First Tuesday ArtWalk:
* Tuesday, June 6, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
* Saturday, May 6, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
• May 2 – June 17
Desta Gallery is excited to announce that painter Marilyn Levin and sculptor Bella Feldman have joined the gallery artist roster. Their works will be shown in the exhibition Possibilities from May 2 through June 17. Join us for the opening reception on Saturday, May 6, 3:00 – 5:00 pm.
Bella Feldman makes extraordinary objects – objects that draw your attention – their weight, mass, volume, material, posture, balance, and motion. Her sense of visual poetry, imagination, and expert use of historical references is captivating. The sculptures are unquestionably beautiful while also containing elements of menace and irony. By pairing blown glass with steel, Bella’s work acquires properties that are at once delicate and unyielding.
Regarding her new work, Bella Remarks, “The house form is archetypal. Everyone can connect with a house form in one way or another. Ladders have always symbolized aspiration for me. These pieces are made to evoke an emotional as well as an aesthetic response. I follow Marcel Duchamp’s dictum: Let the viewer complete the piece.”
Bella has won numerous awards for her work, and her sculpture is a feature of private and museum collections, including the M.H. de Young Museum of San Francisco, the Di Rosa Preserve, the Oakland Museum, the University Art Museum of University of California, and the Palm Desert Museum.
Bella received her M.A. from San Jose State University, and she is a Professor Emeritus at the California College of the Arts and works out of her studio in Oakland, California.
“My painting comes from a tradition of painterly abstraction. Paint application is an important part of my process and often leads to unexpected results. I build my surfaces with layers of oil paint, pour paint over these surfaces, and scrape through these layers, revealing a multitude of colors from underneath. I hope my work evokes an emotional and intellectual response from my viewers.” Her latest body of work reflects her fascination with the play between the mysteries of light and water – what we see on the surface and beneath.
Marilyn studied with Richard Diebenkorn at UCLA, where she received her MFA in Painting. Her work is represented in many public and private collections as well as several museums, including SFMOMA, the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, the Kresge Collection at Harvard University, and the Sanskriti Museum in Delhi, India.
Marilyn has taught in the Tufts/Museum School Dual Degree program for over 25 years, as well as workshops in Massachusetts, Italy, and Mexico. She lives and works in San Francisco and Boston.
Contact: 415 – 384 – 8762
Additional time info:
First Tuesday ArtWalk: Tuesday, June 6, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Exhibition Dates: May 2 – June 17
Gallery Hours: Tue-Sat, 11:00 am - 5: 00 pm
100 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley, CA 94941