September featured artists are Leo Brew and Gordon Campbell. Come meet the artists at the First Tuesday Opening Reception on September 3 from 5-8pm.
With this show, Leo Brew expands her passion for painting the beauty and magnificence of wild cats into the realm of preservation and conservation. Leo is donating all proceeds from her show to help support the creatures in sanctuary at Great Cats World Park. By supporting Leo’s art, you too can participate in helping the big cats thrive in their natural habitat and continue to share their story with the world. Leo who is known for her ability to capture the grace and beauty of these wild cats, says, “the way they move, the patterns of their fur and the sound of their powerful roars touch my heart. I truly believe that these creatures encompass all the same emotions we humans feel; pain, joy, happiness and sorrow. I aspire to create not just the gleam in their eyes, but I want to convey their life story onto every canvas my brush touches.”
The theme of Gordon Campbell’s September show is Buildings (mostly barns) and Birds (mostly herons). Gordon’s art form differs from most because he uses linoleum and vinyl as his medium to create mosaics. Since his pieces consist of mostly discontinued materials, he creates images using a limited range of color on the “palette”. Gordon says he enjoys the challenge of putting the materials to a new and creative artistic use rather than it being sent to landfill. “My mosaic method is self-taught,” he says, “although my background in architectural and mechanical drawing helps me with the composition of my work. Oil painting classes, taken many years ago, assist with color coordination. My degree from the University of Denver in the building industry and a long career in homebuilding probably explains my interest in creating buildings in my artwork. Although I like to think the houses I built looked better than some of my barn mosaics.”
Sequoia Gallery + Studios is a nonprofit, community-centric organization offering events, educational programs, working artists, studios and an art gallery to the community. Sequoia’s mission is to promote fine art in the community and to provide a working studio environment to support creative interaction among artists; bring opportunities for art creation and exhibition to member and community artists working with a diverse range of media; and to enrich our community through innovative outreach and in-house education programs.
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