Small Group Show by Edna Acri,
Tom Haines and Arup Biswas
August 1 to September 9, 2018
Reception: Saturday, August 4, 6pm-8pm
“Memories are what make up a lifetime of experience. The subjects of my paintings are taken from my memories of hiking in the beautiful California Sierras, traveling and seeing the natural beauty of our planet both in the United States and Europe, and experiencing moments that remain as wonderful memories of people, places and time. May my paintings tell you of my memories and remind you of yours.”
I used to think that wood was a structural material. It still is, but now I think of it differently. Now I feel the artistic nature of wood. Nature, of course, is the best artist, but perhaps I can take advantage of her and enhance the beauty that wood presents. My thinking of wood is not of splinters, but of softly shaped grain patterns. The serenity and quiet soothing quality of wood art leads nicely to the phrase “Whispers and Dreams”.
I am a wood-turner. I make round wood art. It is my pleasure to make wood into pleasing shapes and sometimes functional wood art. These pieces are often decorated to further enhance their wood grain and interesting shapes. "Whispers and Dreams" will incorporate my latest ideas in wood art and decoration.
For me, the theme of this exhibition is flowers. I have always been fascinated by the flower portraits of photography legends, such as, Robert Mapplethorpe, Joyce Tenneson, Imogen Cunningham. I wanted to explore the subject through my own eyes. It has been such a self-discovery process! During this journey, I have realized how unique each flower is. Some are flamboyant and playful, some are introvert and shy. While some attract attention through dazzling display of colors and patterns, others soothe our soul with their simplicity and reticence. While photographing the flowers, I forgot if I am gazing at a flower, or a human soul. I hope, through these photographs, I am able to convey my sense of discovery to you, the viewers!