Art Exhibit: Drawn to Nature
April 3 @ 11:00 am - April 30 @ 6:00 pmFree
Date: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 3/14/21
APRIL EXHIBIT: DRAWN TO NATURE
EXHIBIT DATES: March 29 – April 25, 2021
Sonoma County artist, Ron Sumner, presents Drawn to Nature, a collection of watercolor paintings celebrating the diverse character and nature of birds. Sumner is fascinated by animal subjects and relishes the challenge of capturing the unique character and personality of each animal, whether wild or domestic. Carefully studying the bone structure, coloration, texture of fur or feathers, he produces works that bring life to the subject. This collection focuses on our feathered friends and features an owl whose eyes seem to drill into the viewer’s soul. The pair of birds in “Common Tern” seem to dance in the sky. The artist’s forays into nature provide him with continual inspiration. “Who wouldn’t be fascinated with watching the birds in our beautiful open spaces?” noted Sumner.
A lifelong Northern Californian, Sumner began his art training in high school. He earned a BFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland. He was a technical illustrator for a number of years before becoming a full-time fine arts painter. An award-winning artist, his portrait of John F. Kennedy is part of the permanent collection of the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston. He has exhibited widely and his awards include Best of Show at the Society of Western Artists and his painting, “Red Tail Hawk” was selected for Splash 15, Best of Watercolor.
Guest Artist: Cynthia Jackson-Hein, an alumna of the Upstairs Art Gallery presents a collection of recent works. Her exuberant oil paintings express how fortunate she feels to live in such a beautiful location where she can isolate and immerse herself in creating art. Originally from mid-western Canada, she became an artist later in life. She has exhibited extensively and is admired for her painterly works that capture the character of country and city scenes. Guest Exhibit dates: March 1 – April 25, 2021.
The Small Works Showcase on the stairway features Linda Barretta’s “Stories” collection – small oil paintings, each with its own special story. “Billowy Blooms” highlights the collection – a luscious painting of a hydrangea with a bounty of blooms. The accompanying poem takes us right into spring: “If I had a single flower for every time I think of you I could walk forever in my garden.”(author unknown)
Upstairs Art Gallery, 306 Center Street, Healdsburg, CA 95448. (707) 431-4214.: Resuming full time hours, open daily: 11am – 6 pm; www.upstairsartgallery.net
For further information: Contact: Beverly Bird, Press Contact, at [email protected] or 707-799-1490.