“Personal Landscape” Opening Night
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Liberty Arts celebrated the opening of “Personal Landscape,” featuring Bay Area artists Robert Poplack and Jan Wurm.

On a beautiful spring evening in the far reaches of northern California, Liberty Arts Gallery hosted an opening reception celebrating the work of painters Robert Poplack of Sebastopol, and Jan Wurm of Berkeley. Both artists made the trek up from the Bay for the opening, and shared an enjoyable evening of art, conversation and local Yreka hospitality.


Jan Wurm (above) creates expansive, large-scale paintings that explore the games people play throughout life and the lessons they learn. She focuses on expressing how our behavior is modeled as we develop a “sense of goals and notions of power.”


In his paintings, Robert Poplack (above) explores the use of rhythms, gestures, and movement to convey expressive possibilities found in nature.


The show’s curator, William Wareham, discussed why he felt pairing these two artists would make for a compelling exhibition.


Artist Robert Poplack engages his audience.


An Artist Discussion was scheduled for 6pm…

IMG_6459 the guests gather ’round to hear the artists offer more insight into their work.

VIDEO: Curator, William Wareham introduces artist Jan Wurm during Artist Discussion.

VIDEO: Robert Poplack addresses the crowd during Artist Discussion.


After the Artist Discussion, guests continue to enjoy wine and conversation while Jan Wurm’s Girl Scouts and Billiard Players endure their own existential realities.


Tom O’Brien states his case.


Jan Wurm (right) heard a rumor that Holly Golightly might be making an appearance at the opening. Pssst, she’s right behind you!


Dynamic duo Michael & Lenita Higgs cozy up to Ron Presley (right)


Guests chat, converse and share stories…this one, quite possibly related to fishing.



Jan Wurm (right) gets expressive with Robert Poplack (left).


Mimi Isbell (left) and Holly Golightly (right) admire photos from Connie Meek’s recent Vegas vacation.


Liberty Arts loves our regular visitors, like this cordial trio of familiar friends.


Liberty Arts Executive Director, Kim Presley, enjoys the exhibit with her husband, Ron.


As the evening winds down, Jon Rife (left) and William Wareham (right) enjoy the sunset view on the adjoining plaza.


Liberty Arts Gallery will hold a special Closing Reception for this exhibit on Friday, May 10 from 5 to 7pm. If you would like another chance to meet our new friends, Jan Wurm and Robert Poplack, and view their art up close and personal, please join us!

Personal Landscape runs through: Friday, May 10.

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

Photos and text by Nikolas Allen

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