• ‘Conservation Is…’ Opens Jan. 9 at PG Art Center

    Conservation will be the emphasis of new art works at the Pacific Grove Art Center’s first 2015 exhibit. A free, public reception will premier the art on Friday, Jan, 9 from 7-9 p.m. at the Art Center, 568 Lighthouse Ave. in Pacific Grove.

    New exhibiting artists include Marte Thompson, Gene Anderson, Larise Baker, Ethan Estess, the Santa Cruz Oil Painters, and the Pacific Grove Community High School. The exhibit will include paintings, photography, basketry, and recycled art, with an emphasis on conservation.
    The Art Center’s Jan. 9 opening also will debut improvements in the Art Center, completed during their end-of-the-year closure from 5 p.m. Dec. 18 until the Jan. 9 opening. The Art Center is always free and open to the public from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and from 1-4 p.m. on Sundays.

    “Conservation Is…” exhibits the combined works of Larise Baker and Ethan Estess. Baskets by Baker honor the traditional Gullah coiled style sweetgrass baskets of the South Carolina Low Country and the Sea Islands of Georgia and Florida. She makes her baskets from grasses and pine needles found on the Monterey Peninsula. Estess has created a series of collage works where he explores a range of visual concepts, in some cases focusing exclusively on aesthetic composition and in others seeking to communicate stories of natural history and environmental abuse. His hope is that by encouraging a culture of awareness, citizenship, and activism around environmental issues, we will be able preserve access to nature for future generations.

    Marte Thompson’s exhibit “Bridges to Somewhere-A Retrospective” showcases paintings inspired by the scenic beauty of the Monterey Peninsula. “Paintings are my way to get from one place to another in life. I believe in their power to do that, and in that respect, art is my religion, paintings are my prayers. I believe in art. It is my Faith,” states Thompson.

    “Land and Spirit,” by Gene Anderson exhibits his practice of outdoor photography that is grounded in a love of art, nature, and wild places including the Monterey Peninsula, Big Sur, Yosemite, the Eastern Sierras, and Kauai. By sharing his experience in the natural world through his photographs, he says he hopes to increase the appreciation for and the protection of wild places for current and future generations.

    “Painting the Golden State” is an exhibit of plein air and studio landscape paintings inspired by the Golden State. Contemporary California artists from the Santa Cruz Oil Painters (SCOP), who traveled extensively throughout the state.  From Lake Tahoe’s sapphire blue waters, to the rugged Big Sur Coast, the cool green redwood forests and Yosemite’s granite splendor, California continues to inspire artists.  The artists hope visitors will share their love of the landscape by visiting this diverse exhibit of original oil and pastel paintings.

    The Pacific Grove Community High School is home to a talented group of young artists. The students say that art is a way for them to express themselves and “to stay focused on what really matters in life. It is easy to judge another person based on outward appearances, but if you truly want to know what is in someone’s heart, look at what they create.” The display by emerging artists in their exhibit is titled “Phoenix Rising.”

    posted to Cedar Street Times on December 27, 2014

    Topics: Arts & Music, Front PG News

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