“Waters of the Koi” Moraga Art Gallery hosts show of abstract paintings by Heather Metcalf and turned-wood bowls by Jacques Blumer

MORAGA: The Moraga Art Gallery announces the show, “Waters of the Koi”, highlighting the bright, colorful abstract paintings of Heather Metcalf, and the exquisitely turned-wood platters, bowls and vases of Jacques Blumer. The show opens October 29 and will run through January 11, 2015. There will be an opening reception to see the exhibit and meet the gallery’s artists on Saturday, November 1 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. The reception is free and the public is invited to attend.

Abstract Painting by Heather MetcalfResident gallery artist Heather Metcalf will exhibit abstract oil paintings inspired by her koi pond. Using brilliant splashes of color and texture, she creates an energy-filled canvas, fluid and inviting. Trained at L’Ecole des Arts Decoratifs in Strasbourg and at the Pennsylvania Academy for Fine Arts (PAFA), Heather has exhibited in numerous shows in Europe, the Eastern U.S., and California.

Originally from Australia, the Moraga resident is an artist concerned with the visual complexity of nature and its dynamic interaction of form and color. She draws a personal vocabulary from repetitive elements of her surroundings, and each painting or drawing is a direct response to the visual stimuli of nature’s shapes and patterns. Color is an important element within her paintings and she is passionate in reflecting the organic world of this interplay of shapes and colors in her work. Integral to each work is the spontaneity of the drawing and its linear underpinning, which gives the abstraction of the piece an underlying figurative basis.

Recently, Heather has been stimulated by the fluid images derived from the aqueous world – in particular her koi pond. She enjoys the floating shadows, the fluid floral images and the hovering marine patterns. Her paintings are built through successive layers of transparent, luminous color and reworked surfaces on wood or canvas. Heather’s work is constantly in flux with each complex composition allowing the viewer to glimpse her outer world superimposed on a highly personal inner vision. Hence “Waters of the Koi” have been created.

Jacques Blumer is a studio turner and has taught wood turning for the past fifteen years. He is a master turner specializing in dramatic natural edge bowls, thin-walled hollow forms and sculptural pieces. Using local woods grown in the western United States, the Moraga artist uses the natural grain and color of the wood combined with design and symmetry to define each piece uniquely.

Turned Bowl by Jacques BlumerAs one of only a few woodturners who has integrated marbling into his work, Jacques uses this ancient art form which applies complicated delicate painted patterns to the pieces. It is a unique skill mastered by only a few artists.

Jacques has many years of experience in developing and conducting training programs for all ages and levels of students.   He coordinates a developmental lathe training program at four high schools in the East Bay and teaches at the Mt. Diablo Woodturning Center and other venues.   He is a frequent demonstrator at AAW National Symposiums and periodically contributes articles to the American Woodturner on developing training programs and technical wood turning issues. He is a member of the Bay Area Woodturners Association and American Association of Woodturners.   He shows his work at art galleries throughout the West Coast.

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.