This month's featured artist: Jeanne Gadol

Attracted to the forms, colors and drama of nature, I strive to capture its beauty and essence. I am fortunate to have found digital mixed media as my medium. I became a graphic designer when computer graphics were first coming of age and then, as an already accomplished nature photographer, I embraced the change from [...]

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The Main Gallery: Featured Artist

Current Exhibition:
Ornate - Wednesday, March 22 - Sunday, April 20, 2014

Redwood City, CAOrnate; A View of Adornment, features artists Susan G. Fast, Katinka Hartmetz, Elizabeth Noerdlinger, and Ginger Slonaker. The show opens Wednesday, March 22nd at The Main Gallery, and runs through Sunday, April 20th.

The Main Gallery, located at 1018 Main Street in Redwood City, will be hosting a free opening reception with the artists on Saturday, March 22nd, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Here is a small sampling of what you will find at The Main Gallery’s Ornate exhibit:

Reflecting a complexity and visual depth, jewelry artist Susan G. Fast creates pieces that highlight women. She combines influences from art deco jewelry designer Rene Lalique and from miniatures found in antique silver brooches and cameos. Fast assembles vintage elements such as buttons, chains, fabrics, and jewels to make her new pieces. She describes them as “detailed and intricate to delight the eye.”

Mixed media artist Katinka Hartmetz reveals that she is “always on the look out for old mirrors and windows to create art with.” For Hartmetz, the word ornate brings to mind the Renaissance era: a period of cultural change and achievement.  Hartmetz’s work attempts to convey this Renaissance vision of feminine beauty. She focuses on feminine mystique by skillfully combining romantic female images onto mirrors, and then adhering them to weathered windows and antique frames. Every mirrored observation melds the viewer’s reflection with a Renaissance one. With the addition of old hardware for hanging jewelry, Hartmetz’s pieces achieve a unique dual purpose.

Elizabeth Noerdlinger traditionally paints landscapes; however, for the Ornate show Noerdlinger “wanted the challenge of branching out and working on portraits.” Having always been interested in history; Italian and French Renaissance portraiture attracted her attention because of their “marvelously lush and romanticized quality.” She uses these themes and style in creating delicate, whimsical period portraits of her own for the show.

In mixed media artist Ginger Slonaker‘s new work, ornate signifies excessiveness. Slonaker displays varying shapes and sizes of formal bust portraiture on paper, canvas, and board spanning a loose range from Renaissance to Victorian through Punk phases of fashion. During her process, Slonaker discovers that “When portraits are viewed anonymously a subject’s style, taste, or status is insignificant. It is through a person’s eyes that the strongest connection is forged.”

Don’t miss this embellished art exhibit – Ornate, a view of adornment at The Main Gallery.

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.