Victoria Adams large-scale landscapes and small intimate jewel-like oil paintings on linen, features her signature skies, and watery reflections. Adams’ focal point is the inherent radiance of light found in nature. She often highlights the transforming effects of light filtered through clouds falling on the land and water below. In her masterful hands, light reflected from sky to water and back again forms a subtle interchange between evaporating wetness and the atmospheric qualities of air itself. Adams creates images that connect us with our own past experiences of place and more often than not evoke personal moments of stillness and meaning. Adams’ landscapes are found in Museums and private collections throughout the country.
Putnam sculpts animal forms with cast off blankets, shirts, fake fur, rags, thread, plastic bags, leather scraps, glue and thread. These sculptures evoke playful, whimsical characters found in children’s books, but his characters also offer something different: they are physically and psychologically vulnerable and seem like overgrown stuffed toys or imaginary friends—misfits whose demeanors both invite and may also possess a sense of sadness.
Putnam’s drawings, too, create images that carry associations with simplicity, innocence and play, but as if experienced in a dream. In these works, cartoon heads drift, collide and overlap in space. These orphaned characters in search of a body attempt to reassemble into a larger whole—but sometimes never quite manage the feat.
This exhibition is composed of paintings and works on paper that are concerned with form and color as a metaphor and the power that a color and/or a rather basic, minimal form or text can exert on a viewer. These works pay homage to several periods of painting and Sculpture are not concerned with representation. Gary Komarin, a master of Post-Painterly Abstraction, has been at the forefront of contemporary art with a bold and colorful style recognized by art collectors worldwide, and museum curators alike. Pegan Brooke’s painting are inspired by the experiences of sustained reflection upon certain places and circumstances, and an undeniable impulse to make art inspired by them in order to understand what they might mean. Squeak Carnwath combines text and images on abstract fields of color to express sociopolitical and spiritual concerns. Marcia Myers utilized natural pigments to capture the essence of her Italian experiences. Inspired by the redwoods of his childhood, Delos Van Earl likens his work to a pinecone. While you may see a pinecone as a single solitary perfect shape, it is actually many parts that are all different and irregular to form something unique together.
Rana Rochat's works are pictorial metaphors of a fragile balance using marks, forms, colors, as well as the luminosity and visual depth afforded by the encaustic medium. Pamela DeTuncq turns taxidermy into a playful and lively version of itself by using vintage tapestries.
Contemporary painting and photography that uses the subtilties of vision to create visual activity that stimulates and encourages a deeper exploration.
Seven renowned artists offer a personal language for the viewers’ consideration.
Daniel Diaz-Tai abstract paintings are layered with stories, emotion and texture. In these paintings, you can feel competing emotions stemming from the artist’s international journeys. Raphaëlle Goethals’ encaustic paintings include many layers of translucent wax to explore underlying references to ancient script and marks. Kathy Moss is drawn to botanicals for their emotive and symbolic potential, for their mysteriousness and suggestiveness. Laura McPhee is noted for her stunning large-scale landscapes and portraits of the people who live and work in them. She is currently working in the desert west of the United States where she is chronicling visual stories about time, both geologic and human. Luis González Palma photographs are often intended to inspire psychological and culture issues in the viewer, by incorporating distant gazes and mystical costumes that objectify and explain the pain of the indigenous Mayas and the Mestizo people of Guatemala, who are a minority in the region.
Through stunning black & white portraits of ranchers, and the Hutterites of Montana, Laura Wilson dramatically explores, border issues, isolation, poverty and other symbolic images of the American West. Theodore Waddell's lifelong career as a rancher inspires his painting of livestock in the Montana and Idaho plains and mountains. His paintings are a combination of rough marks; thick paint; transparent elegant strokes; and, on a few occasions a slow, hard line scratched into the canvas. Waddell’s many Museum shows have brought him great national and international acclaim.