"All God's Creatures"
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 4, 5 p.m.
Beva Farmer (gouache), Tony Green (ceramics), Ellen Soule (stones)
Exhibit remains through March 30
"When Tony, Ellen, and I met to discuss our March art show at the Dolphin, we found that most of our work was of people or animals and we really liked Ellen's title, "All God's Creatures."
- Beva Farmer
Three artists working in three different media, but all
with the common inspiration from observation of animals, will
combine to bring an unusual and rewarding exhibit to the
Dolphin Gallery from March 4 to March 30.
Beva Farmer is a graphic
artist and teacher who has specialized
in calligraphy and serigraphy. In
1982 she retired from thirty years of
teaching, and began painting in
gouache - an opaque form of
watercolor. Her work is very stark
rather than complex because she wants to express the essence
of what she paints. "I care deeply about communicating with
people, with nature, and with God, by gently touching into and
feeling toward relationship and commitment. The pictures I
make are my attempt to do this."
Tony Green, commenting on
the world around him, uses the tools of
ceramics to create unique works of art.
Self taught for the most part, Tony has
studied ceramics at the Montpelier
Cultural Arts Center, Maryland;
Brandybuck Ranch, Point Arena; and at
the Mendocino Arts.
Tony has been inspired by the
work of two ceramists, Hungarian
Margit Kovacs and American Beatrice Wood. Margit Kovacs
was known for decorative sculptures that were totally or
partially thrown on the pottery wheel. Tony visited her
museum in Hungary, researched her techniques, and is
considered an authority on her life and work. Beatrice Wood
was known for her beautiful luster glazes and many humorous
works. Tony visited her studio and interviewed her when she
was 104 years of age. She advised Tony to "continue doing
work that seems to come from your heart."
has studied art at Bay Area schools and
in Paris, France. Her paintings, engravings and collages have
been exhibited at museums and galleries in San Francisco,
Richmond, Honolulu and San
Diego. The "rocks" have been
featured in Honolulu Magazine.
"I have always loved
nature and animals. As a child I
played with acorns, made dandelion
jewelry and built twig villages.
Later in life, when I had access to
west coast beaches, I became enamored with the smooth beach
pebbles. Some of them resembled various animals, so it was
amusing to search the sands for a special creature - a camel or
a walrus or such. It has been my pleasure for now forty years,
to try in my small way, to honor the wonderful creation on our
The Dolphin Gallery is located at 39225 Highway One in downtown
Gualala, behind the post office on the south side,
and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please call
(707) 884-3896 for more information.