Artists Brenda Scettrini Saglio (left) and Jodi Bristol were the first two artists to greet the public at Sol Treasures’ Meet the Artist night on March 26. (Sean Roney/Staff)

KING CITY — Sol Treasures recently hosted a Meet the Artists night, during which the community could meet and talk to the eight women artists behind the current exhibit, “Images of Monterey County.”

The March 26 evening wrapped up the gallery exhibition time, which began rotation to a new exhibition last week.

Artists Jodi Bristol, Stacey K. Gregory, Evelyn Klein, Margaret Niven, Frances Majors, Bonnie Rose Fernandez, Robynn Smith and Brenda Scettrini Saglio worked on pieces that reflected the expansive county, using different mediums from paint to jewelry.

“We all have a beautiful county in common, so I asked artists if they had any images of Monterey County they’d like to exhibit,” Saglio said about the exhibit theme and formation, since she also serves at the gallery coordinator.

She said Monterey County itself can spark so many different images because of its size and varied people, landscapes and even seascapes.

“When I think of the Salinas Valley, where I was born and raised, I think of all the fields and all the workers and what we’re known for,” Saglio said. Her own paintings on display depicted harvests and the Pinnacles.

Jodi Bristol was another artist whose work was featured, describing her style as colorful and whimsical. Her paintings of whales had earlier been on display at the county health department in Salinas.

“I have three pieces that are of the whales out in the Monterey Bay,” Bristol said. “With the theme Monterey County and the things that inspire us, definitely the ocean life is inspiring to me.”

Another of Bristol’s pieces on display depicted ranch lands.

“Even driving here, the hills are so beautiful, the richness of them,” Bristol said about her drive south from Prunedale. “I feel honored to have my art on display here,” she added. “I love this little art gallery they have here with the boutique.”

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Sean Roney is a freelance reporter for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers general news for the Salinas Valley communities in South Monterey County.


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