But after taking classes at the College of Marin – Gelb had moved from her birthplace of Stockholm, Sweden to the Bay Area in 1984 – her observation turned into action.
"I've always had a yearning to create with paint, which finally found an outlet," Gelb says. "Always keen to take workshops to experiment with new techniques, and new mediums, I always seems to return to oil, a medium I finds fascinating to work with."
Though Gelb has exhibited in numerous juried shows throughout the Bay Area, she's chosen to hold her first-ever solo show at the Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center (85 Throckmorton) throughout October, with a wine reception on October 4 (6–8pm) as part of the Mill Valley Arts Commission's First Tuesday Artwalk. The monthly celebration of local art includes a host of downtown venues, including the O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, Seager Gray Gallery, the Mill Valley Public Library, Dolls and Dandy Salon, Fitwise Pilates, Zener Schon Contemporary Art, the Depot Bookstore & Café and City Hall. And for the second straight month, the members of the Mill Valley Design District, whose shops and galleries are primarily centered around Miller and Locust avenues, including Poet and/the Bench, Kress Jack at Home and 7 on Locust, have joined the Artwalk. Receptions at each venue are Tuesday from 6–8pm. Here’s the First Tuesday Artwalk Guide with venues and a map.
Gelb says her paintings reflect the light and colors from her native Sweden. "The range varies from the spare light of winter when colors are very subtle to the intense, long daylight of summer when colors are saturated," she adds. "Color and lines are very important in the expression of my art that’s often minimalistic. My subject matters reflect nature and my love for the natural world."
Gelb's oil paintings range from representational to abstract realism, but she's exploring landscapes abstraction, which is new to her, for her exhibit at the Mill Valley Chamber.
The 411: Anki Gelb exhibits her "Objects & Nature" paintings at the Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center (85 Throckmorton) throughout October, with a wine reception on October 4 (6–8pm) as part of the Mill Valley Arts Commission's First Tuesday Artwalk. Here’s the First Tuesday Artwalk Guide with venues and a map.