CHLELE GUMMER: RECOLLECTION On View: April 10 - May 31, 2018 Reception: Friday, April 13, 5-7pm
Recollection shows the work of Chlele Payne Gummer, done over her lifetime as an artist. It contains examples of watercolor, acrylic, collage, fabric and monoprint. It shows her familiarity with various media and styles from what she calls “intuitive” (nonrepresentational), abstract, impressionistic to utter realism. When she paints, she mixes on the canvas; she refines with each session, gradually reaching the realism she desires. Seeing the subject closely requires much scrutiny, which becomes more clear as she adds her paint. She includes in her training the study of the color of shadows on a wall. Currently she is working on stylization and abstraction in her paintings.
SIGNS OF LIFE, NEW WORK BY CHRISTIE MARKS On View: June 5 – July 19, 2018 Reception: Friday, June 8, 5-7pm
At the heart of Sonoma County artist Christie Marks’s practice lies a nostalgia and melancholy that’s ingrained in the American psyche. ‘Signs of Life’ features mixed media works that are the newest additions to this theme. Marks’s mixed media process consists of combining drawing, painting and collage. The works are multi-layered and are constructed over an initial layer of brown paper bags. Translucent layers allow the viewer to discover how the overall compositions were brought to life. In addition to painted passages, Marks uses graphite to achieve the weathered look of her works. When asked about her liberal use of graphite, Marks quips “It’s so I can feel the dust.”