In 2016 Rebecca Marder moved from Venice, California to Santa Barbara, California. Her diverse background includes business and development, production design co-owning restaurants (including the renowned Rebecca’s Restaurant), BeingOnPurpose coaching, creativity workshops, co-founder of The Art Co-Op, and a SoulCollage facilitator.
As a pioneer in the Venice Art Walk, Rebecca also unites with the innovative movement of Venice artists, ArtBLOCK, a collective of Venice artists ater sense of community and to increase the awareness of the vitality and importance of the Arts in Venice. A heterogeneous neighborhood, Venice is undergoing extremely rapid gentrification, threatening the elimination of the artists’ homes and studios. Rebecca founded the Artists’ Co-Op. While she continues to travel south to teach in open workshops, she is committed to evolving an art community in Santa Barbara for her collage workshops.
Collage Works : As a subtext in her narrative works, Rebecca juxtaposes disparate imagery exemplifying her background in psychology. Her mixed media art works reflect the tender yet volatile intersection of conflicting universal powers: nature contrasting invasive humanism and over-development, youth compared to aging, beauty in contrast to the repulsive, and birthing contrasted by death. Rebecca continues to explore the relationship and intersection of ambiguous archetypal concepts and symbolisms as they fight for viability, space, virtue and fortitude.
Rebecca creates original collages with acrylic paints, inks and pastels, on paper and wood. She also incorporates some SoulCollage in her works and in various workshops. (SoulCollage® is an accessible, non-threatening, creative way to self-discovery, to learn more in an on-going way about who we are, what we want, what our mission is, and what values are important to us.)
1985-2014 Venice Art Walk Exhibition, Venice CA
1987 Main Street Art Studio, Venice CA
1988 2013 Venice Art Walk, Venice CA
1989 Larry Gagosian Studio, Venice CA.
!992 West Beach Café, Venice, CA
1996 Rebecca’s Restaurant, Venice, CA
1996 2004 Capo Restaurant, Santa Monica, CA
1999 Brentwood Restaurant, LA, CA
2003 The Art Studio Group Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2005 The Art Studio Group Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2006 The Art Studio Group Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2007 The Art Studio Group Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2007 Susan Schramberg Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2008 The Art Studio Group Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2009 Susan Schramberg Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2010 The Art Studio Group Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2011 Studio 1260, Santa Monica, CA
2012 Studio 1260, Santa Monica, CA
2013 The Art Studio Group Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2014 Studio 1260, Santa Monica, CA
2015 The Art Studio Group Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
” ART ENABLES US TO FIND OURSELVES AND LOSE OURSELVES AT THE SAME TIME ” -Thomas Merton
As a SoulCollage® facilitator, I love guiding others in connecting with the deep, unconscoous parts of themselves. Giving voice through SoulCollage®, a creative and satisfying collage process, is tremendously healing and liberating. You make your own deck of cards—each collage card representing one aspect of your personality or Soul. These cards are used to intuitively toanswer life’s questions and participate in self-discovery. Joyfully deepen your understanding of the relationships between your personality parts, you and your family/community/world, and you and your dreams, symbols, and Spirit. Founder Seena B. Frost’s book, SoulCollage® Evolving, describes how to make and use the SoulCollage® cards individually and in groups.
5/17 ″I never made one of my discoveries through the process of rational thinking.”
6/17 “Art attracts us only by what it reveals of our most secret self.”
-Alfred North Whitehead
7/17 “Art, freedom and creativity will change society faster than politics.”
8/17 Being in our heads can be like being on replay. To create new art it’s important to get out of our heads. Even Picasso said that if his work turned out just how he planned it to, it wasn’t a success. Making art has its inevitable challenges with every “canvas”. If our process unconsciously, organically detours from our conceived idea of our artwork, we often think that it is a mistake. Not true with art. For it is the very act of embracing and working with these “mistakes” that brings the aliveness in to our work. As in our lives; “mistakes” are so often our souls’ calling us to our deepest self expressions. So I invite you to let go and allow your creativity to unfold; that’s where magic lives.
9/17 “Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.”
10/17 Follow your heArt and peace will follow.
11/17 “Youth is the gift of nature, but age is a work of art.”
-Stanislaw Jerzy Lee