A new exhibition at the Fullerton College Art Gallery explores the calming, meditative qualities of our planet’s most abundant fluid. “Water” features more than 20 works by four artists: Lindsay Carron, Vicky Hanrahan, Don Ryan and Caroline Zimmermann and will run through Feb. 20.
Carron is an artist and activist best known for her works relating to the indigenous people of Alaska and for creating art with an environmental message. Hanrahan is a Fullerton-based artist who has created a collection of water-inspired works by painting her medium, then cutting it up and rearranging the segments. Ryan, an art professor and avid surfer and fisherman, has created a collection of ceramics that pay homage to the sea. Zimmermann, like Ryan, is an avid surfer who is known for her paintings that pay tribute to her home of Laguna Beach as well as her part-time home in Tuscany, Italy.
The gallery decided on the water theme because it compliments last fall’s light-inspired exhibit, “Luz,” said Carol Henke, the gallery director.
The gallery considered including pieces that explored the political issues pertaining to water, such as the protests near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation and Southern California’s ongoing drought issues, but opted to focus on something less contentious.
“In the beginning of the year frenzy, we thought it would be nice to have something calm and soothing,” Henke said.
Also, this spring’s Artist in Residence show, “Stephen Silver: Evolution,” is expected to include a light installations that will be visually intense.
The gallery is free, open to the public and provides two free 30-minute parking spots outside the gallery. The exhibit will run 10 a.m.–noon and 2–4 p.m. Monday–Thursday. Evening hours are 6–8 p.m. on these select dates: Feb. 4, 12 and 20, or by appointment.
Fullerton College Art Gallery website: http://art.fullcoll.edu/event_exhibitions.php
Lindsay Carron’s website: https://lindsaycarron.com/
Caroline Zimmermann’s website: https://www.carolinezimmermann.com/Paintings-in-Oil/Home.html