Roseville’s Blue Line Gallery goes with the flow

New exhibit features water-themed paintings, photographs and sculptures
By: Sena Christian, The Press Tribune
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Artist Jack Richardson hesitated upon being invited to participate in a Blue Line Gallery exhibit called Aqua-Scapes.

“I thought they were crazy, because it’s about water,” he said.

Richardson is a sculptor who works with stone — marble, alabaster, talc. How would he contribute to a show focused on liquid? Fellow artist Maria Winkler urged him to participate with wave-like and sea shell-like pieces made of stone.

“I just carve,” Richardson said. “I like to make things. I always have. This gave me the impetus to finish something.”

Several of his sculptures adorn the exhibit called Aqua-Scapes: Capturing the Serenity and Dynamics of Water, which runs through Jan. 7 at the gallery in downtown Roseville. The show features the creations of Richardson, Winkler and two other award-winning artists.

The pieces by Richardson, Winkler, Imi Lehmbrock-Hirschinger and James Hirschinger are designed to stimulate the senses and create a calm and deep appreciation for water.

Winkler had the idea for the show, inspired by her own series of paintings of water. The retired professor of art at California State University, Sacramento, has 10 pieces on display.

“To me, (water) is serenity,” Winkler said. “A lot of my work is in medical centers. It’s peaceful to look at. We’re also concerned with the diminishing quality of water. It’s a vanishing resource that we have to preserve.”

Winkler, a native of Poland, also draws on her identity as a second generation Holocaust survivor to motivate her creativity.

“Finding peace and resolution is a goal of mine,” she said. “My family was murdered. I’m always trying to reconcile those horrors. So, for me, water represents healing.”

Lehmbrock-Hirschinger is a native Austrian, where she taught art for many years before moving to the United States in 1972. The Loomis resident often paints aerial views of Sacramento Valley rivers.

“I’ve always liked to contrast water to the fields and other colors,” she said.

Her husband, James Hirschinger, tends to specialize in abstract photography, although Aqua-Scapes includes some of his realistic images, as well. The pieces use dye-infused aluminum, a new technique in which the photograph is heated up to 1,200 degrees and infused permanently onto metal.

“It gives a really spectacular (look),” Hirschinger said. “I wanted to do something really different.”

Roseville Arts CEO Julie Hirota said she’s pleased with the water-themed exhibit.

“We’re really lucky to have the partnership with these four artists,” Hirota said. “Imi and Jack are founders of the Blue Line and dedicated to the local arts community. Maria and Jack offer a regional connection.”

Richardson taught sculpture at Nevada Union High School in Grass Valley for 30 years. This is his first gallery show in decades. He doesn’t have a favorite piece in the exhibit. His favorite, he said, is always the one sitting unfinished on his work table at home.

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Blue Line Gallery presents Aqua-Scapes: Capturing the Serenity and Dynamics of Water
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays until Jan. 7, and 3rd Saturday Art Walk public reception from 7-9 p.m. Dec. 17.
Where: Blue Line Gallery, 405 Vernon St. Suite 100 in Roseville
Cost: Free
Info: Call (916) 783-4117 or visit