Art Gallery at Wilder opens “Day Dreams” to the Public on Oct. 3

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(Courtesy Carol Jenkins)
Carol Jenkins’ 20” x 26” mixed media on canvas entitled Pink Moment I is an example of her desire to use a visual language to portray the colors and movement she experiences on hikes in the wild terrain she loves.

    The Lamorinda Arts Council invites you to view a solo in-person show and virtual exhibit of 10 paintings by featured artist Carol Jenkins during October. Meet the artist at a reception in her honor on Sunday, Oct. 3 from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. where light refreshments will be served. This is the only time the Wilder Gallery will be open to the public. All COVID-19 precautions will be observed for everyone’s safety. View her virtual exhibit entitled “Day Dreams” through images at www.lamorindaarts.org/online-galleries.
   Jenkins has been a professional artist for 15 years.
   “My fascination with paint grew slowly. I longed to learn a visual language, to be creative without words. So, I started to take painting workshops, one after the other,” said Jenkins. “I joined critique groups and rented a studio. It was a steep learning curve – it still is, but I was driven to learn. Very quickly I realized that I wanted to paint what I loved: the colors, the movement and the textures of wild terrain. Some of my favorite artists are abstract painters: Richard Diebenkorn, Joan Mitchell and Wolf Kahn.”
   Jenkins divides her time between Mt. Shasta and Berkeley, with studios in both places. As far as process, she begins with spontaneous mark-making, then laying bold shapes, followed by layers of acrylic or oil paint that she draws into and scrapes away. Once an interesting line or color pulls the painting in a direction she wants to follow, she builds the layers more deliberately into a composition.
   David Pagel, art critic for the Los Angeles Times, awarded her second place and a cash prize this year in the West Coast Biennial at Turtle Bay. Visit her work at www.caroljenkinsart.com.
   The Art Gallery at Wilder is located at the Wilder Art and Garden Center, 20 Orinda Fields Way, Orinda. The exhibit is in-person during the reception date, but virtual the rest of the month due to COVID-19 restrictions. Arrange a viewing by appointment with Curators Denise Nomura and Aniston Breslin at wildergallery@lamorindaarts.org.

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