It's a sign…yup, definitely a sign. a fresh start.

Join visionary artist Shiloh Sophia on Saturday night for a preview of her latest work during the Second Saturday downtown Healdsburg Artwalk for three things that go so well together, fine art, chocolate and wine.

For Immediate Release: Shiloh Sophia Gallery opens June 11, 2011 at 11am.

Shiloh Sophia Gallery is dedicated to the work of Northern California Artist Shiloh Sophia McCloud who was born in Marin County, California in 1970. Shiloh started painting and working in clay as soon as she could walk. At an early age Shiloh was trained by her mother, the poet Caron McCloud in literature and poetry, and she was chastened not to watch TV, but to learn the poetry of T.S. Eliot, study the work Herman Hesse, look at the artwork of Michelangelo and sketch in her notebook.

At the tender age of 23 she rendered her first one woman show under the tutelage of American Master Painter and sculptor Sue Hoya Sellars whom she has studied with most of her life. This resulted in a sold out show featuring her paintings, combined with photography, writings, sculpture and pottery. In 1997 she opened her first gallery, Color or Woman in Port Townsend, Washington, followed by a gallery on the Plaza in Sonoma, on Princess Street in Sausalito, on Sutter Street in San Francisco and then on the coastal village of Mendocino with her gallery, Wisdom House where she painted plein air on the cliffs for over five years. From the beginning, Shiloh not only represented her own work, but that of over 100 California Artists.

In 2008 Shiloh resettled to the world famous village of Healdsburg, California and opened a second gallery. In December 2010 she celebrated her 16 Year Artist’s Retrospective with a one woman show. Collectors flew in from around the world to purchase her work, and view the artist’s private collection.

Wanting to start a new chapter in her life Shiloh took a 6 month sabbatical and closed both galleries. That didn’t last long however, the retrospective was such a success, that it inspired the vision for Shiloh Sophia Gallery, which features only her own fine art paintings. The artist was so low on inventory, that even the day before opening day she was busy adding finishing touches to the new show, La Vie en Rose, featuring only works from the past six months.

The inspiration for her work is to provide images that inspire, and that promote well being and peace in the viewer. Her original creative spark was lit in a desire to support the end of violence against women and children which prompted her to form Palm of Her Hand, a 501c3 working in art, education and publishing.

Shiloh has authored and illustrated 5 books and she is the founder of Cosmic Cowgirls University, which teaches courses both online and in person with an emphasis on the Intentional Creativity Movement.  Shiloh’s work is often published in books and online, including in the Women’s United Nations Network, with her poems and images going out to hundreds of thousands of viewers.  Shiloh also teaches painting, and visionary entrepreneurship in college courses.

Shiloh Sophia McCloud’s training as an artist included the Academy of Art, and she studied with renowned Byzantine Russian Iconographer, Pavel Tikhimov. While Shiloh Sophia is authentically American, she has developed her own style and has been influenced by European Symbolist movement in the tradition of Klimt, Redon, Modigliani, Chagall, Surrealist Frida Kahlo and Impressionist Mary Cassatt.

Shiloh Sophia’s artwork is collected worldwide with collectors in the United States, Europe, Asia, South Africa, Africa and Canada. At the young age of less than 40 years old, she has produced over 1200 original paintings, and sold over 2 million dollars in art in the past 10 years.  Shiloh Sophia McCloud is emerging as one of the most popular and collected artists in her genre. Experts and collectors say that her work embodies the traditions of the Contemporary Symbolist Movement.

Shiloh teamed up long time friend and collector, former New York Art Dealer Roberto Gomez de Perdomo to produce her 16 Year Retrospective and documentary, A Legendary Life. The duo decided to collaborate to open Shiloh Sophia Gallery in June of 2011, where de Perdomo is the Impresario and Gallery Co-Director.

The gallery also serves as the artist’s studio, and if you are lucky you might find her in the early morning, painting. When the doors open for the day, the smell of wet paint often lingers.

The gallery is open Wednesday-Sunday at 11am and the grand opening will be announced this Summer.

Inquiries or to set up a private showing ~ Roberto Gomez de Perdomo roberto@shilohsophiagallery.com

Shiloh Sophia Gallery 126 Plaza Street, Healdsburg, CA 95448  707-318-8189

Artwalk features 20 Galleries and is from 5-8pm.

The new works are currently only available for viewing in person, but in July the gallery will launch it’s website http://www.shilohsophiagallery.com

Hi Friends –

It’s a sign…yup, definitely a sign. a fresh start. It was so exciting today to see that sign being put up with my name on it today (gulp). For all this time I have shared the gallery with other women artists, now it is my time to show my work on its own. I am nervous, excited and feel super duper blessed.

My writing sabbatical went WELL and you should be hearing about my new book within the next 9 months. I hadn’t planned on opening so soon but with the support of Roberto and Stella Mac, Sue Sellars and my wonderful collectors I have made this leap of faith once again.  And besides the space that was just right showed up…I gave up on it…then it was in a dream and so here I am. So, less time in front of the computer and more time in front of my easel. I won’t be there during business hours most days as I hope to be PAINTING, and Roberto is co-directing the gallery…but if you tell me when you are coming I can come and see you! I want to say a special thanks and gratitude to my teachers, my mentors, my loves, my mama the Poet Caron McCloud and to the Artist Sue Hoya Sellars without whom, I would not have stuck with brush and pen at all…

I hope you write a comment below if you feel inspired!

With Love Always, Shiloh Sophia