Lincoln Hills artists attract large crowd

By: Leona Reber Special to The News Messenger
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Lincoln Arts played host to 25 talented artists from the Lincoln Hills development Friday night. A reception for the artists drew well over 125 people – the most to attend a reception at the local gallery in several months. At times, the gallery was so crowded that people were seen gathered on the steps, chatting while waiting their turn to go through the doors. “It’s wonderful,” said Joan Jordan. “I think this is the most popular show we have had all year.” There is no stated theme for the exhibition and what is shown is artist’s choice. Many chose to display more than one medium. Tommie Moller, a prolific artist who usually leans toward Native American subjects, displayed three pieces – a ceramic mask mounted on bamboo titled “She Who Watches,” a colored pencil drawing of “Painted War Ponies” and “Watching Desert Sunrise,” a large bronze sculpture of a woman and child mounted on a polished black granite base. Lucille Ratermann carried on in the Native American theme, with a beautiful portrait of a strong but wistful-looking Native American woman executed in pastels. Judi Boltz paid tribute to Asian subjects, with a watercolor of a Tibetan monk and another mixed media piece of a sumo wrestler. Her loose and pleasing semi-abstract style hints at the subjects rather describing them realistically. She also has displayed a triptych titled “Spring Walks in Lincoln Hills,” which she artfully tied together as a single work of art. “We walk every day,” Boltz said. “It is always so pretty, especially when the poppies are in bloom. I originally did three small paintings of places that I thought were particularly lovely, but they just didn’t seem complete when I finished them, so I decided to put them all into one piece. I think it works.” Mike Daley was displaying his pottery for the first time. “This is my premiere,” he said. “We have covered vessels, bowls and vases that I’ve made on the wheel all over the house and my wife, though she likes them, was beginning to think there were too many, so she urged me to show and sell them. I’ve made nearly 100 so far.” Daley, who grew up in Orangevale, had Dick Ketelle as his art teacher during high school and was amazed, when he retired to Lincoln Hills in March 2008, to see Ketelle’s name on the roster of those teaching classes. He immediately made contact and was delighted to find that it was indeed his high school mentor. Daley signed up for classes with Ketelle and two other ceramicists, interspersing ceramics classes with his golf games. “Golf is great, but you can only play just so much before it gets boring and you want to do something else,” he said “I don’t feel that way about ceramics. It is addictive. That’s why I’ve ended up with so many pieces in such a short time.” Keith Bedford is also displaying his ceramics. Most of his butter dishes, lidded jars and candy dishes are lacy creations with the look of doilies. The final clay sculptor in the show is Autumn Moon, a former Feats of Clay exhibitor. Her piece, an artfully pierced female torso, is untitled. Charlotte Cooper has brought only one piece, but it is a powerful creation – a steel and copper sculpture entitled “Wabi-Sabi (Beauty and Roughness in Japanese).” There are several fine still lives, landscapes, seascapes and garden scenes among those displayed, including Mariolein Ciappa’s charming oil painting of a spring garden. Several artists have chosen European vistas and a few offer views of Lincoln and other scenes of California. The creatures haven’t been forgotten here either. Marlin Anderson has captured in oil paint an appealing newborn foal, “Dandy,” resting in a flower-strewn field. Jan Apfel offers us “Fish Fantasy,” which appears to be a look through the water at the goldfish inside a child’s fishbowl. Bobbie Pilliard’s “Tiger Eye” takes us up close and personal with a Bengal tiger. Others who are exhibiting are Ellie Barquist, Joanne Logan, Terry Banderas, Joyce Bisbee, Adrienne Blackheart, Martha Chatoian, Gwen Harrison, Nancy Holt, Suzan Hunt, Patrick Osborne, Diane Pargament, Paulette Pesavento, Liz Shelton, and Bea Petcavich. Sharing space with the Lincoln Hills artists are seven of the chairs that will be auctioned to the public during the upcoming Chair’ity Affair auction Oct. 24. Tickets for this gala fundraising event are on sale at the gallery. The Lincoln Hills show will remain in the gallery through Nov. 7, when the Holiday Shoppe will take over for the remainder of the year. The show is free and open to the public. For more information about this or any other Lincoln Arts event, call the gallery at 645-9713.