New Exhibition at YoloArts’ Barn Gallery Explores the Yolo County Experience

YoloArts will be hosting Surroundings, a juried exhibition featuring artistic interpretations of the Yolo experience. The work of 21 artists will be showcased in this exhibition that runs September 5 – December 30 at the Barn Gallery, located at The Gibson House and Property, 512 Gibson Road in Woodland.

Artists were invited to submit art exploring unique interpretations of the landscape, urbanscape, or mindscape elicited by personal experience(s) of Yolo County. The theme and show title “Surroundings” invited artists to explore their relationships with this place, where they live, work or play.

The exhibition features artwork in a collection of highly personal responses to the show’s call.Surroundings was juried by the Arts Committee, a YoloArts advisory group comprised of artists, arts educators, business owners, and YoloArts board members.

Surroundings features paintings, photographs, mixed media, ceramic sculpture, and installation art by emerging and established artists from Yolo and Sacramento counties, each offering a unique perspective of the Yolo County context.

The artists whose work will be featured in the show are: Nathan Blue, Susan Brady, Dee Conway, Margaret Eldred, Alan Fishleder, Linda S. Fitz Gibbon, Emily Goldhahn, Robert Gonsowski, Claire Haag, Thomas Haley, June Hebb, Robert Jensen, Rachel Kline, Anne Lincoln, Aida Lizalde, Jaime Montiel, David Nasater, Natalie Nelson, Linda Nunes, Lyla Paakkanen, and Sara Post.

Each artwork in the exhibition is accompanied by a personal narrative statement by the artist. For example, for photographer Robert Jensen, it’s the imagery that “implicitly tells a story of the generations of Yolo County people who have shaped and have in turn been shaped by these surroundings”; for Rachel Kline it is a detailed close-up of horses; for Emily Golhahn it’s the port in West Sacramento where “we make and we do; we don’t just push paper around.” For emerging artist Aida Lizalde, it’s a ceramic sculpture installation “…with a shape (that) reflects the boundary of where the local indigenous Patwin people inhabited the Central Valley.”

“The beauty of our unique landscape, and the singular experience each of us has living and working here is represented in this show, one that focuses on the elements of Yolo County that resonated for each artist,” said Janice Purnell, creative director for YoloArts.

The 5:30-8 p.m. September 5 exhibition opening will include a meet the artists’ reception. Sweet and savory bites will be furnished by Zest West Bakery in Woodland. Live music throughout the evening will be provided by the Jim Frink Trio.

The Barn Gallery is located at the Gibson House and Property, 512 Gibson Road in Woodland, is open by appointment, and 1-4 p.m. on Sept. 14 and 28. For more information contact YoloArts at 530-309-6464.

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