Welcome to our Gallery of Art at Soulstice Mind + Body Spa
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Born and raised in San Francisco, Stephen Ehret is known for the luminous quality of his paintings of water. “Water reveals many faces as it moves through it's myriad moods, which I attempt to capture on canvas. My facination with the way color works in human vision has lead me to develop a technique of using layers of transparent glazes to mix colors optically, allowing light to penetrate the surface and recreate the luminous quality of natural light.”
Stephen attended the College of San Mateo, and studied with Alanson Appelton and Robert Bowman. He went on the obtain a Bachelor of Fine Art from the California College of Arts and Crafts where he studied under Jimmy Suzuki, Ralph Borge, Robert Bechtel, Roy De Forest and Arthur Okamura. He has lived and worked in Marin for the past 40 years.
Aia’s paintings are expressions of her inner nature. She creates work that captivate the viewer on a physical and emotional level while quietly transporting them to a vibrant yet soothing world. Fascinated by the visual poetry of oil paint, she creates dynamic compositions that are ethereal, expressive, gestural and musical. Her paintings are modern interpretations of nature's wonders blended with her intimate personal journey.
Aia grew up in Mill Valley, California and studied in the East Bay and Paris. She studied Art History and French Civilization at La Sorbonne, in Paris France, and then went on to obtain a bachelor of fine art at Mills College in Oakland, California. Following in the footsteps of her grandfather, a noted Japanese Abstract Expressionist, Aia has moved close to forty times with eight moves on an international level. A lifetime of uprooting and letting go of everything known ― friends, family, home, culture and all things familiar ― has had a profound effect on her life and her work. She has come full circle and returned home to the San Francisco Bay Area.
Darcy J. Sears is a San Francisco Bay Area sculptor who has been working with clay for twenty-five years. Born in Southern California, she received a B.A. degree at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She spent many years in the corporate world before becoming a full-time artist.
“My work is driven by my need to mold life out of clay. I watch life unfold, and discover moments of beauty in an ordinary day. These moments inspire my work. The process is alchemy, where the ordinary stuff of life is transformed into something new. Clay is a wonderful medium, with no boundaries or limits. Wings can sprout on anyone and trees can have wheels. Clay enables me to transform the mundane into something magical.”
Darcy lives with her family and two dogs in Larkspur, CA
Carol Molly Prier
Carol Molly Prier lives in Inverness, California and has been making pottery since 1970. Molly received her MFA from Mills College in 1977 where she began teaching herself burnishing and pit firing. She has since worked with Steve Lucas from Polacca on the Hopi reservation and Lydia Quezada from Mata Ortiz. Molly is well known for her one-of-a-kind, burnished, pit fired pieces, which are based on Native American Pueblo techniques. She has taught and lectured extensively in California and has been instrumental in introducing burnishing and pit firing in the San Francisco Bay area through her workshops and as an invited guest lecturer.
“Whether making a cup or bowl for everyday use or a one-of-a-kind burnished vessel, I am guided by three concepts: simplicity of form, evocation of memory and sense of ritual. The methods, the forms, and the rituals of cultures creating before me inform my work.”
Driven by a strong sense of environmental and social responsibility, Lexi Daly creates jewelry that encourages sustainability and ethical practices. She creates dynamic wearable fashion art pieces and jewelry using recycled, repurposed, and vintage materials. Much of Lexi’s art incorporates traditional bead weaving techniques from cultures across the globe which she has been studying since childhood. Lexi’s love of traditional adornment, fashion and design lead her to expanding into metalsmithing in college where she obtained a Bachelor of Fine Art in jewelry design and sculpture from San Jose State University. Lexi’s work aims to bring awareness to how our actions – what we wear, buy, and throw in the trash – affect the entire planet, while at the same time demonstrating that anything can be transformed into something beautiful.
Suzie Buchholz is a Bay Area-based abstract painter bringing a playful and rebellious approach to the tradition of Abstract Expressionism. Her process is highly physical, building and scraping layers of paint, while driven by an instinct for harmony of color and form. Inspired by the tangled and fragile moments of daily life, her work combines a painterly process and street-wise sensibility with an uncanny tenderness. Buchholz holds a B.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute (2004) and Certificat from the Aterlier du Soliel, Aix en Provence, France (1998). She is the recipient of several residencies, including Djerassi Artists Program (2015), the Bay Area Discovery Museum (2014), and Sant Anna, Camprena Pienza, Italy (2004). She has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions both nationally and internationally, including di Rosa Museum (Napa, CA), the Headlands Center for the Arts (Sausalito, CA), and Catherine Clark Gallery (San Francisco, CA) and the Zero1 biennial. She is represented by Caldwell Snyder Gallery (San Francisco, CA) and Sue Greenwood Fine Art (Laguna Beach, CA).