Winter art show featured at LTCC
Ryan Summerlin January 20, 2012
Three art galleries at Lake Tahoe Community College will feature a winter exhibit of work from professional artists through March 16.
“Printmakers from the San Francisco Bay Area” is on exhibit in the Halden Gallery, by the library. Hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Friday.
“American Flats – Tagged Again,” an exhibit of black and white photography enhanced with touches of color by Nina Aegerter is in the Foyer Gallery next to the college theater, and works of the LTCC Art Department Faculty and Staff are on exhibit in the Commons Gallery. The Foyer Gallery and Commons Gallery are open to viewing whenever the college doors are open.
The printmakers exhibit features work in traditional printmaking techniques including etched metal plates, silk screen, and monoprints, linoleum, and wood cuts. The subject matter is mostly California with a few works of foreign subjects.
California native, Rik Olson’s prints reflect California subjects as his grandfather’s steam-driven tractor, his barn, persimmons, California oak trees, and poppies. Olson is also a professional illustrator and teaches at the San Francisco Center for Books. E. Fernandez uses Native American themes in his prints.
In the exceptional level of works by the LTCC staff show the excellent quality of instruction we enjoy here at Tahoe. Art Department Head Phyllis Shafer’s show includes a grouping of figure studies in oil paint that began as teaching demonstration. Known as a landscape painter, this work appears to be a departure from her known work yet Shafer points out that the palette for figure painting is very similar to her landscapes. The principles that she teaches in her class are all demonstrated in these studies.
Dave Russo, who once studied with Picasso, has loaned a watercolor painting titled “Changing Colors” to the exhibition. His clear colors and adept brushwork create a joyous celebration of the aspen changing colors around Lake Tahoe in the autumn months. He places a special emphasis on the glow of the backlit trees and capturing a moment of shimmer as the aspen leaves flutter in the breeze.
The height of a bronze half-arch sculpture by Bryan Yerian had to be lowered to fit into the gallery space. Another piece, a 30-inch ceramic sculpture covered in newspaper and latex, catches a moment in time as it appears to ooze off the edge of its stand.
The Raku ceramic works of Francis Rider are unusually colored in tints of rose earth tone glaze. Masters’ Thesis figure paintings from Diane Nelson cover the south wall. Opposite are the snow and ski paintings of Molly Mason. Other ceramic sculptures also show a super-realism style in which opposing concepts merge to create tension.