The Art Mob Market, a collective of local artists, hosted a sale in the basement of Claremont United Church of Christ over the course of last weekend.
The event featured 24 artists showcasing a diverse range of skills, including painting, woodworking, writing and jewelry making. A winding ramp guided visitors downward to the basement entrance, where the room unfolded with stations arranged from one end to the other.
“Follow what your thought process is. There is a creative side to everyone you should develop,” artist Maria Marvosh said.
Marvosh had a variety of skills displayed. With her main passion of photography, she uses Photoshop to create graphics and overlays of local flora. One composition features a white phalaenopsis orchid as its focal point. The flower, turned upside down, reveals the subtle formation of an angelic figure. The pistil, shaded darker, takes the form of a head, while the soft, silk-like petals form wings and a figure draped in loose fabric. The background consists of an icy blue hue adorned with snowflakes. The angelic image is replicated three times in the background, gradually lightening as the size decreases.
“I like to have something original in my house instead of mass produced things,” Frances Jones, senior business administration major, said. “It feels more personal.”
Amanda Dondalski is a mixed media artist who likes to work with acrylic paints and resin. She creates unique jewelry from a wide variety of material including real flowers and woven chains she creates herself.
“There will always be something new to incorporate in your art that is new and different,” Dondalski said. “It keeps it fun.”
Dondalski’s passion for repurposing materials shines in her expressive depiction of the sun. The canvas painting utilizes repurposed mirrors she acquired from her time doing mosaic murals at the Los Angeles County Fair.
The artistic rendition showcases a luminous yellow and orange circle, radiating vibrant wisps of color that gracefully extend into the deep blue sky, casting a mesmerizing glow over the mountainous landscape. Small diamond-cut mirrors add dimension to the piece, reflecting light, giving the sun a bright shine, much like the sun in our sky. Regardless of the viewing angle, the play of light persists, creating a dynamic and captivating visual experience.
“The only way that you develop that proficiency is by practicing and screwing up and doing things that are a little cringy,” lifelong Claremont resident and artist Kristen Jacobson said.
Jacobson is a writer and graphic designer. She was pushed into following her passion by her mother, the artist at the neighboring table at the sale. Jacobson started by doing doodles on Post-It notes and says her mom challenged her to take her art more seriously.
The pieces on display by Jacobson were largely realistic depictions of animals, most notably birds. Her book, “This Zine Won’t Fly,” is made up of two short stories centered around birds. Although they were not created with the purpose of belonging together, her illustrations used were being created around the same time the stories were written.
Her graphite rendering of a pigeon closely resembles a black and white photograph. The bird is depicted standing solo on the ground. The meticulous shading skillfully delineates the wings and feathers, with darker sections artfully creating the illusion of depth within the feathers.
Guests walked from corner to corner, taking their time interacting with each other and the artwork. The atmosphere was that of a reunion, everyone coming together to enjoy the warm company away from the cold outside.
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