Thanksgiving Week Sale!

Gallery Saratoga is having a sale! We are thankful for being able to share our joy in creating art with our community. And to celebrate, we have reduced the price of some artworks. We are also sharing holiday crafts created by our artist in the Holiday Boutique.

Thanksgiving Week Sale runs from November 26 to November 30, 2014.

The gallery is open Wednesday and Sunday, 11AM-6PM and Friday-Saturday, 12:30PM-8:30PM.
14435A Big Basin Way, Saratoga, CA

We’d love to have you visit us. But if you cannot come in person, visit our online store at:

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A NEW Gallery Saratoga

Gallery Saratoga opened its doors in 1984 at a little shoppe in what is now called the El Paseo Shopping Center. A few years later we moved into the Village of Saratoga (AKA Downtown Saratoga) to take advantage of the beautiful small town street. We’re still in the Village and part of the community 30 years later.

Just like many other businesses, we’ve had a tough time through the “Great Recession.” But, we were able to keep our doors open and support our artists and patrons in our community. The world, including the art community, has changed a lot over the last 5 years. There are fewer people shopping and strolling in the Village. Art is now often purchased online without direct contact with the artist.

At Gallery Saratoga, we want to keep that connection between artist and patron available, but we also realize that it is time for us to leave our founding mindset and embrace new strategies for connecting artists and patrons. Our new mission is to produce new artworks, improve our facilities, create community outreach through classes, events, and exhibits and recapture the excitement of creating by bringing new artist talents into the gallery.

We know that this means we’ll need to spend a little money to make these improvements. So, we’ve started a Kickstarter campaign ( to raise the funds to make the magic happen. We’re not asking anyone to donate money and receive nothing. Instead, we are asking the community to challenge our artists to create new works by commissioning them on a deadline. All of the artists participating in the Kickstarter campaign are creating the works and giving a large percentage back to the gallery. They are doing this because they love to create art and they want to see the gallery transition to the 21st Century.


Things that we have already started to implement:

• Hosting classes and free demonstrations at the gallery by our artists. Classes include watercolor, photography and painting with an iPad.

• Community exhibits and competitions for artists that are not currently part of the gallery.

• Updated and new e-newsletter, Facebook, Pinterest, blog and website (

• Joining the Chamber of Commerce and participating in more community events.

And we hope to get an online shop open soon.

Visit Gallery Saratoga. We always have a friendly artist ready to show you around and answer your questions. Gallery Saratoga is open Wednesday-Sunday, 11AM-6PM, 14435A Big Basin Way, Saratoga, CA

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Use Your iPad as a Creativity Tool

Your iPad is more than a passive tool to watch movies, play games and read email. It can be used to create paintings, drawings, animation, and sculpture.

At Gallery Saratoga we are offering classes to teach the skills you’ll need to use your iPad as a painting canvas. Even if you have never painted before, you can create. For those with years of painting skill, your iPad can be a way to explore new ways of creating and sharing your art.

Classes are forming now and registration can be done either online or in person. Register at:

Painting with an iPad: This class is designed for those with some experience painting in a single medium and those who would like to learn to use their iPad as a creativity tool . Students will learn how to use the iPad on their own painting project. Some art training is recommended because the instructor will be using art terminology such as: value, composition, hue, etc. Two sessions available:

5 morning 1.5 hour lessons, Tuesday 10:30AM-Noon: 10/14. 10/21, 10/28, 11/4, 11/18 (NO class 11/11) – $115

5 evening 1.5 hour lessons, Thursday 7:00PM-8:30PM: 10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/13, 11/20 (NO class 11/6) – $115

Required Equipment : Apple iPad with current iOS, Procreate app, Brushes app, stylus

Here are some examples of student artwork:

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Artwork Details

This month at Gallery Saratoga, you will find a very eclectic mix of paintings and sculpture. These are sometimes hard for us to photograph and show you the details of the work involved when we show you the entire piece. This month, the following photographs of artwork available this month are either details of a small portion of a painting or the entire image of tiny art. These pieces are available until October 5th. Come to the gallery and see the whole picture.

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Gallery Saratoga is located at 14435A Big Basin Way in Saratoga, California and is open Wednesday thru Sunday, 11AM-6PM.

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The Art Market Reaches Record Sales!

According to Blomberg, the art market is HOT right now with buyers from all over the world looking to purchase art. Sales topped $66 Billion worldwide in sales!

“Global art sales approached their pre-crisis high last year, led by record prices for postwar artists and a jump in U.S. auctions. Sales of art and antiques increased 8 percent from a year earlier to 47.4 billion euros ($65.9 billion), according to a report compiled by Arts Economics and published today by the European Fine Art Foundation.”

And “online sales, a small but rapidly growing segment of the market, generated more than 2.5 billion euros in 2013, the report showed.

‘It is estimated that the online art market, including online sales by auction houses, dealers and online-only companies, could grow at a rate of at least 25 percent per annum, meaning that they could exceed 10 billion euros by 2020,’ the report found.”

This is exciting news for both patrons and artists alike!

