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EDUCATION

California Academy of Painters, Palo Alto (Brigitte Curt and Jim Smyth)

Pacific Art League, Palo Alto

Palo Alto Art Center

University of California Santa Barbara, B.A. Liberal Studies with concentration in Art History

 

EXHIBITIONS

2022   Sue Greenwood Fine Art, Laguna Beach, CA

           Small Works Exhibit, Lyndon design Gallery, Sea Ranch, CA

           Go Figure, Thomas Reynolds Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2021   Art in the Redwoods, Gualala Art Center, Gualala, CA

           Small Works, LyndonDesign Gallery, Sea Ranch, CA

           Art Auction/Exhibition, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA

           Group Landscape Show, Thomas Reynolds Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA

           Group Figurative Show, Sue Greenwood Fine Art, Laguna Beach, CA

           Figure It Out, Patricia Rovzar Gallery, Seattle, WA

2020  Standing Alone Together, Sue Greenwood Fine Art, Laguna Beach, CA

2019   Connect & Collect, San Jose ICA, San Jose, CA
           Terrain: A Landscape Collective, Anne Neilson Fine Art, Charlotte, NC
           Sun at My Back, LeeAnn Brook Fine Art, Nevada City, CA
           The Figure, Sue Greenwood Fine Art, Laguna Beach, CA
           Art Auction Exhibition, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA
          Sea Ranch Inspirations, Thomas Reynolds Gallery, San Francisco, CA
          48 Pillars, Arc Gallery, San Francisco, CA
          Three Views, Anne Loucks Gallery, Glencoe, IL

2018   Plunge, Meyer Vogl Gallery, Charleston, SC
           Inside Out, Solo exhibition, Bryant Street Gallery, Palo Alto, CA
           Fall Exhibition, Peterson Roth Gallery, Bend, OR
           Art for Aids Auction, City View at Metreon, San Francisco, CA
           A Room With a View, The Fourth Wall Gallery, Oakland, CA

             New Works, Thomas Reynolds Gallery, San Francisco, CA
           New Works, Gallery North, Carmel, CA

           Summer Solstice Scenes, Sue Greenwood Fine Art, Laguna Beach, CA

           Studio Tour and Presentation, Cantor Museum at Stanford University, CA                     

           Featured Artist, Meyer Vogl Gallery, Charleston, SC

           New Works, Thomas Reynolds Gallery, San Francisco, CA

          Of Vivid Dreams, Anne Neilson Fine Art, Charlotte, NC

2017   Small Works, Meyer Vogl Gallery, Charleston, SC

            New Works, Sue Greenwood Fine Art, Laguna Beach, CA

            Introducing "Yolo" and "Blue Shadows", Peterson Roth Gallery, Bend, OR

            About Place, solo exhibition, John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA

           Go Figure, Spindrift Gallery, Gualala, CA.

           Coming and Going, solo exhibition, Bryant Street Gallery, Palo Alto, CA

           Celebrating Women Painters, Spindrift Gallery, Gualala, CA

 

           Dreaming in Color, Mythos Fine Art, Berkeley, CA

           Figuratively Speaking, Thomas Reynolds Gallery, San Francisco, CA

           Honoring the Legacy of David Park, juried exhibition, University of Santa Clara, CA   

           RAW, Meyer Vogl Gallery, Charleston, SC

2016   Recent Paintings, solo exhibition, Thomas Reynolds, San Francisco, CA

           Art by the Sea, juried open studios, The Sea Ranch, CA

           Another Take, Epperson Gallery, Benicia, CA

2015   Recent Work, solo exhibition, Thomas Reynolds Gallery, San Francisco, CA

            Gualala Arts Center and the Soroptimist International of Mendocino-Sonoma Coast, Wine Tasting & Auction

          Celebration of Home, Sea Ranch 50th Anniversary, Gualala Arts Center

2014   Edge, solo exhibition, Thomas Reynolds Gallery, San Francisco, CA

           13th Annual California Landscape Exhibition, John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA

           Landscape Invitational Exhibition, St. Mary’s College Museum of Art,  Moraga, CA

          Grand Opening, Anne Neilson Fine Art, Charlotte, NC

          Art of Painting in the 21st Century, John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA

 

AWARDS

Triton Museum, Santa Clara, CA:  Statewide Painting Competition and Exhibition (2012), Honorable Mention Award for “Blue Water”

First Place award painting division, "Art in the Redwoods" (2011), Gualala, CA 

Winner, Catalogue Cover Competition, "2008 North Coast Discovery Tour", Gualala, CA 

Judges Award, "Art in the Redwoods" (2008), Gualala Art Center, Gualala, CA 

Best in Show Award, "Wet Paint" (2006), Gualala Art Center, Gualala, CA

First prize, oil and acrylic painting, "Art In The Redwoods" (2004), Gualala, CA

 

PRESS

Charleston City Paper (March 1, 2017)

Meyer Vogl Gallery hosts inaugural abstract show

"We have to be selective with guest artists," says Vogl, "and we knew we wanted Sandy." Ostrau's paintings were exactly what they envisioned for the gallery's first abstract show. "She's used to taking a very physical thing, like people in the landscape, and trying to reduce that and scale that down to something for the viewer," notes Vogl. -- Mary Scott Hardaway

SFAQ featured online (August 15, 2017)

Review by Paul J. Karlstrom

“She is a painter who has chosen to address a fundamental modernist question. But she has done so with an awareness of the practical value of the history to which she is an heir and a dedication to her practice that allows for her own voice to emerge within that framework. Despite her focus on the act of painting and examples provided by that history, she is not an imitator. Ostrau’s marks are her own—as is her contemporary painterly vision."

Huffington Post (July 17, 2013)

Interview by Art Critic John Seed

"An intuitive artist who loves paint as a substance -- and who has a tendency to obliterate her imagery with painterly gestures -- Ostrau doesn't go all the way to abstraction. To do so would remove the emotional connection she wants viewers to have with her source material. "I'm not a fully abstract painter," she explains: "I want people to feel the landscape.”