The Moraga Art Gallery presents its holiday show, “Impressions-Expressions,” highlighting Asian-accented jewelry by K. de Groot, light-infused paintings by Carol Tarzier. and a bounty of artistic gifts for the holidays.
K. de Groot, a Lafayette artist, has mounted a cross-cultural collection of wearable art she calls Asia Accents, a name derived from her innovative use of exotic beads, pendants, and other trinkets gathered during adventurous years living and traveling in Thailand, Nepal, India, and other lands. “I trekked through countless markets and bazaars, bead and antique shops in search of perfect ethnic pieces to make beautiful, one-of-a-kind necklaces,” she says. International dealers keep her supplied with new treasures that inspire the creation of fresh, luminous pieces. She specializes in made-to-order necklaces for customers who’d like their own precious stones and gems incorporated into personalized designs.
Carol Tarzier, a painter and sculptor, captures color and fleeting light on shapes and forms found in still lifes and nature. Her oil paintings combine elements of realism and abstraction. While delighting in plein air painting, she also relishes studio work with a still life or a model. For a recent show, she assembled small oil paintings called “pochades,” in which she explored light on trees, water, rocks, fruit in a bowl, flowers, and sky. As a sculptor of bronze pieces, both figurative and abstract, she specializes in humans: complete figures, torsos, and portraits. The tour de force among her projects may be an eight-foot bronze memorial statue of the civil rights leader, C.L. Dellums, standing in the plaza of Oakland’s Amtrak station. Carol is an instructor for San Francisco’s Academy of Art University and with the Rossmoor Art Association.
The show, which also includes work by the gallery’s thirteen member artists and several popular guest artists, runs from October 25th to January 6th.
The public is invited to an opening reception on Saturday, October 28th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Use the occasion to meet and celebrate the artists, sip a glass of wine accompanied by light snacks and live music.