Two seasoned artists featured at BAYarts
The galleries at BAYarts are featuring Phyllis Fannin and Jackson Koch in this last summer month.
Artist Phyllis Fannin, whose work will be displayed in the Sullivan Family Gallery, is devoted fan of the forest. "The calm of the natural world offers me a way of understanding life's cycles, and its ever-changing rhythms, in its own unspoken language," she explains. In her exhibition, "Still Standing, Still a Family," she presents intaglio engraving prints that focus on connection to nature, family and friends.
The appeal of art by Fannin is clear to Artistic Director Karen Petkovic. "Phyllis Fannin's art is both beautiful and emotionally powerful. The tree series she is showing at BAYarts shows her ability technically as an artist and also her unique way to tell a story with her pieces. As observers, we are welcomed into her world and asked to stay awhile. It is Fannin's gift that the work is both gentle and provocative."
More beauty will be in the Diane Boldman Education Gallery, as Jackson Koch brings Florence, Venice, Tuscany and the Cinque Terre to BAYarts as part of "Impressioni d'Italia: a Photographic Journey." The description of the exhibition reads: "From the intimacies of daily living to the grandeur of the Renaissance, the flavor of Italy is expressed through a selection of colorful prints, black and white images, and unique digital photography techniques."
Petkovic is well acquainted with his work, and a fan. "Above anything, Jack Koch always succeeds with a beautiful composition. When he looks through the lens he skillfully and successfully finds the most appealing shot compositionally every time – something that is not easy but often looks effortless to the observer."
BAYarts art openings during the summer are especially rewarding because of the ability to access all of the porch and garden spaces. Petkovic also emphasizes the theme of both of the gallery exhibitions as high quality. "The August openings at BAYarts showcase two seasoned artists who are masters of their craft. The vibe of the work and the shows above anything is beauty – successfully executed by makers who have spent a long time observing the world and have much to say and share with us."
Opening reception for both exhibitions will be held on Friday, Aug. 9, from 7-9 p.m.
Jessica Stockdale is the Marketing Manager at BAYarts.
BAYarts is a cultural arts campus that features education, exhibition and events.