February 25, 2009


Thank you. The group of people I send this email to have been loyal and good customers as well as art lovers. Thanks to you and the consistent purchases you have made the word is getting out. since closing the gallery early last May I have sent this email out every week or so. It has been very nice staying in touch with my friends and customers. I hope to continue.
I have been able to offer some very good buys to this group partially because my overhead is now so low and because I have been able to make some very good purchases and pass them along.

In June I hope to attend a six day certification course for appraisals of personal property. With this in hand I will be able to do appraisals on art, objects of value and estates.

It is because of the success of this art email that Barbara Conley has consigned this winter painting to me so that you could get a look at it. Barbara paints with incredible detail as you can see from these photos. For those of you not familiar with her work, Barbara Conley has been painting for over 20 years. Her paintings take a very long time to paint; so for the longest span of her career she only showed in one gallery in Carmel. She still shows her work there, but when she moved to the Gold Country she began displaying her work in Sonora too. She and her work are quite well known and a good part of her following is due to the beauty of the scenes she chooses to paint, the skill she has acquired in her art and her ability to bring a scene to life.

This painting is a 6 x 8 image size framed to 11. 5 x 13.5 . The title of the painting is "End of the Road." The price is $450.

Have a good day!Call me or email if you are interested in this painting.
Sincerely,Kristen Kestly209-533-1384 or cell: 209-743-8091
I couldn't wait another week to show you this beautiful etching. Beside who knows what will come up next week. Can you tell I am of the "Eat Dessert First" group?
This is a very nice, detailed etching of some fishing boats. It is in perfect condition. I like the image because there is a lot of detail on the boats yet the composition is simple. Also, these boats are portrayed as elegant without romanticising them. I would like to see a lot more of this artist's work if it were possible.
Plus, I love history and 1912 is an evocative date. There was so much bitterness headed for Europe, yet all is still calm for another year or so. Right around the corner is the first World War, then the Depression, then the Second World War... Sort of like these boats sitting calmly in the harbor and the next day out to sea. See more about etchings below.
This is signed by the artist: Valles Schaling Bremern and dated 1912
The title of the print is also on the front "Fischernboots auf R........." I can't read the name of the place in Germany.
On the back is an aged label from a gallery in Hamburg, Germany.
The image size is 9x8 and the framed size is 13 x 13. The price is $115. Eventually this will need to be reframed in acid free materials, but since it has gone this long and is looking so good no hurry is necessary.

What is an Etching: Etching is a printmaking process that dates back 500 years. The etching process involves sheets of metal, usually made of copper or zinc, and acid used to etch the print onto the metal. The artist can use complicated methods to create different effects, but always relies on acid to etch the plate. The more complicated the etching, the more time consuming and expensive it will be. To begin an etching, you must first coat a blank copper plate with wax. Using a steel etching needle, draw your intended picture through the wax and onto the metal. Once you have drawn your picture, the metal will be submerged into a bath of acid and left for about two hours. The acid will eat away at the copper that has been exposed by the needle to leave grooves, marks and textures in the metal. The plate is then taken out of the acid bath and the wax is cleaned off. The result will be a shiny, copper plate with the image etched onto it. This can be repeated again and again by rewaxing the plate. By rewaxing, you can add layers or more complicated images onto the original drawing, then put it back into the acid bath once you are happy with the image you have. The next stage of the etching process is to apply printing ink into the lines of the plate. Once the plate is wiped again with a stiff cloth, it will leave ink in the lines and grooves. The inked plate is then placed in a hand-printing press with two heavy rollers. Damp paper is placed on top of the plate and squeezed through the rollers using great pressure. When the paper is carefully peeled off, the image will be printed onto it. You can always tell a genuine etching because the edges of the plate will leave an indentation on the paper. If you want to make another print, you simply put more ink onto the plate, wipe it off and then put it back through the rollers with another piece of paper. The end result is the simplest form of etching. There are more complicated ways to create more intricate etchings by using a number of different plates and colors. There is also a process to add different tones to the etching that involves adding resin dust to the plate and heating it. The result looks like fine sandpaper, and you simply varnish the plate wherever you don’t want this texture. When you put it in the acid bath, the acid will eat away at the resin dust to give a texture that holds the ink. The longer you leave it in the acid, the darker the tones will be.

How could summer be almost gone? I just spent two wonderful weeks in Bend, Oregon visiting my sister. What a nice town, almost as nice as Sonora. I hope you enjoy these remaining days of summer and vacation. I hope you can find the time to tube down a river, walk along a waterfall, swim a few laps, bike to a friend's house or some other nice occupation.

Today's offering will appeal to some and not to others, I guess that is true of any object of art. I like to look at, acquire and sell all sorts of art types and styles. This is a vintage, chromo-lithographic page from a book printed in 1898 by Owen Jones titled,"The Grammar of Ornament". It is a beautifully done lithograph, look closely at the detail photos. It is on a thick rag paper (not glossy) with the appearance of painting. I have attached below a few paragraphs on the process found in an online book about printing.

