Cynthia Minoli

Cynthia Minoli is a Northern California artist that is inspired by the grandeur of God’s artistic design. Observing the world through the lens of fabric, her work begins with her photography and is created solely with fabric and thread. She has always been drawn to the textural feeling of fabric in the hand, and the way colors can soothe and sway your mood.

Her aim is to create vibrant art that is joyful and brightens up your favorite room.

While raising her children, she spent time learning principles of art and enjoyed artistic creativity.
In 2020, after 22 years of homeschooling her children, she embarked on a career as a full-time artist.
Her work has been in the California Heritage Museum, The Scarab Creative Arts Gallery, The Sanchez Art Gallery, and is also in private collections from the Virgin Islands to Hawaii and the Mid-West.

Traveling to Carmel-by-the-Sea, Lake Tahoe, and Yosemite with her husband are often the source of her inspirations. Her richly textured landscapes are achieved by cutting and layering thousands of pieces of fabric which are then stitched together illustrating depth and movement. This multi-layered surface draws the viewer in close to observe the texture then encourages you to step back and take in the overall scene.

Follow Cynthia Online

Instagram @Cynthiaminoli
Artist Website cynthiaminoli.com

Sample Works

James Malloy (CAD Artist)

After graduating from the New England School of Art & Design, James Malloy began an award winning 35-year career in Broadcast Design. Starting as a graphic designer at the CBS affiliate in Boston, Malloy was recruited by KPIX5 in San Francisco as a Senior Designer.

His next adventures took him to Pacific Focus Film and Video Production Co. in Honolulu as an Art Director, and to KCRA3 in Sacramento until he retired in 2013.

Shortly after retirement, Malloy began ceramic pottery classes at Alpha Fired Arts in Carmichael, and became a regular studio artist until 2020. Now he works from his home studio in Tahoe Park.

James Malloy has been a CAD artist at the Elk Grove Fine Arts Center since 2016.

Nina Kuhl

From early childhood, Nina has loved the arts. She often spent free time drawing as a young child and won the only drawing contest she entered. She joined the Marine Corp in 1985, during her early adult years and dabbled, off and on, with drawing or painting but found herself too busy to get to enjoy it.

Nina and her husband, Jim Kuhl, moved to Elk Grove in 1997 where they raised their three talented children, Meghan, Jimmy and Matthew. Some locals know Nina from her karaoke years in Sacramento and Elk Grove. During those years, she was also stage director for the Western Idol, at the Elk Grove Western Festival, held at The Elk Grove Regional Park.

In 2016, she decided to revisit her artistic expression. Working with Bryan Martin at BCM Films as sound engineer and painting on canvas inspired her to make her life-long dream of owning a studio for the arts a reality. With enormous support from Jim, Stone Soup Studio for the Arts was built, featuring a large (3 car garage) size building for recording and film. She is also converting another space, of the same size, dedicated to painting, jewelry making and learning as much about art as possible.

Currently, Nina spends much of her time creating acrylic pours (fluid art) and jewelry, and has even taught a few individuals what she has learned in acrylic pours. Although she appreciates numerous forms of art, abstract and impressionism are what she is more drawn to. Some of Nina’s favorite artists are: Anatole Krasnyanske, Auguste-Emil Bellet, Tim Yanke, Marcus Glenn, Claude Monet and M.C. Escher…. the list actually goes on.

During the Month of October, Nina had the pleasure of being invited to The Elk Grove Art Center by Kim Shaw, who was one of its members and who also taught her to pour on tile. This is where Nina decided to become a member herself because she felt it would encourage her and push her to learn and keep painting as much as she can. You can visit Nina at facebook.com/ninakuhl.

Debra Williams

Debra Williams is a watercolorist and scratchboard artist. Originally from the Northeast she has resided in northern California since the mid 80’s. She received her BA degree from CA State University, Fullerton in Painting and Drawing and a Single Subject Art Credential from UC Davis. She has won several awards for her art from elementary school to the present. Her work has been shown locally, nationally and internationally and is in collections in California, Arizona, Florida, Ohio and Texas.

All that is natural is her muse. She paints and scratches animals, insects, landscapes, portraits and flowers. With each painting she depicts the essence of her subject and the passion she feels for it. An underlying theme of her work is to raise awareness of the importance of preserving the natural world for future generations to explore and enjoy.

She can be reached at debra.williams3@comcast.net.

Terry Defrates

Born and raised in Jacksonville, Illinois,  I had an interest in painting for as long as I can remember. Some of my best memories are of my mother and I taking art classes at the local museum. After high school I joined the Navy for four years of active duty. I was stationed at Pearl Harbor and assigned to Hickam Air Force Base. The Air Force enlisted man center offered a weekly class on oil painting. Dr. Soo taught me painting for a couple of years until my tour of duty was completed.

