Light & Color features the oil paintings of Jerry DeCamp and mixed media works of Thelma Weatherford. Theshow opens August 2 at YoloArts’ Gallery 625 in Woodland.
Former studio partners and longtime friends, Weatherford and DeCamp are showing their work together for just the second time. They both create landscapes using different techniques – Weatherford with wax encaustic; DeCamp with classic oil painting technique.
“Sometimes our paintings are very close to each other’s (work), sometimes amazingly close, even when we have not seen what the other is doing,” said DeCamp in a recent statement.
DeCamp began his study of painting at the Chicago Art Institute, later earning a B.A. and M.A. at UC Davis in Art Studio and Art History. His Regents fellowships allowed him to work in Italy, and with Roland Peterson, David Hollowell, Cornelia Schultz, Jeff Ruda and Seymour Howard. Wayne Thiebaud has been “a great inspiration and support” for DeCamp. Currently he is a lecturer at the Olli Institute, UC Davis and the International House and will be showing his work at the Gallerie Etienne de Causans in Paris this fall. DeCamp is a member of the visual arts faculty at Pioneer High School in Woodland.
Weatherford is a long-time resident of northern California and started as a self-taught artist, and later studied at Sacramento City College in addition to studying art in art workshops and classes at local colleges and art centers on the west coast. According to her artist statement her work is “inspired by nature, the environment, and my observation of the world … creative energy comes from trees, plants, autumn leaves, water, mountains, beaches, and cityscapes.” Weatherford uses oil and cold wax and encaustics in processes that create interesting texture and mark-making.
“I asked Jerry to do this show with me because his work is creative and pushes the viewer to think beyond traditional landscape. This is something we have in common, and it makes for a very interesting show,” Weatherford said in a recent statement.
The artists will be attending the opening reception, 5:30-8 p.m. Friday, August 2, coinciding with the downtown Woodland First Friday Art Walk, and hosted by YoloArts board members, Debra Gonella and Julie Salley. The jazz duo of Tom Peron and Steve Homan will provide the music.
The upstairs gallery will feature art works of forty Pioneer High School Advanced Placement art students of Jerry DeCamp. The show will include acrylic paintings, mixed media, and drawings.
Gallery 625 hosts new exhibitions and First Friday receptions every other month. Exhibitions open on the First Fridays of February, April, June, August, October, and December.
Light & Color continues at Gallery 625 through October 1.
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 at530-309-6464.