This print 8.5 x 12.5 in perfect condition with bright sharp colors. The frame is also in perfect condition and nicely complements the print. The price is $120. This would look great in a bedroom, bathroom, study or especially in a large walk in closet.

Kristen Kestly 209-533-1384
Lithography was the first fundamentally new printing technology since the invention of relief printing in the fifteenth century. It is a mechanical planographic process in which the printing and non-printing areas of the plate are all at the same level, as opposed to intaglio and relief processes in which the design is cut into the printing block. Lithography is based on the chemical repellence of oil and water. Designs are drawn or painted with greasy ink or crayons on specially prepared limestone. The stone is moistened with water, which the stone accepts in areas not covered by the crayon. An oily ink, applied with a roller, adheres only to the drawing and is repelled by the wet parts of the stone. The print is then made by pressing paper against the inked drawing. Lithography was invented by Alois Senefelder in Germany in 1798 and, within twenty years, appeared in England and the United States. Almost immediately, attempts were made to print pictures in color. Multiple stones were used, one for each color, and the print went through the press as many times as there were stones. The problem for the printers was keeping the image in register, making sure that the print would be lined up exactly each time it went through the press so that each color would be in the correct position and the overlaying colors would merge correctly. Early colored lithographs used one or two colors to tint the entire plate and create a watercolor-like tone to the image. This atmospheric effect was primarily used for landscape or topographical illustrations. For more detailed coloration, artists continued to rely on handcoloring over the lithograph. Once tinted lithographs were well established, it was only a small step to extend the range of color by the use of multiple tint blocks printed in succession. Generally, these early chromolithographs were simple prints with flat areas of color, printed side-by-side. Increasingly ornate designs and dozens of bright, often gaudy, colors characterized chomolithography in the second half of the nineteenth century. Overprinting and the use of silver and gold inks widened the range of color and design. Still a relatively expensive process, chromolithography was used for large-scale folio works and illuminated gift books which often attempted to reproduce the handwork of manuscripts of the Middle Ages. The steam-driven printing press and the wider availability of inexpensive paper stock lowered production costs and made chromolithography more affordable. By the 1880s, the process was widely used for magazines and advertising. At the same time, however, photographic processes were being developed that would replace lithography by the beginning of the twentieth century.

Beach Time! When I was a little girl my grandparents lived in a home on the beach in Clinton, Connecticut. This place is where I learned to love the ocean and first contemplated being an oceanographer. We spent hours and hours, days and days exploring the ocean waters, the beach learning shells, seaweed, tides and that mesmerizing ebb and flow of the water.

Well, I am not an Oceanographer, but still a beach lover. So here are some beautiful reminders of the ocean.

"Nautilus" An oil painting by miniaturist Thomas Waddelow. This nautilus painting is 2 1/2 " by 3 " in a 7" x 7 3/4 " frame. This painting is priced at $295.

"Sea Life" This necklace was created by glass artisan Heather Hopman. She made each bead by hand (lampwork) and then strung them together in a unique arrangement of tiny glass kelp, authentic coral bits and lapis lazuli beads. This is the kind of necklace people will admire and comment on whereever you go. The necklace strand is 20 inches and the little pufferfish hangs another 1 3/4" below. The lampwork beads include a pufferfish, a cuttlefish and a gray whale and barnacles. The price is $225.

"Mermaid" Sue Knopp creates each piece of glass enamel jewelry from the base up. she starts with a silver disc she embosses and stamps with her signature. then using many, many layers of glass and bits of silver and gold, she creates a scene. Each piece of jewelry is then polished to gem like sparkle. This brooch, which can be easily converted to a necklace, is of a mermaid right down to skin tones, little bubbles and sparkling ocean waters. It is mounted with silver, silver handmade pin and two opals. This mermaid is $225.

Like the necklace above, there simply isn't another like it. When you consider how few pieces talented artists like these can create in a lifetime.... well you begin to understand what treasures these pieces are and will be in the future.

If you like all three, I am offering them all at a group price of $650. This is offer is good now through August 6th only. Any piece may be purchased separately at any time.
I have more photos if you are interested of other details on all these pieces.
Kristen Kestly209-533-1384

How about a little fun with art? I am not only sending my emailing list photos of this painting, I am also putting it on ebay. So you can watch it and bid on it just like the rest of the world. I am starting the pricing a little low and who knows? Maybe someone will get a great deal! Just type "Heinie Hartwig" in the search box.

This painting is a nice moonlight landscape by Heinie Hartwig. It is framed as shown. The painting is 9 x 12 and with the 3+" frame measures 15 x 18. If you don't want to wait for the ebay auction I have a "Buy It Now" price only for my collectors of $595, normal retail is $650.
I have had difficulty photogrqphing this painting. For that reason I have included more than the usual number of photos. And when you look at ebay you will see that I have a couple other Hartwigs up for auction too.

The print from last week sold very quickly, sorry to all of you who were interested in it. I knew it would be a hit because it was just so nicely done and looked great once I re-framed it. Thanks for looking.

Next week I will have something a little different.
p.s For those of you just joining this group: this is a weekly email of art sent out by Kristen Kestly of the Vault Gallery.

