Saturday, January 14th, Oakopolis Gallery http://www.oakopolis.org/ in Oakland, California will be open in the afternoon for Art Murmur. Art Murmur is a group of nearly 20 galleries that have coordinated openings on first Fridays of the month. ‘Willie in Red’ the goat with the curly horns is one of the pieces I have on exhibit in the gallery.
Paintings by Joell Jones, Logan Payne, Carla Saunders, Amy Schaffer, Rue Whittaker, Karen Worth
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On a beautiful day in May, 2011, several artists left the distractions of daily life behind for a week. They gathered to work with renowned artist and master teacher, Leigh Hyams. Leigh insists on authenticity, passion, and commitment in every stroke of the brush. She “tricks” the artist into abandoning the analytical mind in favor of complete honesty and presence when facing the canvas or paper. In the idyllic setting of a rustic ranch in Calistoga, CA, magic happened. Images of chickens, horses, goats, snakes, streams, old barns, rusted farm tools, tractors, and blooming flowers became their inspiration.
These artists gelled into a group where each individual supported and inspired each other to go far beyond the boundaries of the familiar. They diverge in style and expression, but all the works in this show are based on the unique and special chemistry that happened during that week in May.