China Adams earned a BFA from UCLA (1995) and an MFA from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (2000). Adams has lived in Los Angeles for nearly twenty years where she practices her art and teaches. She has been featured in exhibitions around the world, including several solo shows at Ace Gallery, Los Angeles as well as at Steve Turner Contemporary, Los Angeles (2008). Adams is a conceptual artist, addressing topics as diverse as race, class, gender, taboos, consumerism, art-world materialism and the environment. With a sharp turn of phrase and an economy of gesture, she is able to illuminate each subject with true wit and a personal aesthetic. “My work has a huge court jester element. It is accessible, humorous, and fundamental. It is about existential issues that all people can grasp.”
Diane Best was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and studied in the San Francisco area (Stanford University, San Francisco Art Institute), before moving south to Los Angeles area. The high desert wilderness became her home, where she worked freelance for Los Angeles animation studios (background painting), but over time shifted the focus of her talent to capturing the intense drama of the desert landscape that surrounded her. Now living in Joshua Tree, CA, Diane has focused her talent exclusively on capturing the dramatic imagery of various desert landscapes. She works in a variety of media including acrylic, graphite, photography and video. Diane Best’s work has been presented in solo and group exhibitions in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Joshua Tree, 29 Palms, New Hampshire, New York, and Boston. Diane also teaches painting workshops in Joshua Tree National Park for the Desert Institute.
Tina Bluefield is a lifelong painter. She was raised in Westchester County, New York and then spent thirty years in Colorado. There, Tina made large watercolors of the Colorado landscape and of the Desert Southwest for over a decade. In 1996, Tina received her BFA in painting (Phi Beta Kappa) from the University of Colorado in Boulder. At Boulder, she worked with color-field artist Gene Matthews and studied aesthetics with George Woodman. Following a period designing and building passive solar houses in the Colorado mountains, Tina moved to Joshua Tree, California. In a studio she designed and built, Tina paints full-time, primarily in oils. She has enjoyed several solo shows in Joshua Tree, Palm Desert and Twentynine Palms, California, as well as in New York, and has participated in numerous group shows.
David Mackenzie is an award-winning abstract painter. Born in California, he received both his BFA and MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. There he studied ceramics, sculpture and painting. He has exhibited both nationally (including the Whitney Biennial) and internationally. He has been awarded grants by both the National Foundation for the Arts and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. Currently, he is a member of the American Abstract Artist’s Association, and lives in Joshua Tree, CA & Morris NY. David maintains a painting studio in Norwich NY and is in the in the process of building a studio in Joshua Tree.
Saul Melman holds a BFA from Vassar College and an MFA from Bard College. He is both an artist and an emergency room doctor, each practice informing each other through the acts of looking and listening. Saul’s sculptures, installations, performances and video works have been included in exhibitions at many cultural institutions including MoMA/PS1, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, The Whitney Museum of American Art and Socrates Sculpture Park as well as in numerous galleries. Saul has also created several large-scale projects at Burning Man, receiving grants from the Black Rock Art Foundation. Saul lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Tim Saternow received his B.F.A. from the State University of New York at Purchase, and an M.F.A. from Yale University.His award-winning paintings, large scale atmospheric watercolors, have been featured in solo exhibitions at the George Billis Gallery in New York. In addition, he has participated in group exhibitions in galleries and cultural centers, including The William Benton Museum of Art in Storrs, Connecticut; the Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery, New York; Studio 587 Gallery, New York; the Center for Visual Art + Culturein Stamford, Connecticut; the Prague Quadrennial in The Czech Republic.
Gosia Wlodarczak is of Polish origin and is now based in Melbourne, Australia. She has exhibited widely over the past 25 years and her work is included in many important collections internationally including the National Gallery of Australia. She is represented by Fehily Contemporary in Melbourne, where she recently enjoyed a solo show and executed a FROST DRAWING. Gosia has recently been awarded several residencies where she has made her large-scale FROST DRAWINGS alongside other works including one conjunction with her solo exhibition at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA.