Local artists collaborate in a unique exhibit and provide support for the local community animals programs. Keep our friends "safe".

Visit www.zooinitas.zohosites.com

Friday, July 25, 2014

Cheryl Ehlers & Zooinitas

ZOOINITAS:  I want to extend a very special "thank you" to "all" the artists, sponsors, donors and supporters of this exhibition and share the appreciation I have for the efforts put forth in support of Art and for the Rancho Coastal Humane Society, Safehouse Program. 

One year ago in August, I  started selecting very specific artists for and exhibit that was pending on a juried review, it certainly was not easy singling out the best works.  Out of 31 requests it was narrowed down to 17 fabulously talented and incredibly driven individuals.  All professional in numerous fields, and with some with amazing resumes.

Collectively, their accomplishments are too vast to detail, but if you have the chance to meet the artists on July 26, 1-4pm at the opening reception, you will find they are very complex and talented. Visit www.zooinitas.zohosites.com and read about them, and view the video: http://youtu.be/H_QY2O9Fq8M

It has been a pleasure curating this exhibit, coordinating the auction and spreading the word to catch attention for the artists and the RCHS.  We hope that you will join us Saturday, July 26, between 1-4pm at the Encinitas Library located at 540 Cornish Dr. in Encinitas.

We are offering something for everyone; art, silent auction, pet adoptions, toy drop off, art demonstration, live music and a wonderful reception.

To all my fellow artists I cannot express enough the "gratitude for your positive attitudes, dedication and commendatory" in supporting Zooinitas efforts for a great cause, the RCHS. It has been a wonderful to be able to bring this to the public.

Thank you to: Adele Richert, Bobbi Harrington, Brian Batemen, Bruce Stewart, Debra Saum, Francine Filsinger, Gary Johnson, Joan Hansen, Krista Timberlake, Linda Luisi, Mo McGee, Stephen Frank Gary, Terry Oshrin, Thomas Thomas and Tish Wynne, who proudly represent the animals on the planet, and are looking forwarding to sharing their experiences in painting each piece.

Join us and dare to enter the jungles of Encinitas with Zooinitas on Saturday, Free to the public.  Let's go "jungle boogie"


Cheryl Ehlers

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Flower Frenzy painting our colors on Zooinitas

Welcome  Flower Frenzy, a full-service flower shop. Providing a little slice of heaven since 1996. We are Flower Frenzy because we are always busy, providing the utmost personal attention to every customer. Whatever the occasion, we promise to exceed your expectations and will be "painting our colors" on the Zooinitas exhibit, Saturday, July 26th at the Encinitas Library.

From the simple to the lavish, we provide artistry and pride in every design that leaves Flower Frenzy. Weddings, special events, birthdays, or a simple centerpiece for your holiday gathering, we have done it all and have many happy customers as referrals. 

Flower Frenzy is versatile in the wide variety of services we offer.
Custom wrap-ups while you wait, holiday centerpieces and custom decor, Valentine’s and Mother’s Day, showers, weddings (ceremony and reception), Birthday, anniversary, retirement, relocation, new home, get well, corporate functions

“I have an awesome staff! Not only are they wonderfully talented and gifted in designing the most spectacular floral arrangements, they truly have a passion for flowers, turning every design into a work of art that one will truly remember.” Stop in at the silent auction and bid on our flower arrangement while supporting the Rancho Coastal Humane Society.

Visit Flower Frenzy 1163 South Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024 or email: jayeflowerfrenzy@gmail.com. . 

Saturday, July 19, 2014

ZOOINITAS Welcomes Firenze Trattoria as a Sponsor

Zooinitas thanks Firenze Trattoria for their gift!.  Enjoy a dinner of a unparalleled Italian food.

Experience Italian dining Al Fresco in our Tuscan villa inspired patio. Italian food coupled with an elegant atmosphere makes Firenze Trattoria a perfect way to enjoy San Diego’s pleasant summer evenings. Or choose the perfect table inside our comfortable dining rooms, both public and private. And don’t pass up our well-appointed bar room. A local favorite North County San Diego restaurant gathering spot – here’s to celebrating the day with old friends and new ones.

Firenze Trattoria is nestled between Encinitas and Rancho Santa Fe in San Diego’s North County, in the Rancho Santa Fe Plaza. 162 South Rancho Santa Fe Road, Encinitas, CA 92024. Call 
(760) 944-9000 or logon to http://firenzetrattoria.com/.

See you all at the July 26, Zooinitas Opening Reception, 1-4 at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Dr., Encinitas, 92024.  Visit Zooinitas at www.zooinitas.zohosites.com.

Let's Go On A Safari with Zooinitas Into Encinitas CA | PRLog

Let's Go On A Safari with Zooinitas Into Encinitas CA | PRLog

Friday, July 18, 2014



To say she is connected with animals is a pure understatement. This artist has fabulous insight and talent, and we are proud to have her art in the Zooinitas exhibition.

Her natural talent  is reflected in her art and her meticulous attention to each detail of a small feather is so realistic that it tempts you to reach out and touch the artwork.

Tish has been drawing and painting since the day her mom gave her crayons. "I have a love for wildlife and nature, I love color and am not afraid to use it in its fullest. I enjoy painting in acrylic most of all, but I am not limited to any mediums, like water colors, pen & ink, oils, pencil etc...."

Her recent work, Toucan placed Thirds at the San Diego County Fair.  Indeed, as you can see a First place winner!

Tish accepts commissions, does  pet portraits, murals and more.

We are looking forward to more of her work, she is an amazing person.

You can view some of her work at the Off Track Gallery located in the Lumberyard off S. Coast Hwy 101 or visit her at www.tishart1.com No matter what,  her art is a must see at the Zooinitas, opening reception on July 16, 2014. Info at www.zooinitas.zohosites.com.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Eat, drink and be merry. A wonderful donation from Pegasus Estate Winery for the Silent Auction

This is a decadent picnic basket loaded with the most incredible treats and a massage too! Thank you Pegasus Estate Winery!

You simply must grab this up in support of the Rancho Coastal Humane Society.

If you do not end up using it yourself, a holiday treat gets no better...

See you there, Silent Auction ends at 3:10 and all items must go!  Enjoy and see you then.

Check out the Pegasus Estate Winery at www.pegasuswinery.com.

Thank you new artists for the Silent Auction Art donations! Everything helps the Rancho Coastal Humane Society

"Thank you" to the very special artists with caring hearts who just added their donations to the Silent Auction.

Krista Timberlake - Artist and  Graphics Designer - www.garyjohnsonwildlifeart.com

Karla Nederhof, Jeweler - karla@microseconds.com

Gary Johnson, Wildlife Artist Extraordinaire -www.garyjohnsonwildlifeart.com

Linda Luisi, Aritst, Graphic Designer, Muralist and Instructor - www.lindaluisi.com

Terry Oshrin, Mosaic Artist - www.tulipsmosaics.com

See you all on July 26th Silent Acution ends at 3:10pm and visit the newest video at YouTube: http://youtu.be/H_QY2O9Fq8M  or   http://animoto.com/play/o5N0vPZQNicSALqAicsuPA

If you would like to donate:  Contact Cheryl Ehlers at zooinitas@gmail.com or call 760-519-1551

Bid on a "Date Night" at Trattoria Italiana, Leucadia - Thank you to our new donor - July 26, 2014

Roberto Vigilucci is passionate about food. He prides himself on unparalleled Italian home cooking remnicient of his childhood in Milano, where families are raised in kitchens and food is a centerpiece of the culture. Visit one of Vigilucci's locations in San Diego County from Carlsbad to Coronado and enjoy menu highlights including homemade pasta dishes, savory veal, chicken, prime steak and seafood paired with award-winning wine lists. Vigilucci's Restaurant Group also offers full-service catering with customized menus and staff to suit every occasion and group size.

Enjoy your winning bid package for Trattoria Italiana, 530 N.Coast Hwy 101, Leucadia, California 92024, (760) 634-2365.  Please join us for Dinner M-Th from 4pm - 10pm , Friday, Saturday and Sunday we open at 11am.

Visit the website at: http://www.vigiluccis.com.  Buon Appetito!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014



Adele Richert works primarily in oil and has also created wildlife art in pen and ink, graphite, watercolor, and mixed media. Her subjects are wildlife, still life and landscape en plein air. Ms. Richert's intention is to show the beauty the world has to offer, if remember to take the time to see it.

Prior to relocating to San Diego in 2011, Adele Richert was an emerging artist in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has exhibited her wildlife, still life and landscape paintings at the Atrium in San Francisco, the Hearst Gallery in Moraga, Frank Bette Center for the Arts and Estuary Art Attack in Alameda and F3 Oakland. Adele studied at U.C. Berkeley Extension in the Studio Design program. She also studied with San Francisco wildlife artist Carolyn Griffin, attended courses at Chabot College with artist and instructor Kim Mendenhall and attended workshops with Oakland fine artist Carol Tarzier. Ms. Richert has been mentored by master artists John Cosby, Gil Dellinger, Kevin Macpherson and Joseph Paquet.

Currently, Richert works from her studio in the Point Loma Liberty Station/NTC Promenade Creative Arts and Culture District. Stop by and see her at Barracks 19 a Atelier de Voyages.

"If we, as artists, can bring awareness to others about the wildlife that is threatened with extinction, either by loss of habitat or hunting, hopefully we can help to save these animals for future generations to enjoy and observe in their natural habitat, and in zoos, such as the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park, which are working on public awareness and wildlife conservation for these incredible species. I had the amazing opportunity to visit Tanzania and observe wildlife in its natural habitat, where I was able to capture this magnificent lion during a photo safari. I am thrilled to be exhibiting my painting of him in the 2014 Zooinitas show."

Visit Adele at www.richertstudio.com. and come meet Adele at the Zooinitas, opening Reception, July 26, 1-4pm at the Encinitas Library Art Gallery. Info: www.zooinitas.zohosites.com

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Zooinitas a Real Sweet Treat from Yummy Cupcakes - thanks our new Sponsor and Donor

Thank you toYummy Cupcakes in Encinitas for your gracious donations and sponsorship to the Zooinitas Exhibit and Fund Raiser for the artists and the Rancho Coastal Humane Society.

We are going on a safari and you are all invited to enjoy, and treat yourself to Yummy Cupcakes, made expscially for the event.

Together we all can make a diffence in someone's lives by supporting the precious animals that we call friends!

Visit the Yummy Cupakes at: http://yummycupcakes.com  located in Encinitas at 1514 Encinitas Blvd.  You simply must try them, flavors galore, and a real sweet treat! With a few suprises along the way.

See you at the event on July 26th, 2014. 1-4 pm at the Encinitas Library located at 540 Cornish Drive. Stop by and visit us. www.zooinitas.zohosites.com

Thank you to Our New Sponsors and Donors Pegasus Estate Winery

Thank you to Pegasus Estate and Winery for your gracious donations.
We are letting the "fur and feathers fly" and are so very appreciate to have the support of our community representatives who are participating in the Event and Silent Auction in support o fthe Rancho Coastal Humane Society and the artists efforts.

Together we all can make a diffence in someone's lives by supporting the precious animals that we call friends!

Visit the winery at: http://www.pegasuswinery.com,  located at 1714 Ord Way, Oceanside, CA 92056 · (760) 940-9463.  

We thank you. and look forward to the event on July 26th, 2014. 1-4 pm at the Encinitas Library located at 540 Cornish Drive. Stop by and visit us. www.zooinitas.zohosites.com

Friday, July 11, 2014



We are so happy to have a wonderful artist and terrific person as Bruce.  When he talks about the ocean, his eyes light up and his face transforms into one gigantic smile as he reflects on what it means to him. As a child, artist Bruce Stewart found the ocean fascinating and compelling. Even then, he loved the roar of the waves, finding shells, and smelling the seawater. But it wasn't until an inspirational instructor motivated him during his freshman year at the College of the Sequoias that Stewart began to study his interest with a passion. And that passion grew as he finished with a major in Marine Biology/Zoology and a minor in Art at the University of California, Davis.

Born and raised in the San Joaquin Valley of central California between the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the sea. After college (Zoology and Art at UC Davis) he moved to the coast and have lived within a few miles of a shore ever since. My favorite art instructor at UCD was Wayne Tiebaud, whose sense of color, shapes, and composition still influence my work today. After a stint in a graphics studio in SF and graduate studies in marine ecology at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories on Monterey Bay, he joined the then new Monterey Bay Aquarium as Program Curator in the early 1980s. Moved to Southeast Texas to become Education Director of the new Texas State Aquarium (TSA) in Corpus Christi in 1990. After building the Education Department and working as interim Assistant Director and Director of Husbandry at TSA, he moved back to California and started a consulting firm, Bruce Stewart Associates, serving clients ranging from California State Parks to NOAA's National Marine Sanctuary to the National Marine Biology Museum and Aquarium of Taiwan. In the early '90s he married Roberta Dean and became a father to her 5 yr. old daughter, Jessica. In addition to consulting, He founded the Return of the Natives Environmental Restoration Program (now at CSU Monterey Bay) and led eco-tourism trips internationally (East Africa, Seyshelles,

Bruce believes so much in the value of art as it relates to the sea, that he donates 10% of every artwork he sells to non-profit organizations that support ocean awareness and conservation. Among the recipients, Birch Aquarium, the Oceanic Society, Surf Rider, and the Surfing Madonna Foundation. Bruce says he always worked with non-profits and doesn’t want to disconnect from areas that he believes make a difference.

No wonder he has such a big smile when he talks about the ocean and his art!!!

Bruce has created a new piece for the Zooinitas show named: GOING WITH THE FLOE, you simply must check it out on July 26 at the opening reception of Zooinitas. His smile is infectious!  Visit Bruce at www.etsy.com/shop/oneoceanart or email him at bstewartassociates@gmail.com.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014


ZOOINITAS - Welcomes Gwenn Beope

Gwenn was born into an artistic family and have been drawing and sewing since childhood. She freely roamed the Arizona desert as a little girl, fascinating and always respectfully interacting with nature. Her love for animals knows no bounds. "I want to express and share my deep passion, laughter and stunned respect for this living world", she states.

Come view her fabulous piece: Sweetest Dreams. An embroidery.

Her works are amazingly detailed and creative and her mind wonders into dreams and she creates hand sewn detailed embroideries and also drawings in colored pencils and ink. "My joy in always in the making of my art". 

You can contact Gwenn at gbeope@gmail.com 

Opening reception: July 26, 2014, 1-4 pm at the Encnitas Library Art Gallery, 540 S. Vulcan Dr., Encinitas, CA  92024

Visit Zooinitas at www.zooinitas.zohosites.com

Sunday, July 6, 2014

SPOTLIGHT ON DEBRA SAUM - Talking Art, Animlal Portraits that Speak

Talking Art Animal Portraits That Speak

Zooinitas exhibit brings life to stories behind the art during an opening reception, July 26, 2014, 1-4pm at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Dr., Encinitas, CA 92024. 17 artists talk to the animals, but one is exceptional, welcome Debra Saum.

debra saum
debra saum
Debra A. Saum is an internationally respected Animal Artist and Animal Intuitive who telepathically communicates with the animals she paints….while she is creating their portraits.  Her award winning “Talking Art” is known for its revolutionary ability to inspire inter-species communication between the subjects in her portraits and the people who enjoy their vibrantly colorful canvases. Because her unusual portraits capture the essence of each animal, many people comment upon seeing her art “I feel like the animals are talking to me!”

Her fascinating work affords her plenty of provocative and other-worldly moments. Like the time she conversed with a lion who sat no more than a foot away, talking about his heart-rendering message to mankind while she snapped the photographs she would later use to create his beautiful portrait. Or the conversations she had while painting Lassie, a spunky, deceased mare whose insightful messages from spirit talked about her charmed life in a well known Animal Sanctuary in upstate New York. Lassie’s portrait hangs today in the Great Hall at Spring Farm Cares Sanctuary where she continues to conduct telepathic sessions with the students who go there to learn about Animal Communication. Or the moment when Alana, a beautiful Arabian filly, announced she was “smelling the emotions” when asked why horses like to investigate the manure of their herd members. Alana’s matter of fact sixth-sense observations confirmed the higher consciousness that all animals possess.

Having painted hundreds of famous animals, horses, endangered wildlife, and the beloved pets of caring humans, Debra’s 30+ years of experience has taught her that inter-species communication changes the way people think about not only the animals in their life, but about themselves and their relationship to the universe. In her popular Equine communication Clinics and Animal Intuition Workshops, participants learn that telepathic interaction is a natural and powerful way to connect with all life. During her numerous television and radio appearances, viewers and listeners enjoy the sometimes humorous, but always poignant messages which animals have for their humans.  And for those people who commission Debra to paint their beloved animal companions, one of their favorite moments is when Debra shares the lively conversations that transpired between her and her subject during the portraits’ creation.

Debra has written countless articles and books about her work.  To learn more, visit www.debrasaum.com.

The afternoon will provide support for the Rancho Coastal Humane Society (RCHS), animal Safehouse Program, a safety net for the pets of domestic violence victims. Safehouse is also a lifeline for veterans, senior citizens, accident victims, and…most recently…victims of the fires.

The event has something for all ages and explores new techniques and celebrated self-expression by exceptionally talented artists.  The original artworks truly represent the animal world in a natural environment and will be available for sale. Free to the public; enjoy music  by Second Cousin, and refreshments as you take a tour into the virtual art studios of three artists, Joan Hansen, Gary Johnson and Linda Luisi who will be creating art, just in time for the silent auction.  “Instead of spending thousands of dollars to travel to exotic places to see wildlife, Zoonitas will bring images of these unique animals to you”,

You can show your support by dropping a small toy into the “Toys for Pups” drop box out front, the day of the reception, browse an array of auction items and show your support by learning about the RCHS programs.

What image does “stalk” inspire in your mind as you start your tour and explore.  Enjoy the tour-guiding artists who proudly represent the animals on the planet, and are looking forwarding to sharing their experiences of painting each piece. Artists: Adele Richert, Bobbi Harrington, Brian Batemen, Bruce Stewart, Cheryl Ehlers, Debra Saum, Francine Filsinger, Gary Johnson, Gwenn Beope, Joan Hansen, Krista Timberlake, Linda Luisi, Mo McGee, Stephen Frank Gary, Terry Oshrin, Thomas Thomas and Tish Wynne,

The Zooinitas exhibit runs through August 24 at the Encinitas Library Art Gallery, open 7 days a week, Mon-Sat, 10am – 5pm, Sun – 12-5pm.  For more information about Zoonitas call 760-519-1551 (tel:760-519-1551) or log on to  www.zooinitas.zohosites.com

For more information about the Animal Safehouse Program at Rancho Coastal Humane Society visit the shelter at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, call 760-753-6413, or log on to www.sdpets.org

Wednesday, July 2, 2014


ZOOINITAS welcomes the incredibly talented artist, Bobbie Harrington.

As a child, Bobbi Harrington already had the passion of an artist as she was always drawing. At the age of 13, she began oil painting. She is primarily self-taught, but has taken lessons from many great teachers over the years. In return, for over 30 years, she has been teaching others who share her passion.

Bobbi has had numerous one-woman exhibitions within the United States. She created an eight-plate series for Lenox titled: "Just Cubs" in the early 1990's. More recently, she completed murals for a pediatric complex, which included waiting rooms, hallways and offices. One of her dolphin paintings was licensed for t-shirts that sold in Japan. She was also invited to show in an exhibition at the San Diego Natural History Museum where she sold some works as well.

She enjoys taking photos of all subject matter, drawing and painting everything from portraits to sea and landscapes, animals to floral and much more. Bobbi paints in oil, watercolor and acrylic, and occasionally plays with pastels. She often demonstrates a photorealistic style that is meticulous in detail and sumptuous in color, form and range of subject matter.  Her artwork is an exceptional contribution to the Zooinitas Exhibition and all visitors will be pleasantly surprised.

She takes commissions for portraits people and animals and pays attention to special requests and the needs of her clients. She is a very special and unique artist.

You can view her artwork in Encinitas at the Off Track Gallery, located at 937 S. Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024.  Stop in and visit.

Don't forget to visit us on July 26th, 1-4 pm at our opening reception at the Encinitas LIbrary located at 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas, CA 92024.  www.zooinitas.zohosites.com.

Sunday, June 15, 2014



We Welcome Mo McGee, and by now you might have seen a preview of some of her works at the past Art Beat on Main Street exhibit and her fantastic animal artworks.  If you have missed it, you get another chance on July 26th at the Zooinitas Eztravaganza - Opening Reception.

Mo was classically trained at the academy of art university in San Francisco. First entering the foundations department with the expectations of achieving a BFA in sculpture, but upon discovering how much she had to learn she decided to focus on the disciplined field of illustration. Through years of figure drawing, anatomy, and traditional painting . She has discovered her artistic voice is her body of work. It is the process of each piece. 

She was once called a forever student by a mentor and that is how she handles every work. As well as having a knack for teaching . . . Through her handling of animals she hopes not only to inspire creativity but an interest in the animals as well as the world around us. Mo’s handling of animals was recently described as a touch of realism with a creativity and essence of life. mosartstudios.com

"What I enjoy most about Mo's art is the joy and fun it brings to the viewer in a style that is Mo's way." added Cheryl Ehlers, Curator of Zooinitas.   It will be a delight to see her art in the Zooinitas Exhibition. July 14 - August 24, Zooonitas Extravaganza Opening Reception, July 26. For more information visit zooinitas.zohosites.com.

Toys for Pups Campaign at Zooinitas, You Can Help Too.

Zooinitas is helping the Rancho Coastal Humane Society  - and understand you all want to help the fund raiser for RCHS in anyway you can.

Join the TOYS FOR PUPS and drop off a small new toy for a very special animal during the Zooinitas - Opening Reception, July 26, 1-4pm at the Encinitas Library. 540 Cornish Dr. Encinitas, CA  92024.

Toys make healthy minds and bodies for a very special friend.

"We’re so honored that these local artists have chosen Rancho Coastal Humane Society’s Animal Safehouse Program as the beneficiary of Zooinitas,” says Amy Heflin, Director of the program. “Safehouse is a safety net for the pets of domestic violence victims. When they know their pets will be safe, it allows them to escape and break the chain of violence. Safehouse is also a lifeline for veterans, senior citizens, accident victims, and…most recently…victims of the fires. Thank you Zooinitas!”

Come meet the artists as they support the RCHS by enjoying the art, demos, music and a Silent Auction while being part of a wonderful fundraiser for the RCHS. Drop off a toy and enjoy the afternoon, FREE to the public.

For more information visit the website at zooinitas.zohosites.com or call Cheeyl Ehlers at 760-519-1551

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Joan Hansen Painting Demo , June 21, 2014

Have you ever wanted to capture the essence of our San Diego jewel, the Pacific Ocean, on canvas? Come and watch Artist Joan Hansen demonstrate the painting techniques she used in creating “San Diego Shoreline” at the Bonita Museum and Cultural CenterJune 21, 2014 at 10:00 AM. She will show you how to:

 ·         Capture the translucent curl of the wave and its spray
·         Create texture in the sand

 Joan moved to Bonita in 1979, and currently lives in the Otay Ranch area of Chula Vista. She was a member for several years of Starlarcs, a philanthropic organization which raises money for the Starlight Center in Chula Vista. She is currently a member of the San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild and the Coronado Art Association. In addition to creating original paintings, Joan teaches art classes for the Grumbacher Company at a Michaels store in San Diego.

The Bonita Museum is located at 4355 Bonita Road, Bonita CA 91902 619-267-5141 bonitamuseum@sbcglobal.net

Five Facets” - Five Local Artists at the Bonita Museum and Cultural Center June - July 26

Five Facets” - Five Local Artists will exhibit their artwork in various mediums beginning June 4th until July 26th at 2014 the Bonita Museum and Cultural Center.  

Susan J. Osborn, M. Sue Hiatt and Joan Hansen have lived in the Bonita area for many years while Judy Pike and Karen Rhiner have lived and worked as artists in nearby San Diego areas.

Artist Joan Hansen will be exhibiting acrylic paintings that reflect her trips to the wine countries of France, Italy, and Napa Valley, CA. Karen Rhiner’s colored pencil drawings express her views of the world, some of them very serious, some a little off kilter, some of them just fun. Susan J. Osborn will exhibit oil pastel drawings overlaid on digital photographs of plants, animals and people.  Judy Pike is a mixed media artist focusing on the human figure in ordinary settings. M.Sue Hiatt will show her paintings from the Ebony Series. Each painting in this mixed media series presents an interesting synchronism of experimental techniques, pure abstraction and suggestive mystical imagery floated on an ebony field.

Three artists will be demonstrating their techniques and providing some hands on fun at the museum on three Saturdays during the exhibit. Karen Rhiner - colored pencils, June 7th at 1 PM; Susan J. Osborn - oil pastels, June 14th at 1 PM; and Joan Hansen - acrylics, June 21 at 10 AM.

The Bonita Museum is located at 4355 Bonita Road, Bonita CA 91902 619-267-5141 bonitamuseum@sbcglobal.net

Sunday, June 8, 2014


ZOOINITAS WELCOMES Wood Sculpter, Thomas Thomas

Yes, that is his real name and to go with that you have yet to meet one such as he.  Thomas is the most unassuming, quiet and fabulously gifted artist I have yet to meet.  Following a passion since age 11 there is not a pice of wood that Thomas does not see a "critter" in and I mean lifesize.  His vision is focused, large, and his imagination has brought forth things only other artists dream about. He is the ultimate creator and you have yet to see anything like it until you see his works in the 2014 Zooinitas exhibition, July 26, 2014.
Bringing in the most fabulous life size wood carved lion, "Aldimere" stands alone.  At about 5 feet tall and 6 foot long, every piece of wood represents muscle, strength and pride.

Thomas as I said, is a gentle soul and I have had the privilege of experiencing his excitement when he shows his works. Larger then life and amazing to see you will simply be amazed as his talent. (Cheryl Ehlers)

Artists Statement:
What is Art to me? A God-given gift or talent to create stuff. True art isn’t about sales, it’s about the ability to freely express yourself in whatever way makes you happy, no matter how light or dark the content night be. 

Regarding art education that was given to me at birth and enhanced by life. Yes, I know this is a simple statement but that’s the beauty of art. t.twice.tt1@gmail.com.

