YoloArts and Gallery 625 present: The Hot and Cold of It

The Hot and Cold of It, a solo exhibition, will feature the mixed media artwork of Linda Nunes. The show opens June 4 at YoloArts’ Gallery 625 in Woodland.

Nunes, a mixed media artist from the Bay Area, resides in the Sacramento area. She holds a Studio Arts degree from CSU Sacramento. Nunes has exhibited paintings, sculpture, large permanent and temporary installations locally and in the Bay Area, including several large commissioned pieces for restaurants and other commercial spaces. Her work is part of numerous private collections throughout California and the U.S. She currently serves on the board, and curates for, Sierra Wax Artists, a Sacramento region chapter of International Encaustic Artists (IEA). Nunes is a co-founder of Rancho Cordova Arts.

“After more than fourteen months we are excited to be resuming First Friday show openings and receptions. I hope everyone will come out to meet Linda and see this exhibition of her luminous and soulful works,” said Janice Purnell, YoloArts creative director.

Nunes’ work is mostly non-narrative, primarily two-dimensional and characterized by gestural marks, texture and color. She most often creates in the unique and ancient media of encaustic, combining pigment with bee’s wax and resin, or cold wax and oil. A finished piece may include a dozen or more other media.

“Viewing my work placed along a gallery wall is a tour through shapes, marks, lines and color that carry symbolic and private meanings. I expect the viewer will translate these into something personal as well. Digging and scratching into a surface or adding layers of paint are my own method of either healing, understanding my world or dealing with current issues,” Nunes said in her artist statement for the show. “My desire is that these paintings offer an invitation for the observer to linger, to consider what is beneath, covered or peeking through these layers of tactile and complex surfaces of hot or cold bee’s wax media.”

The artist will be attending the opening reception, 5:30-8 p.m. Friday, June 4, coinciding with the downtown Woodland First Friday event. Music will be performed by solo guitarist Jon Spivack.

The exhibition can also be viewed virtually at yoloarts.org, and at noon on June 21 Nunes will be giving a talk about her work along with a short encaustic wax painting demonstration, available for viewing on Facebook and Instagram @YoloartsCA.

Refreshments will be available outdoors in the gallery courtyard at the entrance to the gallery. Following recommendations and guidelines from California Department of Public Health, Gallery 625 will limit the number of indoor guests to 50% of capacity. To ensure a safe and healthy visit, masks will be required for all guests over the age of 2, including those who are fully or partially vaccinated.

The Hot and Cold of It continues at Gallery 625 through August 3.

Gallery 625 hosts exhibitions and receptions every other month. New exhibitions typically open on the first Fridays of February, April, June, August, October, and December.

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.

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