Vision & Revision at the The Frank Bette Center for the Arts in Alameda
V i s i o n & R e v i s i o n
Opening Night: February 1st, 2008
Show: February 1st - March 1st, 2008
Opening night at the Vision & Revision at the The Frank Bette Center for the Arts in Alameda, February 1st, 2008
The Opening Night Gala was calmer than most of the events we have attended at Frank Bette, but the crowd was enthusiastic and contemplative. The Art works were well received.
Frank Bette continues to deliver shows with a wide array of artist and media - including wood, metal and ceramic sculpture as well as every kind of painting.
Heather Piazza has one Acrylic and two Oil paintings featured. The Acrylic is a new illustration of the north wind, entitled "Wind of Change". It began with a wash of color in which, she saw a face and she helped pull out the image inside.
The two Oils are 'Core of Fire' and 'Treasure'. 'Core of Fire' is a thick impasto created with a palette knife. It is a small, but intense painting that calls to mind the center of the Earth. 'Treasure' is a vibrant, whimsical landscape of colorful pointillism. Not only must we Treasure each Sunset, but this painting also draws its title from its jeweled mountains top.
Above: Six foot tall Wooden Sculpture and relief block by Kathe Welch in the doorway of the mid-gallery to the left while patrons admire the work in the main gallery.
Above: "Hang", wood and wire sculpture by Kathe Welch.
Below: "Wind of Change", Acrylic painting by Heather Piazza on the front of the table.
Left: Kathe standing behind her wood carving sculpture. Above: Heather's Sunset Oil painting "Treasure" featured top center in the main gallery.
Kathe Welch showed two sculptural pieces. This was the first public showing of 'Hang', a wood, brass and copper wire sculpture of a figure hanging upside down. The figure is bound by his ankles hanging form two large nails and his wooden skeleton can be seen through the twist and turns of the metal. He rests on a weather piece of wood with a crack running through the middle.
wooden plank is carved on both sides with each figure grasping his prison bars or resting behind them. These planks were all inked up by the artist and the reliefs were printedThe large wood carvings hinged together create a standing prison. Each one foot by six foot . Each print had to be spooned on the back as the prints were to large to be run though a press. Kathe created this piece while a childhood friend spent time was in prisoned.