Wednesday, February 9, 2011


The Los Angeles Pottery Show
February 12-13, 2011

Show hours: Saturday 10 am - 6 pm, Sunday 10 am - 4 pm
Pasadena Convention Center (300 E. Green St., Pasadena, CA)

19,000 Square Feet of Art Pottery & Tile for sale, over 100 exhibitors

Jose Vera Fine Art & Antiques will occupy a booth at the Los Angeles Pottery Show and will be displaying rare antique pottery and tile.   In addition they will be exhibiting the work of Robert G. Stevens' (1926-2004) and his unique "Pot Paintings," a series of seven watercolor paintings depicting the pots, pueblos and traditional headdresses of the indigenous people of the Southwest set against a shaded sky.    
ABOUT THE ARTIST:Robert G. "Bob" Stevens began his artistic career while stationed in the South Pacific during World War II. A Bay Area native, he returned home after the war to attend the California College of Arts and Crafts (CCAC) in Oakland where he studied under noted California-scene painter, George Post. After graduating from art school in 1950, Stevens applied his drawing skills as a scientific illustrator for the Lawrence Laboratories, working first in Livermore, and then for many years in Berkeley, California. He became Principal Scientific Illustrator for the Lab, working closely with many Nobel Prize-winning scientists on projects which have only recently been declassified.

Stevens fell in love with the Southwest during a vacation to New Mexico in 1971, and in 1984 moved with his wife, Wilkie, to Santa Fe to paint full time. Says his daughter, Pasadena art rep and author, Margaret Danielak, “Artists are amazed when I tell them that my father threw away all of his paints when he moved to New Mexico. He wanted to start over. His goal was to capture the intense colors of the Southwest. To that end, he stopped painting exclusively in watercolor, and started painting in bright acrylics and in gouache. A few of his paintings from this period are almost neon. One from this series was originally called The Blue Road. After I saw the original, I renamed the piece Acid Flashback.”

Stevens was co-founder of the O.L.G.A. Group of Artists, and exhibited and sold his work to collectors through galleries in Santa Fe and Taos. Drawings from Stevens’ many sketchbooks were selected by Mrs. Danielak to illustrate her highly rated handbook for fine artists, A Gallery without Walls: Selling Art in Alternative Venues (ArtNetwork Press 2005), which was a featured selection of North Light Book Club.

Mr. Stevens landscape paintings of the Southwest will be featured in the upcoming exhibition: "From Santa Fe to L.A. - Landscapes of the Southwest by Robert G. Stevens" from May 1 to 31, 2011 at Jose Vera Fine Art & Antiques.  The exhibition will be his first in Los Angeles and the largest exhibition of the artist's work in Southern California.  The reception is Saturday, May 14 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Art Rep Margaret Danielak, daughter of the artist, will give a short talk during the reception about her late father’s career.  The event is free and open to the public. 

José Vera Fine Art & Antiques located at  The gallery is open daily from
11 a.m. - 6 p.m. 

2012 Colorado Blvd.
in Los Angeles, CA 90041.  The phone is 323.258.5050 and website is

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