photo: Ron Rogers, Century of Progress 1
The Petaluma Arts Center announces Metalworks: Cast, Forged and Welded, on view from March 19 through May 1, 2016.
“The Bay Area, and in particular Petaluma, enjoys an enduring history and ongoing involvement in the creation of metal sculpture as an art form,” said curator Satri Pencak. “Among the nationally and internationally acclaimed artists known for their metalwork—who live near or have connections to Petaluma—are Mark di Suvero, David Best, and the late Robert Ellison.
While there are many talented artists in the area, for this exhibition I chose a selection of accomplished artists whose work reflects a variety of approaches and techniques with which metal can be worked.”
Featuring more than 35 works, the exhibition explores contemporary trends in metal sculpture. Showcasing the work of ten Bay Area artists, the exhibition demonstrates the ways that the unique properties of metal are used to create expressive and design-focused works of art.
Through methods used in metalwork, including casting, forging, and welding, the exhibition focuses on material, process, concept, and design, as well as considers the properties of different types of metals and finishes. From abstract to figurative, and from complex to minimalist in form, the work reflects back to ancient processes while looking forward to current technological advances.
Don Ajello, Matt Devine, Bella Feldman, Virginia Harrison, Daniel Hopper, Clay Jensen, Jann Nunn, Ron Rodgers and a selection of Bronze Plus Artists will present their work.
The exhibition is enriched with informative displays of process videos, materials, and tools-of-the-trade.
Petaluma Arts Center
Housed in the historic Railroad Station freight building, next to the Petaluma Visitors Center, Petaluma Arts Center hosts art exhibitions, performances, art classes, literary and film lectures, and events. The Arts Center grew out of the grassroots Petaluma Arts Council, founded in 1998 with a goal of acknowledging and celebrating local artists and their contributions. Located next to the upcoming SMART commuter train station in developing Midtown Petaluma, the arts center is experiencing a renaissance along with the growth of the arts in Sonoma County.
Thursday through Monday (closed Tuesday/Wednesday/Holidays) 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Open the fourth Monday of the month until 8 p.m.
Run of Exhibition tickets are $5 general; $4 seniors, students, teachers, military; $3 groups; free to PAC members. Fourth Mondays are free days and open until 8:00 p.m.
photo: Jann Nunn Welding
Opening Reception, Saturday, March 19. 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Curator and Artists Talk, Thursday March 24, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. $10 general, $8 PAC members. Tickets at the door.
Matt Devine Studio Tour, Thursday March 31, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. $15 general, $10 PAC members. Meet at the Arts Center for hors d’oeuvres and refreshments, then walk or drive to the studio for a guided tour. Tickets at the door.
Jan Nunn, Sonoma State University Art Department tour, Sunday April 24, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Free; must register in advance. To celebrate International Sculpture Day, take a tour of the metal sculpture facilities in the Art Department at SSU. Observe sculpture students working on their projects with a variety of equipment.
The Exhibition is generously sponsored by the Anorcase Foundation.