Eclipse 2017

My penchant for dreaming up worst case scenarios kicks in as we plan for experiencing totality: apocalyptic bumper to bumper gridlock, no food or water, no gas. Hordes of people exasperated, claustrophobic in cars for 16 hours or more. When hungry, they’ll probably get edgy the way I do. Hope they won’t be desperate. We decide to go for it. We’ll meet our friends in Oregon a few days early. Planning for every possible mishap,…

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Grace O’Malley, Bruce Johnson: Ocean & Sky—Portraits in Nature

Photographer Grace O’Malley and sculptor Bruce Johnson offer a spectacular collaboration in the Gualala Arts Elaine Jacobs Foyer and Mohr Mezzanine June 2-July 2. Opening reception Friday, June 2, 5-7 p.m. Gualala Arts hours: Monday-Friday– 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Saturday, Sunday–Noon – 4 p.m. Grace’s seascape portraits and Bruce’s new collection of cypress boulders will make a splash!                                  …

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Five Artists: New Sneak Previews of May Shows

Anne Vernon, Leslie Moody Cresswell, Carolyne Singer, Sieglinde Fels and I invite you to our May shows. Reception date for Gualala Arts: Friday, May 5, 5-7 p.m. Reception at Dolphin Gallery: Saturday, May 6, 5-7 p.m. Titles for shows and schedules for other events are at the end of this story. With the help of neighbors, friends and husbands, we are abuzz with show preps. Rulers (measure twice, cut once) and other tools for framing,…

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Five Artists Celebrate New Work

Carolyne Singer, Sieglinde Fels, Gretchen Butler, Anne Vernon and Leslie Moody Cresswell invite you to celebrate new work in May. Save the dates: Carolyne and Sieglinde:  Bodies of Work–A Two-Woman Show Inspired by Bodies and Friendship Gualala Arts, Burnett Gallery Conversation with Carolyne and Sieglinde: Saturday, May 20, 1-3 p.m. Gretchen:  Deep Time: An Art Odyssey at Gualala Arts, Elaine Jacobs Foyer and Mohr Mezzanine Our reception: Friday, May 5, 5-7 p.m.   Exhibits remain through…

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Mary Entriken and Jane Head: Featured Artists at Discovery Gallery

Mary Entriken created Violet Queen from more than a thousand stained glass pieces, slices and slivers. Inspired by the succulent, echeveria, the mosaic is a major project encompassing memorable drama. As in  life, art work challenges provide interesting stories. Detail from the center:                       After nipping glass into tiny pieces, Mary uses tweezers to design nooks and crannies within the larger composition. Nippers:      …

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Women’s March in Oakland

Nearly shoulder to shoulder, we converge on downtown like an enormous, exceedingly slow, beneficent amoeba. A woman in pink pipes up, “Where’s the carpool lane?” Her guy explains she is a first-time demonstrator. She expects to march. We all chuckle–this is a joyous traffic jam. We have a destination, a rally to attend, but the real event is this throng humming with fierce love. The purple button says Woman.  Iridescent wings expand, wafting good-will.  …

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Ft. Ross Choir

January 2017 marks the first anniversary of the Fort Ross Choir, which draws ardent audiences. At a recent Fort Ross School Holiday Market performance, there is standing room only. In the packed multi-purpose room energy vaults like a cathedral ceiling as listener attention leans into choir music. Before introducing the first piece by Bach, Lisa Scola Prosek,  conductor/manager, readies her baton, turns to face us, then smiles broadly, exclaiming, “We’re improving!”   Harmonies swell and…

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Trio Delivers Supplies to Standing Rock: Greg Gunheim, Warren Doyle and Pat O’Halloran

Lurched awake by the election, we gear up to hang onto the Bill of Rights and strengthen social connections on local and national levels. In addition, ongoing unresolved conflicts continue to demand attention. Among them, Lakota/Sioux resistance to the Dakota Access Pipe Line at Standing Rock has generated national and world-wide support. Here’s quick background info before our local story. The pipe line desecrates Lakota tribal sacred grounds, threatens the Missouri River with oil pollution…

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Sculptural Jewel: Bruce Johnson’s Poetry House

“Think you’ll get inspired?” Jim asks when I tell him I’m going to Bruce Johnson’s Poetry House. “I have no idea!” “Good!” —Expectations and preconceptions might obscure the view. I visit before learning why, how and when Bruce created this elegant work of art, before understanding that the five walls represent earth, fire, water, air and spirit, before discovering how the house synchronizes with Elizabeth Carothers Herron’s poetry.              …

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Art Fix Part 1: Dance with the Inner Critic featuring Stephanie Endsley

“I have a strong urge to paint over the giraffe.  If you want it, come get it right away!” This call from artist Stephanie Endsley sounds urgent. I’m alarmed. Even in its unfinished state, this piece is exquisite. Rushing to the rescue, I’m sure she’ll thank me later. Fueled by her passion for endangered species–especially lions, jaguars, tigers, elephants and polar bears, Stephanie works meticulously to connect us with wild, fierce animals. She has the…

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