Glass Art by Star DeHaven &
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 5, 2012, 5:00 p.m.
Paintings by PT Nunn
Exhibit remains through May 30
A sense of place is a unifying bond between the two artists at the May 2012 Dolphin Gallery exhibit. Both PT Nunn and Star DeHaven have participated in the annual Studio Tour and are familiar faces in the local art scene.
This is the second time they have held a
joint show at the Dolphin Gallery. The show opens with an artist reception at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 5 and runs through Wednesday, May 30, 2012.
combines -- in her interests, in her art, and in her life -- what are not generally considered compatible. With the analytical mind of a software developer, she sees a myriad of patterns in nature that she captures in her creations.
The northern California coast is a perfect environment for studying natural patterns. The turbulent chaos of the coast, especially during winter storms, masks an underlying order. Nunn sees this order in the swirling eddies of a tide pool or the swirling eddies of the iridescence in an abalone shell.
The artistic challenge, as always, is in transferring what she sees and feels through a visual medium so the viewer can share the experience. Her strategy to address this challenge is to look for the "drama" of the pattern. She believes every perception is framed by a "drama" or simple story. We spontaneously and unconsciously create these stories to convert our perceptions into memories and meaning. The little stories are what create our personal worlds.
She currently is painting with acrylics and watercolor with occasional diversions to small sculpture.
Nunn's creativity is not limited to painting and sculpture. She is the art director for Gualala Arts' bi-monthly publication,
a frequent illustration contributor to the quarterly
Redwood Coast Review
and designer of websites for artists. She also remains an avid student of perception and fractals.
More information and a virtual gallery can be found online at
is a well-known stained glass artist with many commissions from South Coast residents and business clients as well as those from the Santa Rosa, San Francisco, and San Diego areas. Her designs cannot be categorized by any particular style. She produces work that echoes traditional and art noveau influences, but is equally inspired by abstract patterns and colors.
Many of her pieces draw inspiration from the Sea Ranch locale of her studio and home. A number of them feature whales, dolphins, or fish swimming in swirls of glass or bubbles. She also enjoys mythical subject matter such as mermaids, fairies, and nymphs.
The path to her current medium has been a long exploration that started with fabrics. As a young adult she became a seamstress. She learned to spin alpaca and sheep wool and then to die the spun yarn. Eventually, her interest in color and texture lead her to a class in stained glass. Her apprenticeship included numerous classes, workshops with famed painter and glass artist, Narcissis Quagliata, and later a job at a wholesale retail glass shop.
She has honed her skills over the years and enjoys free-form pieces that include crystals, flame-worked beads, and fused glass. Working with glass is a labor-intensive task. It not only involves creating and drawing designs, but also the quest for sheets of glass with the perfect color and exact qualities to bring out the intent of those designs.
When she moved to Sea Ranch in 1986 she opened her own studio. She is a member of Gualala Arts and participates in both the annual North Coast Artist Guild's
Studio Discovery Tour and
Art in the Redwoods.
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.