YoloArts and Gallery 625 present: THE LANGUAGE OF TREES

YoloArts and Gallery 625 present: THE LANGUAGE OF TREES

A lifelong relationship with trees, from artistic subject to childhood confidante, has inspired Mary Neri King to create this special collection of artworks in the new Gallery 625 show, The Language of Trees, offering the many ways to experience trees. The show opens April 5 at YoloArts’ Gallery 625.

Forest Dream. 2020. Acrylic and mixed media, Mary Neri King

The exhibit includes drawings, collage, watercolor, prints, and acrylic, and some works with a combination of these media.

Mary Neri King of Davis says she has been inspired by trees her entire life.

“I have always sketched and painted trees. I was surrounded by trees growing up in New England, specifically Connecticut, which is why autumn colors seem to want to dominate many of my paintings. I raised my children in Winters, on five acres for thirty-two years. My art is a tapestry woven of these experiences,” King recently said.

The Majestic Palm. 2023. Acrylic, Mary Neri King

In her artist statement King goes on to say,

“Trees represent strength and a sense of place for me, especially those on the property where I lived. Those that turn vibrant colors in the fall, those that send sweet scents into the air, the bare trees whose limbs and branches tell me stories, the texture of the bark, and the light that flows between the branches – all have had an influence on my work.”

The exhibition features recent work by King, most using acrylics. She says she began her career with watercolor and has turned to acrylics over the last ten years for their brilliance and energy. Recently she has found a love of painting “en plein air” elevating her work as a passionate expression of the convergence of art and nature.

The artist, Mary Neri King, will attend the opening reception, 5:30-8 p.m. Friday April 5, coinciding with the downtown Woodland First Friday event. Lyrical flute music by Sue Sheya, light refreshments, and Yolo County wine will round out the reception.

Tangled. 2024. Acrylic, Mary Neri King


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

The Language of Trees continues at Gallery 625 through June 4.

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.

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