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Gallery openings: Kathryn Arnold, William Wolff and Art Hazlewood and more

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Kathryn Arnold at at Sandra Lee Gallery: Arnold's interwoven, shimmering strands and layers of paint resolve into a tapestry of painterly marks. Mixing intuitive gestures, her rhythms on canvas are both energetic and calming. Opening Thursday, March 6th from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

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Sandra Lee Gallery: http://sandraleegallery.com/current-exhibition/

Artist's website: http://www.kathrynarnold.com/

“Working Together” Art Hazelwood & William Wolff at ArtZone 461

William Wolff (1922-2004) was a native San Franciscan and a contemporary of first generation Bay Area Figurative artists: Though surrounded by members of the movement, Wolff never fully embraced it. He became a printmaker after painting for over twenty years, during which he eschewed commercial recognition. His paintings and prints represent a singular calling, expressing themes of myth, religion, history and social commentary.

Wolff had his first solo show of paintings in 1955 in San Francisco at the Lucien Labaudt Gallery that introduced many artists of the Bay Area Figurative movement.

Using the modernist flattening and compression developed in his earlier paintings, Wolff’s prints explore philosophical, religious, political and literary themes derived from his extensive reading in several languages. Wolff approached printmaking like painting, by re-working blocks he produced more unique works than multiples, and is why he signed most of them “Artist Proof”.

Art Hazelwood worked with William Wolff over the last eight years of his life as archivist, curator and friend. Delving into Wolff’s work so deeply profoundly influenced Hazelwood. There are four major ways Wolff’s prints influenced him – the cutting technique of his woodcuts, his use of color, the boldness of expression and his use of literary themes. In this exhibition the works not only show Wolff’s influences but also presents his work in a new light.

www.artzone461.com. Reception: Saturday March 8, 5-8 p.m.

Christopher H. Martin opening at The McLoughlin Gallery. The newest series by Christopher H. Martin presents his singular awareness of what it means to be a master of one’s medium. Throughout his twenty-year relationship with acrylic paint, Martin has developed and continuously honed his technique. "Organic Fusion" aptly describes Martin’s motivations with his paintings—not only in the gradual process of perpetually perfecting his craft, but also in his subject matter. Finding nature as the inspiration for all artistic endeavors, Martin’s works are organic with a graceful painterly influence. His works capture the natural poetic harmony as if made by the environment and not by the hands of man.

Reverse glass painting, or verre églomisé, is the process of painting on the backside of glass. “I start with a clear acrylic panel and apply heat, wind, water, brush, and pigment in a reverse order to create my paintings”, Martin explains. “I work from the foreground to the background, the initial strokes being the most imperative.” It is a complex and unforgiving process, which Martin executes with grace and skilled mastery.

http://www.mgart.com/. Reception March 6, 6 - 8 p.m.

Robyn Hill at Ramon's Tailor. This latest work represents a new foray into drawing and perhaps a natural segue from her sculptural work. Hill has wrapped, folded and pressed paper around the carousel’s contours and then rubbed the paper with graphite. The slide carousel is a relic of a previous era where images were sorted by hand, not software. Hill’s fascination with this object has less to do with nostalgia and more to do with its formal inventory of ridges, dots, lines, numbers, spaces and negative spaces which are the true subjects of her exploration.

“I feel that the detritus of the analog world resonates as a kind of ‘goods’, exuding a richness in its dis-use. Choosing to work with the slide carousel was unavoidable,” says Hill. “I think there is beauty in the act of finding new uses for old things.”

Interview of the couple behind the gallery at SFAQ: http://www.sfaqonline.com/2013/06/meet-the-minds-behind-ramons-tailor-san-francisco/

http://www.ramonstailor.com/. Reception: March 8, 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.

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