How Do They Do It? Part 2

Five more artists are ready to tell you how they do what they do. We hope you find this interesting and it gets your curiosity up. Stop by the gallery any day of the week to explore the works of our many talented artists.

By the way, as the holidays approach you should come browse the rooms of the gallery to find unique gifts for your friends and family. It’s ‘Gifts Under $50″ now at Auburn Old Town Gallery.

And read on to find out more about us…

Ann Ranlett, MSA, Scratchboard Artist

I am an artist and illustrator specializing in pet, animal and nature subjects rendered in scratchboard. I am photographer too, looking for unique perspectives of the natural world. Because I love animals and nature, and have always been fascinated by these subjects, I relish the challenge of capturing my subjects in art, whether it’s the personality of the pet or the texture of a leaf. I work with photos. I try to take the photos myself, if at all possible. Doing so helps me understand my subjects better.


Judy Butler, Fused Glass Artist

I love the vibrant colors of fused glass that lend to my whimsical designs. I purchase large sheets of colored glass. I cut the sheets to create images, layer the glass, and then place it into a kiln. In the kiln it is heated anywhere from 1375 degrees to 1500 degrees Fahrenheit. The temperature determines what the texture of the glass will be. The process of heating and cooling the glass can take approximately 24 hours as the glass needs to be treated gently to avoid thermal shock. The glass can be cut and layered numerous times depending on the desired end result.

The primary theme in my work is whimsy. I especially enjoy creating animals and depicting them with animal friends. For example, a cat and a dog riding in a car. My slogan is, “Fused Glass Designed to Make You Smile”.


Dana Bilello-Barrows, Fine Ceramic Artist

I look at various mediums i.e., architecture or nature, and try to figure out how I can express that ideas, that movement, or feeling in clay. I try not to limit my expression as an artist to one medium.  I want to experience it all, but I always come back to the clay. Those experimentations often show up in the clay. I am always asking,”How can I realize that texture, emotion, movement, energy, or tactile feeling in clay.”

I create decorative fine ceramic vessels, wall installations, and totems. My work is mostly made with porcelain clays. The surfaces are finished using organic materials, and various naked raku techniques. I also create work that is very tactile and begs the viewer to touch and interact. Each vessel is unique and cannot be duplicated.


Matt Konar, Painter & Illustrator

Konar’s work is both light and dark in subject, approaching at every turn the whimsical and the mischievous.  He uses he canvas as a stage to capture moments of love and heroism, as well as times of human folly. His characters come from real life, from songs, from poems and from stories. All the stories take place under a starry sky with the drama of the constellations. Unexpected details are presented through the book on a shelf, the image of a mirror, the wallpaper pattern, an individual leaf, and many other visual gestures waiting to be unlocked by the viewer.

His technique of using glaze creates colors that are deep, rich and vibrant. There is a profound sense of mystery, nuance, symbolism and timelessness in the scenes he depicts.

Of his process Konar says, ‘I work mostly in oils and the progress of each work is slow and sometimes tedious – my oils are built with glaze upon glaze, and detail upon detail. For me technique and investment of time are always subservient to achieving the final effect in the painting. I’m driven by and find my greatest satisfaction in what I create as a final work and not the process.’


Stacy Pedri, Photographer

I like being out and about finding interesting things to capture with my camera in that moment in time or in the place I find myself. I usually travel for my work, but can also find something local or even in my yard that catches my eye. Old treasures, landscapes, animals, or other things of nature help me interpret a specific time, place, or feeling. My biggest pursuit is animals, especially in the wild. My favorite place to bring my camera is Bodie. I like peace and quiet so being out with my camera is actually helpful to me. My dream project would be to drive a motorhome taking photos along the way as we travel the highways and small roads of the US.


We hope you have enjoyed learning a little more about some of the fabulous artists of Auburn Old Town Gallery.

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How Do They Do It?

We thought it would be fun to get to know something about our artists here at AOTG. As information becomes available we will write a little about each artist in the gallery.

So here are nine artists and how they do what they do so well!

Sandy Lindblad~Painter

“When I work, I like to listen to music. I usually create several paintings at once. I like to go back and forth between paintings taking them to different stages, whether I’m working on a commission or creating a painting for a show. And during breaks from my art, I play with my animals.”

