Unique exhibit by two artists from California

Sun-Star CorrespondentOctober 18, 2012 

— Located beneath the pines in the Village Mall of Yosemite National Park is the Ansel Adams Gallery.

Nature photography, contemporary paintings and etchings by landscape artists are continuously on display. Exhibits are featured throughout the year, as are classes and educational workshops.

Examples of works by Sally Owens and Tom Killion are being shown through Nov. 19. The exhibit is titled "The High Sierra: Two Views." A reception is planned for Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m.

Owens says she uses a variety of media to express her ideas in her artistry. Her paintings and sketches are done with acrylics, oils, dyes, watercolors, charcoal, graphite and pastels.

Sculptures vary in size, shape and materials used, from wood and glue to ceramics, plaster and stone. Cut cards, paper of assorted thicknesses and sheets of foil are layered in her contemporary collages.

"I like my work to just brush the edge of representation," Owens said. "I am interested in universality and origins, the chaos and harmony that is life."

Owens is known for capturing the intricate details of a feather or leaf, showing individual bits of nature as they really are. Yet her creativity also encompasses bold, geometric shapes, sometimes in vivid colors, or just as often in neutrals and whites. Examples can be seen at www.sallyowens.com.

Killion was born and raised in Mill Valley and attributes the rugged surroundings as inspiration for his artwork. His woodcut prints are the result of many labor-intensive hours, utilizing a highly skilled technique. The relief printmaking is a combination of artwork used in earlier Japanese ukiyo-e landscapes and European-American wood engravings.

He travels the globe to do on-site sketching, and then returns to his studio to complete the complex printing process. Images are carved onto wood or linoleum blocks which are colored with oil-based inks. For a detailed description of the technique, visit www.tomkillion.com.

In addition to his artwork, Killion formed his own publishing company, Quail Press. His hand-printed books containing masterful illustrations can be found in many rare book collections of major libraries and among those of private collectors.

Killion's book, "Walls: A Journey Across Three Continents," includes 65 illustrations and took most of a decade to produce.

Daily winter hours for the gallery are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Christmas Eve, the hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is closed Christmas Day. For more information about this exhibit or upcoming events, visit www.anseladams.com, e-mail sales@anseladams.com, or call (650) 692-3285.

Debbie Croft writes about life in the foothill communities. She can be reached at composed@tds.net.

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