“Luminous – Nature Revealed and Reimagined” Moraga Art Gallery hosts show of photographs by Lucy Beck and fruit and vegetable bowls and jewelry by Margaret Dorfman

MORAGA: The Moraga Art Gallery announces a new show entitled “Luminous – Nature Revealed and Reimagined” highlighting the often fleeting, yet immortalized, beauty of the natural world through floral photographs by resident artist Lucy Beck, and fruit and vegetable bowls and jewelry by guest artist Margaret Dorfman. The show opens June 4 and will run through August 9, 2014. There will be an opening reception to see the exhibit and meet the gallery’s artists on Saturday, June 7 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. The reception is free and the public is invited to attend.

The gallery is located at 522 Center Street, Rheem Shopping Center, in Moraga. It is open Wednesday through Sunday from 12 noon to 5:00 p.m. For more information, visit this website or call 925-376-5407 or email moragaartgallery@gmail.com.

summer garden 2

Summer Garden 2

Lafayette artist Lucy Beck will feature photography of flowers where she shows us the ephemeral nature of flowers, so that they appear weightless, barely there, both fragile and strong, revealing complex structure. Known for her macro-photography, Lucy explains her inspiration, “Photography is a way to selectively document. I am drawn

to the complex but fleeting beauty we see in the curves of a rose petal, the translucence of a poppy flower, the light in an eye, be it a hummingbird or human. We have those fleeting moments when we see nature in its glorious perfection, and then we are left with memories. I like to put those memories on paper, so that as the flower fades, the trees lose their leaves, and we lose our light, we have these beautiful memories.”

Lisianthus Blossom

Lisianthus Blossom

The poem “Song of the Flower” by Kahlil Gibran was a major inspiration for this show. Lucy recently created, with filmmaker Ben Ellis, a video illustrating the intricate relationships of flowers to our own lives, which will be presented during the opening of this show. She explains, “I have become more and more conscious that this beauty we take for granted in nature is a fragile one, which makes photographing nature in various ways even more pressing. I hope that stopping to see the splendid intimate beauty that is fleeting will give us pause to consider doing what we can to preserve the complex web of life on our changing earth.”

Many of Lucy’s photographs are printed on Japanese Washi or mulberry paper, which also makes each picture unique as the fibers in the paper are different for each print. These photographs are all archival printings, meaning that the inks and papers and other surfaces pictures are printed on are designed to keep their vibrancy for 80 to 100 years.

Watermelon

Watermelon

Oakland artist Margaret Dorfman has taken common, everyday fruit and vegetables to another level with her art and craft. She captures the brilliant color and patterns of paper thin slices and creates incredible fruit and vegetable “parchment” bowls and jewelry.

She explains, “One evening while preparing dinner, I saw how beautiful the light was coming through a slice of zucchini, and the surprising complexity of its inner structure. I then held other vegetables to the light and each was so different but equally compelling. They looked like stained glass to me. I wanted to create something more permanent that would preserve the colors and structures as well as the translucency.”

Bracelets

Bracelets

For the last 17 years Margaret has done this work full-time. “It is deeply satisfying to work with these fruit and vegetables, and I can’t imagine anything else I`d rather do. There seems to be alchemy involved as they transform from “just” fruit and vegetables, and become objects of unexpected beauty. But I know it is not magic- and I am not really creating something new; I am only uncovering what was always there to see.” For more about the artist, visit www.margaretdorfman.com.

The show also includes works by the gallery’s 15 resident artists and several guest artists. The gallery is located in the Rheem Shopping Center, at 522 Center Street, Moraga.