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UpstartModernJuly 16, 1pm

In Conversation with Curators and Artist Advancement Specialists with guest artist Laura Roebuck


Join us in conversation with artist advancement specialists and founders of The UPstART Nonprofit Project (name to be determined), a nonprofit incubator providing professional advancement and development tools for organizations, artists, and creatives. Our presenters will review strategies and examples for the artist to envision & develop strategies as it pertains to presenting their work, funding sources, and other income-generating ideas.

Dr. Marialidia (Mols) Marcotulli is an advancement entrepreneur, technology advocate, innovator, curator, and art collector. Born in Rome, Italy, and raised in Venezuela, she comes from a long heritage of car racers, artistic expression, and cultural diversity.  She has founded several art and technology companies and received her Ph.D. 2019, in Community, Liberation, and Ecopsychology, with a focus on the human relationship with water.

She is an advisor to the Earth Charter Initiative in San José, Costa Rica, and served as a board member and advisor for the Elm Program KWMR Community Radio, and currently on the board of the Prison Yoga Project, MarinArts along with mentoring young professionals, makers, artist, and startups.

Bettina Stiewe is the Founder of Upstart Modern.Bettina spent over 15 years in advertising and online marketing, ideal experience for the current marketplace of purchasing and selling art. She’s worked on the gallery side and served for six years as a board member for Headlands Center for the Arts. Here, she came to understand all facets of the market.  Bettina also served as a docent at di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art, where she educated the public on their prominent regional collection. Specializing in Visual Thinking Strategies, she works with students, individuals, and corporate clients.

Laura InStudio COVIDGuest Artist: Laura Roebuck, MD: who will be briefly talking about her professional development as an artist and the release of her catalog (10-year Retrospective)

Living and working as a psychiatrist in the Bay Area, Roebuck’s passion for art and the creative process blossomed. She drew inspiration from Robert Rauschenberg’s Combines, Jackson Pollock’s action paintings, Lee Krasner’s collages, Anselm Kiefer’s massive use of materials, and Franz Kline’s broad strokes along with the compositions and color saturations of Robert Motherwell, Willem de Kooning, Helen Frankenthaler, and Joan Mitchell. Together, these influences served to catalyze Roebuck’s artistic expression and maturing sense of form, texture, and palette.

In 2003, Roebuck established a studio practice in San Francisco’s Mission District that became a laboratory for exploring the multiple influences that ultimately found expression in her paintings. In 2008, she moved her studio to Marin County, where she now lives and maintains her art practice. Roebuck’s work has been shown at studios and galleries throughout Northern California. Her work is in numerous private collections throughout the U.S.


July 29, time tbd

Zoom Better Workshop

gaby zoom makeover adLearn how to look better, present your work, and maximize your impact on Zoom.

Zooming better isn’t about vanity. It’s about being more effective on Zoom. You could have the most powerful message in the world, but if you’re backlit and your viewer can’t see your eyes,  you’re cutting yourself off at the knees. Master your light, camera and scene and you’ll be blown away by how much more impact you can have in the virtual world. 

In this class, you will learn how to:

  • find and/or create great light for video conferencing
  • improve your webcam resolution, exposure, sharpness, and color balance
  • look your best and communicate effectively on video.
  • present your art in its best light for sharing on Zoom
  • use 2 devices to maximize the impact of your virtual open studio



Due to the covid-19 pandemic no classes are being offered at this time.