MARTINEZ -- Bay Area filmmaker Robert Fox focused his camera on the artwork by watercolorist Pam McCauley, capturing her in the creative process at the Martinez Marina.

His short, feature video is the latest incarnation of the clash, and matrix of digital technology with traditional art forms happening at the Martinez Gallery.

McCauley is among 20 or so member artists who will share ideas and methods behind their artwork for the benefit of martinez.gallery.org virtual visitors, and for those who drop in to the artist's cooperative gallery at Main and Court streets.

In Fox's first artist film, Patricia Calabro explains how her landscapes transitioned to Sumi-e ink painting with a flair for movement and color.

Then Calabro reveals how a Diablo Valley College Photoshop class opened the possibility of hundreds layers of visual manifestations of her "paintings" on an iPad.

"This is a flower that I composed," Calabro said, referring to her vivid crimson chrysanthemum iPad drawing.

A dramatic triptych now on exhibit at Martinez Galley has 65 layers, Calabro said. "I love to fiddle with Photoshop."

The feature videos allow member artists to give viewers a peak into the creative process and discover how other artists influence them.

"I was inspired by David Hockney's recent De Young Museum exhibition (including huge iPad drawings printed on paper)," Calabro said.


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Hockney's successful 60-year career has taken him from cubism through the spatiality of Chinese painting to a digital and analog blend of representational art; a longer, but similar path to that of Calabro.

Member and book illustrator Jen Copeland said filmmaker Fox is contributing more than his video skills to the projects.

"He composed the musical score that opens the title sequence. Dean Williams played an old Celtic tune on the mandolin under Calabro's monologue, and Fox added musical accents during his editing," she explained.

She notes that the gallery's diversity grows from new and old members.

"This (video project) is going to be ongoing," she said.

Artist and jewelry designer Stephen Lao is in line as a video subject and has built a name for himself with a jewelry collection including delicate, one-of-a kind origami, pearl, jewel and crystal earrings.

As videos are completed, they will be embedded in the new gallery website, which is currently under construction by gallery members Calabro and Molly Weinstein.

"We are a rare group that truly works together to promote the arts," McCauley said.

Although the Martinez Gallery artist's co-op is an outgrowth of the Martinez Arts Association, the new website differs from the Arts Association's martinezarts.org site.

Contact Dana Guzzetti at dguzzetti10@gmail.com.

Martinez Gallery
The new website for the Martinez Gallery, at 630 Court St., is gallery.martinezarts.org. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Call 925-370-6270.