Artists display work at Tallac Historic Site
August 10, 2004
In addition to the Great Gatsby Festival this weekend, visitors to the Tallac Historic Site can enjoy the Valhalla Summer Arts and Music Festival fine arts exhibits at the Viking Gallery and the Pope Twin Cabins Gallery.
Robert Schimmel will be at the Viking Gallery, with his exhibit open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily through Aug. 19. He will host a reception from noon to 3 p.m. Aug. 16, where visitors can meet him and ask questions about his work. June and Jerry Giorgi will exhibit their artwork from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily through Aug. 19 at the Pope Twin Cabins Gallery. The Giorgis will host a reception from noon to 3 p.m. Aug. 15.
Artist Robert Schimmel said, “God’s incomparable sense of composition, drama and beauty in nature and the human figure has always amazed and touched me. The contrasts, rhythms, color chords, sensual passages and dramatic statements set before us daily are the very elements I seek to mix my own way to communicate a viewpoint not previously considered.” It is this effort to “re-present” creation that he calls fine art. A good example of such a piece that unites his love for the figure and landscape is “Meadow of Dreams” that speaks to the mysterious, yet romantic, side of life. Schimmel studied academically and privately with his father and many other nationally known artists, taught in private and public venues, and has shown in numerous galleries around the world. He is currently focused on rebuilding a career he put on hold for 15 years to raise a family and work in the retail sales side of fine art.
His body of work includes more than 15 limited editions, many originals and a new “Creative Portrait” direction that fits perfectly into his overall love for the figure and unique viewpoints. Travel and plein-air painting are the two most significant influences in Schimmel’s development and style that have evolved since he was in his mid-20s. As a result, his subjects range from “St. Basil’s” (Moscow) to “The Remarkables” (mountain range in New Zealand). Teaching, consulting and speaking are areas Schimmel continues to tend to, though he promises he “…will be using this week to be an artist-in-residence. Time to create is precious and I enjoy people’s responses to my works-in-process.” His primary medium is watercolor, though he uses charcoal, ink, pastels and acrylics whenever the subject or client demands.
When Napa artist June Giorgi’s youngest son entered high school, she began working in a large garden center. She also became a floral designer, which confirmed her love for flowers and plants. After retiring she began watercolor and drawing classes under Heather King and botanical watercolorist Judy Du Monde, both well-known Napa Valley artists. Although she is now playing around with acrylic paints, she still feels that watercolor paint is her first choice. Included in her works is a 34-page children’s book written and illustrated by Giorgi. She would like her artwork to give as much pleasure to those viewing it as she has doing it.
Jerry Giorgi enjoys all types of photography, especially black and white images. Though primarily self-taught, he has been influenced greatly by the work of Ansel Adams and numerous photographers during his career in the newspaper industry as well as photographers in the Lake Tahoe Basin. He studied photojournalism taught by Robert McKenzie at the Napa Valley College. His favorite camera includes a large format 4×5 and medium format 120 Mamiyas. He strives for sharpness and clarity, utilizing a small aperture and slight lens movement. Giorgi’s compositions strive to display a strong awareness of the environment and he hopes to give his viewers a feeling of tranquility and pleasure of seeing and taking the shot.
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For more information about these artists or art workshops call the Tahoe Tallac Association at (530) 541-4975.