Bruce Jones (watercolors) & Roy Austin (woodturning)
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 1, 5 p.m.
Exhibit remains through May 4
For April the Dolphin Gallery will showcase some local talent with new watercolors by Bruce Jones, current president of the Gualala Arts Board of Directors, and a selection of artistic wood turning from Roy Austin's workshop. Both artists strive to unlock an inner quality found in what they create. The exhibit opens on Saturday April 1 with an artists' reception from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the downtown gallery and runs through May 4.
This exhibit will show for the first time recent pieces that illustrate how
Bruce Jones has rethought his approach to his subject matter. He has always worked on compositions that created interest through the use of textures, line drawing, and values, but recently he has had an artistic epiphany that places renewed emphasis on color.
Last spring while touring in Eastern Europe, he was struck by the rich colors unrivalled elsewhere in his experience - strong greens found in limestone lakes, the rich tones in the waterfalls, and the shimmering blues on the Adriatic Sea. Inspired by this new insight, he painted daily on his trip and will display paintings from Prague, Krakow, and the Hungarian, Croatian, and Slovenian countryside.
Back on the coast he saw our local scenery in a new way that he captured in a number of new 20"x16" landscapes and seascapes. He will also present some of the best work from the past, including a painting of mechanical wheels with symbolic implications. The variety of approaches will provide the visitor with an interesting viewing experience chronicling the change in style.
Roy Austin's approach creates an interesting combination of the analytic and the intuitive. He prefers to work with natural, unprocessed wood that incorporates the natural defects usually eliminated by processors. The exquisitely crafted bowls, platters, urns, and candelabras he then produces are regularly displayed in several local galleries at reasonable prices.
He first selects a burl, tree crotch, or discarded piece that has interesting checks, knots, or swirls and then contemplates the wood until he sees how to release the inherent shape within. Using his engineering background, Austin applies mathematical principles to blend a classic sense of proportion with the natural richness of the material.
A member of the American Association of Woodturners, he is currently working on a book, The Mathematics of Profile and Proportion, which uses analytical geometry and calculus to generate profiles from conic sections derived from naturally occurring shapes. This combination of artistic and mathematical analysis has made his entries prizewinners in juried shows and as inclusions in museum collections.
Examples of creations by both men can be found on-line at
art.mcn.org. For further information drop by The Dolphin, located next to the post office in Gualala, or call the Gualala Arts office at (707) 884-1138.
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.