“Memories of a New Future” Opens at YoloArts’ The Barn Gallery

In a new exhibition exploring the meaning of art during a pandemic, YoloArts will debut Memories of a New Future, a multi-media exhibition featuring the artwork of Yolo County and regional artists, makers, and thinkers. The Barn Gallery’s exhibition includes sculpture, paintings, drawings, photography, prints, mixed media installations and digital media

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Memories of a New Future includes the artwork of these artists:

Lynn Beldner, Multi-media, installation-based artist

Steve Briscoe, Sculptor

Melissa Chandon, UCD Professor of Design, painter

Chris Daubert, Artist, writer, curator

Glenda Drew, UCD Professor of Design, filmmaker, media artist

Jesse Drew, UCD Professor of Cinema and Digital Media, filmmaker, media artist

Mel Smothers, Contemporary artist

Artists Chandon and Smothers conceived the idea of the show pre-pandemic.

“Working on this show came about as a result of a conversation we had during the early part of the summer of 2019 after which it grew and developed into this amazing group exhibition,” Chandon recently stated. “We are friends, colleagues, and mid-career artists who show work internationally and are active in the local and academic community.”

The exhibition is a conceptual show with unique interpretations of the theme.

This group of artists has come together to reflect on the simple act of “embarkation” or the willful movement of people from one place to another.

In the artists’ statement for the show they say:
“Whether it is promise or peril, for adventure or escape, people have embarked on journeys for millennia. In our moment of “sheltering in place” we want to remind ourselves of the hopes and dreams represented by pushing off and heading into the unknown. “ Ireland/Northern Ireland, Steel and copper, Chris Daubert Ireland/Northern Ireland, Steel and copper, Chris Daubert

“Each of the artists, in very individual ways, examines the meaning of art in a world that has turned upside-down,” stated Janice Purnell YoloArts creative director. “The show’s theme is grounded in the journey we are all undertaking these days and these exciting works of art provide both a map and a reflection of our shared voyage into the unknown”

An Augmented Reality Workshop with Glenda Drew and Jesse Drew, will be held on Thursday October 15 at 7 pm via Zoom and introduce popular tools for creating Augmented Reality (AR) with hands-on demonstrations of how to use Artivive.

Workshop registration is available at yoloarts.org.

Memories of a New Future continues at The Barn Gallery through November 14.

An exhibition event will happen on Facebook Live,  4 p.m. Wednesday September 9.  All of the artists will be at this exhibition preview to talk about their work.

The Barn Gallery will be open to the public the next day, 4:30 – 7 p.m., September 10, and for every Thursday through November 14. The Barn Gallery will also be open on select Saturdays, and by appointment. Check yoloarts.org for details. Artwork can be viewed online HERE +

Face coverings and social distancing will be required at the gallery.

The Barn Gallery is located at 512 Gibson Road in Woodland. For more information contact YoloArts at ya@yoloarts.org.