Friday, November 16, 2012

Learning more about COCA Artist Hilla Hueber

Hilla's Paintings in the COCA Gallery
August 2012

Please give us a brief bio of who you are and where you're from.

Born and raised in Germany, I lived in Munich most of my life before moving to San Francisco in 1997 to localize software products. I am studying drawing and painting to stay grounded, find focus and an outlet for my creativity. I am indebted to teachers at Berkeley Extension, Larry Robinson, Pamela Lanza, Vesta Kirby and others who encouraged and inspired me. Working with artists in groups and organizations and being surrounded by artists is a treat and helps me to develop my creative practice and grow as an artist.

What is your primary medium and process?

My primary mediums are two, either oil painting or pen and ink drawing. In addition I also love colored pencil as it allows me to work in a small format.

How long have you been painting?

I started painting in earnest in 2009 and have developed an almost daily practice.

How do you describe your style?

Being influenced by my immediate surroundings I am painting abstracted seascapes and cityscapes and my drawings are abstract, following the flow of ink and color that my drawings start out with.

What inspires you to keep motivated?

The world around me, whether it is a space in the city or out in the wilderness, my natural surroundings, trees, plants, flowers, large bodies of water, light and color inspire me and almost force me to pick up a brush.  I just feel better when I can be in my creative space. There is not further motivation necessary, it is pure self-indulgence.

What is your favorite part about being an artist?

Every day is better when I'm painting, no matter how long I paint or how much I accomplish. Sometimes it is simply looking at a piece in progress and going over it in my mind contemplating how it should be completed. Having a daily practice is helping me to not loose focus of my goals in other areas of my life as well.

Who are your favorite artists past or present?

Very challenging to list because it fluctuates, some of them are more important than others at times. Often I look to them for inspiration when I think about a certain work I am struggling with. So, in no particular order Canaletto, Paul Cezanne, Gustave Courbet, John Constable, William Turner, Georgia O'Keeffe, Jan Vermeer, Paul Klee, Donald Judd, Frank Stella, Gerhard Richter, Mark Rothko, Richard Serra and others.

You can learn more about Hilla Hueber on her website: The Painting Curve

Monday, July 16, 2012

The new COCA Gallery

Misho's photography and Linda Donohue's Cityscapes

Catherine Mc Cauley's Encaustic Paintings
Group Shot of the Front of the Gallery

Andrzej M. Karwacki's Resin and Acrylic Paintings

Hilla Hueber's Seascapes and Cityscapes

Raymond Difley's Oil Paintings and Katerina Connearney's Charcoal Drawings

Roberta Ahrens'  Botanicals on Cracked Linen

Valerie Scott's Paintings and Mixed Media

Group Shot of the Front of the Gallery

Linda Donohue's Seascapes
Mylette Welche's Acrylic Paintings
Linda Saytes' Acrylic and Oil Paintings
Jennifer Hirshfield's Acrylic Paintings
Misho's Abstract Photography
Wow... the new COCA Art Gallery came together beautifully!

The Friday night opening was a huge success and the artists really worked together to make it all happen . The space was filled to the brim.

The artists in this first showing are Roberta Ahrens, Katerina Connearney, Raymond Difley, Linda Donohue, Hilla Hueber, Jennifer Bec Hirshfield, Andrzej M. Karwacki, Catherine McCauley, Misho, Linda Saytes, Valerie Scott, Mylette Welch.

To stay with our mission in marketing to the home furnishings industry we're planning a cocktail party for Bay Area interior designers on August 15th.

The gallery is open to the public Wednesday-Sunday from 12-5 and is located at 390 Kansas Street two blocks South of the Design Center.

Friday, July 6, 2012

COCA Art Gallery Opening Celebration

The new COCA Art Gallery will celebrate it's grand opening on Friday, July 13th from 5pm-8pm. The art is on the walls and the space is beautiful.
Artists presented in a first group show include COCA artists and friends,
Roberta Ahrens, Katerina Connearney, Raymond Difley, Linda Donohue, Hilla Hueber, Jennifer Bec Hirshfield, Andrzej M. Karwacki, Catherine McCauley, Misho, Linda Saytes, Valerie Scott, Mylette Welch.

COCA Gallery 390 Kansas Street in San Francisco @ 17th Street near the SF Design Center.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Exciting things are happening with COCA!!
We'll be opening a gallery at 390 Kansas Street in San Francisco with all of our artists in the Shawna Stoney showroom space which is closing on the 30th of June. The new gallery will open on July 5th and all the COCA artists will be there plus a few more. Hours will be Wednesday-Sunday from 12-5 and we'll have an opening celebration in the middle of July. More details and photos to come.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

COCA Vists the High Point Furniture Market

COCA is a group of California Artists with the common goal of marketing original art to the Home Furnishings Industry. This April marketing materials will be presented to designers, showrooms and retail stores to gauge interest in exhibit space at the furniture market.

Friday, April 6, 2012

COCA- Coalition of California Artists

COCA is a group of California Artists marketing to the home furnishings industry. The artists are a direct resource for interior designers, decorators, showrooms and retail furniture stores.

The idea came when Linda Donohue a furniture designer and artist brought her paintings to the High Point Furniture Market and saw the high demand for original art and the interest in working directly with the artist.

This April in High Point marketing materials will be presented to buyers and showrooms from the group of 11 artists.

COCA's plans include exploration of group exhibit space in High Point as well as marketing directly to interior designers in the San Francisco Bay Area through Misho Gallery adjacent to the Design Center.