Spoken by a gifted artist and wonderful person. Meet him at the Opening Reception, July 26, 2014 at the Encinitas Library Gallery from 1-4pm located at 540 Cornish Dr., Encinitas, CA 92024.  Vist all our artists at www.zooinitas.zohosites.com.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Thank you to Sandy Edwards for the Zooinitas Silent Auction - Sculpture donation

Artists galore, great people and a terrific benefit to the community, Zooinitas Exhibiton 2014 is proving to be a real winner for everyone.

While we still seek are seeking donations for the silent auction of art, services, and various other items, we are pleased at the compassionate responses and support from others, like Sandy Edwards.  It makes it a very special place to live in when people really care.

Sandy Edwards has a compassion that she share with animals. We "thank you" for being a part of Zooinitas, Silent auction and for donating to the cause.

"Being creative has led me to a career as a hairstylist. Sculpting and painting is my passion and hobby. When I found out that I could donate my art to support animals in need I got so excited! I have been an entrepreneur for over 30 years in the beauty industry, I started painting when I was a teenager and eventually took on sculpting and found it's one of my favorite things to do, knowing I can share it for a great cause just makes it that more!"

Her donation of this sculpture is a gift indeed! You can reach Sandy at: sandysandiego1@yahoo.com

All Pets Animal Hospital Joins Zooinitas Exhibition in Support of RCHS July 26, 2014

All Pets Animal Hospital in Encinitas joins Zooinitas Silent Auction being held July 26, 2014, 1-4pm

In efforts to support the Rancho Coastal Humane Society (RCHS) and it's programs, the APAH is supporting the cause by donating various veterinary services to the silent auction and joining the artists efforts, on behalf of the RCHS, Safe House Program.

Compassionate care for all companion animals
"At All Pets Animal Hospital, we recognize the strong bond between people and their pets. After all, we have beloved animal family members of our own. Therefore, a commitment to comprehensive care for ALL companion animals is the cornerstone of our practice. We continually seek out new treatment options to provide our patients with the finest possible care at a reasonable price. But the best medicine is preventative medicine. We want to educate you with the information that you need to protect your pets health for their entire life."

Located at 285 N. El Camino Real in Encinitas (next door to Borrelli’s Pizza and across the street from HomeGoods). You can visit the website for information and "after Hours Emergency animal services

About the Safehouse Program™, Rancho Coastal Humane Society 

Victims of domestic violence and their children will often stay with a batterer because they fear their pet will be neglected, injured or killed if left behind. Concern for a beloved companion animal’s welfare prevents or delays more than 50% of battered individuals from escaping domestic abuse,
continuing to endanger themselves their children and their pets. Our program provides a support service to domestic violence shelters which are unable to accept pets. We provide temporary shelter for the pets of victims of domestic violence, allowing battered individuals to escape abuse and seek safety. Because of this assistance, no one is forced to choose between abandoning a beloved pet and staying in an abusive relationship. With help from our Animal Safehouse Program ™, survivors and their children can seek shelter, medical treatment and counseling, knowing their pets are safe.

Help support the Rancho Coastal Humane Society and its worthy programs at the Zooinitas Artists Exhibition, Silent Auction and opening reception on July 26, 2014, 1-4pm, Encinitas Library Art Gallery, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas, CA  92024.  Enjoy music, food and refreshments with loads of fun for all the family!

Vist our website at www.zooinitas.zohosites.com for information on the exhibit and it artists.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014


Zooinitas "welcomes" the Art of Terry Oshrin, a Mosaic artist with flair, color and imagination.

My Mother was an Artist, my Grandmother was a Fashion Designer, so you can say I came by it naturally. I "love" doing mosaics and it has become my passion, but don't place me in one category because custom lamps, resin tables, geckos and more have now peaked my interest. Who knows what I will do tomorrow? 

The one constant is color. The brighter and more intense the color, the better. You could say I am a colorist. I enjoy placing the colors together and making them into something beautiful. www.tulipsmosaics.com

You can find Terry, this yearat the 20th Annual Mothers Day Art and Garden Tour sponsored by the San Dieguito Art Guild.  

Filled with mosaics, glass and creative products, this tour is a must see for friends and family and a great gift of Mothers Day.  

Information for tickets are available at http:///www.offtrackgallery.com/tour.

Saturday, April 26, 2014


Zooinitas "Welcomes", Joan Hansen.  She has an incredible feel for her subjects and portrays the very essence of their nature in her magnificent art.

"As artists we have the opportunity to express our unique thoughts and passions through the medium of our choice. Interwoven through my work are threads of organic line and luminous color.  The organic line symbolizes my love of nature, and the luminous color expresses my continuing passion for the vibrancy of life. I am intrigued by observing and painting the eternal dance of light and shadow".

Have you ever been so close to an okapi that you can see the twinkle in her eye? And what kind of animal is she? The Okapi is a relative of the giraffe, and was first discovered in the dense rain forest of Africa. The velvety coat is a deep brown color with beautiful white striping on the legs and rear. 

Instead of spending thousands of dollars to travel to exotic places to see wildlife, Zoonitas will bring images of these unique animals to you. You will be able to interact with 3D animals, and see dynamic paintings of wildlife.

Come enjoy a wonderful reception on July 26, 2014, 1-4pm. Presented by all the artists, we will have live music by Second Cousins, a silent auction by a selection of artists and pups on parade with the Rancho Coastal Humane Society as we support their efforts in taking care of the homeless and abandoned animals around San Diego County.

