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Ann Berger, Clay sculpture &
Beth Seaward, Paintings

Opening Reception: Saturday, June 4, 2011, 5:00 p.m.
Exhibit remains through June 29
Dolphin Gallery

Dolphin Gallery will present clay sculpture shown by Ann Berger and paintings of Beth Seaward from the opening Saturday, June 4 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. through Wednesday, June 29.

About Ann Berger

Hotel Majestic à la Gehry by Ann Berger On the Northern California coast, about 2 hours north of San Francisco, sits my haven, my home, my studio. Twenty feet up from the roiling Pacific Ocean, I create clay sculptures while surrounded by a natural, beautiful and inspiring community.

As a clay hand-builder, my work is quite sculptural, focusing on organic and architectural shapes with a touch of whimsy. All pieces are creative impressions. My artistic training has touched on many points of the compass. As a college student I majored in Theatre Arts; then came weaving and jewelry-making - with a focus on lost wax casting and fabrication design.

The construction of my ceramics employs slab, coil and small units of stoneware clay pieced together and melded on the inside of the piece only - this way I am able to retain the textures I so admire.

Ann Berger My design process evolves from both firm ideas with sketches, as well as vague concepts for which bigger risks are taken and rewards given. I build both sculptures and sculptural vessels that are large, exuberant, colorful and enhanced with wildly varying textures.

All pieces are original; there will never be a "copy" because each sculpture is truly "one of a kind." I am a member of Gualala Arts in Gualala, California, and served as its Dolphin Gallery Coordinator from 1990 to 1995. Other memberships include the North Coast Artists' Guild, and the Mendocino Art Center.

I enter many juried shows during the year and my work has been featured at Marin Society of Artists' in Ross, Marin County, Gallery One in Point Reyes Station, Luther Burbank Center in Santa Rosa, as well as the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, the Mendocino Art Center and Arches Gallery in Healdsburg, California. I am currently represented by the Dolphin Gallery in Gualala, California.

About Beth Seaward

Beth Seaward Beth Seaward majored in music and theatre arts in college and still loves to create the element of surprise and audience participation in her paintings. When she moved to Mendocino in 1973, she began painting the coastal scenery in watercolor because she enjoyed the "dialogue" and fluid action of the medium. In 1990 she discovered the radiance of silk and the way that light interacts with the fabric surface to change the visual image of the painting.

Her works on silk have been featured in Decorative Artist magazine and also selected as demonstration pieces of Deka Silk paints. This interest in changing the image through light led to her painting on glass and using the reflections of the surrounding room to help "tell the story" and after the views of her subject matter.

Beth Seaward Beth's current paintings are interactive works on glass, silk or archival papers. The reflections in glass are used as part of the images painted on and behind the glass, making paintings of lakes and rivers change with the time of day, just as in nature. The works on silk use the sparkle of Habotai silk or the woven patterns of Jacquard silks to create the final image. The viewer sees the water current very slightly, if at all, but when viewed in different light or from another angle, very distinctly.

The materials used for these paintings are glass paints which are fired onto the glass, specially formulated pigmented and lightfast silk paints which bond to the fabric, or dry pastel applied to both silk and various paper surfaces. The images lead us from the coastal ocean and river scenes to the inland views of lakes, vineyards and valley scenery - our beautiful local scenery of water and wine.

The Dolphin Gallery is located at 39225 Highway One in downtown Gualala, CA
(behind the post office on the south side). Open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Please call (707) 884-3896 for more information.