“Focus & Form” Opening Night
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Liberty Arts’ visitors focus on form at opening reception for exhibition celebrating work of Bob Swanson and Jack Shaw.

Focus and Form – Nuance In Photography and Sculpture opened at Liberty Arts Gallery of Yreka, California with a buoyant, bustling reception. Guests came from miles around to celebrate two local artists who have been long-standing members of Siskiyou County’s creative arts community.

With the hot summer finally on the wane, this beautifully balmy September eve provided the perfect temperature for outdoor art hopping.

There’s nothing better than a populous throng of art lovers, friends and community members to reward the hard work, effort and preparation and that goes into each and every art exhibition we stage here at Liberty Arts Gallery.

Robin O’Brien (L), curator of Focus and Form, pitched this show concept over a year ago at our Annual Exhibition Planning meeting. Tonight she could finally relax and enjoy the culmination of her efforts.

During the Artist Discussion portion of the evening, photographer Bob Swanson shared his concepts and ideas about the power of storytelling in art.

Sculptor Jack Shaw (L) had the support of his wife, Mirian Shaw (R), who helped him celebrate this very special night.

Brenda Woods and Brian Meek shared a laugh (or three) over a glass of wine and an inspiring bounty of art.

Lisa Michel (L), owner of The Gallery in Mt. Shasta, made a rare visit to Liberty Arts to support these artists, both of whom have shown work in her venue over the years.

The diverse, modern, multifaceted forms by Jack Shaw were a hit with the crowd, who peppered him with questions during the evening’s Q&A session.

While everyone else was in party mode, this young art student was at the opening doing some homework for extra credit. Good job, young lady, Liberty Arts gives you an “A” for your focused effort!

Lauri Sturdivant (L), newly appointed Director of the Dunsmuir Art Museum and Gallery, chats it up with local photographer Lindsay Budner.

New faces, old friends, inspiring art, robust conversation, a supportive crowd and plenty of wine – The Focus and Form reception had all the attributes of a successful opening.

Throughout the evening, guests meandered between our reception and other venues throughout the historic district that were participating in the Yreka Art Walk.

Liberty Arts Gallery would like to thank our friends, Members and art lovers for your continued presence and support as we strive to fulfill our mission of sharing exciting, diverse, high-quality fine art with our community.

Focus and Form runs through October 20, 2012.

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

Top Featured Image: Deleon Grabowski examines marble sculpture, “Portal,” by Jack Shaw

Photos and Text by Nikolas Allen – Marketing Director, Liberty Arts

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