“Art Appassionata,” featuring paintings by Lisa Gunn Carol Tarzier, launches the Moraga Art Gallery’s 2015 schedule of shows.

MORAGA:  The exhibit “Art Appassionata,” featuring the landscapes and stills by Lisa Gunn of Orinda and oil paintings of the California coastline by Carol Tarzier, launches the Moraga Art Gallery’s 2015 schedule of shows.

Gunn, a classical pianist, fuses musical and artistic principles–texture, tone, and color– in her oil paintings. Tarzier, renowned for both bronze sculptures and painting, teaches at the Academy of Art University and at Oakland’s Studio One Art Center.

The show runs from January 14th to March 21st. The public is invited to a free opening reception on Saturday, January 17th from 5 to 7 p.m. in the gallery at 522 Center Street in Moraga’s Rheem Shopping Center.

Petaluma sheep, painting by Lisa GunnIn her paintings, Lisa Gunn concentrates on capturing qualities of light.  She strives to create a bond between herself and the viewer. “I don’t  show every detail, but paint as though it is a musical moment for me. I pick my subjects with great care—like a composer–and paint only what I find expressive or wonderful.”

Lady in Green, painting by Lisa GunnAdding final touches, she thinks of the expressiveness of music. Soft edges and broken colors echo the impressionistic sounds of Debussy or Ravel. Big, bold brushstrokes call to mind the chords of Beethoven’s later piano sonatas, and ethereal abstractions, Beethoven’s late string quartets. “Over time,” she says, “I have discovered that music and art, although executed differently, rest upon the same platforms.”

Carol Tarzier’s focus is figurative work in bronze and painting in oil, with ventures into abstract sculpture and pastel drawings on black Arches paper.  Her work has been shown in numerous national exhibitions and has earned numerous national awards “I love both figurative and abstract work,” she says, “and feel that the best work incorporates both.

Last light in Limekiln Bay by Carol TarzierI’ve recently returned to my first love – oil painting, and specifically plein air and working directly from the still life or model. This is intoxicating, perhaps because I’ve worked indoors on sculpture for many years.

Tomales Bay Evening, painting by Carol TarzierI love the immediacy of working en plein air; over the last year I’ve have put together shows of small oil paintings or pochades, in which my goal is to capture fleeting light and color outdoors.” These are the paintings that will be showcased at the Moraga Art Gallery.

The show also includes works by the gallery’s 16 resident artists and several guest artists.

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 the our website: www.moragaartgallery.com, call 925-376-5407 or email moragaartgallery@gmail.com.