Carol Bellamy~Wire Artist

“My art consists of one line of wire bent and twisted on itself translating the original design into it’s wire counterpart. Along with the freedom to follow my own rules I can do my creating almost anywhere. All I need is a spool of wire and my needle nose pliers and a chair.”

Chris Foster~Painter/Calligrapher

“I work alone in my studio. Usually on three or four paintings at a time. One speaks to the next. I stand at a drafting table. Music playing in he background. Sometimes I dance.”

Meg Black-Smith~Jeweler

“I work out of my home in my studio, often listening to music. I have windows that look out into the trees, garden and sky. I like going into a sort of trance and just working away with no interruptions.”

Stacey Lamothe~Jeweler

“I use a multi-step metal-working process to make my art involving various tools like my trusty torch, saw and an arsenal of other gadgets that help me create on a daily basis.”

Doug Parks~Photographer

“I am lucky enough that my artwork requires that I am in nature to capture her beauty.”

Patty Pieropan-Dong~Painter/Printmaker

“Love of the process of painting. Observation and inspiration. Practice. My Mother was a wonderful artist. It has always been part of my life.”

Connie Rodriguez~Painter

“I love going out to my studio. I seem to be ready to get my brushes in paint whenever I get out there. I never bring an devices, cell phone, etc. so that when I paint I am lost in time. I love looking at art; I feel inspired to paint and I just start creating. I usually paint on 2 or 3 canvases at a time, as I need to wait until layers dry to add others. I also start with titles, and write them down when a great title comes my way. Nature is a big inspiration for me. Being in nature and with nature is a spiritual experience. I am energized by being outdoors and grateful to live in such a beautiful part of our country.”

Susan Stoll~Photographer

“I am a photographer. My work primarily features macro digital images of nature. My pursuits in photography are a means of sharing the beauty, patterns, and intricacies found in nature.”


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Upcoming Workshops by AOTG Artists

Here are two hands-on opportunities to learn how they do it:


Shannon Morgan (glass artist), website:

Pumpkin Palooza

Sat. Sept. 21 8:00 & 11:00 am

Sun. Sept. 22 8:00 & 11:00am

Cost $75

Check out website for complete information:

Book now!

Also from Shannon:

Ornament Experience

Dates: Dec. 7, 8, 14, 15

Time: 9:00 & 11:30am

Cost; $75

Space limited. Book Now!

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September 20% Off Sale Until September 22

Come in this week if you have been eyeing that piece of glass, or that certain necklace, or that piece of fabric art, or that photograph, or that painting, or that bowl, plate, wall hanging, or piec of metal art because they are all on sale! Continuing this week, Auburn Old Town Gallery has everything in the gallery on sale at 20% off. The sale runs through Sunday, the 22.

The gallery will be open for the Co-Op Night in Old Town Auburn Thursday, September 19 from 5 to 9pm. Come by, get to know some of the artists, and get that piece of art you have been wanting.


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September Newsletter – Annual Sale and More!

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to read the newsletter…

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Upcoming workshops!

Have you ever wanted to try scratchboard? Or learn what it is? You’ll have a couple of opportunities soon. Ann Ranlett, MSA will demo her technique at the Gallery on Thursday night (from 5 – 8:30) during the Old Town Co-Op, and she’s teaching a workshop in Auburn on August 17th.…/scratchboard-workshop-august-17th-aubu…


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KVIE Auction Oct 4-6, 2019

Huge congrats to AOTG member Neal DeVore who’s work was accepted into KVIE Art Auction being held OCT 4-6, 2019.

Large 18′ curly maple dyed platter


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AOTG Member Patty Pieropan Dong is offering some cool events/workshops. Please click the image for more information.


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Is Oliver, Bella or Charlie stumped on what to get mom for Mother’s Day? Well, help those fur babies out! Our artists have the perfect gift for moms of every sort. Paw print mosaic by Lori Humphrey

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2 Studios Tours – Mother’s Day Weekend

A number of our artists are participating in Open Studios Tours on Mother’s Day Weekend, May 11th & 12th.

Click on either image for more information and a map.

Loomis Art Loop:
Judy Butler, Sandy Delehanty, Phill Evans, Lori Humphrey, Jenn Norpchen, Ann Ranlett, Keith Smith, Merridee Smith


North Auburn Art Studios Tour:
Sonja Hamilton, Patty Pieropan Dong, Ardith Gray, Diane Tharp, Nicholson van Altena Glass

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