Brazilian-born Silvia Poloto is an accomplished artist working in a range of visual disciplines. Recognized for her dynamic compositions and color sensibility, Poloto exploits a vibrant visual vocabulary of boldness and subtlety. Her deftly handled juxtapositions unfold in rich, textured hues and expressive gesture. The result is a body of work characterized by equal amounts of surprise, playfulness and provocation. Her aesthetic choices engage the viewer on a visceral level. Poloto has worked in a variety of media, including photography, sculpture, painting and video. Elements of each of these media find their home in her current work.
While the Bay Area is her current home, her work has been exhibited throughout the U.S. and abroad, including France, Spain, Italy, Jordan, United Arab Emirates, Romania, Croatia, Bulgaria, Turkey, Greece and China among others. In the Bay Area, her work has been featured in exhibitions at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Italian American Museum, the Triton Museum in Santa Clara and the DeYoung Museum, where she was an artist-in-residence. Poloto’s work has been acquired by more than 80 institutional and corporate collections around the US and by more than 900 private collectors around the world.
Sawyer Rose is a sculpture, installation, and social practice artist. Throughout her career, Rose has used her artwork to shine a spotlight on contemporary social and ecological issues. Her metalwork sculptures explore the ways living things adapt to changing environments and The Carrying Stones Project addresses issues around women’s work inequity. Her work has been exhibited widely across the US.
Rose has been a resident artist at Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture in San Francisco, Vermont Studio Center, Ragdale Foundation, and The Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Ireland. She has been awarded merit grants from The Creative Capacity Fund, The Awesome Foundation, and Vermont Studio Center, and Artist Grant SF. She is the President of the Northern California Women’s Caucus for Art, a nonprofit providing women in the arts with leadership opportunities, mentorship, and professional development.
Born and raised in North Carolina and a graduate of Williams College in Massachusetts, she currently lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Andrea Wedell is the daughter and grand-daughter of artists and architects. Growing up, she was surrounded by strong willed artists, and grew to hold beauty, balance and a commitment to art as the guiding forces in her own life.
Captivated by the magnitude of culture available in Europe, Andrea uprooted from her native California and moved to Paris. The France adventure spanned 27 years before she moved back to her much loved California in 2013. Andrea has a bachelor of Arts from UCLA, and while in Paris, she studied under acclaimed Beaux Art teachers Michele Massiou and Jacqueline Guillermain for over 10 years.
She began exhibiting regularly at the Grand Marche d’Art Contemporain in Paris, before becoming a permanent artist with Galerie BE Espace, also in Paris, for 10 years. Her work has been published by Les Editions Arcadia in France. In California, her work has been exhibited with various galleries. Inspired by movement, rhythm, color and mood, her style is improvisational, moving through joyful chaos to studied balance. The subject matter that emerges through that back and forth process are the pivotal moments that have shaped her life experience.