Pair of Two.
We sold a couple of the Hartwigs last week, but I have this pair of sunset paintings as a special offer today. I am sending along some photos of these paintings framed. Here's a repeat of sizes and prices: 5 x 7 $275 w/o frame ($315 with)

However as a special deal I am going to offer these two Hartwig landscapes for a special price (includes the frame) of .... $395....The titles of the paintings are above the photo.

Three Pears.
And this week's new offering are three complementary pear paintings. All different yet similar enough to be a set. I just picked them up from Brooks Framing. They are framed exactly alike in a slightly off-white mat and gold matte frames with a slight texture. Just the right amount of simplicity and texture for the paintings in my opinion. The photos are taken through the glass, there is a slight reflection in one of the images. The pears are oil in vivid colors which serve to make the fruit looks juicy and healthy almost sexy. Each painting measures 4.5 x 6.5" and the framed size is 9.5 x 12. The total for the three paintings is ... $485 ... or separately $185 each.

I don't know if you have noticed, but these emails of paintings I have sent to you includes some very nice art work at great prices. Prices I never could have offered in the gallery. You might want to take a look at the website home page again because I have kept the images and prices of the previously offered paintings on that page.

Please call me at 209-533-1384 if you are interested in any of these paintings.
Hi Again,
These weeks go by so quickly, don't they? I spent last week working on a side yard that we had always had to ignore for lack of time. I decided to put in a stone wall and a small koi pond. Just like any big project, the preparation is 75% of the job, but we are already seeing progress and looking forward to a finished and usable yard late in the summer. I visited with Heinie Hartwig and Eva a bit and came home with a number of paintings. Because I picked them up on Saturday none of them are framed yet. All prices are without frames!
size price
5 x 7 $275 w/o frame ($315 with)
6 x 12 $$595 w/o frame ($650 with)
9 x 12 $795 w/o frame ($850 with)
12 x 24 $1495 w/o frame ($1600 with)

Autumn Moon 12 x 24 (shown here)
Summer Moonlight 9x 12 Golden Day 6 x 12 Nearing Storm 5 x 7 High country Camp 5 x 7 Full Moon 5 x 7 Evening Shadows 5x 7 Last Rays 5x 7 Evening Light 5 x 7

For photos of all the paintings contact me at: vaultart@goldrush.com or call with questions or more photos, etc.:209-533-1384
Have a great week!

Hi Friends,

Art first! I was not able to send out a email with art while on vacation. It was very hard to find an internet cafe willing to let me plug into their hard drive (understandably) and then when I did I found I had forgotten to resize my images so they were huge. I abandoned the project quickly and decided to concentrate on being on vacation. This week's offerings are two related paintings. A very small vintage watercolor of daffodils. Newly matted and framed to 4 x 6. The image size is actually 1.5 x 3. It is beautifully executed, but not signed. It came from an estate in Maine and I estimate it was painted between 1930 - 1955. This painting is $95. Next is an oil painting of some daffodils by Leslie Hurst. This painting is 8 x 10 and newly framed in a green/antique gold frame chosen to highlight this painting. This oil is $400.

Sorta' over jet lag. We had a great vacation thanks to my father who gave my sister and I the entire trip. We had planned to spend more time in France than we did - when we were supposed to take the ferry over to France the French dockworkers went on strike supporting the French fisherman who were barricading the ports. C'est la vie! The changing world ecology affects my vacation. The Island of Jersey was fascinating: friendly, interesting, amazingly beautiful. We were there for the Jersey Cattle Convention along with a few hundred other folks from around the world. The island population were very aware we were there and interested in the convention and happy to be hosting the event. They are rightfully proud of their agriculture.

It was also "Walk Week" in Jersey and there were people visitng from all over the world to walk the island. We were able to sign up for hikes which is what my sis and I did while my dad did cattle convention stuff. All in all lots of fun. Pictures as soons as I get them out of the camera.

Kris 209-533-1384
Well Hello,

I am on vacation! It is Tuesday here in Jersey, but still Monday at home in California. Check here later for new art.

Jersey is just gorgeous and friendly. We have been taking a hike every day surrounded simultaneously by lush flowers and ocean.


Hello, Hello.
May 12-

I just got out of the pool where I swim with the Masters Program. When I get in the water feels cool (these days anyway), but within minutes it seems warm. I think that is what this week will be like. later in the week I am off to england and then France. I will post next week's art from 'over there.' This week we have little birds that appeared outside sherie Drake's window early this spring before the trees had emerged from dormancy. Thank goodness for colorful little birds who remind us spring is on its way! Next week's art will be other harbingers of spring, one a painting by Leslie Hurst. And the following week the art will make the transistion to summer.

These two paintings may be purchased as a set or separately. the larger is 8" x 8" and is titled, "Early Birds." It is $250. It is a wrapped around the framing and hangs as you see it as does the second painting titled,"Snow Bird" 5 x 5 and $125. The set sells for $350. These are new, oil on canvas and signed.

You can call 209-533-1384 to purchase. Have a great week as we start easing into summer. Next Monday I will be emailing from the Isle of Jersey.

The Vault Gallery of Fine Art - (209) 533-1384 - www.vaultart.com