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Two Artists, One Frame

Artists and photographers who want to sell their creations first need to convince gallery owners to put on an exhibition of their work. For every 25 requests they receive, Heather Stobo and Lisa Casoni, co-owners of Porch Gallery, Ojai, California, put on just one show that usually runs for a month.

Their latest exhibition, Home on the Range, features a mixed-media collaboration between painter Joan Scheibel (left) and photographer Bobbi Bennett that focuses on the culture, landscape, flora and fauna of the American southwest.


“We specialize in contemporary art,” Stobo said.

We like the art we exhibit to have some concept behind it. We’re not looking for pretty pictures, although these are beautiful. I have a piece of Bobbi’s I bought four years ago and I have always loved it. I like the abstract quality of Joan’s painting that is grounded so well with Bobbi’s photographs. It’s very smart, approachable work. They’ve created a different type of dialogue. It’s sophisticated and it’s beautiful.

This original idea puts a painting and photograph of the same theme into one piece of art. Scheibel said, “We worked well together. Our biggest challenge was deciding on the titles for the works. We wanted to create something edgy and I believe we achieved that.”

Bennett used Holga cameras. Some have no viewfinder. “I had to really feel and understand the landscape to get the right exposure. This was my first collaboration with another artist and I loved working with Joan. She got the idea right away. It’s cowboy contemporary. As long as people love and buy the work, we’ll keep doing it,” she said. If someone wants a piece similar to one that’s already been sold, Scheibel and Bennett can create it, but it won’t be exactly the same.

Gallery co-owner Lisa Casoni said, “I love it that two established artists decided to take a risk together. And they don’t even live in the same town. They sent each other photographs of each stage as the work progressed. It’s almost like a musical where each artist has their own solos, but it all comes together to make one strong piece.”

The Home on the Range exhibition runs through March 29, 2015 at Porch Gallery, Ojai, California.

Joan Scheibel and Julia Fordham

Joan Scheibel Water Works II

Porch Gallery Ojai and the Venice Institute of Contemporary Art (ViCA) Present Water Works II – May 9 through June 8, 2015

Ojai/Venice, CA April 20, 2015

“Water is an emblem of fluidity in the material world….Its various naturally occurring and familiar manmade forms — rivers, lakes, oceans; rain, dew, puddles; swimming pools, faucets, fountains; waterfalls, brooks, tall cold glasses to drink — and its various states of calm, agitation, storminess, damming-up; cleanliness, darkness, dirtiness, purity; scarcity, gentleness, power, depth, and danger indicate a range of emotions from fear to fertility, inspiration, exuberance, soaring serenity, and existential unrest. In a dream, these factors reveal an understanding of one’s basic state of being.”
-Shana Nys Dambrot, Water Works I Catalog

Following on the acclaim and success of their Water Works show, the Porch Gallery Ojai and The Venice Institute of Contemporary Art (ViCA) present Water Works II, an international juried exhibition including works from as far away as China. The exhibition runs May 9 through June 8, 2015. Water Works II is broadly focused on the myriad issues related to water – from its beauty, its scarcity, its importance to human life, the politics of it, to its environmental issues and beyond.

Spread between the exhibition space at Porch Gallery Ojai and The Ojai Art Center the show will feature 70 pieces of work by 54 artists. In addition to the gallery venues, three commissioned sculptures will be installed in and around Ojai by artists KuBo (Besant Hill School), Sonja Schenk (The Farmer and the Cook) and Alberto Bevacqua (Porch Gallery Ojai).

During the opening weekend, on Saturday, May 9th, a panel discussion moderated by ViCA Director Juri Koll regarding water issues will be held next to Porch Gallery Ojai at Modern Folk Living from 4-5 p.m. Liam Carpenter- Urquhart, a senior from The Thacher School in Ojai, will present a poem to open the discussion. On Sunday, May 10th, Johnny Fonteyn of Rio Gozo Farms will conduct a special tour of his organic farm in upper Ojai at Besant Hill School covering topics such as organic farming in Ojai, water use and conservation in a farm setting, and the farms role and impact on the natural ecosystem.

Porch Gallery Ojai is located at 310 E. Matilija Avenue, Ojai, CA. The Ojai Art Center is located at 113 S. Montgomery Street, Ojai, CA. For more information please go to or call805.620.7589


Lisa Casoni
Porch Gallery Ojai 805-620-7589


Juri Koll 310-957-7037

See.Me presents : The Story of the Creative

Today we’re thrilled to share with you a collection of photos from last week’s opening reception for The Story of the Creative. We couldn’t be more grateful to everyone involved in the show!

Store of the Creative


On view in our New York City exhibition space
through September 10th, 2013

A big congratulations to the See.Me members now showing in The Story of the Creative, and a huge bow to all who came out to help us celebrate at the opening reception. The show is now on view in the See.Me exhibition space, come visit! Check out the photos from opening night here >>

See.Me Exhibition Space
26-19 Jackson Avenue
Long Island City, NY
Click here for directions

Whole 9 Gallery’s Taste of Culver City, A Big Success!

Written by Kathy Leonardo

The Whole 9 Gallery has established itself as a leading cultural center in Culver City. An art gallery and non profit, they not only help emerging artists but aslo support Peace Project initiatives.

On any given day, 25% of anything purchased at The Whole 9 Gallery, goes to The Peace Project and 100% from Peace Project merchandise will go directly towards Peace Project initiatives.

