The Guest Artist Show at the Pottery Place Plus Artisan’s cooperative for the month of June will feature Larry Bergman and Staci Schubert.
Come and meet our artists at our
First Friday Reception
June 3, 2016 from 5-9 PM
Leather and Ink
at 203 N. Washington, Adjacent to Aunties Bookstore.
Over a period of fifty plus years, he has dabbled in art using pencil, pastels and ink. Larry was unable to seriously develop what has clearly become a passion until after retirement in 2012. Talent that had lain dormant surfaced and since then he’s dedicated his time to his love of pen and ink drawing. Themes vary and germinate from anything that piques his interest and captures his imagination at the time. Larry’s complex pen and ink drawings incorporate geometric lines, random graphics and images drawn with minute pen strokes.
Larry’s background has included serving in the U.S. Navy, being a disc jockey, owning his own radio production company and insurance sales and training, all of which in some form utilized his creativity. He thoroughly has enjoyed bicycle touring and backpacking with his wife and friends and, though he no longer backpacks, he loves hiking in the great outdoors and scrapbooking.
Staci Schubert’s art is a collaboration of nature and culture, a meeting point between urban-luxe and funky country. Staci was born and raised in the suburbs of New York City and came to age in the grunge-sleek decade that defined her generation. Like her personality, her art is both classic and current, a combination of fast paced sleek meets rural chic. Staci moved west in 1993, to Laguna Beach, after graduating from Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in graphic design. After a few years in the fast paced fashion industry, collaborating with design houses Roxy and Harley Davidson, Staci developed her rough and sexy approach to accessory design. “I wanted to give the “soft core (not raging, but not popcorn)” girls a venue to express their sexiness,” Schubert says, “Lot’s of girls like being soft and sexy, but also like to find their edge. I like to design my products to that “edge.” That is why I use leather and incorporate WOOD, metal and bone elements into my designs. I also use that same premise when designing my leather cuffs, they aren’t bracelets, that’s just too . . . nice.”
Using her success as a designer in the high pressure world of So Cal fashion, she decided to “go rogue” and develop her own line of high-end handbags, sourced from the best leather available on the free-trade market. Quality of goods, and quality of life of those who provide them, is a high priority for Staci, and she makes sure all of her products are produced with integrity, which is why she is a “small batch” producer, emphasizing quality over volume. Staci found a receptive audience in the Laguna arts community, receiving a commission to design her bags for the cast of “Queer Eye for the straight guy” as well as being a featured artist at the Sawdust Festival and being published in both Newport Coast Magazine and the LA Times as a distinguished artist.
Now located in Sandpoint, Idaho, Staci incorporates the wildness of the nature she thrives in, into her designs. Staci’s unique artistic process combines both new world technology and old world techniques. Contemporary graphics, custom dye process & custom color process are evident in her works. Her leather bag & jewelry lines fuse Old World aesthetics with New World fashion, resulting in breathtakingly unique and relevant, wearable works of art.
Staci is devoted to the development of both her fashion lines: her boho jewelry which includes innovative collections such as LOVE | MIX CULTURE | and FLOWER OF LIFE | Leather Bracelets and Exotic Wood Necklaces, in addition to her fine leather handbag collection.