Our gallery, Gallery Saratoga, located in the Village of Saratoga, California shares original art created by locals at very affordable prices. If you come to the gallery, you will always be greeted by one of the artists exhibiting their work, because our gallery is owned by the artists. Sometimes you will see artists working on their artwork. Since all of the artists are local, you can also commission one to create customs works for you.

Here’s a gallery of some of the work created by our artists.

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Oil Painting Demonstration by Julia Munger Seelos

Alla Prima Technique for Plein Air Painting
June 22nd, Gallery Saratoga 1PM-3PM
Painting in the outdoors, known as “plein air”, allows the artist to experience the beauty of a place while trying to capture in paint the shapes, colors and textures that make it special. Painting with oils can be both rewarding and frustrating. A few basic principles coupled with the correct materials arms the novice with the tools to grow in their journey to become a better painter.
Julia will show how she packs to go out into the field, sets up, and does a plein air painting in oil. She’ll cover equipment and tools to make the plein air experience easier.  The demonstration will cover the materials and their use, basics of composition and color theory.  Julia will demonstrate, explaining her methods as she works from a photograph indoors.  You’ll learn about subject selection and composition, how to simplify for a dramatic and do-able painting.  You’ll learn how to apply paint thin to thick, dark to light to capture the quickly changing light.  
More than two dozen of Julia’s paintings are featured in the gallery during June.

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Learn to paint with an iPad at Gallery Saratoga

Have you ever wanted to learn how to use your iPad as a painting tool? This class offered at Gallery Saratoga will teach you the basics of using your iPad as a valuable tool to create new artworks. An iPad can be taken anywhere to paint and is useful on trips where tubes of paint and other supplies aren’t feasible.

Class begins on Tuesday, June 24th. Register for the class online at: or by visiting the Gallery.

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Painting with an iPad for the experienced painter: This class is designed for those with experience painting in a single medium and would like to try digital art as a new medium. Students will learn how to use the iPad on their own painting project. Tuesday 10:30-Noon: 6/24, 7/1, 7/8, 7/15, 7/22) $115.00

Output Your iPad Art: This class is designed for those with experience painting with an iPad and would like to learn how to print and display their artwork. The price of the class includes one print on archival media. Dates: 7/29 1PM-2:30) $35.00

You may register by visiting the Gallery or online at

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Our new show opening tomorrow features guest artist

Julia Munger Seelos
June 4, 2014 thru July 6, 2014
Reception: June 7th: Noon-4PM

Painting Demonstration: Sunday, June 22nd at 1PM

Julia Seelos postcard front

Julia Munger Seelos has extensive formal art training from Rhode Island School of Design, University of Cincinnati and San Jose State, graduating in Illustration. She traveled the world managing a large retail design team including trips to Europe, Australia and the Far East. These visits have been a source of inspiration in her paintings.

Julia’s award winning paintings, have been selected for numerous national exhibitions including;
10 American Impressionist National Shows, California Art Club shows in Pasadena and San Francisco, Triton Art Museum 2009 and 2012, the Steinbeck Museum in Salinas, Napa Valley Museum Plein Air Biennial, and the Central Coast National Fine Arts Competition.

Julia’s works have been selected for all the signature shows of the Monterey Bay Plein Air Painters Association; at the Monterey Maritime Museum, Mountainsong Gallery and the Pacific Grove Art Association. Julia was awarded First Place for oils in the Santa Cruz Statewide Landscape Show by juror, Jean Stern and Best of Show in the 2010 LPAPA Best of Plein Air Exhibition earning an invitation to the Laguna Plein Air Festival.

Julia has had feature exhibitions at Galeria Tontantzin, Portola Art Gallery, Baywood Gallery and Thos.Moser in San Francisco. She was honored as Artist of the Month in Jan. 2011 by the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association.

Julia is regularly invited to participate in the west’s most prestigious plein air events including;
San Luis Obispo Plein Air, Carmel Art Festival, Estes Park Colorado Paint the Parks, Alameda Jewel-by-the-Bay, Los Gatos PA, Easton Festival in Maryland, Laguna Beach Invitational, Sedona PA, Telluride Plein Air and Sonoma PA. Julia has been invited again to the Napa Valley Art Show, Los Gatos PA and the Grand Canyon Celebration of Art.

American Impressionist Society, Signature Artist
Laguna Plein Air Painters Association
Monterey Bay Plein Air Painters Association, Signature Member
California Art Club

Julia has been featured in;
Southwest Art, October 2010
American Art Collector, October 2010, September 2011
San Mateo Times, May 2010
Bay News, Los Osos, May 2011
The Pinecone, Carmel Dec. 20, 2011
Southwest Art Magazine Artist to Watch Jan. 2013
Southwest Art Magazine California section, September 2013
Southwest Art Magazine Landscape Feature, February 2014

For more information, check Julia’s website:

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Video Visit of the Gallery-February 2014

Video Visit of Gallery Saratoga. Come visit this month, February 2014. These artworks are for sale until March 2, 2014. A new exhibit will open on March 5.

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February 2014 At the Gallery

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