Almanac Staff Writer
Shannon Badiee, a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, is the latest of local artists to display their work at the Konditorei, the popular coffee shop in the Ladera shopping center.
The "regulars" at the Konditorei take pleasure in this show because they remember Shannon as a young girl quietly drawing while waiting for her mom, Patty Cullen, Konditorei's owner for 22 years.
Shannon, now 25, is an accomplished artist. She has exhibited her printmaking skills in galleries of the Rhode Island School of Design, at juried shows at Boston University and in St. Louis, Missouri, and at the Palazzo Cenci in Rome during her summer studies there. She's now working at a "day job" to support her artistic work in her San Francisco studio.
Her decision to show her work at the Konditorei was her mother's "deepest wish come true, completing the circle," she says.
On display are 10 of Shannon's "gouache on wood" paintings, ranging in size from the smallest, 8-by-6 inches, to the largest, 32-by-20 inches. She has chosen titles such as "Day Job," "Transitional" and "High Five" for the paintings, described by viewers as "unusual," "different" and an "exciting use of color and space."
Two of her paintings -- "Kyoto 1" and "Kyoto 2" -- reflect her study during the Rhode Island School of Design's winter session in Kyoto, Japan.
Besides extensive experience with various printmaking techniques, she has become proficient with a broad range of computer graphic arts programs.