Jazz, wine and food kick off art show

By: Leah Rosasco, Loomis News Correspondent
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An evening of jazz, wine, and food will kick off a local art show featuring large size art. The High Hand Gallery’s Artstock 2012 will be held in the event space at the High Hand Fruit Sheds. The show runs Sept. 1 through mid-October with an opening night celebration on Sept. 8. The juried art show will feature works by High Hand Gallery artists created in a variety of mediums with one basic guideline – the pieces must be large. According to cooperative art gallery member Kat Oliver, who will be showing several of her own sculptures in the show, paintings are required to be at least three feet in one direction and sculptures must be at least two feet in one direction. “Those are minimum size requirements, but there will be much larger pieces at the show,” Oliver said. “I know of a sculpture that is eight feet high and a chandelier that is four feet in diameter.” Several awards will be given out to artists for their work, including the people’s choice award, which will be selected by members of the public who attend the exhibit. While Artstock is going on just outside the gallery, a smaller show called Masked Fusion will be on display within the gallery. According to Oliver, Masked Fusion is a fundraiser for the gallery that will feature a variety of masks created by the gallery artists. “Each of the artists in the gallery will be making a different mask in whatever medium they work in,” Oliver said. Although this is the second year the gallery has hosted Artstock, it is the first year the event will begin with a kick off event. “It’s going to be a great evening,” Oliver said. “For $15 you get three hours of great jazz, food, wine tasting, and of course, art.” According to Lyn Bristol, High Hand Fruit Sheds manager, the opening night celebration will make people aware of the work produced by the Gallery’s artists. “The art that comes out of the gallery is wonderful and as tenants they really enhance our building, so we thought it would be a good idea to host an open house for their event,” Bristol said. Artist Thien Dao, of Auburn, will show several of her large ceramic sculptures in the Artstock exhibit. Dao began college as an electrical engineering major, but ended up graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in fine arts after discovering ceramics. She said she is especially fond of a sculpture she calls Music Man. “His hair is made of bass-guitar strings and he wears a keyboard jacket and sits on a drum,” Dao said. With the exception of the bass strings, Dao said she made each component of the sculpture, down to the keyboards for his jacket. All High Hand Gallery artists are encouraged to enter pieces in the exhibit. Oliver said pieces on display will include paintings, collages, sculptures, and even encaustics, which is a type of painting that involves heating wax and adding colors. “We will have a little bit of everything and no two pieces are at all alike,” Oliver said. Adding to the unique nature of the featured artwork is the collaborative efforts of several artists featured in the gallery. One of Oliver’s sculptures – made largely of wood, metal, glass and wire – will also feature paintings set in copper frames by one of the gallery’s resident painters. “It’s a really exciting show for all of us,” Oliver said. Artstock 2012 Opening Night Celebration What: Live jazz, wine tasting, food and art When: 5 to 9 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 8 Where: High Hand Fruit Sheds, 3750 Taylor Road Cost: $15 Information: 652-2065 or visit