Gallery Route One Exhibitions: Mimi Abers & Marj Burgstahler Stone, and Gallery Route One’s Latino Photography Project.

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 11th, 3 – 5 PM, Artists’ Talk, 2:30 – 3 PM

Closing Reception: Sunday, December 17th, 2 – 5 PM

Mole Dinner Fundraiser for the Latino Photography Project: Saturday, Nov 18
Dinner is from 6 – 8:30, doors open at 5:30
at the Dane Palace, 503 B Street, Point Reyes Station

In the Center Gallery, sculptor Mimi Abers’ figures in grief reflect the horrific stories of people fleeing wars and persecution that she reads about in the news. In the Project Space, the artists of the Gallery Route One’s Latino Photography Project share their lives and their love of the West Marin landscape through their photographs in the Project Space. In the Annex, Marj Stone’s graceful, damaged birds serve as a metaphor for our environment.

Center Gallery

Mimi Abers: Of Gargoyles and Grief

Last year, Mimi Abers started making gargoyles and figures in grief in response to her feelings about the changing political landscape in the US. In her statement about the work, she writes  ”I looked forward to greeting every morning with a cup of coffee and the time to read the newspaper. I still feel compelled to do this, but it is taking a psychic toll on my brain.“ She chose to make gargoyles because they are guardians, fierce protectors of the space where they are placed. They can be demon-like, as well as useful as gutters, which is why their mouths are often open, adding to their fierceness.

Mimi Abers works in clay, glass, ceramic and other mediums. Abers, who began making semi-realistic figures in clay in the 1980s, added glass work to her process in the early 2000s. She works in kiln-cast glass, either in thick casts or the thinner pâte de verre and both techniques are represented in this show. She has also worked as an abstract sculptor and a painter for many years, and mixes her own ceramic glazes.

Project Space

The Latino Photography Project: Hogar en Cualquier Lugar

In Hogar en Cualquier Lugar (Home in Any Place We Are), current and past participants of Gallery Route One’s Latino Photography Project, all immigrants from Mexico, explore what it means to be home. Is home a house, a hearth, or the people gathered there? Is it in the ranch lands – the hills, fields, and barns? Is it found in community engagement, in neighbors and friends? What happens when customs and traditions are brought from one place to another? How do those inhabiting two worlds find home in a new country?

The Latino Photography Project, an ongoing class and series of exhibitions throughout Marin County, began in 2003 as a way to collaborate artistically with the local Latino population who live and work on the surrounding dairies and cheese factories. The photographers in the program have used the power of the visual image to bring the Latino and Anglo communities into deeper knowledge and understanding of one another. They have offered an intimate glimpse into their lives on the ranches, their work and families, and have come into the larger community to share the food, music, and dances of traditional celebrations in their culture.

The Annex

Marj Burgstahler Stone: Climate Change Continues, Sculpture

For many years, the prominent subject of Marj Burgstahler Stone's art was the human figure and its many non-objective supporting structures representing their environment. In the 1980s the artist made an abrupt physical move from a neighborhood with many homes, different types of trees and small wild animals, to a house that faced an ever-changing beach on the shores of Tomales Bay. The many wild birds and their comings and goings became the path for Stone's sculpture. This gave Stone a deeply meaningful continuation of the sculpture process while enabling her to take a closer look the important environmental changes that are affecting all of us. She continues to make graceful damaged birds as a metaphor for our environment.

Exhibition runs from Friday, November 10th – December 17th. Gallery is open 11 AM – 5 PM every day except Tuesday. 

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