Bio

 

Roberta Ahrens’ career as a Fine Artist began 35 years ago when she arrived in San Francisco and immediately leaped into the world of creative decorative painting and finishing. She began her career with commissions for work in high end, corporate locations such as the Westin St. Francis and Harry Denton’s and major design work South of Market at Club DV8.

 

Beginning in 2005, Roberta began to develop her unique style of Fine Art painting. She works on personally handmade cracked linen canvases, seeking universal themes of beauty, nature, and peace in and through the world.  Her life-long love of horticulture brought her to focus on botanical subjects, diving into what she calls the architecture of nature. Roberta paints primarily in acrylics and watercolors and then carves the pieces, etching lines into the plaster. Through these works, she seeks to call attention to the beauty inherent in the natural world.

 

Recently Roberta has become intrigued by the forms and structures that manifest themselves in bodies of water. Using her same cracked linen materials, her most recent work is an exploration of these forms and expresses a feeling of elemental power. The movement of nature, of creation pushing forward, is empowering in a way, and at a time, when such an expression of natural elemental power is both a personal and a cultural imperative.

Artist Statement

 

I have always had an affinity for the shapes, forms and colors in nature, what I choose to call nature’s architecture.

 

To me, in a world that seems to be devolving into ugliness and divisiveness there is a deep value in calling attention to the inherent beauty of the structure and balance of nature. Whether it comes from the heart of a flower in my garden or the force of a wave rolling in from across the Pacific, the rhythms of nature carry a power I seek to convey to the world through the work I produce in my studio.

 

My hope is that the work I produce manifests beauty and peace into a world desperately in need of both.

Curriculum Viate

 

Achievements

 

2019   Poster series of 3 Published by Editions Ltd. Emeryville, California  Addition of 7 new Botanical works + Water Series

2010 - 2012 Lead Artist, Event director and Gallery Curator, Artrageous Gallery Novato, California

2009 - Current Poster series of 3 Published by Editions Ltd. Emeryville, California

2000 - 2007 Owner / Partner Studio Replica Inc. Cast stone and Water features.

2006 to Current Principal/Founder Artisan Custom Switch Plates

1985 to Current Roberta Ahrens Studios Distinctive Finishes / Murals & Fine Art

1994 - 1999 Ahrens Studio Inc. Commercial Theme Interiors

1993 to Current Mother of 5 beautiful children.

 

Solo Shows

 

2019 Pie Eyed Open Studio, Sebastopol, California

2019  Spring Show Cheveux Salon, Sonoma, Ca

2019 Ice House Gallery, Petaluma, California

2019 Tea Room Café, Petaluma, California

2018  Fall -Winter Show Cheveux Salon, Sonoma, Ca 

2018  Spring Show Cheveux Salon, Sonoma, Ca

2018 UCSF Women’s Health and Reproductive Institute 3 floor

2017  Fall -Winter Cheveux Salon, Sonoma, Ca 

2017  Spring Show Cheveux Salon, Sonoma, Ca 

2016 Pie Eyed Open Studio, Sebastopol, California

2016 Sunflower Caffe and Wine Bar 421 N. First Street, Sonoma

2014 Gail Van Dyke Gallery Marin Cancer Center Greenbrae, California

2013 Sunflower Caffe and Wine Bar 421 N. First Street, Sonoma

2010 Nova Bar & Restaurant San Francisco, California August-October

2010 Beautiful Orchids, San Francisco California January to present

2010 Aqus Cafe Petaluma, California March 2010

2010 di Pietro Todd San Francisco, California June-September

2009 Sunflower Caffe, “April Showers bring May Flowers” Sonoma, California

2009 Dimensions Galleria, Petaluma, Ca. 2009 July - October (closed)

2007 HRJ Capital Investment offices, Woodside California April- August

2007 Aqus Cafe Petaluma, California, March

2004 - 2006 Living Green, San Francisco, California

2004 - 2006 Studio Replica Inc. Petaluma, California

2004 50th Anniversary Art in the Park, Petaluma, California

2004 Miyares Gallery Sonoma Academy, Luther Burbank Center for the Arts

Santa Rosa, California

2004 Institute for Health and Healing Library show

 

