Fur, Feathers & Fins is currently showing at the Pacific Art League in Palo Alto, California, where I have three of my Birds & Teacup paintings. Juried by DeWitt Cheng, curator, critic and teacher, this exhibition explores a variety of approaches to depicting animals and our relationships to them from the purely representation evocations of them in their natural habitat to the utilitarian, metaphorical, symbolic, playful and even removed. I can’t help but think about this subject matter in terms of the Anthropocene, how do we look at animals now that most of their worlds are impacted if not threatened by ours. Is the new wild, one of suburban back yards, zoos and laboratories? Something I think about anyway – Elizabeth Kolbert’s, The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History is a great book on this subject! This show wraps up March 30, here are a few pictures from the opening reception, with links to artist’s websites, if available, when you click on their names.
Devan John, Gallery Manager of PAL announcing the awards.
First place went to Janey Fritsche for her oil on cradled panel, Sea Shepherds.
Second Place was awarded to Ellen Kramer for her photograph Discarded.
Third Place was given to Maura Carta‘s oil on panel, Nose-less Bunny.
Honorable Mention for Ann Sismore’s photograph God’s Got Your Back.
A second Honorable Mention for Bob Carlin‘s digital print under resin, Blue Footed Boobie .
A third Honorable Mention was awarded to Beka Brayer for her one of her Waiting for Wings mixed media assemblage pieces, details shown here.
Me with three of my Birds & Teacup paintings, Tea II, Petunia Tea I and Anemone Tea I.
Kathy Kleinsteiber and her acrylic portraits of animals.
May Shei – Joyful Moment – Watercolor on Rice Paper
Judy Kramer, Insect Photography – Fur Feathers and Fins
Linda Maki – Fish on Lahina Wharf – Oil on Canvas
Leah (Jay) Jakusovszky – Amphibian Illustrations
Detail from Peter Koronakos‘s assemblage Penguin.
Jihoon Choi with his painted steel Pink Rhino and Yellow Giraffe.
I was delighted to become familiar with Jihoon Choi and his fantastic work!
To hear the Artist Talk he gave click on this link for the video I shot: Jihoon Choi – Artist Talk
Jihoon Choi photographs of his scupltures in Bay Area locations.