In what is being described as a “bold, stunning and profound” exhibit, the Sun Gallery presents its third annual environmental show: ‘Living Systems. Endangered Animals. Habitat’ which opens on Thursday April 21st and runs until Saturday June 4th.
Living Systems, an exhibit by Jon Kerpel and Debra Stuckgold, explores the natural habitat as seen in a state of flux.
Debra Stuckgold uses reconstructed maps to explore the changing landscape. “Fracture” combines an altered map plan with cascades of falling flowers and vines, creating an uneasy balance between natural resources and human development.
In Living Systems, Jon Kerpel’s art form focuses on the fragile and essential web of life. This is accomplished with the use of reused, recycled and repurposed materials, ultimately becoming an ordered assemblage representing nature’s gems.
Jon reflects on his work: “Our environment is everything; without it we have nothing.”
The work of Stuckgold and Kerpel has been featured in several museums and galleries, and this latest show offers both of the artist’s latest work, most of which was created specially for the new show.
In a transition hallway between Kerpel and Stuckgold’s work hangs the stunning black and white “scratch-board” art of artist Larry Van Deusen, forming a continuous landscape of birds and natural habitat.
The second part of the show focuses on “Endangered Animals and Habitat” and features the work of artists Carole Dwinell, Laura Swenson, Bryan Lenorud, Jeanne Bertolina, Anna Towers, Sarah Sammis, Aryim Islas, Joel Figueroa, Susan Ashley, Renea Turner, Niambi Kee, Mel Gross, Dr. Win, Rosalind Harper, Hollie Adamic, Sheila Mun Jacobs, Peter & Maureen Langenbach, Nina Starr, Christa Schanda, Terry Preston and Tatiana Secu.
Nevada artist Laura Swenson’s strong and profound artwork features a huge bee being held in the arms of a woman with sunflowers springing up from the edges of the painting. Niambi Kee’s detailed textile work features endangered African elephants roaming across multi-colored plains while photographer Renea Turner’s work captures a huge hive of endangered bees.
Prolific painter Nina Starr’s endangered species paintings are based on three paintings by Renaissance and Rococo Masters: “The Endangered Primate Exhibit” was based on a c1772 painting done by Johan Zoffany entitled “Tribuna of the Uffizi”.
“Will There Be A Big Cat Heaven After The Extinction?” Is based on a painting entitled “Mary, Queen of Heaven” by Master of the St. Lucy Legend from c1485.
Nina’s “The Garden of the Earthly Endangered Species” is based on a triptych painting entitled “The Garden of Earthly Delights” by Hieronymus Bosch painted in c1504.
Students of local art teacher Geoff Landreau represent Mt. Eden High School with a large penguin sculpture by Aryim Islas and an endangered Black Rhino sculpture by Joel Figueroa.
In keeping with its tradition of educating the community about the importance of environmental stewardship, the gallery will also hold a special family art class on Saturday April 23 from 11-1, where a group art project will be made that will be hung in the show. Families are encouraged to attend and participate in the project.
The Artists Reception for Living Systems. Endangered Animals & Habitat will be held on Saturday, April 30th from 12-4. Finger foods and beverages will be served and admission is free. The Sun Gallery is located at 1015 E St. in Hayward. You can reach the gallery at 510-581-4050 for more information or visit the gallery’s website at www.Sungallery.org
Field trips for schools can also be scheduled for the show which includes a guided tour followed by an art project in the gallery’s art studio. In 2015 the Sun Gallery received the Environmental Award from the City of Hayward for excellence in environmental education, re-use and community involvement.