“ROAD TO RENEWAL” AT WESTHAVEN CENTER FOR THE ARTS
The new show at Westhaven Center for the Arts “Road to Renewal” features the carved and kiln-formed glass of Susan Bloch and oil painting landscapes by Yvonne Kern. An opening reception will be held on Sunday, September 8 from one to four.
Guitarist Michael Tout will be performing personal interpretations of classical rock songs during the opening.
Regarding the work in this show, Bloch said “It resulted from a death, forcing a transition with energy of its own. Mourning launched a comparison of breaking and fusing glass to crisis and healing. Fusing sharp shards of glass under heat until molten invoked pain eventually softening. The glass edges join and realign revealing changing states and new beginnings. Sketches became glass pieces to include in the work. Objects float in space or on opaque areas of glass. Some are developed on both sides of the glass, creating unexpected discoveries for the viewer. The wonder, drama, and fragility of our lives activated me. The natural world directing my attention on sunlit forms, windswept leaves, birds in flight. Echoes of conversations drifted into formations which I later transcribed into codelike clouds. These observations joined with input of natural or human made disaster. Keenly aware of the transitory nature of our world and selves, I manipulate the glass to hold, bury, or reveal; making things as they are and in the act of becoming.”
The techniques Bloch uses are sand-carving, kiln-forming, and painting using finely powdered glass. Custom metal holders are plasma cut and cold-formed. Her work is collected and commissioned internationally. Group shows include Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery, Brea Gallery, Morley Gallery, UK; Red House Glass Cone, UK; Sebastopol Center for the Arts and the Richmond Art Center. Westhaven Center is proud to share her work with the local community. More of her art can be seen at susanbloch.com.
Yvonne Kern is a representational landscape painter. While pursuing a business degree at Diablo Valley College in Concord, California, she discovered oil painting by taking a photorealist oil painting class. In 1983 she moved to Eureka, changed her major to art and graduated from Humboldt State University in 1985. Since then, she has been painting professionally. Living and working across the street from Susan Bloch’s home and studio has expanded her creativity. “I am so lucky to be able to call on Susan to discuss the creative project on my easel,” said Kern, “and she always helps to add a new dimension to my work. It’s been exhilarating working on this group exhibit with her.”
Kern has recently visited Arizona, Utah, Hawaii, the deserts of Nevada and Eastern Northern California. In 2017 she traveled by auto from Eureka to South Carolina, using a Northern route out and a southern route home. “It’s an amazing country, and I realize how fortunate I am to have the time and resources to investigate our remote national parks and monuments. My paintings are a way of capturing a brief moment of time and place where I have felt visually thrilled. I wish to bring my viewers along on my journeys so that they can enjoy a small part of this peaceful grandeur,” says Kern. “Experiencing these new vistas brings a renewal of hope to my soul, and I am inspired to record and share these feelings with others with the hope that it will inspire them to seek out these spots and work to protect them for future citizens.” Kern’s paintings can be found at the Highland Art Center in Weaverville and online at www.yvonnekern.com
Westhaven Center is located at 501 South Westhaven Drive. Regular gallery hours are Friday through Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. For more information, call 677-9493, visit on Facebook at Westhaven Center for the Arts, or the website westhavencenter.org.
Figures & Flowers at Westaven Center for the Arts: Deborah Kalish & Lotus Monahan
The new show at Westhaven Center for the Arts features drawings by Deborah Kallish and Lotus Monahan. The opening reception is Sunday, July 7, from one to four. Deborah Kallish has lived and worked in Trinidad for twenty-five years and is a graduate of Humboldt State University with a major in Art. She has participated in local figure drawing groups since 1963 in New York, Berkeley, Eureka’s Ink People and currently at StuArt in Arcata. Regarding her work, Kallish explains “ Most groups start with a few very short poses, 1 or 2 minutes, so to save paper I drew on classified pages. After a while the print began to suggest interesting interactions with the poses and “Newspaper Nudes” took on a life of their own.” She is also showing flowers, some with words, symbols and ideas concurrent with blooming.
Deborah continued “I am excited to introduce my student Lotus Monahan. Her ceramics and drawings, express a wide range of emotions. Lotus is currently a junior at Arcata High Arts Institute.”
This exhibition is partially underwritten by the Humboldt Arts Council/Faben Artists Fund. Westhaven Center is located at 501 South Westhaven Drive. Regular gallery hours are Friday through Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. For more information, call 677-9493, visit on Facebook at Westhaven Center for the Arts, or the website westhavencenter.org.