Sunday Art Salon

SEA – EARTH DAY 2021 with Richard and Judith Lang

“The river is within us, the sea is all about us…” says T.S. Eliot in the Four Quartets. The inner waters of our souls are as vital as the water of the planet. By allowing the creative flow-paying attention to the “small voices” artists nourish and replenish the inner waters. If we’re lucky, the work we do goes deep enough to touch the common aquifer and add to the spring.

When we gazed upon those first photographs of earth transmitted back from space, we wondered why the planet was ever named EARTH. Given the land-to-ocean ratio we thought it far better to call the place SEA.  

Seventy percent of our planet’s surface is covered with ocean with depths that scale far deeper than the height of Mt Everest. It is a vast frontier. Ocean currents are the pulse blood driving the winds and the weather. Nutrient rich upwellings and estuaries produce equivalents to agricultural zones. Yet, sadly, each year, three times as much trash ends up in the world’s oceans as the weight of fish caught. In the United States, an estimated 29 million tons of plastic is thrown away annually and since only a small percentage is recycled, much goes to the landfill and much goes to the oceans.

Since 1999 Richard Lang and Judith Lang, as a collaborative team, have been visiting Kehoe Beach, Point Reyes National Seashore in Northern California. They have rambled 1000 meters of tideline of this one beach hundreds of times to gather plastic debris washing out of the Pacific Ocean and from this one beach have collected over two tons of material. By carefully collecting and “curating” the bits of plastic, they fashion it into works of art that matter-of-factly show, with minimal artifice, the material as it is.

The Tree of Life: Contemporary Majolica Ceramic Artwork by Liz Lauter

The San Geronimo Valley Community Center’s 3rd Virtual Sunday Artist Salon is very pleased to present The Tree of Life: Contemporary Majolica Ceramic Artwork by Liz Lauter. Join Liz for a live studio visit at her ceramics studio in Forest Knolls. You’ll see her gallery of colorful hand painted majolica tree of life candelabras, menorahs, sculptures and wares, all meticulously hand painted and hand built. She’ll share what inspires and influences her work and she’ll share her unique processes for building her pieces and decorating them. Time included for questions! Zoom will be sent out and available on this page next week. Come spend an hour with Liz in her studio. Join us on Zoom, March 14, 4-5:30 pm — a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

The photographic work of Harlan Floyd

The San Geronimo Valley Community Center’s 2nd Virtual Sunday Artist Salon is very pleased to host a presentation and discussion of the photographic work of Harlan Floyd. Harlan Kaye Floyd, Sr. (1928 – 1991) was a prolific photographer and home builder, based in San Geronimo Valley.  He produced iconic photographs of life in the Valley in the 1960’s and 1970’s.  As co-founder of Zinc & LaRue Traveling Photographers, his work was lauded as an accurate and beautifully crafted documentation of the cultural Zeitgeist of the time.  He was loved by all, and his love for the Valley and its residents, as well as its rich heritage, is evident in his work. The works by Harlan Floyd Sr. are being presented courtesy of Hank Floyd. Join us on Zoom, Sunday, February 14, 4-5:30 pm — a great way to spend Valentine’s Day afternoon with your valentine(s). We will send the ZOOM link out next week..

At the Beach: Plein Aire Paintings from Pacific Coast Beaches

On January 17, 2021 Parra O’Siochain and Pamela Handleman presented and discussed their ongoing series, At the Beach: Plein Aire Paintings from Pacific Coast Beaches, on ZOOM. In early 2012, Parra and Pamela started their Plein Aire collaboration, visiting the outer beaches of the Point Reyes National seashore. They have continued this weekly painting collaboration, year-round through all weather conditions, with occasional safaris up the coast. Their work responds to the light, the air and the ocean. We had a very artful, wonderful afternoon. Thank you Parra and Pam! If you are interested in sharing your work in an upcoming salon, please contact Larry Rippee at lrippee@sgvcc.org.

In Place: An Afternoon for our Council of Major Donors

Sunday, November 1, 2020 from 4pm-5:30pm

Our Council of Major Donors members were invited to an afternoon of exploration within the wonderful art in the special In Place art show, which was curated by Anne Faught. In this recording you will get to meet and hear from local artists featured in the show. We also celebrate the life and work of Connie Smith Siegel who passed away in August.