Tim Brody, pastels and
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 6, 2014, 5:00 p.m.
Brenda Phillips, ceramics
Exhibit remains through October 1
The September 2014 exhibit at The Dolphin Gallery features Tim Brody and Brenda Phillips. The opening night reception is on Saturday, September 6 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and the show runs through Wednesday, October 1.
This exhibit entitled "Contemplative Pastel Landscapes" will be Tim Brody's third show at The Dolphin.
Of his work Brody says, "I paint nature. Being present to nature's healing influence is the guiding principle of my life and art. I want to reconnect people to the richness and beauty that abounds within and around us.
"My intention is to invoke in the viewer a contemplative presence - freeing the busy, self-contracted, grasping mind into wakefulness, spaciousness and clarity that is ever present in the natural world.
"I paint on location and in the studio. I hold the initial inspiration/idea in my mind's eye allowing flexibility for the painting to take on a life of its own. The most important factor is the quality of light. This atmospheric light suffuses and permeates the scene conveying feeling, emotion, mood, and mystery.
"Each painting is a leap into the unknown, a fresh start. There is no road map or set formula. It presents its own demands, challenges, and calls for unique responses. Leading, following, listening, the process unfolds like a dance. The results are often beautiful and surprising."
Among the numerous awards he has received are the first prize ribbon at last year's Art in the Redwoods. Other 2013 awards include third place at the Marin County Fair, fourth place at the Napa Town and Country Fair and third place at the Invitational Small Works Show in the Graton Gallery.
When her son Jay won a Gualala Arts scholarship for ceramics he made at Point Arena High School, Brenda Phillips became inspired to try her hand at shaping clay after she retired from a career in teaching. The gift of time that retirement offers and seeing her son's beautiful bowls unlocked a creative burst that has been Phillips's passion for over a decade.
Phillips particularly enjoys the medium because she can make pieces that are not only artistic but also have a practical function. A bowl, a plate, a vase or even the cup she uses for her morning coffee all give her pleasure as she makes them and provide the satisfaction that they have a purpose in someone's daily life.
Initially Phillips began with Paul Stine in her hometown of Manchester and she spent many years with Kaye Like at Brandybuck, Like's pottery studio on Ten Mile Road. She has also studied at Mendocino Art Center, at Sierra Nevada College with Jeff Ostreich, and in workshops in Grass Valley and most recently in San Diego.
The magic begins when Phillips puts a lump of clay on her wheel and it begins to take shape. She enjoys experimenting with a wide variety of glazes that she mixes on her own, often tweaking the recipe to achieve a particular effect. She also finds the variety of results in the glazing process when she varies the firing schedule to be very exciting.
Her studio opens out onto her garden that she can see while working at the potter's wheel. The finished pieces often contain seashell or fish designs inspired by the nearby coast. The glazes frequently produce a subtle variation of color and tones that suggest an Oriental flavor.
This is Phillips's third two-artist exhibit at The Dolphin. Her previous shows were in 2008 and 2012.
Dolphin Gallery is located at
39225 Highway 1 in downtown Gualala, CA,
behind the post office on the south side.
Open daily 10am - 5pm
(closes at 4pm January-March).
Call (707) 884-3896 for more information.