Todd Barricklow, Tony Spires, Lisa Beerntsen at Shimo Center for the Arts

Todd Barricklow, Tony Speirs, Lisa Beerntsen

SACRAMENTO, CA, April 25, 2013—  Shimo Center for the Arts is proud to present three wonderful artists for it’ April show.

Todd Barricklow was born in the San Fernando Valley of southern California in June of 1969. He is the eldest son of two. His parents were marionette making school teachers and long time vendors at the renaissance fair. Encouraged in the arts from an early age, he attended a humanities magnet high school where he started working in ceramics and drawing. He continued his education at Sonoma State University where he graduated with distinction in 1992. He was an Artist in Residence in the Arts/Industry Program at the Kohler Company in Wisconsin in 1999. He shows regularly and works from his studio and home in Santa Rosa, where he works in Ceramics, Printmaking and Metal.

Tony Speir was born in Washington State and moved to the Bay Area when he was six. He grew up loving comics and cartoons, old science fiction and horror movies, nature and wildlife (especially snakes and insects)– and drawing. After stints as a silk-screen printer, sign painter, and freelance artist he attended the Academy of Art College in San Francisco, studying life drawing and illustration. Trips with his family to Mexico and Guatemala influenced his work greatly, inspiring a mythical, surrealistic direction in his paintings.

Lisa Beerntsen lives and paints in Graton, California. She and her husband, fellow artist Tony Speirs moved to Sonoma County from the East Bay in 2002. Lisa got her MFA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1991, and her BFA from California College of Arts & Crafts (now CCA) in 1983. She has exhibited her paintings on both coasts, recently at Arches Gallery in Healdsburg, & previously at HANG & Meridian Galleries in San Francisco..