Tales of Water and California Nationwide Parks Come Collectively for New Exhibition in Solvang

Water — that important and often-elusive aspect so essential to our very existence — is the topic of a brand new juried exhibition specializing in California nationwide parks on the Wildling Museum of Artwork and Nature in Solvang.

Titled California Nationwide Parks: Tales of Water, the exhibition explores numerous impacts of water — and typically the dearth of it — in our nationwide parks, with artists utilizing by means of a variety of media and strategies, from acrylic, oil, and watercolor work to images, blended media, and textile artwork. The exhibit options 37 artists and 39 chosen artworks juried from a pool of greater than 240 submissions by artists throughout the U.S., competing for $4,000 in awards. 

“It’s a nice exhibition, centered on an essential and worthy topic. I’ve a deep appreciation for our nationwide parks and the half that artwork has performed in elevating consciousness of those treasured locations,” stated Nathan Vonk, proprietor of Santa Barbara’s Sullivan Goss, An American Gallery, who judged the spectacular variety of entries.

“The submitted work was actually extraordinary, making it splendidly tough to select the ultimate items. I’ll be very excited to see all of them put in within the Wildling,” he stated.

For Lompoc artist Nancy Yaki, her work “Holding Stratus Pose, Tenaya Lake” represents a private reference to water as a logo of adaptability and enduring steadiness in embracing change. Her inspiration got here from Yosemite, the place, “amidst the fantastic thing about nature’s canvas, I launched into a day paddleboarding tour and welcomed the serene lake, experiencing an indescribable connection — a profound realization of the interaction between the ever-changing currents and the unyielding essence of my life. As I held a pose, captivated by the moisture within the ambiance, the clouds mirrored within the water, and the physique of water that held me up, I discovered a surreal concord — a second of readability that resonated with the core of my being.”

Michael Miner, Water Research Half I (Redwood Nationwide Park), 2015, Fiber-based silver gelatin print struck from 8 x 10 in. sheet movie unfavourable | Credit score: Courtesy of the artist

Seattle-based artist Suze Woolf explored the resilience of large redwoods in addition to their reliance on water. “As an artist preoccupied with local weather and fireplace, it was miraculous to go to the Redwood Nationwide and State Parks — to be amongst such giants, conscious of how a lot water they want, to be in such deep and damp shade in a dry state, to see that fireside had touched however not harmed them,” stated Woolf.

The checklist of featured artists contains: Allegra Bick-Maurischat, Bob Canepa, Chris Chapman, Vicki Conley, Trevor Coopersmith, Michael Blair Davies, Jym Davis, John Evarts, Nancy Fint, Irwin Freeman, Jan French, David Gardner, Kevin Gleason, Patricia Gould, David Gregory, Kelly Hildner, James Hodgson, Christine Huhn, Ray Hunter, John Iwerks, Larry Iwerks, Christine Kierstead, Diane Lamboley, Margaret Luo, Susan Makov, Michael Miner, Jennifer Morgan, Eric Newnam, Invoice Saltzstein, Laurie Schafer, Séraphine Segal, Nic Stover, Denise Taylor, Gary Wagner, Nina Warner, Suze Woolf, and Nancy Yaki. 

The exhibition opens September 23 and awards can be introduced at a reception on the Wildling on September 24, from 3-5 p.m.

All works featured within the exhibition can be found on the market with 40 % of proceeds going to learn the nonprofit Wildling Museum, the place the work is on view by means of February 19, 2024.

Wildlimg Museum of Artwork & Nature is positioned at 1511-B Mission Drive, Solvang. For extra info, see wildlingmuseum.org.