Welcome! The Exhibition Gallery is pleased to present: Venerable Nature
Every aspect of nature, whether "living" or not, takes a role in the existence of many other parts of nature. Everything is interconnected and therefore all of nature is valuable, worthy, and venerable.
In Venerable Nature, artists demonstrate or encourage respect, admiration, and appreciation for nature. Some of the artwork focuses on nature's fragility or the effect of human intervention on landscapes. In contrast, other artworks reference the permanence of certain features of nature. Yet other works address nature's grandeur and the power of creation.
Enjoy the variety of unique works ranging from photography, to painting, collage, to assemblage and take a moment to reflect on the importance of nature, all the living beings, and how we all interact with each other in profound ways.
Artists: Rohini Y. Deshpande, Hadi Aghaee, Hugo Bastidas, Ann Beaver, Sarah Joy Cabana, Efren Ave, Gabriel Navar, Melina Ramirez, and Kree Arvanitas.
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Rohini Y. Deshpande, Witness, photography
Sun stands as witness to the growing technology in the world. This photograph was taken in my ancestral village this year when I visited India. The landscape has changed a lot. Yet, the beauty of the sun as it rises is unmatched. I tried to capture the beauty amidst the power structures.
Hadi Aghaee, Monterey Costal Scene, acrylic on canvas, 20X40"
Almost all my paintings are to preserve the memory of all that remains around us before the forces of nature and/or humans alter them beyond recognition. In this painting, I share a glimpse of the Point Lobos Park I have visited many times in appreciation of the beauty of nature in our Monterey, CA coastal area.
Sarah Joy Cabana, Alas del Tiempo, assemblage, 22'x27'
Even as significant moments appear and disappear, the organic forces of our existence remain constant. The valley cradling San Jose has experienced drastic transition over the last fifty years, but the mountains and crevices of the valley are unchanged. I find the permanence of nature comforting in a world of jarring change.
Melina Ramirez, Buddhalupe, mixed-media painting, 16"x20"
The figure is not necessarily la virgen or the buddha: she is a woman embracing her divine power of the creation of life within her own body, a power embraced in many religions and cultures across the globe. This piece is in honor of all women for their potential to give new life.
Kree Arvanitas (RebelDog Studio), Endangered Mandala, acrylic mixed-media collage on birch panel, 16x16"
This is a meditation on losing nature. I made the botanical drawings separately, painted and then glued them inside the circles. I collaged on some fragments of medieval and ancient scientific manuscripts in the corners of the star shape.
Curated by Elizabeth Jiménez Montelongo