Upstairs Art Gallery re-opens with a new exhibits by two artists:
Local artist, Victoria A. Kochergin, presents Showcasing Nature’s Beauty, a collection of colored pencil botanicals, detailing the beauty found year-round. Kochergin is inspired as each season showcases Nature’s beauty: from spring’s emergence of dormant bulbs, summer’s array of fruits, autumn’s orange, yellow and burgundy leaves, to winter’s white flowers. “It is this seasonal beauty I strive to capture in detail and bring to the viewer’s attention,” said the artist. These pieces are revelatory in their amazing translucent coloring and detail. Achieved through hours and weeks of work layering colors, each piece is a unique pearl drawn from Nature. “I believe every botanical in Nature deserves its spotlight, “ noted Kochergin. These works truly inspire awe with the complexity and magnificence in Nature.
Kochergin’s artwork has been exhibited in Alcatraz, local and international shows, Art Trails and Art at the Source. She received a BA in Fine Arts and English from UC Berkeley. Working in various mediums during her career, she now concentrates on colored pencil. She is a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists and the Northern Society of Botanical Artists and teaches classes in the medium. A portion of Kochergin’s sales from this exhibit will be donated to SNAP Cats, a local cat rescue.
The Small Works Showcase on the stairway features Between Chaos and Calm, a collection of small abstract paintings by Cynthia Sumner. Her work is emotionally derivative and process driven. “Frequently, I tap into state of mind or some emotional content I want to explore first. Then I apply paint or mixed media in layers adding texture and random mark-making, before scraping back and repeating the process, until interesting elements spark my imagination, “stated the artist. From this creative energy emerge beautiful works that are a perfect trifecta of texture, color and composition. A graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute, Sumner was an art educator in the Bay Area and New Orleans.
Upstairs Art Gallery, 306 Center Street, Healdsburg, CA 95448. (707) 431-4214. Open daily: 11 – 6pm