SIGNS OF LIFE, NEW WORK BY CHRISTIE MARKS On View: June 5 – July 19, 2018 Reception: Friday, June 8, 5-7pm
At the heart of Sonoma County artist Christie Marks’s practice lies a nostalgia and melancholy that’s ingrained in the American psyche. ‘Signs of Life’ features mixed media works that are the newest additions to this theme. Marks’s mixed media process consists of combining drawing, painting and collage. The works are multi-layered and are constructed over an initial layer of brown paper bags. Translucent layers allow the viewer to discover how the overall compositions were brought to life. In addition to painted passages, Marks uses graphite to achieve the weathered look of her works. When asked about her liberal use of graphite, Marks quips “It’s so I can feel the dust.”
MAE BLACKMORE: CATALYST OF BLUE On View: July 24 – September 13, 2018 Reception: Friday, August 3, 5-7pm
The iconic images of old western history have inspired twenty-seven-year-old artist, Mae Blackmore, from a very young age. She was initially drawn to the southern canyon silhouettes, the dry vegetation and the unrelenting wildlife. In her youth, her grandfather became terminally ill, moved to the desolate mountains of New Mexico and Mae visited in the summers. During this time, her grandfather deepened her love for the southwest through old Hollywood westerns. Blackmore painted throughout her childhood and now uses natural wood grain to put a whimsical spin on the old west that inspired her. Mae Blackmore has been painting in Sonoma County for 12 years and has studied art at the Santa Rosa Junior College. She currently lives and works in Santa Rosa, California.