Join me and visit our webiste at zooinitas.zohosites.com and take a peek at my website at

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Join Zooinitas Artist Gary Johnson at Mountain Gold Reception Friday April 25

The fabulous works of Artist Gary Johnson, Friday, April 25th at the“Mountain Gold” art show, O’Dunn Gallery in La Mesa. The show features artwork representing San Diego County mountain landscapes and wildlife. His paintings are simply "magnificent"

Opening reception for The reception is from 5 pm to 8 pm,  Live music, food and drink. Show will hang until July if you can’t make it to the reception. 

For more information, visit Gary at www.garyjohnson.com, and the gallery website www.odunnfineart.com. O’Dunn Fine Art, 8325 La Mesa Blvd., La Mesa, CA 91942. 619-337-8342, shannon@odunnfineart.com, open  Wed-Sun: 11 am to 6 pm. (Painting, Woodie by Gary Johnson)

Gary will be on display at the Zooinitas Exhibit in July 2014 at the Encinitas Library Art Gallery.  Don't miss his work.


Zooinitas is proud to have photographer and Encinitas Arts Commissioner, Francine Filsinger sharing in our exhibit in July 14 - August 25, 2014.

Francine was the Producer for the Encinitas Student Film Festival. Her background in both Visual and Performing Arts brings a balanced approach to such an undertaking.

She began her career as a child in classical piano winning a number of awards and competitions. She took her sense of rhythm and expressive phrasing from her classical studies and soon learned to apply them in her approach to other artistic endeavors, skillfully interpreting the language of light, words and movement.

Filsinger is a published writer and Fine Art Photographer. Her poetry and dramatic reading may be found in the feature film, Beautifully Apart a selected entrant at the Rotterdam Film Festival. She enjoys scene study under the the tutelage of Mr. Monty Silverstone of the Rancho Santa Fe Players while performing leads in a number of productions.

She is an International Award Winning Fine Art Photographer. She is a Julia Margaret Cameron Award Nominee, Spider Fellow and International Photography (IPA) Award Winner. Two of her images will receive full page publication in the Single Shot Special Edition of Black & White Magazine scheduled for publication in February of 2014. Her work may be found in galleries and on permanent collection with the Women’s Museum of CA.

Filsinger as a Commissioner of the Arts for the City of Encinitas enjoys bringing unique art opportunities to students, a great passion of hers. She is also the Area Coordinator for the Encinitas Alliance for Art Education a subsidiary of the California Alliance of Art Education. (CAAE). 

Visit www.FrancineFilsingerPhotography.com  (picture: Francine with Dr. Teri Sprague of Mira Costa at the recent ESFF and Zooinitas entry Dominance; a powerful piece).

Join us for our reception on July 26, 1-4pm where you will find  live music by the Second Cousin, a silent auction, Pups by the RCHS, refreshments and "fantastic Artists works". LEt the fur and feathers fly as you enjoy great refreshments and the "vibe" of reaching out and helping others . Zooinitas  at the Encinitas Community Room, 540 Cornish Dr.  Encinitas, CA  92024 - (760) 753-7376.  Visit our website and meet the artists at www.zooinitas.zohosites.com.

Thursday, March 27, 2014


Welcoming Linda Luisi, to the ZOOINITAS Exhibition; an amazing muralist and instructor, her paintings walk you right into the scene as you become a part of her vision.

"Painting murals has been my lifetime passion. Each mural transforms a dull place into a refreshing environment--such a gift. Teaching is also a gift: to see students enjoy creativity and acquire skills. Everyone is fully capable of being artistic. It takes an open mind and sense of adventure. The ‘magic of it all’ is for everyone to enjoy.” www.lindaluisi.com.

Join us on July 26th for an Opening reception and meet the artists.  Visit .zooinitas.zohosites.com  for more information.

Linda is currently providing art instruction at many levels.  Here is one of her classes. (many more available, check online) 

Drawing And Color: Pencil, Color Pencil, Pastel - For new and returning students. at the Carlsbad Senior Center on 799 Pine Ave.(not limited to seniors). Register 4 weeks at a time for ongoing lessons:

9:45-11:45 AM Four Tuesdays , Classes start Apr. 15; May 13.
Start dates for summer: July 1; July 28; Aug. 26.

Learn right brain drawing, shading for depth and dimension, and color harmony for richness. Improve your observation skills with line, color and composition for your art to be aesthetic and accurate. This also helps painters to draw their subject properly (abstractly or realistically). Learn several approaches to see what works best for you. There will be demonstrations and you will receive individual attention. 

Linda Luisi is an experienced trompe l'oeil muralist known for depth and dimension. She shares her skills with enthusiasm for novices and those with all levels of experience.

Bring: pencils (#2 HB soft pencils, or soft art pencils as #4B), kneaded eraser (or any eraser), ruler, and sketch pad (9x12" or larger) or plenty of plain paper. If you wish, you may also bring a color media of your choice: colored pencils, pastels, and appropriate papers for that media.

Four weeks: $70 nonresidents. Carlsbad residents: 10% discount. (Six week classes: $100 nonresidents). Register: Carlsbad Senior Center: (760) 602-4650) If you have any questions please contact Linda at the number above.

Saturday, March 1, 2014


SAdele Richert, Zooinitas Artist

We are happy to introduce Adele into our collaborative of animal artists. 

