The third annual Artists Showcase will be held May 22, 2005 at the Hyatt Valencia, from 10:00 to 5:00 PM.
The Showcase will include watercolor paintings, acrylics, oils, sculpture and fine art photography. Both framed and unframed art will be shown. This will be a unique opportunity to view or acquire award-winning, fresh, vibrant work that captures the feel and look of the Santa Clarita Valley, the Caribbean, and West.
All the artists are California-based; all are members of local and regional artists' and photography associations. They include April Bielefeldt, Romeo Downer, Bill Kreutz, Greg Wilsey, Joanne Bruckner, Scott Bruckner, David Hirschberg, and David Saffir. The artists? work has been shown in a variety of galleries and exhibitions.
Some example of artists background:
April Bielefeldt was raised in the Midwest. She has lived in many parts of the United States. She holds a degree in Fine Arts from Iowa State University. She moved to the Valencia area in 1997 and began showing my photos and paintings throughout shows and galleries in Southern California.
Her photographic style is simple, using big shapes, lines textures and bold colors to convey her impressions of the world around her. Currently she is Curator for the Los Angeles Center Studios, the Canyon Theatre Guild Art Exhibit in Newhall, California, The Santa Clarita Repertory Theatre in Newhall, California and she manages selected exhibits at Barnes and Noble booksellers in Valencia, California.
Currently she has her award-winning work on display in Los Angeles Center Studios, the Catalina Art Gallery in Catalina, California, The Canyon Theatre Guild in Newhall California, and The Santa Clarita Repertory Theatre in Newhall, California.
Joanne Bruckner is a full time landscape oil painter. She has been strongly influenced by the splendor of the European countryside where she has spent months studying changes of light, and sketching. She uses the vivid colors of France, Spain and Portugal in oil paintings of American and European scenes?bringing a contemporary approach to traditional impressionist style.
Joanne is a painting patron member of the California Art Club, Oil Painters of America, Verdugo Hills and Glendale Fine Arts Associations.
Her paintings can be found in southern California where she has won awards at numerous local art shows and in her home state of Michigan.
Scott Bruckner is a self-taught wood and metal sculptor driven by inspiration and emotion. Creating with found objects, milled lumber, and copper, his work is free standing from six to just under eight feet in height. Each piece is finished to become a part of a contemporary home, adding the warmth of wood that offers creative design in a natural wood medium. Rich wood grain appears in each piece, both polished and roughly exposed.
Greg Wilsey is a native Californian, born into a family of talented artists and musicians. Inspired by his aunt Thea Brown, Greg pursued his passion for art by studying at California State University, Northridge.
Greg is an associate member of both The National Watercolor Society and The
Montana Watercolor Society. Greg's love for watercolor has inspired him to paint dramatic scenes inspired by nature and the environment that surrounds them. It is rarely a whole building or landscape but a part of it that catches his eye and makes it worthwhile to paint.
Influenced by artists such as Rembrandt and Winslow Homer, his realistic images and interpretations of subject matter produce paintings with a strong sense of place.
Greg's work can be found in public and private collections. For the first time the artist will be offering his work in limited edition Giclee' prints.
Bill Kreutz. Born into an artistic family, Bill Kreutz was encouraged to draw and paint as far back as he can remember. His natural talents were further refined at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, The Ivy School of Professional Art and the University of Southwestern Pennsylvania.
the oil paintings of William Kreutz create an upbeat, emotional experience for the viewer. The images are thoughtfully nostalgic subjects from the artist's memory, rendered in a clean, crisp contemporary palette.
His early career was spent designing trade shows, museums and World's Fair displays for one of the nation's leading exhibit companies -- and running his own design studio, specializing in illustration, graphics and audio-visual multimedia film production. Bill's client list read like the Fortune 500. Evidence of his talent can still be found in numerous prestigious venues, including the Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC.
Romeo Downer's artistic journey began years ago on the quaint Caribbean island of Barbados. At the age of 21, Downer immigrated to America and continued his education in photography. This led to a career with Hughes Aircraft Company in California where he was a Technical Research photographer.
Downer expresses his youth and West Indian experience with an artist's hand in vibrant hues that bring the color, cadence and culture of the Caribbean to life. His photographic background, namely his attention to composition and detail, are strong influences in many of his paintings.
Downer has held art exhibitions in the Hilton Hotel in Atlanta in November 1996, JFK Ramada Plaza in New York in July 1997, the Hilton in Los Angeles in July 1998, the Clarion Hotel in Florida July 1999, the Furama Hotel in Los Angeles in June 2000 and in November through December, 2002, the Craftery Gallery sponsored his paintings in a one-man exhibition in Hartford, Connecticut. His work can also be seen in galleries in Barbados and St. Thomas. Several of his paintings are on loan to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art where they are used in the rental program.
A native of California, David Hirschberg has spent most of his free time hiking in the mountains and deserts of the West, Southwest and Rockies. As a photographer, his artistic and creative energy has merged with his true love of the outdoors, capturing special moments in time when the elements and light are just right.
Not limiting himself to a specific format, David works with traditional film-based media mainly in medium and large formats. David creates images that not only evoke an emotional response, but also remain true and faithful
to what he witnessed in his natural subjects and landscapes.
David's award winning photographs are held in private, corporate, and gallery collections.
They are available as fine-art prints or as stock photography and can be viewed at his web site www.davidhirschberg.com 
David Saffir is an award-winning portrait, fine art, and commercial photographer living in the Santa Clarita Valley. Formerly a resident of Santa Barbara and New England, David has had a lifelong interest in photography and the world of nature.
David has traveled throughout the US, Europe and Asia. He has had a long career leading marketing, graphic design, and creative teams as a vice president for high-tech medical companies. He has worked with design groups in US, Europe, and Japan. After years of corporate life, he chose to devote his time to ?hands on? work, and pursue his love of crafting images through photography.
Now, David works extensively in commercial, portrait and fine art photography, and is offering limited edition giclée-quality prints from his extensive library unusual subjects His work includes distinctive portrait, flower, landscape, and wildlife images. He has recently developed a new style of combining giclee printing with hand-brushed texturizing and color. He makes all of his own prints and giclees, He has won several gold awards, one for a black and white image, at the Western Regional Competition of the Professional Photographers of America, and another for an abstract landscape image from the SCV photographers association.
Join the third Artists. Showcase at the Hyatt Valencia on May 22nd. If you wish, enjoy brunch in the Vines Restaurant, located in the resort, and then have a leisurely review of the images and paintings. There is no charge for the showcase.