Catch & Release Portrait Project Opening Reception | Friday, September 12, 2014

CATCH & RELEASE community portraits by Aram Larsen and Rebecca Seary

Opening Reception, Friday, September 12th, 6 – 9 PM
Light fare and refreshments

The North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center is pleased to announce the exhibition, ‘Catch & Release’ with portraits by Aram Larsen and Rebecca Seary.

Larsen and Seary’s portraits reveal the faces of the San Juan Ridge and the surrounding area — a small, rural community in Northern California where back-to-the-landers, original ranching families, and those seeking a hermetic lifestyle co-exist to form an eclectic brew of attitudes and histories.

Rebecca Seary studied painting at Langara College in Vancouver, British Columbia, under the mentorship of Scottish painter Lesley Finlayson. She began painting as a small child, painting large canvases and surrendering to color. With a background in psychology counseling and personal growth work, Seary’s paintings reflect her interest in the intimate, often cathartic connection between artist and live subject. In 2011, she and Larsen were commissioned through a grant from Cal Humanities to collect portraits of the residents of the San Juan Ridge, where she resides.

Aram Larsen learned the fundamentals of drawing early in life alongside his father, illustrator and Disney animator Lin Larsen. He has been at the canvas since age sixteen, exploring abstract composition with his mentor, Grass Valley painter Menlo Macfarlane. He continues to study perspective and the science of color with friend and collaborator, Reese Sutfin. His figurative work is often from imagination or loosely based on figure drawings from modeling sessions. The human form remains Larsen’s natural point of entry into his investigation of homologous bodies of humans and animals. Larsen has had solo and group shows in San Francisco and Vancouver and lives on the San Juan Ridge.

WHEN: Exhibition dates – September 12 to October 19, 2014
EXHIBIT HOURS: Mondays/Wednesdays, Noon to 5 p.m.


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