Second Saturday Gallery Reception: May 11, 5 pm – 8 pm
The Mendocino Art Center hosts a free Second Saturday Artists Reception each month. Enjoy snacks and wine, and meet the exhibiting artists.
Gallery Ten – South Wall
Judith Hale Retrospective (1945-2010)
Judith Hale was born in Mexico City and spent most of her life in California, including over 30 years along the Mendocino Coast. She produced vivid oil and acrylic paintings on canvas and paper, using color and line in ways that were both alive and reflective of the natural world. She was a graduate of the California College of the Arts, and also studied at the Santa Fe Art Institute with Helen Frankenthaler. Her work has been shown widely throughout California and the United States and is in many private collections. Judith’s work has been shown in galleries in Mendocino, San Francisco, Santa Fe, and elsewhere. For many years, she taught Abstract Expressionist painting at the Mendocino Art Center.
Judith Hale said of her work:
“While being completely abstract, there is in my paintings a strong affinity with natural forces, an invitation to enter a geography of imagination that is familiar but new, both peaceful and passionate, timeless but full of movement… Almost always, my intention in painting is to flood space with light, using line, color, form and reference to the familiar to arrive at something new and startling. My paintings are meditative, intuitive and exploratory. My hope is to connect people with their own love of beauty, freedom and vastness.”
Gallery Ten – North Wall
Agnes Woolsey Retrospective
In 1993 I retired, from 27 years of teaching art in Berkeley, to the country life in an unfinished house in Navarro, California. With a used table saw I framed seven windows, cut ninety bats to nail over redwood boards. Then I added a mantelpiece over the fireplace and Varathaned interior window frames.
Living in Mendocino County, I was inspired by the majestic redwoods preserved in the many state parks dotting the shores of the wild and scenic rivers of the county. The act of reducing a wide open view to a confining canvas with dark and light values of oil paint imbued me with a sense of wonder and awe. Capturing the view by a conscious presence calls one to summon up all of ones training in color intensity, light and dark values and feelings. The experience is a revelation in meditation. The reduced scene on canvas transformed in color values and point of focus gives one a sense of calm and union with nature. I found painting to be a soul healing experience.