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CAMi Art + Wine of Calistoga presents the art of Sharon Paster | Lifestyles

CAMi Art + Wine will present The Figures, a collection of paintings by Bay Area artist Sharon Paster through March 27.

The gallery and tasting room will also host an artists reception from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, February 10 at 1333B Lincoln Ave.

Sharon Paster is an award-winning contemporary artist based in Sausalito. His semi-abstractions are based on the Northern California landscape, focusing on the hills, the bay, the beach, and its people. She captures their energy by working almost exclusively with oil pigment sticks. Using these oils as both drawing tools and colored paint, she is able to create tension amid the stillness – contrasting the fixed with the fluid – and highlighting the connections that exist just below the surface.

Sharon’s work has been exhibited at the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco, the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, and the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, as well as in various publications, including House Beautiful, Luxe Magazine, San Francisco Magazine, Marin Magazine and the Serena & Lily catalog. She co-chairs the board of the ICB Sausalito Artists Association and contributes regularly to Art for AIDS and the Lymelight Foundation. Sharon is represented by Art in Giving, Boston, which donates to pediatric cancer research, as well as a number of other galleries across the United States.

“Each painting presented here is a personal journey, but when it represents a truth, I believe it becomes something more universal. With figurative work, I can’t help but feel the pose of the person. J “tries to capture the mood and convey what the subject and I are going through together. These figures aren’t just abstract concepts, they’re very real people coming to life in an unreal world,” Paster said.

“I care about how other people perceive them, so it’s essential to inject air and energy into their space on the canvas. Nothing is really fixed, there is space to move, and I want the viewer to feel that. I use oil pigment sticks as my drawing and painting tools because they are great at conveying both solidity and energy.”