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Peaceable Kingdom: Animals, Real and Imagined

March 3 - May 19, 2013

Venue
Bedford Gallery

Location
1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek, CA 94596

Hawaiian Tigercat by Christina Marie Fong © 2012 Creativity Explored. Mixed media on cardboard, 28" x 40.5".

Artworks by Creativity Explored studio artists Peter Cordova and Christina Marie Fong are included in the Bedford Gallery's Peaceable Kingdom exhibition this spring!

Assembled by prominent curators, Peaceable Kingdom is a juried show devoted to investigating our storied and rich relationship with the animal world. The exhibition explores the presence of animals in the visual arts, and how they appear as metaphors, totems, objects of fear, and sources of emotional attachment and affection.

The history of human and animal interaction is filled with tales of failed domestication, unusual friendships, and fearsome predators. Human fascination with the animal kingdom has run the gamut from emotional connection, to economic exploitation, and even scientific curiosity. Throughout all of these interactions, however, the sense of wonder we feel when we encounter animal life has been an enduring theme that has informed their continued and abiding presence in the visual arts.

This juried exhibition encourages artists to meditate on human/animal complex and diverse relationships, addressing such issues as antagonism, admiration, attachment, and even the politically charged issue of animal rights.

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