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New Gallery House Show - Seeking Refuge

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Tuesday, 16 October 2018 to Saturday, 10 November 2018
Saturday, 20 October 2018 - 5:00pm

“Seeking Refuge” Artist Reception, Sat., October 20, 2018 5pm  (Show runs 10/16/18 until 11/10/2018)

New art show, SEEKING REFUGE, opens Tuesday, October 16, 2018 and features the works of Bay Area artists Martha Castillo and Trevlyn Williams. Begin your date night on Saturday, October 20th at the Artist’s Reception from 5-7pm. Their art is sure to spark your imagination! Have some wine with the artists at Gallery House, 320 California, Palo Alto, CA (650-326-1668). These new works will be in the Featured Room of the gallery through November 10, 2018.

SEEKING REFUGE is a series of abstract clay prints by Castillo and landscape oil paintings by Williams. The process of creation provides a sense of refuge for these two artists. Their use of color, lines and patterns not only shares their meditations with you, the viewer, but it will draw you in and provide an emotional space for your own creation of refuge, whether in the world of abstract or nature.

MARTHA CASTILLO  Martha’s monotypes made of clay and pigments provide refuge in these inharmonious times. Recognizing that “refuge” means different things to different people, she has no doubt you will find, in her works, abstract imagery (like doors and flags) that appear as you examine her unique use of pattern and texture. “I do not usually think of my work as political. Recently, though, I find it difficult not to be influenced by these unsettled and discordant times,” says Castillo. 

TREVLYN WILLIAMS Trevlyn finds her refuge in pondering nature and the meditative process of turning that experience into her paintings. Conversely, she knows that the very world on which we depend for our sustenance also requires some of its own refuge. “That bird, flower and scenery is all part of habitat that must be protected to support the ecosystems that sustain us,” says Williams.

Gallery hours are Tuesday and Wednesday 10am to 6pm, Thursday to Saturday 12noon to 8pm and Sunday, 11am to 3pm. Closed Monday. Entry to the exhibit and reception is free for the public. ---320 California, Palo Alto, CA  (650) 326-1668. 


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MARTHA CASTILLO  Martha Castillo’s new body of work offers visual ‘refuge’ from these inharmonious times. Employing her unique mix of pattern, and texture, she composes meditations on color and design. Refuge means different things to different people, and the definition changes in different situations. Does it mean being secure inside an enclosure or community? Or freedom to be outside?  Does it have walls, or doors? Is it spiritual, or physical? Is it a choice or a necessity? a right or a privilege?  Martha observes, “I do not usually think of my work as ‘political’. Recently, however, I find it difficult not to be influenced by this unsettled and discordant period in our lives.  Within the abstract imagery, you may find suggestions of walls, and doors. Are they sheltering, or limiting access?  Flags, traditional symbols of identity, sovereignty and loyalty, show up in fragments, hinting at rifts in the status quo. Yet, I hope that these elements do not distract from the overall appeal of each piece.” Working is Castillo’s way of seeking refuge from the upheavals of our times.  In contemplating this work, she hopes the viewer may find respite as well.

TREVLYN WILLIAMS  In this new series of work Trevlyn Williams revisits favorite themes of landscape and nature. Specifically, Trevlyn depicts the activities in which we humans engage to seek refuge in our everyday life such as immersing ourselves in nature. For Trevlyn, refuge is specifically found in pondering nature and the meditative process of turning this activity into paintings. "Conversely," observes Tevlyn, "the world around us, indeed, the very nature we use to our own ends, also requires a refuge. That bird, flower and gorgeous scenery is all part of habitat that must be protected. The myriad species of the ecosystems essential for our survival on this earth all need refuge." Wherever we are, and whoever we are in the world, each of us should be able to live safely and without desperation. Each of us might hope that the least refuge we need is simply to be able to take a walk along a shore or wooded trail, hear birds and experience a spring bloom or a clear night sky.


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320 South California, Ave., Palo Alto, Ca 94306

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