Occidental Center for the Arts Gallery is proud to present “Onsite” – An exhibition of plein air works featuring local artists Charles Beck, Dave Gordon and William Taylor.
The exhibition runs Friday January 20,, 2017 through Sunday March 18,, 2017 and is open to the public between the hours of 11 AM and 4 PM each Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Gallery is also open during OCA live performance events which are listed on our website occidentalcenterforthearts.org. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, Jan. 21st from 4:00 to 7:00.
“OnSite”will feature the work of Charles Beck, Dave Gordon, and Bill Taylor. Dave Gordon and Charles Beck are familiar figures in the local art community; Bill Taylor is not. At 89, his fifty years of highly crafted work have remained largely unrecognized – that is, until art patron Charlie Pendergast brought him out of the shadows. Bill is a Sonoma County native who has painted in the West County for decades – that is, when he was not contributing highly prized bird specimens to the Academy of Science in San Francisco. As Pendergast has written: “His many watercolors of the streets and buildings in Occidental…are unique and accomplished with extraordinary simplicity and elegance.” Locals will enjoy seeing scenes from Occidental’s past, as well as whimsical views of such town icons as The Union Hotel clock and its two churches.
Charles Beck, a well-known artist whose work has regularly featured Sonoma County landscapes, rarely shows in galleries. Mr Beck typically depends on Art Trails, Art at the Source and a loyal clientele to make his living. This exhibit is a chance to see Mr Beck’s work outside of his studio and get a taste of the grandeur and craft of his “response” to what he sees.
Dave Gordon will also present several works featuring local landscapes at the “OnSite” show. In addition to painting landscapes, Mr Gordon is an accomplished muralist, having painted over 60 murals across the globe including an 8,400 square foot work on Ocean Park Boulevard in Santa Monica. Mr Gordon also created the mural on the external wall of Occidental Center for the Arts, facing Graton Road and Bohemian Highway.
Says Dave Gordon about the artists in this exhibition:
“The commonality between our work is that we traipse around the west county and paint what we see. The decision to paint a particular view and how to present this image as a painting is integral to any artist’s work. It is the specific presence of the artist at the location of the imagery that furnishes the work with credibility, and is the takeoff point for multiple layers of meaning.”
Show runs January 20 – March 18 with opening reception on Saturday, January 21 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM. The Gallery is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11 AM to 4 PM.
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‘Estero Horizon’ by Dave Gordon