The Quicksilver Mine Co.
© Sonoma's Own
Of the Land
Three Artists Exhibit at Quicksilver
April 7óMay 14, 2006
The Quicksilver Mine Co. presents Of the Land, a exhibition of vibrant landscape paintings by three northern California plein air artists beginning on April 7th. Featuring recent work by Calistoga painter Jocelyn Audette and Occidental artist Adam Wolpert, Of the Land also offers a rare opportunity to view selected paintings by William Morehouse, who was also a member of the across-America painting group known as the "Sonoma Four".
Adam Wolpert's work reflects a lifelong engagement with nature, exploring themes of cycles, relationships and balance, and investigating the subtle distinction between the representational and the abstract. The pieces in this Show were painted primarily of Doran Beach (en plein air) at Bodega Bay in western Sonoma County. "The scenes are very simple," he says. "Sky, a line of land, trees, water or mudflats. When this elemental simplicity is combined with the ever-changing weather, the arc of the sun and the rhythmic breathing of the tides, exquisite variations are revealed."
William Morehouse studied painting at the California School of Fine Arts in the mid-50ís, and was a member of the art department faculty at Sonoma State University for decades. He and fellow artists Tony King, Jack Stuppin, and Bill Wheeler are perhaps best known for their journey across the United States in the early 1990's, recording their trip on canvas en plein air as part of the "Sonoma Four." (Bill Morehouse died in 1993.)
Audette, who received her BFA from the University of Colorado in 1977, is also well traveled, painting in Europe, the Caribbean, Mexico, the South Pacific, and the United States. Included in this show are views of Calistoga area vineyards, local creeks, Bodega Head, and the coast north of Fort Ross in Sonoma County. She is a regular member of the Thursday Night Drawing Group (sponsored by the Cultural Arts Council of Sonoma County in Santa Rosa) and has exhibited extensively throughout northern California.
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An artist reception for Of the Land will be held on Saturday, April 8th from 4ó6 p.m. The Exhibition continues through May 14th.