The creativity of the county’s and region’s senior citizens will be in the spotlight at Gallery 625 in March. The group exhibition on the gallery’s main floor, “Generations of Artistry” will feature the paintings and photography of Claire Haag from Esparto, Florence Skiadas of Sacramento, Matt Connors and Ann Privateer from Davis. On the gallery’s second floor the mixed media art work of Davis Senior High School student Henry Anker will be featured in a show called “As Age Comes On.”
For Connors, Privateer and Skiadas, work as an artist is a second career of sorts. Connors, retired from a medical career, has been watercolor painting full time since 2000 and has been involved in local, regional and international art shows, in addition to teaching watercolor classes at the Davis Senior Center.
“There is an emotional release, freedom and excitement in creating a watercolor painting. It is certainly a major change from the seriousness and responsibilities of medicine, ” Connors observes in his artist statement.
Privateer is a retired teacher and has a longtime interest in photography, including the development of a lesson using digital cameras for her students when she was still teaching.
“These days I carry a camera at all times. Learning about photography never fails to pique my interest,” Privateer stated.
Skiadas spent several decades working in computer science, a career from which she has been retired since 2001, and is now able to fulfill a lifelong desire to focus all of her time and energy on painting, an interest of hers since childhood. She has exhibited in a number of juried and open group shows locally and in Los Angeles, and is a two-time California State Fair Fine Arts award winner.
Contemporary landscape painter Haag is a native of San Francisco and found her artistic fascination within the illustrations of Howard Brodie in the sports pages of the San Francisco Chronicle. She has taken studio classes with Jerry Concha and John DiPaolo at San Franciso’s DeYoung Museum, taught graphic design and off-set printing for the San Francisco Community College District, and has exhibited at the cooperative gallery of San Francisco Women Artists. Her landscape work began later, following a move to Esparto, where she lives and works.
“Art does not seem to me to be about any age…if it is really good, it is forever young and forever fresh no matter the age of the artist who created it,” Haag expressed in her artist statement.
Davis high school senior, Henry Anker, is showing his collection of memories created when his grandmother came to live with his family. The series of fourteen mixed-media images illustrate the value of inter-generational experiences and combine both text and image to depict the physical and emotional aspects of eldercare. Anker is the art director for his school newspaper “The HUB” and has had work published in The Blue Moon Literary and Art Review and Polyphony
Literary Journal. His art has been displayed at Davis Community Gallery and at the Davis Art Center.
The exhibit’s opening reception, featuring Bogle Vineyards wine, will be from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Friday, March 1, coinciding with downtown Woodland’s First Friday Art Walk and will be attended by the exhibiting artists.
“Generations of Artistry” opens February 27 and will run through April 3 at Gallery 625, the public art gallery curated by YoloArts and located in the Erwin Meier Administration Building, 625 Court Street in Woodland. Regular gallery viewing hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For additional information, call YoloArts at 530-406-4844, or visit the website at yoloarts.org.