 

Group Shows

 

2019 SOCO Festival, Montgomery Village, Santa Rosa, California

2019  Pie-Eyed Studio Finale Show, Sebastopol, California

2018 UCSF Women's Health and Reproductive Institute 3rd floor 
2018 Vacaville Museum Little Art Gallery Premier Artist  May 

2018 Whitney Contemporary Fine Art Gallery  "Rise" Empower Change and Action! 

2018 Riverfront Gallery Winter exhibition Nov-Dec

2015-2017 Moca x2

2017 Renegade Fiber, Arc Gallery San Francisco

2016 Flora & Fauna, Arc Gallery San Francisco

2015 Anne & Mark’s, San Jose

2015 Glasshoff Sculpture Ranch Main Gallery Fall Show October

2015 Glasshoff Sculpture Ranch Main Gallery Spring Show June

2014 Ann & Mark’s Art Party San Jose, California

2013 UCSF Women’s Health and Reproductive Institute 6th floor

2012 Sunflower Caffe, Sonoma, California

2011 UCSF Hepatology / Nephrology Clinic Group Show 4th floor

2010 - 2013 Artrageous Art Gallery - Lead artist, executive curator 

2010 Independent Petaluma Open Studios Member show? Dempsy’s Restaurant Petaluma, October

2010 Ann & Mark’s Art Party San Jose, California

2009 Dimensions Galleria, Petaluma Ca.

2009 Independent Petaluma Open Studios? Members Show, Picture Perfect, Petaluma, California

2009 Petaluma Art Association Members Show,? Aqus Cafe Petaluma. California

2006 Aurora Colors on Holiday, Petaluma, California

2005 PAA Members Show, Aqus Cafe Petaluma, California

2005 MoMa Gallery, San Francisco, California

2005 Gumps San Francisco, California “Garden Party”

 

Gallery Representation

 

2019  Paul Mahder Gallery, Healdsburg, California 

2015 - 2019 Living Green Showroom - San Francisco, California

2011 - 2015 Blue Bird Gallery Laguna Beach, California

2010 - 2012 Lead Artist Artrageous Gallery Novato, California

2005 - 2010 Randolph & Hein Showroom - San Francisco, California

2005 - 2010 Randolph & Hein Showroom - Los Angels, California

 

Commercial Installations

 

2015 Ivy Hotel Baltimore, Maryland

2011 Nvidia Graphic Mural, Santa Clara, California

2011 Burrito Taqueria Murals: El Cerrito, California

2009 Sunflower Caffe: Sunflower Mural Tapestries Sonoma, California

1999 Napa Valley Grill Murals: San Diego California: Spring Vineyard Mural

Providence, Rhode Island: Fall Vineyard Mural

1997 California Cafe Restaurants Murals:

Schaumburg, Illinois

Los Gatos, California

1994 Ferrari Carano Winery, Healdsburg, California

1998 Claremont Country Club in Claremont, California.Botanical images applied throughout Lodge Entry, Faux marble restoration on all stone arches and Grand Fireplace in the Main Dining Room

1989 Macy's Union Square San Francisco, California 85' x 9' cubist / contemporary style mural of Women and Botanicals hand painted on 7 panels of Cracked Linen.

1990 Alexandra's & Victors Westin St. Francis Hotel, San Francisco, California Large scale Russian inspired mural and Large Scale folding Screen for San Francisco interior designer Joszi Meskan.

1987 Fairmont Hotel, San Jose, California 4 26' tall Faux Marble columns Main Entry, Cafe' and Asian Restaurant.

 

 

Publications

Sonoma Magazine Jan.- Feb 2016

Architectural Digest

San Francisco Chronicle

House and Garden Magazine

San Francisco Magazine

Entertainment Magazine, SF

Marin Magazine

Press Democrat

Argus Courier

Sonoma Sun

Sonoma Index

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