The artists below created one-of-a-kind works of art for the silent auction at Authors Under the Stars.
Ed Blackburn, long-time resident of Walnut Creek, is a ceramic artist who derives inspiration for his work from diverse cultures including Native American art, pre-Columbian ceramics, Aboriginal art, and African textiles. He created the ongoing installation of donor names on ceramic bookspines that can be found on the second floor of the Walnut Creek Library.
Architect, metal sculptor, and local community activist, Joe Bologna has his work displayed at the Walnut Creek Arts Education campus, the Ruth Bancroft Gardens, John Muir Medical Center, and Seven Hills School, as well as in numerous corporate and private collections. Joe’s first public commission “Camel Filters” (1990) recognized the Walnut Creek City Council’s pioneering decision to ban smoking in city restaurants.
Educated at the San Francisco Art Institute and California College of the Arts, Joyce Hsu is an interdisciplinary artist working primarily in sculpture installation and public art. Her art playfully re-invents icons familiar in contemporary culture and art history. Her colorful flowers and bugs sculpted from balsa wood brighten the Storybook Room in the Walnut Creek Library.
Known for his signature landscape panoramas that capture California’s distinctive geographic regions in large and dramatic imagery, Stephen Joseph has published four books of his works, including the eye-popping Mount Diablo: The Extraordinary Life and Landscapes of a California Treasure. Educated at the California College of the Arts, Stephen’s compelling body of work is widely exhibited and collected by private and public devotees.
Marta Thoma says, “Art should be meaningful and, like a good novel, reflect the struggle of life.” It’s a fitting sentiment for an artist whose massive spiral sculpture “Journey of a Bottle” soars above the grand staircase at the Walnut Creek Library, its recycled materials given new life and new meaning. Her interactive installation “Childhood Revisited” was shown at the Bedford Gallery in 2006.