Fused glass of Dianne Van de Carr &
Opening Reception: Saturday, August 4, 2012, 5:00 p.m.
Photography of Paul Brewer
Exhibit remains through August 29
The Dolphin Gallery presents an exhibit of the fused glass of Dianne Van de Carr and the photography of Paul Brewer from the opening reception on Saturday, August 4 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. until the show's conclusion on Wednesday, August 29, 2012.
Dianne Van de Carr
This show features ocean-themed fused glass pieces - jellyfish mobiles, whimsical fish, crustacean abstractions, jewelry pieces and more. Many of Dianne Van de Carr's creations undergo multiple workings both as the glass is fused and later in extensive cold work. She also employs an acid etch to produce the desired effects.
Although Van de Carr started working with stained glass, she has been refining her skills with fused glass since 1985. She has evolved a process she calls "Confusion" which she defines as a combination of attentive study, the "con" part, and the joining together or fusion of two or more pieces at high temperatures.
This artist enjoys the technical challenges of working with power tools and of forming the materials as well as the creative effects derived from the color and textures produced in the final pieces. Although she is self taught, her extensive experience in the medium and her commitment to glass and pottery workshops have refined her skills over the years.
Van de Carr is especially interested in using glass powders and frit, ground glass. She is also exploring the mixture of glass and pottery in the same work. Often multiple firings are required to achieve the desired effect. Her work comes in both two- and three-dimensional shapes. She has functional bowls and dishes as well as earrings, pendants and necklaces.
A virtual tour of her artwork and examples of her commissions are available online at www.confusionglass.com.
Van de Carr divides her time between her Sea Ranch home and a residence in Carmichael, California, near Sacramento.
Since retiring, Paul Brewer has devoted himself to a lifelong interest in photographing the beauty of nature that was instilled in him at an early age by both his parents and grandparents. His particular focus has been wildlife photography. Paul, however, also enjoys photographing beautiful landscapes and will include some of his recent works in this show. The theme of his show will be "Special Moments and Special Places."
His concentration on aluminum prints to reproduce his wildlife scenes is a distinctive mark of his work. These images are created by infusing dyes directly into the surface of specially treated aluminum sheets. The result is unparalleled archival quality and superior durability that does not require protective glass. He also prints on archival quality paper.
After moving to Gualala, Paul received inspiration from the abundant wildlife and natural beauty found along the Mendocino and Sonoma coastline. Once freed from the restraints of a career, he found the time to hone his latent skills. Paul attributes his success to perseverance and hard work, mentoring by Craig Tooley, tremendous support from his wife Jacquie and his love of nature. Paul admires the hard-working osprey and has spent many hours watching them hunt. His photograph of an osprey carrying a large striped surf perch titled "Trophy Fish" rewarded his efforts.
He is a member of the North Coast Artists Guild. He was also a participant in the 2011 Art in the Redwoods show. This is his first two-person show at The Dolphin Gallery, but examples of his photos can be found there throughout the year. He has also been guest artist at the Edgewater Gallery in Fort Bragg. In addition to his display at the Dolphin Gallery, Paul also shows at the High Light Gallery in Mendocino. His collection of small birds is displayed at Wild Birds Unlimited, Santa Rosa.
Paul's website featuring his work is
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.