ON THE WALLS
Opening Reception, Friday March 14, 5-8 pm
Music by David Pierce
“Melding Culture and Nature,”
Dolores Mitchell paintings, Chris Yates, ceramics
Last summer Mitchell and Yates met for lunch at Café Coda to create a theme for this paired exhibit. They were both in exploratory modes and seeking new directions that remained connected to their established esthetic interests.
Mitchell had recently discovered San Francisco as a subject while North State agriculture continued to inspire her. Rather than specific San Francisco views, she sought to convey the spirit of the city through abstraction and fantasy. Her local rice field and orchard scenes had also become more abstract and expressionistic.
Yates, by happy coincidence, had begun a series of slab constructions suggestive of architecture, while continuing to create the carved porcelain vessels he has been perfecting for decades.
A mere six weeks before the opening of this exhibit, Yates, while scuba diving in Belize, discovered underwater “cities” of sponges. Back in his studio, he created a sponge series that melds nature’s architecture with echoes of ceramic vessels.
The title of this show suggests that nature and culture can blend dynamically rather than exist in opposition to each other.
You are invited to a conversation with these artists on Saturday April 12 (2pm). The show closes Saturday April 19.
For those of you who were curious enough to click in order to see the magnificent accident in Chris Yates’ kiln, here it is, as promised!
Deadline for Application, January 31, 2014
Get the full Prospectus here:BeOurGuest2014-2.Prosp.1-6-14