The Moraga Art Gallery announces “Creative Contrasts”, a new exhibit featuring George Ehrenhaft’s serene watercolor paintings inspired by California’s incomparable outdoor world, and guest artists, David and Reed Bowman’s brass and copper objects, shaped and hammered, ground and sanded into myriad decorative and functional works of art.
A resident of Moraga, Ehrenhaft is one of the gallery’s members. His works, many of them painted on location, depict, among other places, Mt. Diablo, Yosemite, and other less well-known sites between the Pacific and the Sierra Nevada. He calls himself a “visionary realist,” meaning that his paintings are typically a little visionary and a little realistic. Colors are often richer and brighter than in reality; edges are softer, shapes and textures more pleasing to the eye. Not at all avant garde, his work is said to soothe the spirit and satisfy the soul.
Moraga Art Gallery’s Featured Guest Artists, David and Reed Bowman, a father/son duo, comprise the David M Bowman Studio of Berkeley, founded in 1971. Using hand tools and simple machines, they turn copper and brass sheets and rods into distinctively designed vases, candle holders, sculptures, clocks, pedestal tables, wallpieces, and more. After brazing surfaces with torches, they mix and apply patina chemicals, producing a spectacular array of colors, patterns, and textures on each of their unique works.
The exhibit runs from August 17th to October 22nd and includes works by the gallery’s 16 member artists and several guest artists. The public is invited to the Opening Reception on Saturday, August 20th from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. Use the occasion to meet the artists and sip glass of wine, accompanied by light snacks and live music.
The gallery is located in the Rheem Shopping Center, at 522 Center Street, Moraga. Hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 12:00 noon to 5:00 PM. For further details, visit http://www.moragaartgalley.com or call 925 376-5407.