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Gallery at 48 goes abstract

"Café du Marche," mixed media by Joe Strickland
"Café du Marche," mixed media by Joe Strickland

Abstract art dates back to the early 1900s when artists began to paint abstract art as a result of a deliberate artistic and philosophical development.

Two acclaimed artists’ work in different media will be showcased in this time-honored style in the next exhibit at the Gallery at 48 Natoma in Folsom, “Abstracts in Fiber and Paint.”

Joe Strickland will exhibit his newest series of paintings in mixed-media and Joan Dyer will show her unique fabric art. The exhibit opens Jan. 24 and continues through March 6 at the gallery. A special opening reception with refreshments, wine and live music will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 24.

Strickland has been recognized for his unique use of multiple mediums in his work, pushing a medium in order to uncover an inventive method of using it in unconventional means. Strickland’s paintings are water-based pigments mixed with oil resulting in incredible textures, values and hues. His unique technique combined with a background in serigraphy has inspired him to push the boundaries to invent new ways of expression in the fine art of printmaking.

Dyer’s fabric art is created entirely by an intuitive process, with which she builds her designs fairly quickly and freely. All of her art quilts are her original designs, generally depicting abstract forms from nature. Dyer’s style has evolved utilizing curved piecing and organic shapes, generally with warm colors.

“I learned traditional methods of piecing by hand when I began this journey with fabric, but soon began to enjoy the design phase of fabric artistry,” she explained.

This exhibition is generously sponsored by a grant from Target.

In the adjacent Community Gallery at 48 Natoma art quilts from the regional fiber group Quartz and selected members from the Folsom Quilt and Fiber Guild will be displayed.  More than 50 unique art fiber pieces from this creative group will be shown.

The Gallery at 48 Natoma is managed by the Folsom Parks and Recreation Department and showcases art by regional and national professional artists, area museum collections and traveling exhibitions; offering high quality original art exhibits that the community may otherwise not have an opportunity to experience.

The gallery is free and open to the public and art is available for purchase. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday with additional hours Tuesday and Wednesday nights from 6 to 8 p.m. Free tours can be arranged by appointment. For more information contact Cindy Abraham by calling (916) 355-7285 or e-mailing cabraham@folsom.ca.us.

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