Now open in the Burnett Gallery at Gualala Arts Center, “My Valuables—What Really Matters?” is a new, personal and interactive exhibit curated by Holly Stiel. The show, opening Friday, October 2, 2020, will combine a variety of art forms and take visitors on an inspiring journey through the artists’ ideas of what is valuable, via these disparate mediums, personal collections and recollections. The Arts Center will be open daily from 11 am to 4 pm through November 6, 2020.
Inspired by the devastating, destructive and distressing aftermaths of fires, floods and various catastrophes, the artists take a deep look at what matters, and what is ultimately valuable. The show explores the meaning we attach to our “stuff” through the memories and stories we have attached to those things.
The sculptures, like a phoenix literally rising from the ashes, bring new life to what was lost. The goal of the exhibit is for each person to embark on their own personal journey, imagining their own unique valuables, and it is an opportunity to reflect on what is important in these times of ever-present climate caused adversities.
Visitors are encouraged to bring their own memories to share during this exhibit. Sharing is simple. Bring an image and a description or short personal story on a half-sheet of paper or (preferably) on a 5”x7” card (click here for example). These personal memories will be tacked to the walls of the Elaine Jacob Foyer, to be shared with everyone who comes through the exhibit. After posting your memory and enjoying the posted memories of others, take time to explore the “My Valuables” in the Burnett Gallery. The exhibit includes sculpture by Peg Videtta, photography, paintings by Bill Apton, and additional works by Patrick Sumner and Sheila Davies Sumner.
Adding an even more personal touch, a video with music has been created by artist, writer, poet and curator Holly Stiel, along with composer Jana Stanfield.
Holly Stiel is a Gualala resident, and is a Poet, Performance Artist, Author, Speaker and entrepreneur. Stiel brings a love of words, storytelling, and a deep heartfelt connection to relationships on all levels that has allowed this show to come to fruition.