A time to reflect

"Routine," an oil on canvas painting by Linda Christensen, is the centerpiece for this year’s Member Exhibit at the PV Gallery. (Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian)

Pajaro Valley Arts’ annual members’ exhibit opens

WATSONVILLE — Artist Lyn MacDonald has stayed busy these past few weeks. Earlier this month she installed three of her pieces for the annual “Sculpture Is” exhibition at Sierra Azul Nursery and Garden. At the same time, she was preparing to be the curator of this year’s members’ exhibit at the Pajaro Valley Gallery.

“I’m usually an outside artist,” MacDonald said. “Being a curator of a show inside is a new experience. But this gallery is such a treasure. It’s a really special place.”

The exhibition, entitled “Mirrors,” opened Wednesday and will run until the end of July. It features pieces made by Pajaro Valley Arts members from various artistic mediums; everything from painting and photography to sculpture and mixed media. The show is not juried—if you are a member of PV Arts, you can display a piece—which results in a very diverse show, MacDonald said.

After moving to the area from Boston two years ago, MacDonald met Hedwig Heerschop, PV Arts’ Exhibit Coordinator. Heerschop took MacDonald to the gallery and quickly got her involved in the local arts scene.

“This gallery means so much to this town,” MacDonald said. “Someone told me they heard a young girl recently who was walking by the gallery and told her friend, ‘That’s my gallery!’ That’s wonderful.”

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ABOVE: Exhibit Curator and artist Lyn MacDonald talks about the current exhibit, "Mirrors," which opened at the Pajaro Valley Gallery Wednesday. The show will run until July 28. (Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian)

The theme “Mirrors” was chosen by organizers to represent how the show allows artists to reflect on their own work and lives.

Its featured piece, “Routine” by Linda Christensen, is described as a “situational painting.” The brightly colored, line-driven painting depicts two women washing and hanging out clothes. An encaustic painting by Susanna Waddell sits on the back wall down a long hallway, drawing guests into the next room of the gallery. A photograph by Heerschop is displayed, as well as a mixed media piece by MacDonald depicting shore birds, created from clay, paper mâché and paint.

“This kind of show really makes you think,” MacDonald said. “It shows how everyone interprets things differently. Some pieces are literal, others very abstract.”

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ABOVE: Roger Powers entered these oak wood bowls in the show. (Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian)

An opening reception is scheduled for Sunday from 2-4 p.m. at the gallery. The event will include live music, food and more. PV Arts also plans to host summer youth groups from the YMCA, giving them a tour of the exhibit.

“It’s always interesting to hear what kids have to say about art,” MacDonald said. “It’s surprising how intelligent their observations are.”

The Pajaro Valley Gallery is located at 37 Sudden St. and is open Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. during exhibitions. “Mirrors” will close on July 28.

“I hope this exhibit inspires people,” MacDonald said. “I want people to leave it excited about art, and maybe try it for themselves.”

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