Displaying artworks by friends, former students, along side my art collection.
2013 - Dedicated to friends Toni & Gordy Ekas
I am eternally grateful to dear friends Toni & Gordy Ekas, who lovingly redesigned this 1930's property while they lived here from 2000 to 2012. Many of the beautiful details inside and out are due to their wonderful design sensibility. The front home was originally, built by Hugh and Edyna Griswold and then later further detailed by the second owner Brian Ellison.
A second home and art studio in the back.
In 2003, the Ekas' built a second home for Toni's Mom, Mirium in the back half of the acre, with an attached studio, garage, and carport for Gordy's collectable automotive restoration projects. By 2010 & 2012, Toni and then Mirium had passed, when Gordy made me an offer too good to pass up - to trade two properties in exchange for this beautiful place. My father had been living with me (after my Mother's passing), so his big beautiful home was vacant. In 2013 we traded our two homes and moved to this gorgeous estate.
October (left) and Listening to the Silent Muse (relief, on right) along side small bronze works on shelves.
Kabuki Moon Dance (left) and May (right), displayed along side smaller pieces on shelves. The original small version of V for Victorious can be seen off in the distant sunroom.
Rain Charmer adorns the dining room. To be enlarged and duplicated into a smaller edition copy of 7.
The Barnett Sculpture Garden & Gallery is open by appointment.
Steel Sculptures from 1980's Graduate Work
Vessel of the Innocents IV - Life size bronze
"Sometimes one needs to play - not take oneself too serious. When I hit a creative block with my fine art, I will let go by sculpting something light-hearted, such as my cat, dog, a frog or just something for fun."
Many of the playful pieces were created as class demonstrations while teaching for 35 years at Merced College. The majority of these pieces are in clay, cast bronze, or mixed media.
Funky Frog - clay
Self-Portrait as Sun & Moon - bronze
Calder's Cat & Abstract Frog - bronze
& FORMER ART STUDENTS:
Numerous 2D paintings are on display inside the home
and various 3D works can be seen around the garden.
Lynn Morrison, Heavenly Visitor, cast bronze
David Medley, steel
Plus other numerous works by various friends
- too numerous to display here.
- Open to the Public by Appointment -