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Barbara Ward-Clark (collage, encaustics)
& Walt Rush (silver, gold)

Opening Reception: Saturday, February 3, 2007, 5:00 p.m.
Exhibit remains through February 28
Dolphin Gallery

The Dolphin will be showing collage & encaustics by Barbara Ward-Clark and silver and gold handcrafted jewelry by Manchester artist Walt Rush. The exhibit will be from the opening on February 3 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. through February 28.

Barbara Ward-Clark
Barbara Ward-Clark (collage, encaustics) I combine the elements of abstraction and realism to create unique and unusual pictorial forms. My studies of Kurt Schwitters, Picasso, Robert Rauschenberg, Mark Rothko, and especially Joseph Cornell has had a profound affect on my work. I enjoy spending time interrelating multiple images and color in an effort to heighten the elements as portrayed in everyday society not unlike Andy Warhol.

Surrealism has also played a role in the way I arrange my compositions. In addition to painting, I enjoy creating works of collage and assemblage where I incorporate all the elements and principles of design.

I graduated from American River Junior College in 1972 where I received my A.A. While there, I received an award for my painting ability. Upon completing my studies at A.R.J.C., I entered Sacramento State University's art program where I earned my B.A. in 1975. I have studied under well-known artists such as Joseph Raffael for advanced drawing and Oliver Jackson for figure study. I was also exposed to the teachings of visiting artists Ralph Goings and Mel Ramos. These instructors have greatly influenced my work.

Walt Rush
Walt Rush (silver, gold) For over 35 years I have been creating and designing jewelry. Over this period of time I have developed many techniques to achieve various creative designs to my jewelry. Since moving back to the coast I have concentrated my efforts in making one-of-a-kind jewelry and precious metal sculptures.

I enjoy the outdoors and the beauty of the ocean so, my jewelry is created with a more fluid and organic look by casting in water, straw, hand fabrication, and wax carving which gives my jewelry a look like the rolling surf, crashing waves, driftwood and things of nature. I mostly work in Silver and Gold with precious and semi-precious stones.

I believe jewelry should be an adornment to the human body, just as a painting is to a room, or a sculpture is to that special place in a home or yard. My works-of-art in jewelry or treasured precious metal sculptures are designed for today's artistically minded consumers.

Currently, I am a GIA Associate member, (Gemological Institute of America) and a member of the Gualala Arts Center, the North Coast Artists' Guild, and a member of the Mendocino Arts Center.

If you need any of my services please stop by the Dolphin Gallery in Gualala on Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. or the Prentice Gallery in Fort Bragg on Wednesday's 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You can also reach Walt by emailing or checking his website

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 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please call (707) 884-3896 for more information.