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Exhibition
March 12 - April 22, 2015

Venue
Creativity Explored

Location
San Francisco, CA

Detail of Un Árbol de Mangos by Nubia Ortega © 2015 Creativity Explored Licensing, LLC, watercolor on paper, 18 x 14 inches

Artistic representations of trees as powerful symbols of growth and unity

Tree of Life is a group exhibition that celebrates the rich cultural diversity and assorted art styles found at Creativity Explored. The title of the show references the universal image of the "Tree of Life," which manifests in folklore, mythology, and world religions. The “Tree of Life” is globally known by many different names, for example, The Cosmic Tree, The Holy Tree, Ydryssil, the Bhodi Tree, and The Tree of Enlightenment. A powerful symbol of growth and unity, trees of all varieties, depicted in a range of media, are the source of inspiration for this exhibition that explores trees’ influences on artistic and cultural life.

Selected works include Nubia Ortega’s watercolor on paper titled Un Árbol de Mangos, 2015 which reimagines the symbol of the “Tree of Life” through a vibrantly colored and patterned mango tree set against the dark night sky. In Kathy Wen’s watercolor on paper titled, Tree for Animals, 2014 the artist reflects on the interconnectivity of trees and animal life. Painted in her meticulous patterned and embellished style, Wen scatters animals throughout the branches emphasizing how trees offer animals shelter, food, and a place to escape. Furthering the notion of trees as a place of refuge, Zachary Adams’ watercolor and ink on paper titled, Treehouse with Windows, 2014 depicts a habitat built within the branches of the tree eluding to the artist nostalgic yearning for space to play and dream.

In using the universal symbol of the “Tree of Life,” the works included in this exhibition reflect not only on the tree as a symbol of unity and support, but also how trees trigger memory and experience.

Artist Pam Berry, a Creativity Explored Visual Arts Instructor and the exhibition’s co-curator (with Visual Arts Instructor Lani Asher), sees the show as “a way to raise awareness about our shared habitat with nature.”

The last day of Tree of Life coincides with the Earth Day’s 45th anniversary on April 22, 2015, followed by Arbor Day on April 24, 2015. Plan to celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day by viewing artwork inspired by the powerful symbol of the tree.   

Participating artists: Ian AdamsZachary Adams, Mary Belknap, Maria Berrios, Henry BrunsElana Cooper, Peter Cordova, Charles "Pancho" Cruz, Badia Forbes, Joseph "JD" Green, Maribel Guzman, Nita Hicks, Olga KardonskayaWalter Kresnik, Melody Lima, Steven LiuHector Lopez, Merna LumMirian Munguia, Nubia OrtegaBertha OtoyaSelene PerezAbel PinedaEthel RevitaKevin RoachCheryle RutledgeAnne SlaterErnesto SosaKate Thompson, Kathy WenAlexander Yeap, and Doris Yen.

Curated by Visual Arts Instructors Lani Asher and Pam Berry

Opening Reception

Thursday, March 12, 2015

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Music by Meredith Axelrod  

Donor Preview*

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

*To become a donor, click here.

 

Exhibition
January 15 - March 4, 2015

Venue
Creativity Explored

Location
San Francisco, CA

Detail of Josephine Baker Earthquake Thunder by Daniel Green © 2010 Creativity Explored Licensing, LLC, marker and colored pencil on wood, 23 x 14 inches

Daniel Green's first solo exhibiton.

Days of our Lives is the first solo exhibition of work by San Francisco native, Daniel Green, opening January 15, 2015. Green (b.1985) joined the studio on a full-time basis in 2008, and is one of the youngest artists working at Creativity Explored. Featured will be Green’s signature work that conveys an intense and playful fascination with American entertainment and popular culture. The exhibition will be on view through March 4, 2015.

Most of the works are drawings with ink on wood, in which Green meticulously catalogs text often incorporating imagery as well. His pieces feature figures from television, politics, sports, or history, and then carefully list dates, titles of shows and songs, cities, and names. Sometimes visible within the extensive listings are words like “Smile,” “Now Eric,” “Shut Up Gilles,” “No More Treasure Island Movin’ Back,” which reveal direct and personal commentary on his immediate environment and concerns.

Green’s process of methodically indexing his everyday life, American entertainment, and popular culture, combine in his work, I Have the Dream, Dr Martin Luther King Jr, 2014, 17.75 x 16 inches. While upon first glance the text may seem to be random, really the work is a way for Green to organize, archive, and process information from his day-to-day life. In this ink on wood, Green lists dates like “September 1987,” the names of TV channels like “KQED TV Channel 9 PBS,” and of a menu with prices such as “Turkey Burgers $6.00.” He also references the competitive fighting video game, Street Fighter by listing street fights that occur in the video game, such as “Ryu vs. E. Honda, New York City.” Green juxtaposes the text with images of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. not as a political statement, but rather a personal reflection. Green emphasizes the phrases “Be Yourself” and “I have the dream” in silver metallic ink as though reminders to himself. Infused with nuanced references, the work of Green demonstrates how to remain contemplative in the distraction of daily life.

Green's work was featured in several prominent exhibitions including Create, a traveling exhibition curated by Lawrence Rinder that originated at University of California Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive in 2011, This Will Never Work at Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA, in 2013, Outsider Artists, Oakland International Airport, Oakland, CA, in 2013, Faces at the Jack Fischer gallery, San Francisco, CA, in 2011. 

Curated by Eric Larson.

Opening Reception

January 15, 2015
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Music mixes by DJfact50

Donor Preview*

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

*To become a donor, click here.

FREE parking available during the opening reception at Mission Dolores Church (enter on Church Street) from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Exhibition

A Beautiful Place To Be

January 6 - March 1, 2015

Venue
Environmental Education Center Tilden Nature Area

Location
Berkeley, CA

Untitled (Rooster) by Yolanda Ramirez © 2014 Creativity Explored Licensing, LLC, color pencil and watercolor on paper, 16 x 17.25 inches

Artworks by Creativity Explored artists at the Environmental Education Center Tilden Nature Area, Berkeley, CA. 

Creativity Explored artists interpret the many wonderful plants and animals at the Tilden Nature Area and Little Farm through painting and drawing. This show began with a field trip and tour of the Tilden Nature Area and Little Farm, where CE artists sketched the animals and plants. The exhibition features work by artists that attended the field trip, as well as Creativity Explored artists who did not attend but were inspired by the theme. 

Meet Creativity Explored artists and try your hand at animal sketching during a reception on Friday, February 20, 2015, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. Drawing materials and light refresments will be provided. 

Participating artists include: Camille Holvoet, Merna Lum, Yolanda Ramirez and others.  

Organized by James Wilson, Tilden Nature Area Naturalist
Curated by Mara Poliak, Creativity Explored Visual Arts Instructor & Volunteer Coordinator

Reception

February 20, 2015
11:00 am to 12:00 pm 

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