Moraga Art Gallery presents “Impressionism Times 2”
The Moraga Art Gallery presents an international exhibit, “Impressionism Times 2,” featuring the work of lifelong friends: ceramicist Jacqueline Proulx of Walnut Creek and the celebrated French-Canadian expressionist painter Rita Rodrigue, a resident of Quebec.
Proulx’s work has been called “absorbingly simple and fluid.” A variety of vases, bowls, and platters, both decorative and functional, reveals her deft hand and whimsical imagination. To wit: textured, earth-toned bowls blending colors and shapes and splashed with swoops of glossy bright reds or greens; platters and classic vases, their edges gracefully grooved and shaped. Also, porcelain vases adorned with impressionistic renderings — á la Monet – of colorful trees and flowers.
Art critics claim that the vivid colors and abstract shapes found in Rodrigue’s riveting and profound paintings “reach out to us in the continuity of our memory of time, life, and death.” Indeed, her soulmate Jacqueline recalls their girlhood together: “I wrote poetry while Rita worked to translate her emotions and dreams into a visual interpretation of reality.” Her non-objective paintings, using interrelated shapes, colors and textures, effect a spellbinding array of light and dark moods and feelings.
The show, which also includes the gallery’s 13 member artists and several guest artists, runs from March 21st until June 2nd. The public is invited to an opening reception on Saturday, March 24th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. 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. Its hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 12 noon to 5:00 p.m. For more information, visit www.moragaartgallery.com or call 925-376-5407.