Jan 7, 2016 to Feb 7, 2016


The studio artists at PMA will begin in one and then expand into three galleries for their winter group show. The work will emerge on a time release fashion, the artists presenting an exhibit that both conceptually and physically explores ideas of growth and enlargement. Opening on Jan. 8 in the Studios Gallery, the artists display small and medium-sized wall pieces. In a few weeks they will add larger works, spreading these into the Museum's North and East gallery spaces, opening on Jan. 31. An artists' reception will be held on that pivotal day.

In any typical winter, we Northern Californians almost always turn our thoughts towards change, solitude, and loss. These are themes that visitors will find peppered throughout "Expansion." Visitors will also notice an eclectic array of works depicting deep spirit, artful personal expression, discourse with nature, and awareness of renewal. Water ties the exhibit together, a theme that supports us as we move upwards and outwards in our evolution.

Small to medium artworks are by Lisa Babbitt, John Csongradi, Teresa Hsu, Annette Legallet, June Levin, Kay Podolsky, Susan Switzer, and Abbas Orumchian. Large and 3-D works are by Barbara Berk, Doriane Heyman, Michael Kesselman, Rachel Kesselman, Neil Murphy, Winnie van der Rijn, Ruth Waters, Linda Salter, Roberta Salma, Carolyn Shaw, B J Stevenson, Leigh Toldi, Myrna Wacknov, Kevyn Warnock, and Nancy Woods. 


The "Expansion" exhibit begins in the Studios Gallery, above, with small and medium works.


The large works aspect of the show is presented in PMA's North and East Galleries. 


Studios Gallery, which begins the exhibit with small to medium-sized works, will close its doors on Sunday, Feb. 7. This can be seen as a conceptual act that leaves the large works exhibit to continue on in time, an abstract comment about how our universe is ever expanding. The North and East Gallery exhibit closes a week later, on Feb. 14.


Banner image: Detail from Woven Landscape I, an acrylic by Annette Legallet.

Bottom image: Photo by Michael Kesselman

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