Pacific Grove Art Center: Current Exhibits Close Oct. 24

IT’S A BEAUTIFUL SUNNY DAY TO BROWSE ART in the free, nonprofit Pacific Grove Art Center, 568 Lighthouse. Regular hours are from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and from 1-4 p.m. on Sundays. Current exhibits close on Tuesday, Oct. 24.

“Lost Treasures” is in the Gill Gallery. For the first time, artwork that was hidden and lost to the peninsula is on display and for sale. For close to 50 years the Pacific Grove Art Center has been collecting and building a vast and impressive collection of artwork from local artists. Artists who have shaped the artistic landscape of this peninsula for generations with work through media and subject matter has defined this region and its creative community.

Robynn Smith – “Shift: Recent Artistic Explorations” is in the Dyke Gallery. This comprehensive exhibition highlights recent work in printmaking, mixed media painting, drawing, sculpture and video by Aptos based artist, Robynn Smith. Robynn’s recent works explore imagery in a wide variety of media. This show is a rich visual experience as viewers explore the connections and relationships between these images and techniques. Individual pieces present diverse images that, presented in juxtaposition, create a poetic narrative. As an exhibition, the narrative expands exponentially, as a complex conversation is built.

Benjamin S. Anderson – “Motif’s: Portrait of Musical Mentors, Collaborators, and Inspiration” is in the Annand Gallery. Magical Realism is the playground in which I explore the balance between the magical innocence of childhood and the complex emotional experiences of adulthood. By building up rich textures using a special oil and wax painting technique, I reveal these concepts using subjects of nature, the feminine, and renewal while interweaving them with symbolic images of dreams, mythology, and human emotion.

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