Featured Artist – Tess Hunt
I’m a California girl, born in Palo Alto and have spent my life in several locales but most of my professional life in Northern and Southern California. After completing modeling school I spent more than a decade both in front of and behind the camera internationally, working with some of the most notable photographers in their respective fields.
Featured Artist – LuAnn Roberto
“My medium is both contemporary graphic design and old-school mono-printing,” LuAnn says. “Whereas my professional designs have to be really tight and controlled, with monoprinting, you have no idea what’s going to happen on the press. Whatever you paint will be backward and get smashed when it rolls through the press. This has enhanced my daily design work and made me an advocate for trying the unexpected.”
Monoprinting is a combination of painting and printmaking techniques that gives the artist freedom to work with a wide selection of materials such as inks, pencils, crayons, and pastels, and to choose from a variety of methods to transfer images. To create a monotype the artist paints or rolls ink onto a blank plate. The image is created by manipulating ink with various tools (brushes, rags, stencils,etc.) Ink can be layered, color over color, and printed on the same paper in successive passes through the press. Because there are no permanent marks on the plate, it is not possible to create exact multiples of the image, each monoprint is different and unique and the artist may use one or more techniques to achieve the image that he or she wants to create.
She holds the Women’s Business Enterprise Certification (WBEC), is a founder and exhibitor with Studio 1613, and was named “Woman of the Year” by the Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce Women in Business Committee for her contributions to community vitality. LuAnn also serves on the committee of POP-UP Gallery, seeking to install artwork in underutilized commercial spaces.