite opal on a black and silver backdrop.


Dendrite opal is an enigmatic and otherworldly looking stone due to its nature. A perfect white color and ghostly branch-like crystals gives it this reputation. The manganese oxide, which is the black part of the stone, is an excellent balance to the white. The contrasting colors of black and white, makes it very versatile to many types of clothing.

Jody applies many designs to her metalwork as well as using a diverse choice of stones.

Jasper, RjasperSiberian Jade, S. JadeGreen Sapphire,Green-Sapphire-Rough

Tiger Eye, Tigers-eye-dPurple and Black Onyx, Black Onyx

and Blue (Chinese) Turquoise, to name a few! Her new work includes rings, pendant necklaces and earrings.

Please treat yourself to the works of Bainbridge Island, Washington, Fusion Jewelry artist,

Jody Lyle!

Thanks Jody for bringing out the secrets of nature and applying them for our happiness!!




A footnote….not only does Jody create fusion, but so does the Earth, from which she works. Volcanic glass is amorphous (uncrystallized) product of rapidly cooling magma. Like all types of glass, it is a state of matter, intermediate between the close-packed, highly ordered array of a crystal and the highly disordered array of gas. Obsidian is a volcanic glass.                                                                                           

By the way…. If you see my husband, tell him I really want the Siberian Jade,


set with the woven bezel. It matches my eyes!

Raven Sawyer

April 10, 2015


Artist Kristan Le, softly tells us stories with her oils. I imagine the respectful tone of her voice as she relates to times in the past…. experiences not forgotten. The environments and the people of her native country as they go about their everyday customs of living are instilled in her like an artist etching. Like any good book, there are chapters.

Vietnam. It was the year 1975. Saigon fell and Kristan’s family fled. She was a little girl at that time. Some of her earliest memories consist of observing her father, sketching trees and buildings, during breaks at the restaurant he opened in San Diego.(He was an architect in Vietnam). Watching him get absorbed in this creative world birthed a love of art in her.

She turns the pages and we see “Sunlight on the Mekong” and “Quiet Morning Hue”. The water, the landscapes, the people and the boats. The motion of living; one in brightness and light and the other in calm shades of grays and blues. 




Writing with her paint brush, she imparts mood into her figurative works, as well as a wide variety of other genres she enjoys. Her artistic mission is applicable to all her paintings: to apprehend the genuineness and authenticity of the moment.

Kristan is open-minded when it comes to inspiration: Straightforward, esoteric or maybe no explanation at all in regards to subject, composition, settings and images---but in all commonality----feeling an emotional connection to her chosen subject. Le says, “I try to understand what is there visually and emotionally. And if I can capture both essences, then that is a successful painting to me.”

You certainly see in her work, such high standards and proof of success. “Braids” and “Arrangement of Plums” are beautiful, reflective, and meditative.




 Her choice of colors…picture perfect. “Sunlit”…a fitting title to describe a painting she has done of a horse standing in the sunshine, but each time I look at it the more I realized the horse was only part of the whole as Kristan wonderfully executed an in-depth study of  full exposure sunlight to the entire painting. Brilliant!


A story told has an ending…..but not this one. Kristan has many more chapters to paint and we will look forward as she continues to share her life and talent with us. Nothing compares to seeing these oils in person, so I hope you will come in the Gallery and indulge yourself!!


Raven Sawyer