Oddly Familiar Places
by Karen Braun Malpas
Sometimes an innocent will ask of an artist “what do you paint, flowers,people or just colors?” In the backroom of the FBCA, Ginnie Chabre has a solo show prefaced by an extensive artists statement which gives us insight into how an artist perceives the world, what inspires them and how they hope to incorporate this insight and inspiration into their work.
Much of this body of work is photo assemblages…many different photos, cut or torn and re-assembled into another order which approaches something broader. The sum of the parts is generally greater than the whole which could serves as a life philosophy as well as a pictorial format. Sometimes the separate pieces in the assemblage are related by color, sometimes by an idea such as centering, opening,expanding or by mood. Sometimes the separate pieces are placed together in an apparent quest for relevance, something being “like” something else and might demonstrate the artist, and all of us, trying to make sense of our fractured world.
The pieces on each of the 3 walls resonate with each other and would be ill placed elsewhere. One wall,for example, shows subdued mostly neutral colors. Depicted are cloisters, corridors,and tunnels. It’s silent,damp and devoid of figures.. As the viewer enters these masonry byways, it is an act of faith which assumes all paths lead somewhere, we just don’t know where when we take the first step. That could be a metaphor for the creative process as well.
The Signature Gallery at Frank Bette Center for the Arts is an intimate, welcoming space where artists are invited to exhibit new ideas and new works in solo or small group exhibits. Applying for an exhibit in the Signature Gallery is one of the privileges of being a member in good standing of Frank Bette Center for the Arts. Space is limited so not everyone that applys will get a show.
All mediums are acceptable. There are four walls for two dimensional work. Three dimensional work is limited to the top of the table storage cabinet and what can be hung safely on the walls.
• We are looking for artists who will use the room in a creative way.
• Content of your show must be suitable for family viewing.
Nudity needs to be tasteful, discrete and artful.
• Graphic violence is not welcome.
To apply for a show and to read the Artist’s Agreement and Prospectus
please download these forms.
o How to become a member of FBCA
o Signature Gallery Application
o Signature Gallery Prospectus
o Signature Gallery Agreement form
o Signature Gallery Floor Plan
o Artist's Inventory
o Artwork Labels
Shows for 2018
No show in January
Opening February 9
One Hundred Pairs of Jeans
Opening March 9
April 6-May 26
Alameda on Camera
Opening June 8
July 6-August 4
Curated by: Mi'Chelle Fredrick
Featuring: Beth Bourland, Yvonne Lee, David Savellano and Barbara Tapp
Opening July 13
August 10-September 29
Alameda en Plein Air
Paintings from the 2018 Frank Bette Plein Air Paintout
Susan and Susan
Opening October 7
November 2 - December 22
Opening November 9