Art lovers are in for a treat in May, as four Bay Area artists are teaming up for an exhibit framed around the theme of ‘Nature Inspires.’ The artists, Alison Lufkin, Christine Kennedy, Delisa Sage and Heidi Kristen Palau, span photography, oil and acrylic painting and mixed media.
This creative group of artists and photographers have been drawn together through their mutual love of art and nature to exhibit their work, explore new modalities and to inspire the creative process in one another.
The exhibit runs throughout May, including a reception on Tuesday, May 3 as part of the Mill Valley Arts Commission’s First Tuesday Artwalk (5:30-7:30pm). 85 Throckmorton Avenue. Also in conjunction with Marin Open Studios, they will be open Saturday, May 7 and Sunday, May 8 from 11am to 6 pm at the Chamber office.
The artists include: Christine Kennedy, a Bay Area photographer who explores all aspects of nature in her work. Her current Cairn Series stems from her love of water and collecting while roaming her favorite local beaches, trails and woodlands. She divides her time between the mountains of Colorado and San Francisco, where she lives with her husband Michael and where she raised her two children.
Delisa Sage has sold her work nationally and internationally for 40 years. She owned Collage Gallery in San Francisco for 20 years. Sage uses, acrylic paint, found objects and collage materials. She is influenced by nature, Sacred Geometry and travel.
Photographer Alison Lufkin lives in San Francisco with her husband, 3 boys, and 2 dogs. While Lufkin is formally trained as an interior designer, she has found a deep love of taking photographs. The natural world and its ever-changing magic are a particular favorite. Her greatest passion is traveling the world (near and far) with her camera in hand. Lufkin has chosen flowers as her focus for this show as they bring her happiness. Their depth, their variation of color, and deep reflection of nature’s bounty. As the quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson so clearly states: “the earth laughs in flowers.”
An artist, designer and author, Heidi Kristen Palau embraces her strong connection to nature in her work. Nature has been the main source of inspiration all of her life. She finds great joy in painting natural elements, landscapes and still life’s. She began painting eight years ago and her love of textures and layering of paint inspires her, using water based oils as her medium.