On July 14th, The Whole 9 Gallery hosted a benefit, The Taste of Culver City, an eclectic mix of art music delicious food and wonderful socializing.

A lovely crowd of interesting people greeted me as I walked through the door. A welcoming selection of art beckoned to me as appetizers and dirnks were offered. This special event was a benefit and well worth the admission price to be part of this fantastic art party.

Several Culver City Restaurants contributed to the night. Samplings from the Culver Hotel, Grand Casino, Kay & Dave’s, Kebab Bistro, K-Zo, La Rocca’s and more. I enjoyed a glass of champagne while socializing and nibbling on savory appetizers.

Live music was supplied by Rosendo, The Jane Doe’s and Grace Gravity.

The exhibition, ZERO HOUR featured artists: Fred Feldmesser, Graham Goddard, Joan Scheibel and Ashleigh Sumner.

I was speciifically drawn to one artist’s work. LA Local, Joan Scheibel who was showing her work for the first time at the Whole 9 Gallery for this special fundraiser.

Scheibel has been actively exhibiting her art for the past 2 years at venues such as The Center For The Arts, Eagle Rock, Advocate/Gonchis Gallery in Hollywood, Venice Art Crawl and City Sip.

She shared her process with me, “I try to paint everyday…it is the best meditation I can do!” She continued, “I think I started painting the minute I began walking. Ever since I can remember starting with crayons.”


The Peace Project

New Record Set At The Center For The Arts

Thursday was a second reception for our current exhibition FORM vs THE ABYSS. This show has broken the Centers record for artwork sold during an exhibition!

Art That Pulls You in—And Keeps You at a Distance

Art That Pulls You in—And Keeps You at a Distance
The Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock, hosts FORM vs THE ABYSS
December 5, 2010
By Kristi Kellogg

It’s a dog! No, a baby! Could it be a cloud in the sky? Good art always has something that cannot be explained—and the collaborative work of artists Joan Scheibel and Rose Masterpol is an excellent example. An exhibition of their art, titled FORM vs THE ABYSS, is currently underway at the Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock, and it’s no wonder that 17 paintings have already been sold.

The joint exhibition, which opened Nov. 13, was accorded a second reception last Wednesday. Together, the two artists explore the concept of form through the multimedia artwork of Scheibel, the show’s main curator, and the idea of the abyss in Masterpol’s acrylic and charcoal paintings. Throughout, the artists consider Andy Warhol’s thought-provoking question: “Isn’t life a series of images that change as they repeat themselves?”

To experience their art is to have “a powerful feeling about what is going on” in their collaborative work, says Masterpol, who had been approached by Scheibel, a longtime fan or hers, to create the show.

An abstract artist, Masterpol says she “finally let go” in this work, and let herself “rip and roar,” paying no mind to other people’s critiques as she created her abstract pieces. Her work is postmodern: Patrons must come to their own conclusions about what a particular artwork represents.

Masterpol is also more concerned about creating a deep sense of feeling in the viewer. “A lot of people would say to me, ‘when I see your work, I want to go in and don’t want to go out,” she says. “And that’s what I love.” There’s something spiritual about that kind of aesthetic experience, which, says Masterpol, comes from “going into the paint, the color, the structure, the mood.”

By contrast, Scheibel sees her own work as primarily an exercise in self-expression, centered around her own shadow. “I was stuck in Palmdale one day and early in the morning, I was walking on this wall and noticed my shadow,” she says. “I started taking pictures with my Blackberry, and from that I created this whole body of work.”

The figures represented in her images are her own, and she calls it “abstract, androgynous, vulnerable and strong.” Her images, she adds, are reflective of her “moving into another stage in her life” and a desire to “step out of the shadow and be more in the forefront.”

Janie Markham, an Eagle Rock resident who was at the Dec. 1 reception with her two young daughters, was taken by the nature of the art, particularly in the “contrast of the two styles,” as she put it.

Shari Beaubien, an artist from Santa Clarita, was fascinated by the “interesting juxtaposition of the raw and organic feeling” of Masterpol’s art and Scheibel more controlled work. Though Beaubien and her husband weren’t there to purchase any art, they said they would definitely consider buying Scheibel and Masterpol’s work in the future.

The exhibit will continue through Dec. 17.

Successful Opening!

Saturday we had a successful opening reception for our latest exhibition, FORM vs THE ABYSS. This reception was so popular that we will have another one Thursday, December 2, 2010 from 6:00-8:00pm. You can view the show Monday-Friday 11:00am-5:00pm until December 17, 2010.

Exhibit – Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock

Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock presents

November 13-December 17, 2010

Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock
2225 Colorado Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90041

FORM vs THE ABYSS features work from Rose Masterpol and Joan Scheibel. Rose Masterpol is unshackled by the constrains that once held her in bondage. With this new work, she leaves her architectural renderings behind and pours the magic onto the canvas with unbounded passion, freedom, and conviction. The new paintings formulate moments occurring in nature. The viewer is taken on a journey of reckless abandonment through a dust of dandelions, a buttermilk sky, and into the depths of the abyss. Masterpol’s brilliant palette and movement is felt like the flowing of blood through one’s veins. The work is riveting, peaceful and soothing-simultaneously.

Joan Scheibel’s series of paintings culminated from a singular morning in Palmdale, California. Taking images of her own shadow on her Blackberry cell phone, Scheibel conveys a perfect moment in which her androgynous form exhibits strength as well as vulnerability. Scheibel was inspired to return to her creative work after visiting Peter Max’s studio, and uses a variety of mediums in her process.