Just ask any artist what inspires and influences their art and most will reply that their surroundings or environment are the key factors. For the seven artists highlighted in this exhibit, who all live along the narrow Sonoma and Mendocino coastal strip, inspiration comes easily from the unique shapes, lines and colors created by the angular cliffs hugging the sea shore, redwood forests and broad meadows bordered by massive Cypress.
The coast’s only main road, scenic Highway One, meanders through alternating views of crashing waves, quiet shadowy ravines and quaint farms. Inspiration can come as much from giant storm waves pounding graceful sea arches or a rusting farm gate as from a tiny Calypso orchid pushing up through a darkened forest floor.
The “Hidden Treasures” artists’ works are diverse, and whether realistic or abstract, come from their life experiences of living in such a rich and stimulating environment. “Hidden Treasures” defies description until you realize that the treasure lies in the hearts of the artists and not buried in the sand. The best part, however, is that it can also be found in the heart of the beholder.
Come experience the coast, come to learn more about the artists, come to experience the art and find that hidden treasure within yourself.
- Marilyn Green: mixed media and photography
- Jane Head: paintings and ceramics
- Jennie Henderson: fiber arts
- Mike Henderson: graphite and charcoal drawings and ceramics
- Bruce Jones: watercolor and ink drawings and paintings.
- Ling-Yen Jones: jewelry
- Judy Pfeifer: pastels, paper cuts and ipad paintings