Adele relocated to San Diego in 2011 and was an emerging artist in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has exhibited her wildlife, still life and landscape paintings at the Atrium in San Francisco, the Hearst Gallery in Moraga, Frank Bette Center for the Arts and Estuary Art Attack in Alameda and F3 Oakland.

She studied at U.C. Berkeley Extension in the Studio Design program. She also studied with San Francisco wildlife artist Carolyn Griffin, attended courses at Chabot College with artist and instructor Kim Mendenhall and attended workshops with Oakland fine artist Carol Tarzier. Ms. Richert has been mentored by master artists John Cosby, Gil Dellinger, Kevin Macpherson and Joseph Paquet.

Adele works primarily in oil and has also created wildlife art in pen and ink, graphite, watercolor, and mixed media. Her subjects are wildlife, still life and landscape en plein air. Adele's intention is to show the beauty the world has to offer, if remember to take the time to see it.

Currently, Adele works from her studio in the Point Loma Liberty Station/NTC Promenade Creative Arts and Culture District.  You can reach Adele at adele@richertstudio.com.


LIVING COASTAL: What happens when Southern California chefs and artists connect to create consummate seaside delights? Meals turn into maritime magic!

Zooinitas is proud to have our newest sponsor Jolee Pink of Wabisabi Green.

Media Tributes:
“Is Living Coastal purely a cookbook? No, it's a hybrid cookbook, art book, design book. It's the perfect siren song for your coffee table and your kitchen, a homage to the spirit of the Pacific as translated by San Diego and its border influences, and a temptation to those who live in colder climes and dream of this iconic beachy SoCal lifestyle.” Caron Golden, San Diego Foodstuff.

“Living Coastal is a beautiful book by Jolee Pink with fantastic photography by Mike Pawlenty. This book celebrates San Diego art and cuisine.” Chelsea Madren, Examiner .
“She's awash with sea-themed home decor ideas. Designer makes the case for holiday table decor with a coastal theme.” Chris Ross, UT-San Diego.

Visit the website for a wonderful culmination of at, food and design. 760.445.9225 or http://www.wabisabigreen.com

Grab your copy now for $19.95 http://www.wabisabigreen.com/living-coastal-book/living-coastal.html.  Thanks .... Jolee Pink!

Monday, February 17, 2014

She's a Lady - Up for adoption at the Rancho Coastal Humane Society

"Lady", she's got style shes got grace.    5 years old and up for adoption at the Rancho Coastal Humane Society.

For adoption of Lady and others visit:  

Zooinitas is the proud sponsor of the Rancho Coastal Humane Society "Safehouse Program.

Visit:  www.zooinitas.zohosites.com and meet the artists!

Join our mailing list by emailing zooinitas@gmail.com to keep current of the event.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

SPOTLIGHT on ZOOINTAS Artist Stephen Frank Gary

Zooinitas "welcomes" artist, Stephen Frank Gary to the July 15th exhibition at the Encinitas Community Library Art Gallery. One of 17 artists,  he is talented, versatile and an environmentalist at heart. Gary's personality is driven by many interests and beliefs. He states, "I am an artist and have been making art prior to any formal education. When introduced to public education, the only classes I ever looked forward to were art. I continued art in college and worked on a never finished master’s degree in painting,  Eventually I became an attorney in order support myself and family, and when time permitted, kept artwork practice as my passion."  

He simply enjoys the process of creating visual things. Making art is his way to communicate to the world. His process involves observation and absorbing of the world around me, distilling it in, then making a visual compilation with no particular set plan to follow. Much of his artwork comes out as a surprise as he  incorporate's  differing materials and techniques; whatever it takes to make a piece work. 

After 50 plus years of making art, doing sheet metal work, building surfboards and helicopters, he have learned many skills which are incorporated into the art. "Sometimes I am lucky enough to produce a beautiful mistake. At this point, I identify myself as a journeyman, and art is my journey." Gary is introducing a new piece that he is creating specifically for the Zooinitas Exhibit and is currently a displaying at the "new" venue located at the Encinitas Community Center Art Gallery in Encinitas..  Stop by and meet Stephen Frank Gary this this Saturday, February 8, between 1-4 at the grand opening of this new venue.  You can reach Stephen Gary at artistlooseination@sbcglobal.net.

Friday, January 24, 2014


Meet Krista Timberlake, one of 17 artists in the Zooinitas Exhibition coming July 2014.  She is wildly talented and an extremely versatile artist.  We are excited to have her exhibiting with us. 

"I hail from Western Massachusetts, where I grew up in a family and community of artists and craftspeople & developed my love of nature & the outdoors. After attending UVM for premed & Savannah College of Art & Design, I earned my BFA from UMASS, Amherst. As an avid cyclist, yogini, hiker, weightlifter, fitness enthusiast & general outdoors-woman, I have a great appreciation for the great outdoors and the natural world. 

Artistically, I have always been drawn to depict animals in addition to people, especially in a whimsical manner. There is no shortage of fascinating, unusual subjects in the animal kingdom. In all my work, I am intrigued by line, texture and color, and am most drawn to using watercolor as it is unpredictable. The most interesting things happen in my work when “mistakes” occur- unplanned reactions between pigment & paper that I will never be able to duplicate. 

I currently live in Vista, work as a graphic designer at The Upper Deck Company, & freelance as a graphic & web designer and fine artist".  Visit Krista at www.kristatimberlake.com and check out the various talents she excels in.