Moraga Art Gallery presents a new summertime show, Midsummer Synergies which opens Wednesday, July14 and runs through September 19th.
Midsummer Synergies will feature the vibrant creations of two Lafayette artists: ceramicist Donna Arganbright and printmaker, Danguole Rita Kuolas.
Along with an diverse array of appealing mugs, trays, bowls and plates, the Arganbright collection includes unique “attitude figures”– vases, each one different and each one rendered as a posturing human figure with hands on hips and clothed in a fresh, bright-hued glaze. All of these are meant to be taken home, used and loved
Kuolas attributes her etching expertise to a lifelong fascination with the drawn line that has evolved into environmental concerns, as evinced not only by renderings of plant life, but also replacing the usual solvents and acids in her work with water-soluble inks, non-toxic etching processes and by recycling scraps of etching paper into new sheets.
The images in the exhibit show the artist branching out from her usual abstracted imagery into more naturalistic representations.
Kuolas will demystify printmaking by doing a free public demonstration on Sunday, August 8th from 1-4 p.m. at the gallery. The public is invited to drop in for this free event. She will be demonstrating throughout the afternoon a solar etching and printing technique.
She will be using environmentally safe methods of etching plates, inking them and printing on a miniature etching press. Participants will get to choose a tiny 2” X 3” etching as a memento of the event.
The show also includes arresting papier-maché sculptures by guest artist Francine Garcia and scores of works by the gallery’s roster of sculptors, painters, jewelers, photographers, ceramicists, woodworkers, printmakers, and more.
The Moraga Art Gallery’s Gift Boutique features handmade gift items created by local artists including glass items, ceramics, beautiful wooden bowls, boxed cards, small paintings, soaps, decorative pillows, cards, jewelry and other gift items.
The gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday, 12pm-5pm and by appointment.
The gallery is located at 432 Center Street, Rheem Shopping Center, in Moraga.