The Arts Building Gallery celebrates the new year with three exhibits now through Feb. 28.
In the Main Gallery, TXT-ured L-scape features oil paintings and sculptures by Peter Newman. A native of New Zealand, Newman has lived in Northern California for many years. His work showcases his passion for California’s landscapes. Each painting simplifies what he sees, reducing it to its very essence. By layering imbedded materials from muslin to bits of wood and natural objects, and considering every stroke on the canvas, he highlights subtle textures and underlying subtexts in his large scale works. Newman will host an Artist Reception from 7 to 9 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 26.
California’s Wildlife, presented by California Watchable Wildlife, Outdoor California and Sierra Nevada Conservancy in the Dorothy Crites Gallery, kicks off the 2013 California Wildlife Photograph of the Year photo contest.
Participating photographers include 2011-12 Photo Contest award winners Gary Davis, Jacqueline Deely, Richard Fitzer, Carole Haskell, Mike Warner and Larry Whiting, and 2011-12 contest entrants DeAtley Cahill, David Crosby, Ben Nuckolls, Paul Romero and Constantin Tomiakov.
The exhibit also features decoy carvings by Bill Peters and Roger Anderson, and blown glass shorebirds by Nicholson Blown Glass. An Artist Reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7.
Stan Padilla, artist-in-residence at The Arts Building, has temporarily expanded his studio to present Temple of Good Will: A Trajectory Towards a New Way of Life. His theme is art as a force for positive social change.
Padilla has exhibited his work nationally and internationally and has participated in cultural exchanges globally. He is a Placer County resident and is currently a cultural mentor for the United Auburn Indian Community Tribal School. He is developing a spiritual and artistic land sanctuary in a peaceful valley in the Colfax area.
A series of related events focus on art and the experience of healing and meditation as a creative art form.
Please see the online calendar at PlacerArts.org for more information about the exhibits, receptions and special events. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday; and 12 to 4 p.m. on Saturday.
PlacerArts is the Arts Council of Placer County. Founded in 1983, PlacerArts is a non-profit catalyst for the arts and humanities in Placer County.