Where to feast your eyes, in Sonora, CA, on the 2nd Saturday of each month and all year long!
George Allen Durkee~ Featured artist at 2nd Saturday Art Night
George Allen Durkee is a San Francisco street artist turned Northern California landscape painter. He has been a contributing writer for The Artist’s Magazine and American Artist and is author of Expressive Oil Painting - An Open Air Approach to Creative Landscapes (North Light 2009). George produces entertaining and informative videos about painting which are free to view on YouTube.
George Allen Durkee is an oil painter, author and video producer. An academic underachiever and a troublemaker, George ran away from home at the age of 14 and lived in a neighborhood park. As a young man, he became interested in oil painting while working in an apple orchard near Yakima, Washington.
Living far from any art school, George enrolled in a correspondence course and worked nights as a janitor while studying fine art with an emphasis in oil painting. After completing the four year course, he quit the night job to paint full time. As an emerging artist with little access to the world of upscale galleries, George loved painting outdoors in public as a way to market his work. In 1976 Durkee relocated to Eureka, California, but found himself traveling frequently to larger towns in order to paint and sell his work. He moved to Portland, Oregon four years later. Too cold and wet to paint outdoors during the winter months, he began seasonal migrations to southern California while living in his Dodge van. He eventually settled in San Francisco where he contracted with an art dealer who paid for the cost of picture frames and guaranteed his income. But George soon experienced “philosophical differences” with the dealer and struck off on his own. Painting in public for the next eighteen years, he developed an enthusiastic following for his San Francisco cityscapes.
In 2001, George moved to the foothills of the Sierra Nevada in Northern California to paint landscapes. Known as “Geo” to family and friends, he is co-owner of an art gallery in Murphys, California.
The Bucket Head Girl illustrations and prints began with a single image; a photograph of a toddler wearing a princess dress, a large plastic bucket on her head, carrying a plastic baseball bat behind her back. The series began by translating this image to paper and adding additional tools or props to see how the image could change in definition.
Obscuring the head, arming the individual and playing with various scenes, tools and positions create different narratives for the Bucket Head Girl series. She acts as a conduit for everything from base feelings of anger, to social commentary. As the series evolved she acquired a sainthood, and though venerated, continues to do things blindly. She represents all of us at one point or another in a moment or phase of our lives.
Light appetizers and music will be on offer during the opening reception. Come enjoy beautiful art with friends on a lovely spring evening."
KINART Gallery & Studio
145 S. Washington Street
Sonora, CA. 95370
Emotional Anatomy questions what drives the human psyche, is it emotionally influenced or entirely scientific? Freud claimed “anatomy is destiny”, meaning we are predestined to feel a certain way dependent on our anatomy. He wrote that our main personality traits are based on biology, not culture. Freud is not alone in testing this concept, theories on emotion date back as early as the ancient Greeks - arguing that a human’s mental state directly effects their health. For example, anxiety depletes your appetite and a healthy diet provides you with inspiration and positivity. An individual’s perception is experienced through their eyes and processed through the brain, yet that perception registers differently based on mood. Perhaps our body and soul are more intertwined than we expected.
Please join us for an evening of friends, music, refreshments, and beautiful artwork - we look forward seeing you.
Participating artists include:
Caroline Leonardo and Angela Bulich
carolineaugusta.com / angelabulich.com
Musical performance by:
Watson and Willis
I mostly paint “Alla Prima” applying thick brush strokes and finishing the painting on location. I am also finding new forms of expression by using a palette knife and creating patches of colors next to each other.
I like the way the palette knife creates a smooth surface and makes the paint have a reflective quality. Color is very important to me and is part of the expression of joy I want to convey in my paintings.
19 Bradford Street (Westside)
Sonora, CA 95370
Raymond Voorhees, owner of Pinecrest Art Gallery and stained glass artist, will celebrate Art Glass month with a show of stained glass pieces incorporating found objects. Raymond will be in attendance on Second Saturday and his artwork will be available in Studio B during the month April.
Take time to enjoy works by Studio B's outstanding artists: Rayna Coller, Irene Deaver & Sherie Drake, Linda Webb
Hours: Saturday and Sunday from 11 am - 4 pm
Special hours for 2nd Saturday: 3pm-8pm