Three Cat Art Studio
Artists: Jim Bruce and April Netzer
Work: Three Cat Art Studio features the combined work of Jim Bruce and April Netzer. Jim Bruce’s work spans digital, mixed media collage and animation, figure and portrait sculpture. You will find examples of his neighborhood and self portrait collage on Instagram. He is offering a collection of these collages as greeting cards at the Three Cat Art Studio website. You can see his figure sculpture there as well.
April Netzer: “In reflecting on my art work the underlying theme is play, process and exploration. I use a variety of media to explore my feelings; pondering on life, spirituality, transitions and memory. I find delight in a mix of art media often combining them to create unique and fragile objects. Sometimes they may even have a life span of their own. In terms of process I rely on my unconscious to bring forth meaningful gestures to dialog with during and after I am done. The process itself is an untethering of social and artistic norms to which I play, poke, fly and dance through the marks, finding meaning through symbols and metaphor. Currently, I have several ongoing series of mixed media Dresses both small and large in size, Collage from found images, Clay boats with animals and creatures going to another plane due to extinction placed on top of stitched shaped felt surfaces symbolizing the eddy and flows of river currents.”
About: Three Cat Art Studio features artists Jim Bruce and April Netzer. Jim Bruce a media artist and animator who has taught in after-school programs, primarily for Richmond Art Center for over six years. He is currently working with a California Arts Council grant to bring Media Arts into Bay Area schools for Young Audiences Northern California. His recent collage work grows out of an effort to design media arts curriculum for students with limited access to technology.
April Netzer is a 40 year resident of California originally hailing from the East Coast. Ms. Netzer received her BFA from the USC School of Fine Arts in 1980, focusing on fine art lithography and mixed media. In 2000, she received her Masters degree in Marriage Family Therapy and Art Therapy from the College of Notre Dame. She balances her career as both an Art Therapist and Visual Artist. The “process” of art making is extremely important to Ms. Netzer as she employs a wide variety of media to express and explore feeling states. This process is playful, spiritual, adventurous and at times cathartic. She loves that she can support others to find their way through the healing power of art in her private practice in Albany.