The California Society of Pritnmakers recently had a group show “Printing from Perceptions” at the Adobe Art Center in Castro Valley, CA.
The following is from one of the exhibiting artists. -Ed.
I had overheard Gary Comoglio and Mark Welschmeyer extolling the virtues of the Adobe Art Center. That was at one of our Centennial committee meetings. I was curious about the place because I’d never heard of it before. Normally I’d drop my piece off at whomever’s local spot was available, but after years of depending on the kindness of others to deliver or retrieve my work, I decided to check it out for myself. The internet gave me understandable directions; except for the part about the long wrap-around drive way. After passing a lively game of Bocce ball, I found the place. Humble. Real adobe? Probably.
I confess. Initially I was disheartened. There were partial walls covering the windows. Not my idea of a “professional” gallery. But I was there, piece in hand, nothing to lose, so I dropped off my framed piece, a monotype.
I was unable to attend the opening. However, I made a visit the following week with two friends in tow: a printmaker from Monterey, and a friend who has lots of original art in her house and is a writer and singer, almost an artist, yes?
We were enchanted! We had the place to ourselves. We did not feel self-conscious talking aloud (perhaps the gallery sitter was hard of hearing). In any case, we spent more than an hour walking through the exhibit trying to decipher the media and techniques used in each piece. The non-printmaker among us was captivated by our knowledge, or at least conjectures, about methodology, and we, in turn, were captivated by the mystery of technique. This turned out to be one of the BEST walk-throughs ever! Why?
As we were starting to leave, one of my two friends commented on the display itself, not the individual pieces. We started noticing the various groupings, some by color or frame of theme, and suddenly we saw the individual pieces coalesce into a unified whole. It’s tough to hang group shows that work, but this was another instance of the masterful skilled hanging eye that Gary and his helpers, whomever they are, bring to CSP! Job well done!
Were you at the show? Leave your reflections in the comments!