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Gallery @48 Natoma E - 700000

Contact: Cindy Abraham, Gallery Director
Folsom Parks & Recreation Department,
Community and Cultural Services, (916) 355-7285

“Wish You Were Here” new exhibit at Gallery at 48 Natoma
July 14 to August 31, 2017
Opening Reception - Friday, July 14, 2017, 6:00-8:00pm

Hours are Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm,
with additional hours Tuesday and Wednesday nights from 6-8pm
and now new Second Saturday hours, beginning June 10, 9:00am-1:00pm.

Summer is traditionally the time for vacations, but if you can’t go abroad this time of year, do the next best thing and come to the Gallery at 48 Natoma in Folsom to see the newest exhibit, “Wish You Were Here.” Three northern Californian artists have specialized in subjects from their many travels; beautiful towering cathedrals, colorful houses clustered on hillsides, and quaint city cafes are just a few of the scenes portrayed by Barbara Kempe watercolors, David Crosby photographs, and Phillip McDonel sketchbooks. The exhibit opens July 14 and continues to August 31, 2017.

Barbara Kempe, has traveled extensively in Portugal, Spain, Morocco, France, Italy, Turkey, the Czech Republic and Mexico, as well as the U.S., with plein-air painting as the focus of every trip. She has sketched in wide-ranging locations, from sitting on a riverbank in Urapan, Mexico to looking out over the balcony of St. Mark’s in Venice, Italy. With these travels as inspiration, exotic foreign locales have been featured in a new series of travel-themed studio paintings. The paintings integrate complex graphic shapes with vibrant exaggerated colors to create strong value contrasts and unexpected color combinations for a dramatic and unique personal statement. “My painting has always been devoted to the challenge of transparent watercolor. I love exploring the diverse properties of this elusive medium, and I look forward to the beginning of each new painting as beginning a new adventure.” She is currently a signature member of both the National Watercolor Society and Watercolor West and has exhibited and won awards in many regional and international juried competitions.

David Crosby has traveled to dozens of European nations including Austria, Germany, the Czech Republic, Netherlands and Belgium, and thinks visiting Europe can be a real history lesson. “I never tire of being surrounded by all the antiquity and seeing how other cultures live,” says the photographer. “The camera cannot see like the human eye,” says Crosby. “It is up to the photographer to develop his images in such a way as to mimic what the eye can do - reach into the shadows and tone down the brightness, control contrast and of course determine the composition. There is no substitute for starting out with a good image but the artistry continues with the development of that image. That is the difference between snapshots and fine art.” He has been taking photographs since 2005 and continues to love the mountains and the ocean in California.

Phillip McDonnel, is an award-winning graphic designer that also enjoys drawing, painting, and copper plate etching. Hi travels have taken him all over the world as he sketches on location. He has taught at the Academy of art College, California College of arts and Crafts and San Jose State University. His work has been exhibited in Sand Francisco, New York, Los Angeles and Quebec. “Art has been my life-long passion,” says McDonel, “I have tried to include that passion in all aspects of my work.” Gallery visitors will be encouraged to look through more than a dozen of McDonnel’s fantastic sketch books that will be on display.

In the adjacent Community Gallery at 48 Natoma, the Annual Student Show will showcase artwork from a variety of adult art classes held at the 48 Natoma Art Center. Classes include Chinese Brush Painting, watercolor, ceramics and more.

The public is invited to celebrate both exhibits at the free opening reception on Friday, July 14, 2017 from 6:00 to 8:00pm, with refreshments, wine and live jazz saxophone music by Jerry Fairlie.

The Gallery at 48 Natoma is managed by the Folsom Parks and Recreation Department and showcases art by regional and national professional artists, area museum collections and traveling exhibitions; offering high quality original art exhibits to the community that may otherwise not be experienced in this area.

The gallery is free and open to the public and art is available for purchase. Hours are Monday through Friday from 9-5, with additional hours Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from 6-8pm. Free tours can be arranged by appointment. For more information contact Cindy Abraham, (916) 355-7285, or cabraham@folsom.ca.us.

  Activity Description Dates Times Meet Days Locations Ages Price        
Wish You Were Here
07/14/2017 -08/31/2017
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Su, M, Tu, W, Th, F, Sa
Senior / Arts Center
Kid in the Candy Store
09/08/2017 -11/02/2017
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Su, M, Tu, W, Th, F, Sa
Senior / Arts Center

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