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Current Exhibitions

MAIN GALLERY • ​MAY 31  - AUGUST 2

LANDSCAPES OF THE MIND
Landscapes of the mind are perceptions of our physical environment as seen through our eyes. Landscapes for this exhibit are viewed as a metaphor for the processes of daily living:  creating shelter (putting down roots), growing food, survival (harsh elements of air, land and water).  Landscapes can also be seen as cultural expressions (cracks in the sidewalk of a declining neighborhood) or can reflect political, ethnic, and social strife (wars over territory).  Finally, landscapes can be viewed as expressions of dreams, hopes, and sacred places for calming the mind and creating serenity.


Receptions:  Saturday, June 8 • 3-5 pm
                     Saturday, July 13 • 3-5 pm

 

SIGNATURE GALLERY • MAY 31 - JUNE 30
KATE PEPER • IMMERSION

"Immersion” invites the viewer to plunge, float, dive into water. Feel the pleasure of weightlessness, the anticipation of a race, becoming something “other” when submerged. Water is spiritual, sensual, chaotic: do you meet it head-on, submit to it, or relax completely? Reimagine your life aquatic with this debut collection celebrating water in watercolor!

https://www.peperprojects.com/
 

Reception:  Saturday  June 8 • 3-5pm

LAZY, HAZY, CRAZY DAYS of SUMMER
At The Frank Bette Center


by Karen Braun Malpas

As loose and messy as it often looks, watercolor is a very difficult medium to master. As familiar as it is, the human figure is also very difficult to draw and hard to  fake because everyone knows what it looks like. Images of water are also extremely difficult because they try to represent a still moment of what is a constantly moving and shifting phenomenon. Nonetheless, KATE PEPER rose to the challenge and makes large expert watercolor paintings of figures in and around the water.

“Immersion” features swirling, splashing, reflecting, refracting pool water being experienced actively or passively by anatomically correct and expressive figures. Their faces register the bliss of floatation or submersion in the healing element of water. The distortions resulting from disrupted water make beautiful abstract images of dis-integration. This is a masterful show beautifully hung in the back room of the  Frank Bette Center.

 

In the front room is a group show called “Landscapes of the Mind” though most of the landscapes seem to be of actual places one could visit and say, “Oh yeah, this is where the

All In by Kate Peper

artist was when they painted that view.” Eddy Lehrer’s photograph of a “Sunset at Marina Park”captured a sky that was not a predictable orange. Similar colors of a gray sky shot thru with shocks of light were captured in Paul Feinberg’s oil painting of “Burning Through.” Nature has a boundless imagination and color palette.

Andrea Bishop and Frederica Colla show quiet sylvan settings where Thoreau may have sat pondering nature while mosquitoes bred in the still shallows. 

Kris Warrenburg illustrates a compositional lesson for us in two soft watercolors. In “Acoaxet Marsh,” the blue waterway starts front and center of the composition, inviting and leading us to deeper space where it empties. It is the visual equivalent of “Welcome In” with which salespersons often greet incoming customers. In contrast, her “Merrill Lake Sanctuary” puts a  prohibitive soggy, boggy marsh in the fore through which the viewer is not inclined to slog in order to reach freer water. Reid Haataja emerges as a designer, not an illustrator, especially with his photo “Globules”

which looks a lot like it feels when random thoughts arise and float around in the landscapes
of our mind. 

Coffee Machines by Federica Colla
Upcoming
Collage: Cut Three Ways

SIGNATURE GALLERY • JULY 5-AUGUST 2 
Nancy Brandt, Adele Aced, Kitty Muntzel
COLLAGE: Cut Three Ways

​Cutting, tearing, pasting, painting and layering, three local Alameda artists explore the possibilities of mixed media Collage. From whimsical to contemplative, their unique vision has created a show of both playful variety and interesting perspectives.
 

Reception:  Saturday,  July 13 • 3-5pm

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