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“Figure-Ground” Opening Night
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Liberty Arts celebrates “Figure-Ground” opening, featuring artists (l to r) John E. Sloan, Michael J. Ryan, Robert Ortbal and Paul Bridenbaugh.

This show came together when renown artist, William Wareham (above left), called upon an old studio-mate from the Bay Area, Paul Bridenbaugh (not shown). Paul enlisted three additional artists with distinctive styles, and together they concocted the “Figure-Ground” concept.

Liberty Arts’ own Bee Soulé and Kim Presley prepared a beautiful spread of cold drinks, wine and hors d’oeuvres for our guests to enjoy.

The visiting artists were all very social, friendly and eager to converse with the art-lovers of Yreka. Above, Paul Bridenbaugh (middle) engages visitor, Jane Hall (in orange shirt).

Michael J. Ryan (in green shirt) discusses the concept behind his sculpture with Tom O’Brien (left).

John E. Sloan (left) expounds on his work with a group of intrigued visitors, all of whom happen to be fellow artists.

Prior to the Artist Discussion, visitors had a chance to contemplate, discuss and experience the work on display.

The crowd started to filter in a little later than usual due to the languid pace that our beautiful NorCal summer weather inspires.

The crowd gathered attentively to hear the creative insights to be shared during the Artist Discussion.

Oakland-based artist, Paul Bridenbaugh, explained the concept behind figure-ground and how the show came together.

Robert Ortbal of Sacramento, California, discussed his creative process and offered insight into his site specific installations.

Michael J. Ryan explained how his work relates to the human condition.

John E. Sloan expressed heartfelt gratitude and shared how much he enjoyed the people and community he encountered during his week-long stay in Yreka.

Watch video above for excerpts from Artist Discussion

In the adjoining plaza, Liberty Arts Board Member Robin O’Brien (seated) heads up a membership drive to help keep our Yreka non-profit gallery and art education space going strong.

In addition to the “Figure-Ground” opening at Liberty Arts, the June Art Walk was also happening in Yreka. As the evening progressed, the crowd meandered up and down the participating streets and enjoyed more local art, food, drinks and conversation taking place in the participating storefronts and businesses.

Liberty Arts extends a heartfelt THANK YOU to our friends, visitors and patrons for attending our opening night celebration, and to our visiting artists Paul, Robert, Michael and John for producing an exciting and innovative exhibition for our community to enjoy.

“Figure-Ground” runs through: Saturday, July 28, 2012.

Liberty Arts Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm.

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Photos and Text by Nikolas Allen, Liberty Arts Marketing Director

2 Responses

  1. Brenda Woods says:

    Thanks again to the visiting artists for sharing your visions with us. I had a great time at the opening and talking with Michael and Paul about their work.
    -Brenda