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Diane Dame´ Shepp

Peju Art Exhibit - Diane Dame' Shepp

Peju Art Exhibit - Diane Dame' Shepp

Diane Dame´ Shepp

P.O. Box 2398, Yountville, CA 94599
diane.dame.shepp@gmail.com   — www.alanshepp.com


Biographical Information
Art is the primary focus of Dame´Shepp’s professional career as an artist, educator, nonprofit administrator and fund developer. A life-long advocate for the arts, she and her family have resided in the Napa Valley since 1984.

An intuitive painter Dame´Shepp works primarily in abstract with an occassional break in style in renderings of a landscape or inclusion of found objects. Gold and silver leaf are often incorporated as well. A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, her works are in public and private collections throughout California. She travels at every opportunity, the experiences of which form the basis for her abstract imagery in paintings or in clay.

Active at the local, state and national levels, Dame´Shepp is a founding board member of the Napa Valley Opera House Inc., the Napa Film Festival, and Ag 4 Youth- Upvalley Ranchers; founding board member and Past President of the California Assembly of Local Arts Agencies; Past President of the Volunteer Council of the di Rosa Preserve: Art & Nature; served on the original faculty of Leadership Napa; and a former member of the National Assembly of Local Arts Agencies Leadership Committee.

Appointed by the Napa County Board of Supervisors in 2007, to the Napa County Commission for Arts and Culture, Dame´Shepp sat as Chair of the Commission 2009-2012. She has held executive positions with the John Muir Festival Center, the Napa County Arts Council, the Solano County Arts Alliance, the University Art Museum Council-University of California, Berkeley, Napa Emergency Women’s Services and the Wildlife Rescue Center of Napa County.

In addition, Dame´Shepp served on the Napa County Superior Court Grand Jury 2007-2008 and as Pro-tempore of the 2008-2009 Grand Jury; President of the Napa County Chapter of California Grand Jurors’ Association (CGJA) 2010-2011; and Chair of the 30th and 31st annual CGJA conferences.

Dame´Shepp is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley; the Getty Leadership
Institute; and Chapman University. A charter member of the Golden West Women Flyfishers, Dame´Shepp enjoys fly-fishing, travel and sudoku.

Artist Statement
I am a third generation Californian. My family tree includes Native American of the Sioux
Nation. Not sure which tribe because my relatives did not talk about it very much, other than great, great grand mother was Lakota Sioux. I don’t claim to have first hand knowledge or experience of the Indian in America, however, in my art, I intuitively draw on my heritage.

While a student at the University of California, Berkeley, I worked as a Security Guard at the University Art Museum. I spent hours absorbing the abstract paintings of Hans Hoffman, Clyfford Still, Barnett Newman, Willem de Kooning and Mark Rothko among others. I studied Contemporary Art History under Peter Selz, Asian Art History under Herschel Chip and the practice of art under Elmer Bischoff, Peter Voulkos and Brian Wall. All were inspiring and instrumental in expanding my aesthetic.

Years after graduating from Cal, I took up my paint brushes again, when our new studio was built and I had space to accommodate both a clay studio and a paint studio (paints and clay dust do not mix well). I found gold leaf I had purchased in the 70’s and had some ideas for painting that had been ruminating in my head while I worked in clay. The resultant work echoes color field painting with energetic gestures in the application of paint. Metallic leaf is traditionally applied to surfaces over grounds of red. Somehow the red under-painting vitalizes the leaf and pushes energy through it.

• University of California, Berkeley, CA
• Getty Leadership Institute, University of California, Berkeley, CA
• Chapman University, CA
    Professional Clear Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, Crosscultural
    Language & Academic Development Emphasis, Single Subject Authorization - Art

• University of San Diego, CA  —  Multi-Cultural Language Acquisition Development
• California Community Colleges Instructor – Fine & Applied Arts

• Napa Mill-Hatt Market Plaza, sidewalk mosaic, Napa, CA 2001-04
• Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission, Light Rail Project, STARFIRE STATION,
Sacramento, CA 1984-87; restored 2003
• Ofrenda in Memory of Rene di Rosa, Di Rosa Preserve, Napa, CA 2010

Group Exhibitions (partial list)
•  Peju Province Winery, Rutherford, CA 2013
•  Napa Valley Museum, Take a Chance on Miniatures, Yountville, CA 2009, 12
•  Studio II Gallery, El Dia de los Muertos, A Celebration of Art & Culture II, Napa, CA 2010
•  Hayward Historical Society, Meek Mansion, Days of the Dead 2010, Folk Art for the Third Millennium, Hayward, CA 2010

Solo Exhibitions (partial list)
• University of California, Wurster Hall, Berkeley, CA 1977
• Diablo Valley College, Pleasant Hill, CA 1977
• College of Holy Names, Oakland, CA 1971



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