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January 18, 2005 > Fluid Nature

Fluid Nature

by Arathi Satish

The current ongoing art exhibit at Olive Hyde Art Gallery, "Fluid Nature", depicts the paintings of the Watercolor California Group. The adventurous group displaying their artwork consists of members Jack Anderson, Charlotte Britton, Ann F. Fallin, Geri Keary, Carol Mead, Charlotte Panton, Helen Yu-June Rice, Elizabeth Rosberg, Clarice Roberts and Jean Warren. The Watercolor California Group, so called, to reflect their place of origin, has displayed varied and impressive artwork.

Jack Anderson has displayed seven paintings that include Moenkopi, To Abiquiu, Visalia Farm, Pinecrest Lake, California Coast, Gold Country Windows and Gualala. As Anderson himself points out, his technical background as an architect has influenced his paintings which features the saved white of untouched paper, energizing the painting with light, and clear transparent washes that are animated by dark accents and bits of calligraphy. He shares his studio with his artist wife Charlotte Britton, who has four of her paintings entitled Flower Field, Late Summer Wine Country, Tuscan Landscape, Mt. Tam Sunset, displayed in the show. She has painted colorful scenic locations.

Anne F. Fallin is a signature member of the American, National, Midwest, Pennsylvania, California and Watercolor West Societies. Her paintings have won many awards and it is easy to understand why they have when one views her remarkable work. The paintings are eye catching and unique. Her work is normally associated with upbeat and humorous themes, dramatic colors and strong designs. Displayed work includes, Lace Caps, Contemplation, Scotty and the Girls # 7, Strange Things Grow here, Meeting in the Secret Garden, Purple Poke with Pears and Inside Putty's Barn.

Geri Keary paints in an impressionist style using her own interpretation of scenes. Her method depicts washes used one over another until highlights are put in to create the desired effects. Nestled in the Hills, Sailboat at S.F.Y.C., Looking Towards Stonyford and Red Sailboat and Dinghy are being currently displayed.

Carol Wood Mead's paintings reflect a blend of science and art. Sculpture and architecture have given a strong three-dimensional quality to her drawing, Her watercolors balance intellectual knowledge with emotional and aesthetic response to her subject, expressed in design, color and clear luminescent quality of the painting itself. She is a "plein-air painter", inspired by the beauty, mood or uniqueness of the scene before her and tries to recreate a real sense of the scene and tries to impart the passion she had experienced. Displayed art includes. Calle de los Suspiros, Lavender in the Luberon Valley. Chat de l'Eglise, Straberries in Watsonville and Boulanger.

Charlotte Panton is an artist-teacher who has won many awards for her watercolors. Her unique watercolors display her mastery over color and design. Her depictions of still life, landscape and figures are remarkable. Watercolors at Olive Hyde are Evening Light, Two Ponds, Fall into Winter, Persimmon I and Grandma's House.

Helen Yu-June Rice has studied the watercolor art in her native Taiwan, Japan, Vietnam and the United States. She continually experiments, striving for new effects, uses both Chinese and Western techniques to capture the spirits of her subjects. She loves nature and is inspired by it. Paintings displayed are, Two Towers, Urban Sprawl, Happiness, and Rhythm.

Clarice Roberts has not only traveled, but has also painted, on all seven continents and in over 60 countries. Some of her current work stems from her travels. She says, "Painting enables me to express my joy in the beauty and diversity of life. Nature creates endless patterns and designs in both muted and vivid colors. I try to weave these elements into a painting that conveys my excitement and interest in the world around me. Every place has its moment of beauty, challenging me to record my impressions". Her paintings are strikingly beautiful. Those on display are, Reine, Afghani Bus, Deer Hotel, and Nomad, Road to Kandahar.

An award-winning artist, Elizabeth Rosberg, draws her subject matter from many sources. Rosberg simplifies and condenses her ideas in an abstract form and tries to reach the essence of the subject. She studies composition, design and researches background material. The knowledge obtained helps her to create work showing informed response. Current exhibits are Crow Step House, Back Street View, Boat House, Moon Over Mesa, Dutch Treat and Message from the Mesa.

Jean Warren's work is included in private, public and corporate collections. Warren pointed out the inspiration behind her work when she said, " The essence of place, its rhythms and the abstract qualities that are inherent in a scene are what inspire me. The flow of the painting process-not really knowing what the finished outcome will look like - the first shapes and colors invite response until nothing more can be added or subtracted". Displayed work includes Over Kansas, Tide Pools, Cowscape and Daisies.

Fluid Nature can be viewed through Jan. 29 at Olive Hyde Art Gallery, 123 Washington Blvd., across from the Historic Mission San Jose. The gallery is open Thurs. through Sun. from 12-5 p.m. For more information about the gallery or to arrange a group tour call the gallery at (510) 791-4357.

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