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Three remarkable artists with a shared respect for nature bring together their unique visions in images, structures and texts in Prescott, Arizona. Yavapai College presents Inner Geographies, open now and continuing through Friday, March 4, at Yavapai College’s Prescott Campus Art Gallery.
Longtime artists and friends Diane Gilbert, Carol Rawlings and Bonny Stauffer all share a deep connection to the natural world. But each artist expresses this relationship through a different creative process. Gilbert’s fibre, wire and paper sculptures recreate the atmosphere of forests, gardens and natural spaces; Rawlings’ unique calligraphic books blend the written word with colorful, rhythmic design; and Stauffer brings nature to her work in forms painted and shaped on Plexiglas, as well as digital paintings.
Presented together, in Inner Geographies, their 23 works resonate with each other in a comprehensive and compelling examination of the natural world.
“I have a strong desire to work with space and create luminous environments.” said Diane Gilbert. “My inspiration is the beauty of the natural world in which I live. As I walk through the forest, surrounded by shifting light and shifting patterns, I feel the seemingly impervious boundaries of my body dissolve.
The three featured artists share deep ties to the Prescott community and Yavapai College in particular. Rawlings is a former director of the College Art Gallery and has also taught calligraphy and handmade book classes at YC; Gilbert, a longtime Prescott resident, taught weaving in YC’s art program, and Stauffer taught visual arts and served as dean of the College’s visual and performing arts programs.
“My art reflects the energy, spirit and space of the natural world made present through meditative observation.” said Stauffer. “I’m drawn to intimate places along a creek with rushing water and lush undergrowth, reminders of childhood places where the imagination flourished.”
“My books always have something to do with the natural world, often with a very specific place – like Granite Mountain.” said Carol Rawlings.
The Yavapai College Prescott Campus Art Gallery is located in Building 16, within the Performing Arts Center, 1100 E. Sheldon Street, Prescott 86301.
Admission to Inner Geographies is free. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The gallery will also host an opening reception as part of the 4th Friday Art Walk, January 28, from 5 to 7:30 p.m., with an artist Q&A at 6 p.m. The Friday Art Walk event will take place on February 25, from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
For more information, please contact [email protected] or call (928) 776.2031.
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