The Moraga Art Gallery opens a new show entitled “EAST-WEST PORTAL,” August 16, signifying a mix of contrasting cultures embodied in the collages of resident artist Pamela Murray and jewelry by guest artist Jyotsna Chawla.
Having been an artist and teacher for twenty years, Pamela Murray has worked in numerous mediums and styles, focusing mostly on texture and color. Captivated by collage, she uses fragments of colored paper in place of the “brush strokes” typical of more traditional artists. “Collage is like a puzzle,” she claims, “with lots of license to ‘re-phrase,’ or ‘translate’ images” in order to create generally busy and playful, yet structured and precise, eye-catching works of art. Pamela’s collages, paintings, prints, and drawings have often appeared galleries from Carmel and Monterey to Berkeley and currently hang in collections throughout the world.
Jyotsna Chawla’s fascination with jewelry is rooted in three generations of her own family’s tradition of crafting lavish jewelry. Under the brand name Manjusha, meaning “treasure chest of jewels,” her work mingles intricate design with contemporary tastes. Semi-precious stones set in 22K gold plated sterling silver materials endow women of all ages and lifestyles with vivacity and savoir faire. Jyotsna’s work is inspired by the beauty of the royal Jadau designs, an ancient art of embedded stones that calls to mind a bygone era of regal palaces and princely extravagance.
The gallery’s fourteen member artists will also have paintings, photographs, ceramics, jewelry and finely-crafted woodware on display.
The public is invited to a free opening reception to meet the artists, enjoy wine, light snacks and live music on Saturday, August 19th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
The gallery is located in the Rheem Shopping Center, at 522 Center Street, Moraga. Normal hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 12:00 noon to 5:00 PM. The show runs from August 16th through October 21st.