The next few years I attended Western Illinois University then Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.  At the university I was not interested in modern art so I followed a business degree.  Upon graduating I got married and started working. It was at this point that life got in the way of following my interest in art. It was not until we moved to Sacramento and I became Mr. Mom that I was able to take art classes. Studying first at Cosumnes River College, I transferred to Sacramento City College then finished my art studies at California State University-Sacramento. While studying at CRC a plein air class was offered. We were exposed to painting out side and I loved it. Since being out of college I have been painting when I can. In the last couple of years I have been plein air painting 4 to 6 days a week.

Susanne Gerich

Susanne has had the creative urge as long as she can remember – drawing, painting, and sewing her own clothes since childhood. She credits her mother, who also loved to paint, and Mrs. Lund, her high school art teacher, as her earliest influences.  The first art workshop she attended was together with her late mother, a special memory.

She grew up locally, and recalls exploring the then vast open fields where adventures awaited and she and her friends could spend the day unsupervised, indulging their curiosity and imaginations. She remained in the area after marriage, raising her family in the countryside with beloved horses, cats, and dogs. She worked in public service until retirement a few years ago.

With renewed passion and the luxury of time, she is now returning to her creative pursuits, concentrating on the medium of watercolor. While she has also worked with oils, she appreciates the unique flow of watercolor and the limitless patterns and beautiful effects that can result.

Largely self-taught, she has also taken watercolor classes from several local instructors. She designed a studio in her home that is large enough to work alongside a long time friend, and they enjoy sharing the day in quiet, peaceful creation.  She values the process of critiquing each other’s work as the day goes on and their pieces evolve.

Susanne is drawn to realistic renderings of both animals and people. Many of her works have been labors of love to honor cherished pets, past and present, of friends and family. She also finds gratification in capturing special moments of people’s lives – the simple joys of a grandchild’s smile, or the impish glint in the eye of a youngster at play.  

In addition to painting, Susanne loves exploring the world – always packing a sketchbook to illustrate and preserve new discoveries. She savors art museums and says her favorite is the ARoS Aarhus Kunmuseum, one of the largest in Denmark, established in 1859, ten stories high, and topped by a circular walkway enclosed by glass walls of graduated colors, providing an ever changing and multihued panorama of the city below.

In another life, Susanne surely was a creature of the water. She loves all things aquatic – swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, and cruising. Her dream vacation is a trans-oceanic voyage with her days spent painting on deck.

Stacy Maeda

For as long as she can remember, Stacy Maeda has always nurtured a passion for both
art and animals. While she takes great pains to ensure that her detailed drawings and
paintings of animals are anatomically accurate, Stacy is adamant that her artwork also captures the animals’ individual spirit and personality. More recently, her body of work has expanded to include still life and landscape. She works primarily in oils and graphite pencil/charcoal.

Stacy earned a degree in Studio Art from the University of California at Davis but considers herself primarily a self-taught artist.

Stacy’s art has won awards in art competitions like the Artist’s Magazine Art Competition, the Western States Horse Expo Equine Art Show in Sacramento, Ca; the Art Show at the Dog Show in Wichita, Kansas; and the Draft Horse Classic “Art at the Classic” in Grass Valley, Ca.

www.stacymaeda.com stacymaeda@yahoo.com

Robert Thompson

Robert Thompson is a twenty year veteran of the United States Navy with a BFA in painting from the Academy of Art University. Robert’s process is often an optimistic attempt at forging harmony from what begins as discord and chaos.

Working primarily with oil paints he utilizes a variety of substrates to include paper, wood, cotton canvas, linen, and even metallic surfaces. With these as his tools he endeavors to instill emotion and mood in his work by building atmosphere and depth with his own aesthetic sense.

This aesthetic sense relies heavily on finding a balance between the abstract and representational as he feels that some portions of his work are better left finished by the viewer’s imagination.

Mary Sorrels

Mary Sorrels began her work as a tile setter and later graphic designer in San Diego in the late 1980’s. Since that time, she has enjoyed exploring a number of mediums, including paint, wood, metal, stained and fused glass.

Mary’s has used her talents to support a number of non-profit organizations, supporting youth and families in a variety of settings. She created a 4 by 16 foot glass mosaic and several stained glass windows that remain on display at a Sacramento synagogue.

Margaret Ann Munson

Margaret is a local artist currently living in Galt, CA. Her love for art started as a young child where she won awards starting in elementary school for her pencil sketches of the great Live Oaks trees. Her first award came at the age of eight when one of her sketches was published in the local Farmers magazine.

She is self-taught but took art education whenever she could fit a class into her busy schedule. She received her graduate degree at the University of San Francisco while maintaining a fulltime job and raising her family.  

Margaret has painted for years using both oils and acrylics. She has also used a variety of mediums such as pastels, collage, ceramics, fabric art, pen sketching and some watercolors. Her style is bright colors, is varied and detailed and she is still in the process of determining in which medium and genre she prefers to work. 

Her work has been on display at the Elk Grove Fines Arts Center, and The Tong Gallery in Walnut Grove. She is a member of the Elk Grove Fine Art Center (EGFAC), the past President of The Elk Grove Artists (EGA)and is a member of the Northern California Artists (NCA).