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Exhibition
April 24 - June 11, 2014

Venue
Creativity Explored

Location
San Francisco, CA

Left to right: Figures #1 through #3 by Mirian Munguia, mixed media fabric, sizes vary; Heads #1 and #2 by Peter Cordova, glazed ceramic, sizes vary; Jardin and Jardin #2 by José Nuñez, mixed media, sizes vary.

A trio of artists finds creative connection and inspiration from their indigenous homelands and the natural world.

Peter Cordova
Mirian Munguia
José Nuñez

Three artists at Creativity Explored, blending their diverse cultural backgrounds and in collaboration with one of their Visual Arts Instructors, have created an atavistic, magical, and primal “back to the Garden” statement at Creativity Explored’s third exhibition of 2014, Elemental Renditions, opening April 24. Drawing, painting, textile, and ceramic artworks combine to forge a world of plants, animals, and people, set to the rhythm and patterns of everyday life. “The artworks are a beautiful expression of the artists’ respective roots in family, community and the natural world,” says Creativity Explored Visual Arts Instructor and curator Pilar Olabarria.

Many of artist José Nuñez’s figural works evoke a sense of iconic mysticism and communion with nature, rooted in childhood in his native El Salvador. In Anjeles Rosas, four robed angels with wings create a sacred atmosphere, as if they were performing a ritual. Honduran artist Mirian Munguia, in collaboration with Olabarria, designed the centerpiece of the exhibition, an elaborate, life-size Tree of Life tapestry installation made of layers of multicolored fabric leaves and flowers. Peter Cordova, originally from the Philippines, works in a bold, totemic style influenced by Native American art; his sculpture Head depicts the soulful expression of a man with oversized, thick features, oxblood skin, pale lips, and a silvery, mesh-like beard, embellished with carefully-incised circles on a hefty neck.

Don’t miss this captivating, folkloric-style exhibition reminiscent of Henri Rousseau, which harkens back to a simpler time when humans and animals lived more equally in the context of the natural world. 

Curated by Pilar Olabarria.

Opening Reception

April 24, 2014
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Music by Douce Ambiance.

Donor Preview*

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

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

Exhibition
March 6 - April 16, 2014

Venue
Creativity Explored

Location
San Francisco, CA

Menagerie by Jason Monzon © 2013 Creativity Explored Licensing, LLC. Acrylic on paper, 14.5 x 21.5 inches.

Don’t miss Creativity Explored’s first group show of 2014, featuring some of the studio’s most talented and popular artists.

A Curious Menagerie is a group exhibition of artworks depicting various members of the animal kingdom, factual as well as fanciful, as viewed through the eyes of more than two dozen Creativity Explored artists. Encompassing everything from the domesticated to the wild and exotic, plus a few imaginary creatures, this show also comprises a range of media: watercolor, pastel, acrylic, pen and ink, wire, wood, paper, clay, fabric, and cardboard.

Artist Zachary Adams shows his love for “man’s best friend” in a winsome artwork of his own pet, entitled My Pretty Pepper Girl Dog, in oil pastel and ink text on paper. Christina Marie Fong contributes Bobcat Rabbit, a fanged, savage-looking bunny covered in ornate Indonesian-inspired patterns of gold and silver, using watercolor and metallic felt pen. Gerald Wiggins brings an anthropomorphic element into his Lizard Man and Jake, both glazed ceramic sculptures of half-man, half-animal creatures, dressed like urban hipsters complete with stitched jeans, modern caps and goatees.

Curated by Suda Changkasiri & Glenn Peckman.

Opening Reception

March 6, 2014

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Featuring a 20-minute performance by Chorissima, the concert, recording, and touring ensemble of the San Francisco Girls Chorus.

Donor Preview*

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

*To become a donor, click here.

Collaboration with the San Francisco Girls Chorus

In a concurrent animal-themed project supported by the Creative Work Fund, the San Francisco Girls Chorus (SFGC) has commissioned Creativity Explored artists to create 50 cut-out animal props for the chorus’ dramatic concert production of Noye’s Fludde (Noah’s Flood), a modern adaptation of a 15th-century mystery play, to be performed on Saturday, March 29 at Temple Emanu-El in San Francisco as the headliner for the SFGC’s 35thanniversary gala dinner and auction. These oversized artworks created by more than 20 artists represent a range of imaginative animals to be used as puppets, props and headdresses for the performance. At the auction, patrons will have the opportunity to bid on the original artworks used in the performance, with proceeds shared by Creativity Explored and SFGC; for more information, go to www.sfgirlschorus.org.

Prior to the March 29 performance and gala, Chorissimaan ensemble of 35 members of the SFGC, will perform French and Spanish songs a cappella during the opening reception for A Curious Menagerie on March 6.

Collaboration with the San Francisco SPCA

In yet another concurrent animal-themed project, the San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SFSPCA) is hosting Dogs and Cats are Our Friends, a solo exhibition of Creativity Explored artist Yukari Sakura’s work at the Leanne B. Roberts Animal Care Center Gallery (www.sfspca.org). An animal lover her entire life, Sakura’s paintings express her concerns about the well-being of dogs and cats, climate change, endangered species, and good nutrition for everyone. The exhibition series is based on photographs that the artist took on a recent visit to the SFSPCA.  She also relied on memory and imagination to create paintings that depict dogs and cats in “elegant backgrounds.” Sakura hopes that these paintings will help to enlighten others to the plight of animals in need. 

Exhibition

Create

January 23 - April 5, 2014

Venue
Museum of Art at Washington State University

Location
Pullman, WA


CREATE continues at Washington State University.

The Create exhibition is on view at the Museum of Art at Washington State University in Pullman, WA. Create presents work made at three pioneering centers for artists with developmental disabilities - Creativity Explored, Creative Growth Art Center in Oakland, and NIAD Art Center in Richmond. 

CE artists include Mary BelknapDaniel GreenMichael Bernard LogginsJohn Patrick McKenzieJames MilesJames MontgomeryBertha OtoyaEvelyn Reyes, and Lance Rivers.

Exhibit catalog available for sale in the Creativity Explored Gallery or online.

Create is a traveling exhibition curated by Lawrence Rinder, with Matthew Higgs, and organized by the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive and ICI (Independent Curators International), New York. The exhibition and the accompanying catalog were made possible, in part, by Dr. James B. Pick and Dr. Rosalyn M. Laudati, and the continued support of the BAM/PFA Trustees. Additional support for the tour is made possible in part by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, and the ICI Board of Trustees.

The Museum of Art is located on Wilson Road across from Martin Stadium in the Fine Arts Center on the WSU Pullman campus. Gallery hours are Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., open until 7 p.m. on Thursdays and closed on Sundays. For more information please contact the museum at (509) 335-1910 or visit our website at museum.wsu.edu.

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