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Avenue 9 Gallery & Art Guild is pleased to present

Carlos Loarca in Chico

Carlos Loarca, Pastoral Red, acrylic
Carlos Loarca, Pastoral Red, Acrylic, 48 x 60″
Winner of the “Be Our Guest 2014″ competition, artist Carlos Loarca came to visit the gallery Saturday March 22 to make plans for the upcoming exhibition.  We were pleased that he consented to be interviewed.  Below is a short clip from the interview.  This clip is in regards to his motivation as an artist.

June 13 to July 19, 2014 - Reception: Friday, June 13, 5-8pm

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“Melding Culture & Nature”

Dolores Mitchell, paintings; Chris Yates, ceramics

March 14 to April 19, 2014

April 12 at 2 pm: Artists’ Talk!

This is a panorama shot of the gallery just after it was installed.

Opened Friday March 14, 5-8 pm

Music by David Pierce

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.

If you would like to hear the interview that aired the day of the opening, March 14, 2014 on 91.7 FM (KCHO) on Weekend Showcase (4:30 to 5 pm), just click on the arrow.  In addition, there is a great Profile on Dolores Mitchell written by Robert Speer in the Thursday March 13 issue of the CN&R.  The article is titled, “Color and form: Dolores Mitchell’s life of learning, teaching and making art.” Click here to read it.

A corner view of the installation

A corner view of the installation

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.

Mitchell_SF_Stormy Sky

Mitchell, San Francisco, Glittering, Oil

Mitchell, San Francisco, Glittering, Oil

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.

Yates, Construction (Stacks), ceramics

Yates, Construction (Stacks), ceramics

 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.

Yates Installation

Yates Installation

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!

Beautifully Stuck Together!

“What Could Go Wrong,” is the title of this beautifully stuck together piece!

Chris Yates, Demo, at Avenue 9 October 2013

Chris Yates, Demo, at Avenue 9 October 2013





Delbert Rupp selected pieces that will be in the show

Delbert Rupp selected pieces that will be in the show

Opening April 25 through May 31, 2014



Chico Icons 2014: Historic Heart & Arteries

Opening July 25 through August 30, 2014.

Watch this space for the Prospectus.  


Workshops and demonstrations

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