EAST – WEST: An Experience of Images and Ideas

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Date(s) - 10/04 - 12/23
10:00am - 9:00pm

The Marilyn Citron O’Rourke Gallery at the Benicia Public Library, 150 East L Street is proud to present EAST – WEST:  An Experience of Images and Ideas, an exhibition of paintings by Benicia artists Diane Williams, Stephanie Gray and Merry Curran Gregg. The works included in the exhibit were inspired by the intersection of culture, language, and spirit of the East and West. These three artists share a love for Eastern art and culture through their lived experience and heritage.


The exhibit is now open and runs through December 23rd during regular library hours Monday-Thursday 10a.m. to 9p.m. and Friday-Sunday noon to 6p.m. An outdoor reception will be announced at a later date.


Uplifting the community and promoting cultural understanding through the presentation of beautiful and healing art is the intention of three artists, Diane Williams, Stephanie Gray and Merry Gregg. Coming from dramatically different backgrounds and traditions, their collective aesthetic sweeps the viewer away into a visual world where boundaries are dissolved, and diverse ideas are celebrated as a festival of images. Though arriving at an east-west fusion style independently they have combined their work to create a global village, where lively and colorful representations stir the senses, and foster an awareness of different worlds that hold the same space. The result is something of beauty. Gray’s collages place Geisha and Samurai images in unlikely and often comical situations. Gregg, with her extensive background in graphic arts uses balance, detail, and space to weave compositions reminiscent of Japanese art, design and fabric.  Williams work draws from the tradition of Chinese Bird and Flower painters, using florals to tell nature’s story.


In the spirit of unity, the artists invite you to add your paper cranes to a manzanita branch rescued from the still burning Dixie fire. This firestorm has ravaged nearly one million acres in the Sierra and Cascade mountains this summer and fall. At the closure of this exhibit the cranes will be sent to Greenville, a town destroyed by the Dixie fire as a symbol of solidarity and hope.


For further information please contact Diane Williams – zioniani@yahoo.com,

Stephanie Gray – ravenworks@att.net or Merry Gregg – merrygreggart@gmail.com