The Moraga Art Gallery announces the opening of “Into the Wood(s)” an homage to trees, opening on the first day of spring, March 20th.
Watercolor landscapes by George Ehrenhaft, the show’s featured artist, capture the arborial splendor of Lamorinda and beyond — from the Pacific shore to peaks of the Sierra. Largely self-taught, George, a Moraga resident and former high-school English teacher, experiments with styles from realistic to a vaguely abstract. “My paintings are typically a little visionary and a little realistic,” he says. “Not at all avant garde, they push no boundaries, but I’m told they soothe the spirit, satisfy the eye and encourage viewers to look deeper.”
The show’s featured guest artist, Duke Herrero of Orinda, has created museum-quality wooden objects — utensils, table-top boxes, footstools, cutting boards, and more — all hewn and lovingly shaped from a variety of trees from everyday walnut and cherry to exotic ipe and cocobolo. Duke brings to woodworking the focus, hand-eye coordination, and attention to detail he practiced during a forty-year dental career. “Wood is the perfect medium for me,” he says. “The essence of each species is revealed by its distinctive odor, feel, and grain pattern. The quiet and Zen-like experience of using hand tools is gratifying in every way.” Duke treasures the untold hours spent in his shop/studio where, as he says, “Days fly by. To stand back and feel that I have honored the spirit that once lived within a tree–that is the purpose of my art.”
The show, which runs until June 1st, also includes work by one of the East Bay’s most celebrated painters, Teresa Onoda, as well as ceramics, fused glass, jewelry, collage, photography and paintings by the gallery’s members and other guest artists.
A free opening reception on Saturday, March 23rd from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. the public is invited to meet the artists, enjoy a glass of wine and light snacks accompanied by live music. The gallery, located in the Rheem Shopping Center, at 522 Center Street, Moraga. is open Wednesday through Sunday from 12 noon to 5:00 p.m.
For more information, visit www.moragaartgallery.com or call 925-376-5407.