Feng Jin at Market Street Gallery: "The Tao of Metal." a collection of sculptures inspired by cursive and Chinese calligraphy. "The Tao of Metal" is Feng Jin’s alternative way of expressing Chinese calligraphy. Instead of ink on paper or silk, Feng Jin creates metal pieces inspired by Chinese calligraphy and mounts them on wood doors or, in one case, on bamboo slats.
Lamenting the current Chinese focus on material goals and the damage that has done to China's ancient culture, Jin is using these sculptures to provoke us to ask ourselves questions about the way of the Tao.
"The language of art is like Zen, it is in fact unspeakable. " -- Feng Jin. through February 28, 2013.
James Edmonds at ArtZone 461. Edmonds, a realist tromp l'oeil painter, was a winner in last year’s “California Realists Competition." This is his first solo show with ArtZone 461 Gallery.
Edmonds follows a long tradition of portraying objects with such extreme detail that they create an illusion of spatial and tactile qualities. The artist remarks, “Observing and humbly interpreting life around me has helped me to create images that stand apart from the ordinary. The goal of my work is to bring a classical set of skills to a present context.”
http://artzone461.com/gallery_/home.html. Through February 17.
City of Pleasanton Firehouse Arts Center presents: "water+color: CWA's 43rd National Exhibition."
The exhibit features paintings by 80 nationally recognized, award-winning artists from as close as Danville to as far as Mumbai, India.
In addition to the opportunity to discover and enjoy these nationally recognized works, the public will have the unique opportunity to watch live painting demonstrations in the gallery by some of the participating artists.
Each Saturday of the exhibition between the hours of 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. beginning on January 26, one of the artists will be on-site to discuss their work, answer questions, and demonstrate their painting techniques.
Northern California artists are well-represented in the exhibit, including Chris Beck of Los Altos, Scotts Valley's Linda Curtis, "contemporary realism" practitioner Karen Frey, Michael Reardon of Oakland, and urban 'plein air' artist David Savellano. Other local exhibiting artists of interest are Walnut Creek's Anne Fallin of the TWSA (Transparent Watercolor Society of America), Ruth Koch, known for her juxtaposition of colors and shapes, and Robin Purcell who is known for rich deep colors in the plein air tradition. These artists represent widely diverse approaches to the use of water based paint mediums and their inclusion makes for a fascinating exploration of the varied uses of water colors.
The works selected for this large and diverse installation were chosen by guest curator Santa Cruz artist Mike Bailey, a Signature Member of the National Watercolor Society, who in addition to being a respected and award-winning artist in his own right, also leads frequent painting workshops both nationally and internationally.