MORAGA: The Moraga Art Gallery announces a new show entitled “Illuminated by Nature” highlighting the beauty and wonder of the natural world through oil and acrylic paintings by resident artist Kerima Swain and watercolor paintings by guest artist Karen Kramer. The show opens March 19 and will run through May 31, 2014. There will be an opening reception to see the exhibit and meet the gallery’s artists on Saturday, March 22 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. The reception is free and the public is invited to attend.
Walnut Creek artist Kerima Swain will feature her oil and acrylic paintings inspired by local scenes and her many visits to western national parks. A lover of nature, Kerima enjoys capturing breathtaking views with her camera and paintbrushes. She paints from her photographs as well as on location (plein air).
Originally from Taiwan, Kerima immigrated with her family at the age of17. Kerima started painting seriouslyfollowing many years of work in art-related fields including graphic design and art therapy. Her art education came from years of classes and workshops at Oregon State University, San Francisco State University, Notre Dame de Namur University, Walnut Creek Civic Arts Education, ongoing Art Society lectures and self-study.
In 2006, Kerima began exhibiting her art publicly and has since received several awards in local juried shows. Her paintings are in the homes of private collectors in the United States and Europe. She is not only a member of the Moraga Art Gallery, but also is the director of the Blackhawk Gallery. For more about the artist, visit www.kerimaswain.com.
Oakland resident Karen Kramer has based her work on a life-long affinity with the natural world – the complex tapestry of shapes, forms, textures, light, lines, and colors that make up the magnificence of nature. She is particularly drawn to the beauty of plant life and its relationship to the earth, water, and sky.
Karen’s work is both realistic and expressionistic. She takes everyday elements of the organic, natural world that she has observed from her own urban neighborhood to remote mountain ranges and tropical jungles, and expands upon them in an effort to capture their mystery, endless variation, whimsicality and richness. Through the use of color and composition, she creates lyrical and magical representations of the natural world, whether the subject is a humble group of leaves, a majestic mountain range or an endangered bird. Our natural world is always in motion, so she seeks to create a feeling of movement and inter-connectedness between the elements of the natural world through layering and other techniques.
Born in New York City, Karen was raised in Berkeley, California. She spent most of her career as a lawyer but has now returned to her original passions of painting and drawing. Over the years, she has studied art at UC Berkeley, the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, and Laney and Merritt Colleges in Oakland. Recent exhibits include the CA Watercolor Association’s 44th Annual National Show, Collector Gallery in Berkeley, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center Community Art Gallery, and Gallery 411/Classic Cars West (part of Oakland Art Murmur). For more about the artist, visit http://www.karenkramerart.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.
For more information, visit www.moragaartgallery.com or call 925-376-5407.