Members’ Gallery provides an opportunity for MLAA members to display their work in an informal context. Do you know somebody whose art deserves some exposure? Are you that person? Email Maureen at email@example.com.
Connie Cassinetto began her photography journey in 2010 when she began taking black and white film photography classes at Columbia College. Her photography education included a week at the Rocky Mountain School of Photography in Missoula, Montana, and classes with well-known photographers such as Phil Schermeister, Joshua Cripps, John Shaw, and Michael Frye. In 2013 she received an Associate of Arts degree in Photography from Columbia College. In 2012 she won the Best of Show award at the annual juried In Focus Photography Exhibition (Tuolumne County) and from that point on has won numerous awards from various art organizations in Northern California. She enjoys photographing all types of subjects and in particular, enjoys capturing shots of wildlife. Cassinetto said, “I love the way the camera sees the world, it can be so unique, so different than what is actually there when I take the photograph. My goal is to take photographs that show the world the way I see it, using the unique abilities of my camera and my digital darkroom skills to output the best photograph "equivalent" that I can; a photograph that is wholly representative of my vision in photography and art.” The vivid frog pictured here is from Costa Rica. Other wildlife shots she has taken are from Yellowstone National Park (Montana), Katmai National Park (Alaska), Bosque de Apache National Wildlife Refuge (New Mexico), Sequoia National Park (CA), View more of Connie’s photographs, including more beautiful animal images from Costa Rica, at www.cassinettophotos.com
These vibrantly colorful and evocative paintings of gritty urban scenes are the work of MMLA member STEVE PATZ, a Twain Harte artist who likes to paint places he’s visited and vignettes of ordinary life. Steve, who is originally from the North Bay, says he took up art relatively recently. He started with watercolors, now works in oils. Steve frequently exhibits his work; you may have seen his paintings at Ironstone and, most recently, in the Aloft Gallery.