Beth Cohen (multi-media) &
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 2, 2007, 5:00 p.m.
Michael Anderson (wood and light)
Exhibit remains through July 3
The rusty metal sculptures that I create come from my need to recycle and reuse materials that I find on my walks or that friends find and leave on my doorstep.
At first they were ornaments and hanging mobile pieces and then faces began to form themselves and then bodies so they became very figurative. The beach
washed glass I also find and it became decorative elements and then eyes and jewelry. The drawings are ongoing images that come from reading novels and seeing the characters come to life in my minds eye. The rest are anthropomorphic characters I have made up and been with me for many years appearing and reappearing at times.
I recently was given a digital camera and began photographing again after many years hiatus. What caught my attention was shadows and the negative spaces around objects. I have been combining them to form quilts of texture and shapes. Printing them on paper seemed static so I decided to print onto fabric and layer them like scrim to allow light to again become part of the image. I like the gossamer effect when one image appears through another creating
curtains of light, semi-transparent walls.
My education and background are in the fine arts and photo processes.
I live and work in Oakland, California.
Michael Anderson, well know locally for his beautiful Torii Gate that is being installed at Gualala Arts Center, will be showing some of his current wood art work in the June Dolphin Show along with Beth Cohen showing her multi-media pieces.
Michael's personal journey began as a designer and craftsman in rural Pennsylvania working with Amish timer framers. He did historic restoration at Hancock Shaker Village in Massachusetts.
Then he lived in Japan for twelve years where he apprenticed for master temple carpenter Katsuhiro Okumoto. A frequent contributor to books and magazines, Anderson has lectured worldwide on traditional Japanese architecture. He is now based in The Sea Ranch and specializes in timber framed architecture and furniture. Visit his website
for more information and samples of his work.
The Dolphin Gallery is located at 39225 Highway One in downtown
Gualala, CA, 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.