Western Nevada College Art Galleries is pleased to present “The Surrealist Eye,” a creative and unconscious expression of art exhibition running from Aug. 27 through Oct. 5.
An opening reception is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 30 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and will also feature artist Kim Scott, who will speak at 5:30 p.m. In addition, there will be a closing reception on Saturday, Sept. 29 from 1 to 3 p.m., with artist Anne Gregory speaking at 2 p.m.
Receptions and gallery viewings are free and open to the public.
“The Surrealist Eye” is an expansive, eclectic, private collection of Math Professor Dr. Gary Schwartz and Eric Brandon. The show spans Eric’s life from age 12 — when he received the Steiff giraffe — to the present (40 years later) and is represented by the giraffe skull he acquired earlier this year.
Surrealism, especially the work of Salvador Dalí, forms the backbone of the show. Brandon has also been particularly influenced by female artists, from his mother, to the two speakers, Gregory and Scott, and more recently by Leonor Fini and Leonora Carrington.
Scott is a professional artist and retired art instructor for Short Center Sacramento. Scott and Brandon are founding members of the Surreal Estates artists’ live/work community in the Uptown Arts District of Sacramento. Scott painted a portrait of Brandon’s mother, Bea, which is included in the show.
For more information about Scott and her work, visit feedyoureye.com.
The exhibition’s second featured artist, Gregory, is a professional artist and art professor. Gregory began showing her work in the 1970s. In 2016-17, she produced the solo exhibit “Dear Creatures,” which Gregory explained is “not (meant) in the sentimental sense of ‘dear’ (but) instead, ‘Dear Creatures’ who know how to live on our shared Earth.”
Gregory uses elements of her works, usually small block prints, as greeting cards for her friends, several of which are included in this show.
For more information about Gregory and her work, visit www.annegregoryart.com.
“The Surrealist Eye” will populate all three WNC art galleries on the Carson City campus.
WNC’s art galleries are located at 2201 W College Parkway in the Bristlecone Building. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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