NEGRO BAR, oil by Gregory Kondos, depicts one of the region’s early gold mining sites. Photo courtesy of the Gallery at 48 Natoma

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‘Less is more’ at Kondos exhibit

By March 14, 2011

NEGRO BAR, oil by Gregory Kondos, depicts one of the region’s early gold mining sites. Photo courtesy of the Gallery at 48 Natoma

Sometimes, less is more.

That is certainly true with the art of master artist Gregory Kondos, whose landscape paintings will be on display at the Gallery at 48 Natoma in Folsom March 18 through May 11. There is a “quietude” and contemplative quality to his work.

“The Landscape by Gregory Kondos” will feature original oils, drawings and more. Several pieces are on loan from private collections. Not surprising, since Kondos is one of the West’s foremost landscape artists.

Kondos is known for his paintings depicting the Yosemite Valley and the Sacramento Valley, in addition to his works from the French countryside and Greece.

His work is held in the same tradition as the works of Albert Bierstadt, Edward Hopper and Georgia O’Keefe. He prefers to keep a sense of quietness and cleanliness in his work.

“Less is more … and what is left out makes the picture more understandable,” Kondos said.

The artist recently visited an advanced art class at Folsom’s Vista del Lago High School. He instructed the students in a plein aire painting workshop. Student works from that experience will be on display in the Community Gallery adjacent to the Main Gallery.

“It was a thrill for the gallery to have coordinated such an opportunity for local art students,” said Cindy Abraham, gallery coordinator. “In our continuing goal to grow arts education in the community, this workshop brought the full art experience together; from being taught by such an accomplished artist, having a hands-on experience creating a piece of art and then finally exhibiting their finished work in a professional gallery – this is a once in a lifetime experience for many of the students.”

A reception for “The Landscape by Gregory Kondos” will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 18. The artists’ reception and the exhibit are free and open to the public.

The Gallery at 48 Natoma is located at 48 Natoma St. in Folsom. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, with additional hours on Thursday night (6 to 8 p.m.) and Second Saturdays March 26 and April 9, from 1 to 5 p.m.

Special group and free school tours can be arranged by appointment. To request additional gallery information or to schedule a tour contact Cindy Abraham at (916) 351-3506 or   [email protected].

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Susan Laird


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