Redwood City, CA –Solstice: The 2015 Anniversary Show is an art exhibit that is both bright and chilling; it showcases 20 of The Main Gallery artists including Lynne Auld, Arup Biswas, Patricia Brandt, Helga Christoph, Pixie Couch, Susan Fast, Jeanne Gadol, Elisabeth Gomez, Tom Haines, Katinka Hartmetz, Nina Koepcke, Diana Krupka, Shang Ma, Elizabeth Noerdlinger, Tim Scott, Ginger Slonaker, Jean Thrift, and Susan Wolf. The annual group show opens Wednesday, May 27th, and runs through Sunday, June 28th.
This anniversary show is an imaginative interpretation of the meaning of Solstice in various media. It is a collection of images and sculptural works that reflect new beginnings, transitions, and reflections on the longest and shortest days of the year. The Main Gallery artists interpret and express solstice in several ways including astrologically, metaphorically (with respect to the longest and shortest days of sunshine), as well as the cusp between light and dark and as depictions of time, light, and growth.
The Main Gallery, located at 1018 Main Street in Redwood City, will be hosting an opening reception with the artists on Saturday, June 6, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Here is a short clip or small sampling of what you will find at The Main Gallery’s Anniversary Show 2015:
Images of various sunrises and sunsets are literal records of particular moments in time; photographer Lynne Auld aims to evoke this sense of “continuity and awe that we experience in nature” in photographic images for the show.
Spheres and horizontal forms are among what sculptor Ed Bellinger suggests “visually portray the ongoing changes around us.” Bellinger produces sculpture with a time theme in relation to solstice. He describes that within his work there are “things waiting to happen that are depicted in physical forms.”
Mixed media artist Patricia Brandt combines flowers, pearls, beads, birds and butterflies to evoke a spirit of summer solstice. For creating work describing the darkest days of the year and the coming of the light, Brandt uses embroidered silk, vintage lace, and gold paint for a subdued portrait of the Winter Solstice.
A sunrise on California’s coast inspires glass artist and jeweler Susan G. Fast in creating pieces for the Solstice show. Fast describes A Carnal Sun as the “perfect expression of solstice as such a vision of light and roundness brings new beginnings to mind” and channels it in her work.
Mixed media artist Katinka Hartmetz wanted her paintings to evoke “the feel of old children’s book illustrations with an unreal realism of happy summer days, where surprise and delight are around every corner.” Hartmetz uses illustration techniques combined with 19th century painting techniques (gleamed from her great grandmothers paintings) to create her work for the show. On display is a triptych where Hartmetz paints three salvaged wood panels topped with Gothic arches. The first section features a pair of children out exploring a forest on a bright summer day with a golden castle in the distance. The second painting features the dawn of the solstice day where master and dog are out for a hike thru the woods with the moon high in the sky. The third piece features a midsummer goddess balancing on the planet earth while a golden glow of sunrays radiates around her head. Hartmetz thinks of this image as “mother nature in an unspoiled fanciful vision of our world.”
Prints by ceramist and printer Nina Koepckec illustrate dark graphic ravens against bright backgrounds of warm skies. Koepckec describes her prints as referencing the mythic stories of the sun because these birds “symbolize a celebration of the solstice when the sun is out the longest time of the year.”
Ceramist Susan Wolf has recently been creating vessels. For this show, Wolf displays two large, round pots to depict the spherical sun during both the summer and winter solstice. Sunspots is painted yellow and evokes feelings of warmth, appropriate to the summer solstice, where as her opposing vessel (entitled Blue Sun) is colder, paler, and represents the wintery face of solstice.
Be sure to experience Solstice: The 2015 Anniversary Show at The Main Gallery. Soak in the warmth and chill of the seasonal equinoxes rising and setting. It is sure dawn a sense of connection to the mysteries of the universe and our place therein.
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