Figures and Faces

The Figures and Faces exhibition on at the Pacific Art League of Palo Alto untill the end of the month looks great! Juried by Lynne Todaro (sculptor and director of Vargas Gallery at mission college) selected a wide variety of media with diverse approaches but all very emotive and expressive!

Lynne Todaro, director of Vargas Gallery at Mission College and sculptor in some opening remarks.

First place was awarded to GayLynn Ribeira for her oil Stages.

She could have picked up a co-first for her second piece, Memory!

I was awarded second place for my oil, bugatha1!

Here I am with juror Lynne Todaro, so honored that she chose three of my portraits for the exhibit, bugatha1, Tiny as the Universe and Eden!


The gallery manager Stephanie Amon asked me to give an artist’s talk about my People in my Neighborhood series.

Third place went to Tanya Larin‘s oil Christoph Köln at the Age of 50.

Cherryl Pape received an honorable mention for her graphite drawing Omonike seen here with her lovely model.


Jiajun Lu , was also awarded honorable mention for his ceramic sculpture, S.J. in 3D.

Connecting with Ganesha, an archival pigment print was awarded an honorable mention.

Archival pigment print.

Maura Carta and her self portrait in oil.

Maura Carta and her handsome model.

The man and his portrait!

Carol Bower and Her pastel Kami

Weijue Wang and her Graphite powder on paper, Now You See Me.

“la Dance” Revisited: This Side / The Other Side  archival pigment print photograph by H. Dogus Akaydin.

Venus and the Dark Veil of Censorship an Arista print digital photograph by The Antic Staatsoper.

Judy Kramer with her digital photograph and her darling model.

The Age of Wisdom, oil by Ayelet Gal-On.

Lamentation: A Sculpture for my Mother the Dancer by Ciaran Freeman a steel, nylon, spray paint and wood sculpture.

Ciaran Freeman gave a talk about his concept, research and process. His sculpture is much like a drawing in the third dimension welding together lengths of steel like individual lines from a pencil. He had looked toward Martha Graham  and her work with jersey for insights into his mothers dancing practice and designed this sculpture for her.

Dave Woodard was the final talk of the evening. He told us the fascinating story behind his terra cotta sculpture with fishhooks, Dream of a Spontaneous Utterance.  It was literally based on an actual dream he’d had after saying some things he’d regretted to a friend! How fabulous to dream in metaphor like this!

He had me at fishhooks!

Figures & Faces

Figures & Faces opened last night at Pacific Art League and we were very lucky to have juror, Ric Ambrose, Executive Director of the Richmond Arts Center join us. He was impressed with the quality and content of the submissions for this show, making this the   best Figures & Faces exhibition at PAL to date!  In this post I’ve linked the artist’s websites to their names where available. The exhibition runs until August 27, 2015.

PAL FB Screenshot - Figures and Faces 2015

Here’s a screen shot from PAL’s Facebook page (reception reminder)….

Figures and Faces 2015 PAL Reception - photo Marie Cameron

…and PAL always puts on a lovely reception.

Figures and Faces - Marie Cameron - 2015

I was very proud to have three oils selected, Blue Corset, Dahlia Days and Forte Pink, all pieces from my people at work series.

Ric Ambrose - Juror, Marie Cameron- Figures and Faces 2015

I was delighted when Ric Ambrose told me he saw these pieces as a triptych!

Figures and Faces 2015- PAL - Spirit ans Self - HD Video - Lizzie Brooks - 1st - photo Marie Cameron

Lizzie Brooks was awarded first place for her HD video and photos Spirit and Self, seen here in a still.

Figures and Faces - PAL - 2015 -1st place - Spirit and Self - Lizzie Brooks -photo Marie Cameron

Rick Ambrose recommended a quiet viewing of the video before the end of the exhibition to take in it’s full depth and texture.

Figures and Faces PAL 2015- Ric Ambrose, Diane Abt, Lin Fischer - photo Marie Cameron

Ric Ambrose with award wining artists, Diane Abt and Lin Fischer.

Figures and Faces - PAL - 2015  2nd place Lin Fischer- Side ways Glance- photo Marie Cameron

Lin Fischer received second place for her acrylic Sideways Glance.

Figures and Faces PAL 2015 - Diane Abt - Malala-One Girl Among Many  3rd  - photo Marie Cameron

Diane Abt was awarded third place for solvent transfer, encaustic, sumo ink, and thread sen to Japanese paper work, Malala : One Girl Among Many.

Figures and Faces PAL 2015- Ned Axthelm - Friday Night Jacket  - photo Marie Cameron

Ned Axthelm was given an honorable mention for his oil, Friday Night Jacket.

Figures and Faces - PAL - 2015 - Lino Azevedo - Untitled- photo Marie Cameron

Lino Azevedo won an honorable mention for his mixed media, Untitled.

Figures and Faces PAL 2015  - photo Marie Cameron

Tom Montan took an honorable mention for his oil, Danny.

Figures and Faces - PAL  2015 - photo Marie Cameron

Rachel Dwan‘s oil Florian.

Figures and Faces - PAL - 2015 - photo Marie Cameron

Empty Nester.

Figures and Faces - PAL - 2015 - photo Marie Cameron

Love how this wall works!

Figures and Faces PAL 2015 -Claudie Lee Browne - Two Sisters  - photo Marie Cameron

Claudia Lee Browne and her oil, Two Sisters.

Figures and Faces - PAL  2015 - Svetlana Neal - Melody  - photo Marie Cameron.jpg

Svetlana Neal‘s oil, Melody.

Figures and Faces PAL 2015 - Laurie Barna-The Face of Liberty - photo Marie Cameron

Laurie Barna‘s torn paper collage, Face of Liberty.

Figures and Faces PAL 2015 apres show - photo Marie Cameron

Leaving I realized that I missed something…

Figures and Faces PAL 2015- Post reception meeting - Tina Maier- honorable mention  - photo Marie Cameron73″ />

Tina Maier also won an honorable mention for her mixed media sculpture but as a board meeting was in progress,  an outdoor snap was going to have to suffice.