The Moraga Art Gallery announces its springtime show, “Color and Caprice,” an exhibit that spotlights member artist, Angelica Samame’s eye-catching collection of stylized portraits of sophisticated women and guest artist, Elizabeth Russell’s ceramics, opening March 22- June 3.
Born and raised in Peru, and now a resident of Lafayette, Angelica has been captivated by art since childhood. Most influential in her evolution as an artist is Arthur Bernard, who espoused the principle that art should exemplify “the perfection of a surgeon and the spontaneity of a child.” Evocative of Modigliani’s models, her subjects are rendered with elongated faces and limbs as they arrange flowers, drink tea, chat with friends, or otherwise pass the time.
Adhering to that idea, Angelica begins each work with improvisation in mind. From paint or ink or pastel applied loosely and freely, colors connect, shapes appear and gradually emerge as recognizable figures, their distinct personalities captured by their body language, clothing, make-up, facial features, and setting.
Our guest artist, Elizabeth Russell, aka Liz R Honeypots, is from Forestville, CA. Her ceramics consist of utilitarian platters, mugs, casserole dishes and more. When not in use, all her pieces serve equally well as art objects, each boldly and tastefully decorated with a unique design derived from nature: trees, plants, and a menagerie of owls, honeybees, whimsical sea creatures – even mythical beasts and dragons.
Calling herself a one-woman factory, Liz has been enthralled by spinning mud ever since she was eight years old. While pursuing Physics, Applied Math and Creative Writing degrees at UCSD, she continued to experiment with clay, became a programmer, an engineering-through-legos instructor, a math teacher, a Peace Corps volunteer (beekeeping) – all the while working with clay in the background.
The public is invited to a free opening reception on Saturday, March 25th from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Use the occasion to meet the artists, sip a glass of wine accompanied by light snacks and live music.
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 March 22 through June 3. Visit http://www.moragaartgalley.com or call 925 376-5407 for more details. Like us on Facebook!