September 21, 2013 9-3:00pm Reception and Silent Auction 7-10:00pm
John Natsoulas Center for the Arts 521 First Street, Davis, CA 95616
The Great California Paint Out! will be taking place from 9am to 3pm on September 21, 2013. This workshop gives participating artists an opportunity to paint in the entirety of downtown Davis in groups or individually. Those wishing to learn technique may work alongside one of ten master painters. Master painters include Marti Walker, Leslie Toms, Philip Gandiol, Chella Gonsalves, Philip Gandiol, Marie Therese Brown, Mike Bagdonas, Deladier Almedia, Louis La Brie and Myron Stephens. Artists of all mediums are welcome and any subjects available for observation are welcome. After the painting session is over, all participants work will be hung inside the John Natsoulas Gallery. There will be an opening reception from 7 to 10 pm, in which there will be a silent auction where the work will be sold. The master painters will then jury the work that is being exhibited and awards will be given out by the Utrecht Art Supply. There will be plenty of refreshments, live music and it promises to be a great evening for our artistic community and the art patrons of Yolo and Sacramento counties.
Trends in art adapt to the inevitable advance of time and cultural progression, and the genre of landscape painting is no exception. The landscape art of the twentieth century tended toward smaller sizing and encompassed a more limited visual sphere. Instead of vast horizons, it showcased more intimate settings, sometimes as minimal in composition as a single tree. However, it was this specificity that allowed for the artists to create a more approachable understanding of their environment. There has never been a single prevailing Californian aesthetic, but it is these consistent references to nature and concern with atmospherics that seems to assert itself as our state’s ubiquitous influence within the broader artistic community.
One of the most important things to note about California landscape painting, particularly in the Sacramento area, is the influence of Gregory Kondos and Wayne Thiebaud. The significant impact of their local professorships on this year’s exhibiting artists can hardly be overlooked. Seen in the work of students like Clay Vorhes and Leslie Toms, Thiebaud and Kondos’ approach to light and form resonates as an intensely original interpretation of what is too easily deemed an antiquated genre. Local artists Philippe Gandiol, Deladier Almeida, Jennifer Pochinski, Beth Winfield, and Boyd Gavin continue to create plein air paintings in this vein, only furthering the reputation and quality of our regional art. Their careers bloomed in the ’80s and ’90s while painting important areas of the Valley, and have since broadened in scope to include the entirety of the state. In this work, there is evidence of an authentic Americana that only grows more rare with over-population and development. The goal of our exhibition is to avoid the traditional seascapes or views of Yosemite’s Half Dome, and rather explore this new imagery in the context of a modern perspective. There is true beauty in the ability to see for miles and miles without interruption, and in the works of these artists, you come to fully comprehend the power and beauty of California’s vast landscape.
There will be many plein air painters working and many artists working in all mediums, painting all subject matters will be present. Register at www.natsoulas.com or email@example.com 25.00 to Participate in the workshop.Reception is Free
* Image Leslie Toms "Uphill"