Fall 2018 Exhibitions at Sebastopol Center For The Arts

See work by R McChesney and more in Sebastopol this fall.

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Fall 2018 Exhibitions at Sebastopol Center For The Arts

To start off the fall visual arts season in Sonoma County, Sebastopol Center for the Arts presents two remarkable exhibitions; Reverberations: A Visual Conversation and A Pilgrimage: The Sculpture & Photography of Genevieve Willson Barnhart.

Opening with a combined reception from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25, the exhibitions will conclude with a closing reception from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018.

Reverberations: A Visual Conversation

Featured in SCA's main gallery, this is a major exhibition of art on loan from several Sonoma County collectors. The exhibition allows a glimpse of artworks that typically reside in private settings, and to gives us an idea of what Sonoma County is collecting.

Gen Barnhart, sebastopol, sonoma county, california

More than 40 artists are represented, including such notables as Pablo Picasso, Ed Ruscha, Robert McChesney, Käthe Kollwitz, Enrique Chagoya, and Hung Liu. Catherine Devriese, SCA's visual arts director, carefully selected the works. Her goal was to create a comprehensive and wide-ranging display of original and rarely seen paintings, sculptures, prints, photographs, collages, and fiber art.

The exhibition extends beyond the visual arts by incorporating a literary element. More than 40 local poets were invited to write a poem responding to a specific piece in the show. The companion poems will be on display near each of the works of art, and readings are scheduled throughout the run of the exhibition.

R McChesney, sonoma county, california

According to Devriese, 'The title, Reverberations: A Visual Conversation, was chosen to describe the original idea for an exhibition that would be comparable to a pebble that drops in a pond, creating ripples in an expanding pattern and reaching further and sometimes unexpected shores. By inviting poets to engage in ekphrastic poetry — descriptive and inspirational poems written specifically for a work of art — a new reverberating exchange was created between the visual and the literary arts."

Related Programs

See the SCA website for specific details and to reserve your seat. Admission is free.

Reverberations: The Artists Revealed: Lecture by Linda Loveland Reid. Docent tour discussing the artists' life, what inspired their work, and what was going on culturally that affected their styles. 2 to 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 27, and Friday, Nov. 16.

Reverberations: A Visual Conversation--The Poets Speak: Eight different poets will read a poem they wrote about a specific artwork in the show on each of the following Saturdays. Discussion with Q & A to follow. 7 to 9 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 27, Nov. 3, and Nov. 17.

Living with Art: a panel discussion: Panelists: Moderated panel discussion with art collectors James and Dinah Costello, Jack Leissring, John McGuirk, Steve Oliver, discussing the importance of surrounding yourself with art in your daily life. This moderated panel discussion will be wide-ranging, including why it is important to buy art and support artists, the collectors' motivations, and how they got started. 7 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 8.

sculpture, sebastolo, sonoma county, california

A Cage Event: An afternoon dedicated to the works of John Cage. Composer, poet, and artist, Cage put his stamp on all forms as he valued randomness in all things. Hosted by Cynthi Stefenoni, with poet Terry Ehret reading her poetry, and a 40-minute film of Cage and his work. Register early to ensure your seat. 4:30 to 6 p.m., Friday, Nov. 9.

An Evening of short Films: A rare opportunity to view films highlighting the work and life of Pablo Picasso, Jean Varda, John Cage, Julie Mehretu, and Adam Feibelman while seeing their art in a gallery setting. Register early to ensure your seat. 7 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 15.

A Pilgrimage: The Sculpture & Photography of Genevieve Willson Barnhart

On view at SCA in Gallery II and Gallery III

This rare retrospective exhibition by California artist Genevieve Willson Barnhart charts an artistic career spanning more than 80 years. The exhibition showcases Barnhart's prolific creativity through bronze sculpture, jewelry, and black and white photography.

Albi, a sculpture in Sebastopol, Sonoma County, CAlifornia

Influenced by trips to medieval pilgrimage sites in Spain, France, and Portugal with her husband, Raymond Barnhart, Genevieves's earlier sculptures are small environments with figures that suggest the human condition. Later, as her work evolved in size and form, it continued to reflect the nature and spirit of place, as well as her memories of architecture and carvings along medieval Pilgrimage routes.

Born in Hollister, California in 1922, Genevieve Barnhart began engraving silver and sculpting in her teens. Joining the Navy in 1943, she became an aircraft instrument repair technician. She later attended Dominican College, and then headed the art department at Mt. Angel College in Oregon. In the mid-60s she studied at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, creating cast bronze and aluminum sculpture. In 1965 Barnhart met and married artist Raymond Barnhart. The couple settled in Sebastopol in 1968, building studios and the home where she still resides.

Details: Reverberations: A Visual Conversation and A Pilgrimage: The Sculpture & Photography of Genevieve Willson Barnhart, Oct. 26 to Dec. 2, 2018. Opening reception 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 25.

Sebastopol Center For The Arts, 282 S. High St., Sebastopol, 707-829-4797

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