Life Lines and Color Me Woman:
Two separate art shows held simultaneously at The Main Gallery feature a full spectrum of expressions in a variety of mediums by six artists.
Life Lines, showcasing the work of Jeanne Gadol and Color Me Woman, featuring pieces by Lynne Auld, Pia Brandt, Susan Fast, Tim Scott and Jean Thrift are both on display. Both shows open Wednesday, July 1, and run through Sunday, August 2. The Main Gallery, located at 1018 Main Street in Redwood City, will be hosting a free opening reception with the artists on Sunday, July 12, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Fine art photographer and digital artist Jeanne Gadol explores and celebrates the diverse and beautiful patterns, rhythms and textures of life. She employs a variety of techniques to express “the essence and uniqueness of plants and animals”, resulting in works ranging from bold to delicate, vibrant to monochromatic, realistic to stylized and contemplative to whimsical.
Gadol‘s color photographs realistically depict the kaleidoscope of patterns, rhythms, colors and textures of her subjects as in “Palo Alto Egret” and “Growing in the Sand”. More often, however, she draws on other techniques to convey her message. Gadol chooses infrared photography to show movement and depth as in her ethereal monochromatic photographs of kelp floating in the ocean. Because infrared shows chlorophyll as light and water as dark, photographing seaweed in water from above creates tonal contrast which she then inverts to obtain dark graceful plant forms against a light background.
Many of Gadol’s pieces move away from photography into the realm of fine digital art. She feels this allows her to “emphasize the most important aspects of an image and to express her personal reaction to it.” “Falling Leaves”, which began as a color photograph, is a highly graphical, playful depiction of brightly colored leaves falling from a tree and gathering below it. “Out of the Cocoon” consists of the layering and blending of two photographs and a painting. “This allowed me to embrace the combination of delicacy and strength I perceived in my original photograph of a butterfly.”
In addition to her wall art, Life Lines includes Gadol’s line of colorful silk scarves based on the living world.
Color me Woman
Five artists view the nature of women through their photographs, pencil drawings, jewelry, fused glass and mixed media.
“The wide and wonderful range of female beauty and female friendship” describe Lynne Auld’s viewpoint for Color Me Woman. She depicts this in her color photograph “Les Femmes” of young women in front of a shop window in Paris; and “Hairdressing, Benin” (taken in Benin, West Africa) of one woman creating an elaborate hairstyle for another woman.
“The feminine face of god and nature” inspires Pia Brandt’s work in Color Me Woman. Brandt combines calligraphy, stitching, and the skills of bookmaking with images of women in her sensitive, detailed mixed media pieces. “I was there when the Moon was Born” shows an image of a woman inside a wave surrounded by a golden moon and references the creation of the Universe.
Women’s propensity for physical adornment is evident in Susan Fast’s jewelry of beads, fabrics and an array of collected items. Fast celebrates the feminine aspects of strength, beauty, humor and compassion
In her colorful fused glass wall and tabletop pieces.
“Zanzibar” by color photographer Tim Scott addresses “the myriad of definitions of femininity and the role of women imposed from within and without” in Color Me Woman. The light, colorful tropical attire of the women in his image this image contrast with the burqa often worn by women on the same beach with the same ease and/or discomfort.
The colorful abstract pencil works “Yin” and “Shakti” by Jean Thrift masterfully depict “the sensuality, sexuality, and passion of women”. She asks her viewers to “take joy in seeing the wonder that is woman.”
Be sure to experience Life Lines and Color me Woman at The Main Gallery. The 6 artists and their diverse, and sometimes colorful, thought provoking, whimsical art provides enjoyment and interests for all tastes.
The Main Gallery, an artists’ cooperative with some 20 members, showcases the work of some of the best local talent in the Bay Area. The Gallery is located at 1018 Main Street at the corner of Main and Middlefield in the historic yellow Victorian cottage in Redwood City. The Main Gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. For more information, please visit our website at www.themaingallery.org or call The Main Gallery at (650) 701-1018.