Stanford Art Spaces
January 16, 2009 to March 12, 2009, Stanford Art Spaces features this exhibit:

Wendy Brayton
Paintings
Rebeca Stanton
Paintings
Marcia Stein
Textile Art

Oliver Goes to Stanford © 2008

Soldier’s Universe © 2008

Point And Shoot © 2008


This exhibit is located on the Stanford University campus, primarily in the Center for Integrated Systems (CIS). The building is open 8:30 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. A directory is available at the CIS reception desk.

Most works are for sale directly from the artists. For information, contact M. Grossman, Curator, at (650) 725-3622 or

Wendy Brayton
 
February Reflections © 2008

I was five years old when Christo's Running Fence appeared across my front yard on my grandparents' ranch in Sonoma County. Experiencing artwork of such magnitude has forever impacted my view of art. I dream of limitless possibilities, but I know that art includes determination and hard work and is not solely the product of inspiration. I found my true art form at an outdoor painting class. I set up my easel, looked up, and was immediately overwhelmed. A lake with a thousand brilliant reflections was in front of me and my small empty canvas. I filled my palette with paint and figuratively fell in.

Beginning a new painting creates the excitement of setting out to an unknown destination.Unpredictable weather adds drama that affects the mood of my artwork as I rearrange the view into an intriguing composition. My recent works have focused on a series of old tractors. Their sculptural beauty enhanced by their faded paint, flat tires and rusted surfaces have great stories to tell.

I paint on the side of a country road, in a field surrounded by cows, on the sidewalk by a busy street, in the back of my pickup, standing on a roof, perched on hay bales. The moment my brush hits the canvas my worries disappear and time evaporates. I am a plein air painter. The world is my studio.


For more art by Wendy Brayton, click here.




Rebeca Stanton
 
Top left to right: Children at War / Romance Sonanbulo
Bottom left to right: Romance Sonanbulo / A Soldier’s Story
© 2008

I paint to explore my feelings. This body of work was a way to keep in touch with my son, while he was deployed in Afghanistan. Each day, upon entering my studio, I would feel his spirit with me. Painting allowed me to find the peace in my heart that longed for his safety in a far away and dangerous place. My “Soldier’s Story” paintings depict memory paths. They recall how devastated I was when he left, and they reflect my memories of the evening when he said goodbye.

These paintings represent the turmoil of our world today and come directly from my encounter with war through the experience of my son. There are no words for me to express the joy I felt when my son arrived home one year later at the local train station. I hope my paintings inspire others to think about love, peace, kindness, war and loss.


For more art by Rebeca Stanton, click here.




Marcia Stein
 
Sidewalk Cafe © 2008

As a textile artist, I enjoy traveling with a camera to find subjects I can translate into fabric. I like to render a scene in a realistic yet whimsical way. It makes the work smile back at me as I recall the moment I caught the image on film. My current series includes work based on photographs from Santa Fe, Italy, England, and the South of France. I am most satisfied with an image when my enthusiasm for the subject shows through. I want to evoke a sense of place for the viewers, who are nonetheless free to imagine their own stories behind the piece. Hopefully, the work will smile back at them the way it smiles back at me.

Marcia Stein’s award winning work has been shown at a number of galleries, museums, and quilt shows, and is in several private collections.


For more art by Marcia Stein, click here.



Most works are for sale directly from the artists. For information, contact M. Grossman, Curator, at (650) 725-3622 or
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