Nature in Transition features the paintings and sculpture of West Sacramento artist, Cheryl Gleason. The show opens February 2 at YoloArts’ Gallery 625 in Woodland.
Gleason is a 1997 graduate of UC Davis and studied under artists Wayne Thiebaud, David Hollowell, CorrectSqueak Carnwath, Annabeth Rosen and others. She also has a Master of Science in Education from California State University East Bay.
Her career as an artist has included experimentation with many artistic mediums including oil and acrylic painting, printmaking, stone sculpture, wood sculpture, mixed media, encaustic, and drawing. Her latest work, showcased in Nature in Transition, focuses on wood sculpture and encaustic painting.
Excerpt from Gleason’s artist statement:
“I like to tackle color, texture, line, and an aesthetic which the viewer can relate to or start a conversation. My recent work focuses on reclaimed wood with mixed media, encaustic, and abstract painting.
My mixed media up-cycled works are primarily made from discarded wood then embellished with random metal, glass, and other found objects. This body of work is direct commentary and reaction to our ‘throw away society.’
Encaustic is an ancient process of painting with melted beeswax and Damar Crystals infused with pigment. Nature seems to steer my work in encaustic, with series like my Bees.
My abstract art starts with no intention, and lines and color appear as the moment calls.“
The artist will be attending the opening reception 5:30-8 p.m. Friday, February 2, during the downtown Woodland First Friday Art Walk.
YoloArts board member, Matt Lane, will be the reception’s host. A special member preview of the exhibition is scheduled from 5-6 p.m. Nature in Transition continues through February 27.
Gallery 625 is located at 625 Court Street in Woodland, in Yolo County’s Erwin Meier Administration building and is open Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., and by appointment. For more information contact YoloArts at 530-309-6464.