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The Best of The Palo Alto Camera Club | Forest Gallery
This showcase features works by Bob Carlin, Allan Colby, Jim Colton, Ken Fowkes, Jennifer Fraser, Stan Chism, Ellen Gilkerson, Michael Goldstein, Dan Hartford, Elaine Heron, Etsuko Kaizuka, Nadine Levin, Suszi Lurie McFadden, Richard Mirabella, Laurie Naiman, Joe Petolino, Deborah Plumley, Branko Radjonic, Yumiko Ready, Mary Robins, Richard Rose and Peche Turner
All is Creation - All is Change: New Works by Shannon Amidon | Ramona Gallery
Artist Statement: All is creation - all is change encompasses many universal themes: embracing change, observing the recurrent acts of renewal, and noting and surrendering to the cycles and seasons of life. Luminous encaustic paintings depicting moths, bees, wildflowers, and other natural imagery remind us that change and transformation can be a beautiful and captivating processes and that metamorphosis can be a type of transcendence. Steeped in research on natural history, ecology, and the environment, collected ephemera and natural materials are used to create layers imbued with history, memory, and the delight of discovery. The multilayered and thought-provoking result allows the viewer to reflect on the mysteries of nature and the grace with which life embodies the only constant — change.
Shannon Amidon Bio: Molten bees wax, old books, letters, maps, & ephemera filled with memories. Inspired by the briefness of life and the wonders of the natural world Amidon’s artwork explores the cycles of life, calling attention to its transitory and fragile nature. Shannon primarily uses the ancient medium of encaustic (molten beeswax) often incorporating organic and ephemeral materials to create her artwork. She has a strong emotional connection to well-worn objects that have been through many hands and feels the essence of their history and memories reflected in her art. Her subject matter often includes a variety of natural history elements including insects, botanicals, seed pods, and birds as well as ancient symbolism and geometry. By interlacing science, nature and memories Amidon strives to create pensive and familiar images that transport the viewer to another time and place, evocative of a moment filled with exploration, wonder and discovery.
Amidon’s artwork has been featured in many solo and group exhibitions worldwide. She has been the recipient of several grants and awards including the Leigh Weimers Emerging Artist Award, SV Creates Artist Laureate, Awesome Foundation Award, and the Art Inspector Eco Art Grant and studio makeover. She was identified by the curators of the Triton Museum of Art for their 50th anniversary exhibition as an artist they feel are worthy of attention in the coming years. Shannon has been an artist in residence at The Ayatana Artistic Research Program in Canada, TechShop San Jose, Herhusid House Artist Residency in Iceland as well as the David and Julia White Artist Colony in Costa Rica. Corporate collectors include Genentech, Wells Fargo Bank, Imagery Estate Winery and Kaiser Permanente. www.shannonamidon.com/
Maura Carta Paintings| Central Gallery
Artist Bio: After a career as a pension actuary, Maura had the opportunity to study art in Dresden, Germany. She studied for three years at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste under Siegfried Klotz, and lived and painted in Germany for 15 years. She returned to the Bay Area in 2012 and has been spending her time painting plein air cityscapes, still lifes, interiors and portraits. Working primarily in oils, Maura continues to experiment and interpret the world around her. www.mauracarta.com