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The Figure Revealed At Stellar Gallery

OAKHURST – Stop by Stellar Gallery as you make your way around town on Saturday, Feb. 14 from 4 – 8 p.m., as the Gallery Row location celebrates The Figure Revealed, a juried exhibit that examines the human figure in art with contemporary interpretations by working artists of all ages. If you can’t make it Saturday with or without a valentine, fear not: the show runs through March 8.

The Figure Revealed co-curator Kris Kessey (not pictured: co-curator Norma Rogers) - photo by Kellie Flanagan Feb 2015The exhibit is curated by Kris Kessey and Norma Rogers, and includes about 75 pieces from 48 individual artists. Many of the artists are local residents, while some are in Fresno and at least one submission is from out of state.

A quick stop into the gallery a week ago just before the show’s soft opening revealed a theme that’s both intimately familiar and yet contains elements that are altogether unexpected.

“We wanted to bring together a vast intepretation of a variety of different artists,” Kessey says. “The idea behind The Figure Revealed includes everything from forms in nature to figurative elements, in a wide variety of media.” Organizers note that “the representation of the human figure is as old as art itself.”

Artist Julie Mitchell holds one of her pieces for exhibit with The Figure Revealed at Stellar Gallery - photo by Kellie Flanagan Feb 2015Submitted works are available for sale and ultimately $1,200 in cash awards will be presented to artists whose work is chosen as among the best. The work gathered includes sculpture, painting, photos, textile, mixed media and more, from artists of experience as well as student submissions.

The result is a captivating journey through the collective physical experience as seen through the eyes and created by the hands of our local artists.

Gallery owner and artist Jon Bock says he’s especially excited about the 3D work in the show. “It is well integrated with the two dimensional entries, resulting in a delightful play of color, form, light and shadow.”

The gala reception is scheduled to include a short performance with music by Terry Robinson, Patricia Emerson Mitchell, and Cheyenne Hernandez. Guests can also look forward to spoken word by Dixie Salazar, Taj El, Lee Underwood, and Jon Bock. Camille Cole will offer a jewelry presentation.

For more information contact Stellar Gallery at (559) 658-8844

Wire Dancer figure by Evany Zirul as Julie Mitchell demonstrates the shadows cast by the piece - photo by Kellie Flanagan Feb 2015This exhibit is a project of Sierra Art Trails, a 501c4 Non-profit corporation dedicated to supporting working artists and artisans by promoting and showcasing their work. Each year, our organization produces the annual Yosemite Foothills Open Studio Tour, and a number of other unique art exhibits and art related events.

Sierra Art Trails raises funds for student scholarships, public arts, awards for artists and art organizations, and a unique student sponsorship program. Through these activities we seek to educate the public about the importance of the arts in our lives, and the role that artists play in building and maintaining a vibrant culture.

Photographer and artist Michael Costa hangs his work before Stellar Gallery opens The Figure Revealed - photo by Kellie Flanagan Feb 2015By participating in the tour as an artist or as a visitor, you are not only supporting the arts, you are also benefiting our foothills communities by helping us to maintain a thriving creative community!


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