“Precision Beauty,” the Moraga Art Gallery’s new exhibit, features interpretations of nature in the form of jewelry by member artist Kuniko Kay Nitta of Walnut Creek and watercolor paintings by Berkeley’s Karen Kramer.
Kuniko draws her inspiration from the simple aesthetic beauty of Japanese nature, which influenced her formative years in Japan. She specializes in “cabochons,” semi-precious stones individually cut, shaped, ground, and polished with extreme precision to reveal their embedded colors and unique patterns. Kuniko claims to be “compulsive in pursuing “precision beauty,” patiently using five different grinders in order to bring out the natural beauty of each stone. Painstakingly-crafted, some stones are adorned with beads, expertly wrapped or framed with delicate sterling silver or 14K gold-filled wire to make one-of-a-kind pendants, pins, and earrings.
Guest artist Karen Kramer, back for an encore of her acclaimed 2014 exhibit at the gallery, whimsically transforms groups of leaves, neighborhood groves and gardens, majestic mountains, tropical jungles, endangered birds and more into lyrical fantasias of shapes and blended colors. An Oakland resident, Karen paints elements of nature, striving to capture the mystery, variation, and whimsicality of the natural world. “I see endless contradictions within the same landscape: light/dark; arid/wet; living/dying,” she says, adding that she passionately examines this “harmonious paradox” and is “transfixed by the complex tapestry of nature and its constant flux.”
Running from June 6th to August 11th, the show also includes work by the gallery’s 14 other members. An opening reception, to which the public is invited, will be take place on Saturday, June 9th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Come to see the art, meet the artists, sip a glass of wine and enjoy conversation with other local art lovers. 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 http://www.moragaartgallery.com or call 925-376-5407.