Exhibit Dates: July 26 – August 30, 2020
Healdsburg artist, Linda Barretta, presents Suspended Memories, a collection of recent oil paintings that capture the landscape’s ever-changing light. Seizing in paint the unique lighting on location is her most important tool – creating a memory that the carries through in her studio work. “I love to weave the vibrant colors and textures to create an artistic experience that takes the viewer to that special time and place,” said Barretta. Whether painted at the edge of a field or later tapping her memory, her masterful sense of color takes your breath away with its magical vibrancy. Key works showing the artist’s color mastery are featured in the exhibit: “Wolf Moon,” a nocturn of the Russian River and “Magic Hour,” a lavender field melting into dusk.
A Sonoma County artist, Barretta lives and works in Healdsburg. Known for her vibrant use of color, she developed her impressionist style and skills through numerous hours of plein air painting and studying with master artists. Her works are exhibited throughout the country.
The Small Works Showcase on the stairway features Flights of Fancy by Willow LaLand-Yeilding, a collection of works on paper that explores the range of emotion and depth achieved in the simplicity of line, shadow and composition. In these works, the blank paper as negative space is as important as the positive design elements themselves. “I enjoy the freedom that comes with the medium and exploring the honesty of form and contrast,” said the artist.