Here are my Best Bets in the visual arts for this week.
The new exhibition that just opened at the Graton Gallery, in downtown Graton, is their second annual juried Small Works 2014. The juror, artist Bob Nugent, selected approximately 80 pieces that were submitted by artists from throughout Northern California. Various media are represented, including painting, printmaking, and sculpture. A number of awards were given, with First Place going to Ken Berman for his painting High Voltage. The exhibition will be on view through March 30. For more information, check their website, gratongallery.com.
Next I want to mention that, two long-time West Sonoma County artists, Bill Wheeler and Pieter Myers, are showing their etchings, lithographs, photogravures, and drawings at the Canessa Gallery in San Francisco. The exhibition, Wheeler & Myers: Works on Paper, is part of the Southern Graphics Council International Conference. With their studios on adjoining properties in Occidental, Wheeler and Myers have shared artistic inspiration for over thirty years and are now showing their work together as part of this international event. The SGCI conference is being held in San Francisco this year, and numerous Bay Area venues and arts organizations are participating with events throughout the month of March. An Artist’s Reception for Wheeler and Myers will take place on Saturday March 8, from 3 to 7 p.m. at Canessa Gallery, located at 708 Montgomery Street and Columbus in San Francisco. The exhibition continues through March 30. For more information check the gallery website, canessa.org.
Then, the new exhibition opening at the Hammerfriar Gallery, in Healdsburg, features the work of Gordon Onslow Ford, John Anderson, and Robert Percy. This historically significant exhibition is co-sponsored by Calabi Gallery, which has very recently moved to Santa Rosa from its Petaluma location. Gordon Onslow Ford, who died in 2003 at the age of 91, was one of the last surviving members of the surrealist group associated with André Breton in Paris during the 1930s. In 1957 Onslow Ford moved to Inverness, on the Point Reyes Peninsula, where he eventually co-founded the Lucid Arts Foundation. Contemporary painters Robert Percy and John Anderson each worked as studio assistants for Onslow Ford. All three painters addressed themes of perceptual consciousness, dreams, and the spiritual impulse in their work. The exhibition opens with a reception on Saturday, March 8, from 6 to 9 p.m. and continues through May 4, 2014. A panel discussion with Dennis Calabi, B. Kalivac Carroll, and Robert Percy will take place at the Gallery on Sunday, April 20; from 3 to 5 p.m. Hammerfriar Gallery is located at 132 Mill Street, in Healdsburg. For more information, check their website, hammerfriar.com.