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Reception: Friday, July 1, 2011 at 5:00 p.m.
Exhibit remains through July 31
Gualala Arts Center

Drawing of a horse, by Leonardo da Vinci The midsummer juried exhibit Drawings, scheduled for the month of July, 2011, challenges artists to create what can be termed fine art by using the most basic tools of their trade. Drawing has traditionally been the means for artists to work out their ideas of visual expression in rough draft, but drawings may also comprise a finished form of expression, and this show will illustrate the beauty, variety, and depth of expression possible with this medium.

For this event curator Bruce Jones encourages artists to consider the broadest definition of drawing, from traditional monochromatic pieces to modern colored pencil works that challenge the boundary between drawing and painting, from sketches that capture an image in simple lines to subtlety shaded complex charcoal or chalk subjects.

Drawing is often exploratory, with considerable emphasis on observation, problem solving and composition. Drawing is also regularly employed in preparation for a painting, which involves the application of liquid paint onto prepared canvas or panels and, sometimes, an under-drawing is laid down first on that same support. These uses can obfuscate the distinction between drawing and painting.

Also, there are a number of subcategories of drawing, including cartooning. There is a surrealist method of "entoptic graphomania" in which dots are made on a blank sheet of paper and then lines are made between the dots. Dry media, such as chalk, may be used in pastel paintings. Drawing may be done with a liquid medium, applied with brushes or pens.

This show aims to present drawing as an art form in all its manifestations, from a quick, unrefined sketch to a realistic charcoal or pencil piece rich in texture and depth, from abstract design to the realistic textures of metal, wood, fur, flesh and of other materials. Hopefully, this challenge to artists will evoke drawings that will allow visitors to appreciate the skill of drawing as fine art.

Paul Mullins, Acting Chair of the Art Department at San Francisco State University, will serve as juror for Drawings. Artists may submit up to three pieces using any number of drawing instruments to mark a two-dimensional medium, including graphite pencils, pen and ink, inked brushes, color pencils, crayons, charcoals, chalk, pastels, markers, stylus, or various metals like silverpoint.

The opening reception is Friday, July 1, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with appetizers and a no-host wine and beer bar. This exhibit in the Burnett Gallery and Elaine Jacob Foyer runs through July 31.


Entry deadline has been extended
- enter ASAP.
Entry forms can be downloaded
from the Gualala Arts website.
Call the office at 884-1138
for additional information.

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