‘Hidden in the Leaves’ Exhibit Brings Bounty of Artistry to Three Rivers

“Leaf XV,” oil on canvas by Jana Botkin.
“Leaf XV,” oil on canvas by Jana Botkin.

A brisk morning, colorful leaves, a whiff of the first warming fire in the hearth and the hope of winter storms moves artists toward paint brushes, cameras, clay and more. The Arts Alliance of Three Rivers shares this bounty of artistry at its autumn 2014 exhibition, “Hidden in the Leaves.”

Visitors will experience a diverse range of artwork. A sampling of these includes accomplished photographer Virginia Wilson’s vivid nature photographs that capture Yosemite’s peaceful grandeur at the change of seasons. Christine Sell-Porter’s brilliantly hued oil paintings depict rustic country scenes in fall. Jana Botkin, also painting in oils, shares botanical style renderings that typify the unique beauty of autumn leaves. Marn Reich, well known clay artist, takes a different turn, painting with acrylics in her entry, “The Shrine.” Weaver Nikki Crain offers a seasonal handwoven runner and also shows off her pencil drawing talent with “Acorns and Leaves.” Deborah Dal Zuffo’s delicate watercolor butterfly caught fluttering among autumn leaves is a lively tribute to the changing season.

Other samples of the fine work in the show include Shirley Keller’s whimsical take on our beloved local hummingbirds in her leaf-glazed mask titled “Hummer in the Leaves.” Clay artist Ann Bowen also joins the show with her clay renderings of leaves that can be hung for decorative beauty or used as beautiful plates. Clay plays another role in the two new clay monoprints created by Karen Kimball, featuring bright fall leaves and trees. Several other well- known local artists are joining the event and the gallery walls will be filled with artful treasures.

The artists’ reception, from 5:30-8:30pm on November 7, provides an opportunity to meet the artists, enjoy food prepared by Allison and Dane from Sierra Subs & Salads, and relax to the piano melodies by Ken Elias and Megan Jo Doyle.

“Hidden in the Leaves” runs through November 30 at the Sierra Subs & Salads dining area, (formerly the Art Co-op), 41717 Sierra Dr. in Three Rivers. Hours are 10am to 6pm Tuesday-Saturday, 10am to 5pm Sunday.

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