Wanderlust: An exhibit of places we long to wander and explore

Summer represents a time to roam and discover the beauty of places near and far. Six artists exhibiting in the new Gallery 625 show, Wanderlust, explore places of beauty from Yolo County to landscapes of Europe and beyond. The show opens on June 3 at YoloArts’ Gallery 625.

The artists, from Davis and Sacramento, featured in the show are:

Rhonda Egan, Kathleen C. Gamper, Mary Neri King, Anne Lincoln, Judy Asplund Neal, and Carole Stone

This group of artists refer to themselves as “Six Women Artists” and frequently meet up at YoloArts’ monthly Art & Ag farm visits and, occasionally, show their work together.

“During Covid our group of six took on increased significance for each of us and we continued to meet through Zoom, where we could remain dedicated to a common purpose and have good camaraderie,” said artist Kamper. “We have made new friendships through our common alliance of painting, drawing, and the broader visual arts umbrella.”

The exhibition includes works in acrylic, oil, pastel and watercolor, exploring points of interest such as landscapes in France, Spain, and Italy; the California coast, Lake Tahoe and the backroads of Yolo County.

In her artist statement for the show, Rhonda Egan said, “Whenever possible, I bring my paints on my travels and love the challenge of new places. I can’t always paint on a trip but certainly I am always photographing with an eye for a future painting. I am happy to share many of my favorite places to paint.”

Artist Carole Stone describes her wanderlust inspiration in her artist statement, “Wandering far and wide in my pursuit of beauty, my passion is capturing exquisite natural settings in every kind of light while battling the elements. Some of my paintings are completed in plein air and are raw and of the moment; other paintings are reworked and enlarged from smaller studies. With each creation, I am forming an impression and emotional connection with the great outdoors and the transcendent beauty of this land.”

The artists will attend the opening reception, 5:30-8 p.m. Friday June 3, coinciding with the downtown Woodland First Friday event. Lyrical flute music will be performed by Sue Sheya and light refreshments will be available. Face coverings are encouraged in the gallery and the most recent recommendations from the Yolo County Health Officer will be followed.

The artwork can also be viewed (and purchased) online at yoloarts.org/online-galleries.

Wanderlust continues at Gallery 625 through August 2.

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. For more information, contact YoloArts at ya@yoloarts.org or 530-309-6464.

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