Artists Reception: Group Shows and Sonja Navin
Saturday, July 14, 2012 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM (PDT)
San Francisco, CA
Please join us for Artists Receptions for new Exhibitions.
BLOSSOMS AND ROOTS: Fourth and Fortieth Anniversary Shows
Historic Bay Area Art in the ‘back room’
New & Recent Paintings By Gallery Artists in the main space
SONJA NAVIN: Vestige and Vision in the side gallery
ArtZone 461 Gallery is pleased to announce an exciting summer lineup celebrating ArtZone’s Fourth Anniversary and in recognition of the Fortieth Anniversary of the Charles Campbell Gallery, its heritage location. A fantastic selection of new and recent works by Gallery Artists are in the Main space. The Side Gallery introduces paintings by Sonja Navin, one of the winners of ArtZone’s first juried competition seeking California realists.
Owners Steven Lopez and Eric Koehler are pleased with four years on Valencia Street and proud of their heritage as the Campbell Gallery that opened 40 years ago. The Smithsonian Institute’s Archives of American Art houses the Campbell Gallery records. It is recognized for the depth and breadth of artists exhibited, including most of the important and historic Bay Area artists: Park, Bischoff, Diebenkorn, Weeks, Joan and Theo Brown, Wonner, Lobdell, Thiebaud and the opening exhibit in 1972 of Nathan Oliveira paintings. These are some of the artists included in the ‘back room’ Campbell Gallery At 40 selection. Several posters, catalogs, miscellaneous works and ephemera from Campbell Gallery will be available.
ArtZone continues to exhibit several artists who were with the Campbell Gallery, along with a whole new stable of local, San Francisco and Bay Area artists, mainly oil painters. Over 28,000 guests have visited since opening and several Gallery Artists have participated in gallery and museum exhibitions worldwide. Long term Gallery Artists in this Four-year Anniversary show include Adam Cahoon, Nicholas Coley, Jane Fisher, Eileen Moderbacher, Gage Opdenbrouw and Jeong-Im Yi. Some of the fresh talent consists of Randy Beckelheimer, E. Dale Erickson, José Ramón Lerma, Heidi McDowell, Ryan M. Reynolds, Terry Thompson and Stan Washburn.
These two different shows-in-one, may be seen as a continuum of a focus on Bay Area artists as well as a mainly figurative concentration. Sonja Navin’s new and recent paintings featured in the Side Gallery represent the contemporary realist dynamic and focus of ArtZone’s program.
Sonja Navin portrays figures and landscapes, often bathed in a captured, crisp lighting that is one of Navin’s unique approaches to paint handling. Various passages on her life-route inspire her to capture scenes that produce works combining figuration and abstraction. Her recent series explores finding beauty in forgotten, often neglected parts of the city.
Sonja Navin attended the University of Michigan where she received degrees in Architecture and began painting.
Image: Sonja Navin, "Yellow-Blue Vicente", 2012, oil on canvas, 18" x 36"