| 18 September, 2012 15:30
One year ago I met George Rivera, Executive Director & Senior Curator at the Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara, CA (one of several positions). He generously gave of his time to review my paintings and provide constructive feedback. Since then I have become familiar with his own artwork, most recently via his exhibit at the Los Gatos Art Museum, which is featured there through October 11, 2012.
This exhibition, George Rivera: A Journey of Faith and Hope, is a 30-year retrospective that includes earlier pieces as well as more recent and personal paintings. The newer canvases capture the depth of human emotion and experience; I find it impossible to be unmoved by them. While the prominent use of black, with strong light and shadow, initially may seem off-putting to some viewers, the message he sends is one of hope: that even in the darkest of times there is reason to believe in a positive outcome. In the artist's own words, "No matter how dark, no matter how hopeless, belief, faith and hope are always a path and choice, there are no guarantees, but believe and fight on the best you can."
If you can make a trip to the Art Museum this coming Sunday, September 23, you are in for a real treat. It is Family Art Day from 1-3pm, and children of all ages are invited to paint with the acrylics and the artist. George Rivera also will offer a demonstration (and conversation as well) from 4-6pm that afternoon.
Ready to learn more about the artist's work and symbolism - or can't make it to Los Gatos? You're in luck! A book published in connection with the exhibit is available online at www.blurb.com, in hardback and softcover. Click here to learn more.