Opening Reception for Group Nine
Saturday, January 14 from 5- 8 pm
A CONVERSATION WITH THE ARTISTS AT 7 PM
Group Nine collaboration: Somata Panels, 2007
Somata Panel #6 of 9
Mixed media on wood panel, 12 x 12 inches
Merrilyn Duzy is an artist first and foremost; she is also a teacher, curator and art collector. Her MFA is from Otis Art Institute. Some of her noted lectures are “Walking Through History: Women Artists Past & Present”, “Symbols, Signs & Space: A Personal Journey” and “Sex in History: A Pictorial View”, which is her most recent lecture and encompasses 5000 years of erotic art. She has transformed many of these lectures into curatorial exhibitions.
Merrilyn Duzy Ada Ejikeme , oil on canvas
One of Lynn Bassler’s greatest pleasures is tending her garden. In the monotype series, “Layered Leaves” she explores leaf portraiture, using actual leaves as templates in the printing process. Among her first leaf subjects were the deeply lobed leaves on her Osborn Prolific fig tree which is featured below.
Lynn Bassler Layer Leaves, No. 6 monotype, 24 x 24 inches
Myra Gantman focuses on the light and dark of the human soul. She uses both mythic and real creatures in the search of the often unanswerable questions. She received her Master of Arts degree from California State University Northridge and was an instructor there, as well as at the Young Artist Workshops at Otis College of Art, Los Angeles, and the Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena.
Myra Gantman Metamorphosis #3
Patti Allen Akesson started dancing professionally when she was six years old. Her love of movement was very much part of her identity. As she explored other creative expressions in the visual arts, she integrated her love of movement and dance in how she made paintings, prints, sculptures and encaustics. Her love of innovation in dance is carried into the spirit of her visual work in the way she experiments and takes risks.
Patti Allen Akesson Landscape Yellow, acrylic on canvas, 48 x 84 inches
Barbara Nathanson’s Artist Statement: For a long time I have been drawn to the incredible variations of surfaces. Be they natural or man-made and altered by the elements, surfaces engage my imagination. I do not allude to these sources literally, but as they cumulatively affect by sensual awareness. I use color and texture to tempt the viewer’s eye and hands into an exploration of the activity on the surface of the picture plane. I hope this activity will tweak a memory of something previously seen or felt, and thus connect some of my memories to theirs.
Barbara Nathanson Transitions
acrylic, mixed media on wood panel, 48 x 36 inches