MORAGA: The Moraga Art Gallery kicks off 2016 with an exhibit of eye-catching landscapes by photographer Wenda Pyman, whose work calls to mind such masters as Larry Ulrich, David Muench, Ansel Adams and Eliot Porter. The featured guest artist, Joan Ragno, has a colorful collection of garments in silk, wool, linen, and neoprene. The public is invited to an Opening Reception on Saturday, January 16th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Use the occasion to meet the artists, enjoy a glass of wine accompanied by light snacks and live music.
The show’s centerpiece, a standout image of sunrise in the Florida Keys, captures the timelessness of tide pools and ancient coral beds. For Wenda, photography is a means of self-expression, but also she seeks to convey a sense of place for the viewer. Her challenge is to intercept the light and capture the scene in all its glory. Leonard Missone once said, “Light glorifies everything. It transforms and ennobles the most commonplace and ordinary subjects.” But personally for her, it’s is not just about light, composition or location, but finding harmony and balance between color, lines, textures and rhythmic patterns. She wants the viewer to be transported into the scene and experience that awe and oneness with nature that speaks to her. As a result, she’s also developed a deep appreciation of the natural world and the environment.
The show, which includes paintings, ceramics, jewelry, and more by the gallery’s fifteen member artists and several guest artists, runs from January 13th to March 19th. The public is invited to an opening reception on Saturday, January 16th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Use the occasion to meet the artists, enjoy a glass of wine accompanied by light snacks and live music.
The gallery is located in the Rheem Shopping Center, at 522 Center Street, Moraga. Its hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 12 noon to 5:00 p.m. For more information, visit www.moragaartgallery.com or call 925-376-5407.