A new art gallery has opened its doors in the small town Contra Costa county town of Crockett.
Art enthusiasts would be well advised to plan a special trip or a stop on their way north to wine country to check out the current exhibition of new paintings by Ed Whitmore. Whitmore is a transplanted New Yorker who has spent the last 30 years living and working in La Jolla. Themes of decay and loss can be found in many of his pieces, and is reflected in his choice of medium, the evocative build-up of patina that develops as a result of the oxidation of iron copper and bronze metal effects paint.
The process yields dramatic yet naturalistic effects which evoke the passage of time and Whitmore’s yearning for a lost past. Ed often incorporates vintage objects into his work such as using 75+ year old letterpress trays and vintage oak desk drawers as his canvass, and sometimes painstakingly hand chisels wood planks prior to painting – an ancient technique known as bas relief – which gives the paintings a 3D effect. Early exposure to the large color field paintings of Mark Rothko had a lasting influence on his art. He tries in his own work to capture that sense of sublime awe that Rothko’s work evokes.
Opened in August 2020, Gallerie Valerie is located at 628 2nd Ave (Suite 203) in Crockett and offers a rotating display featuring locally sourced crafts exhibiting stained glass in addition to traditional fine arts and crafts. The showing will run from April 23rd through May 16th.