‘Memories of a New Future’ opens at The Barn Gallery

This slideshow requires JavaScript. In a new exhibition exploring the meaning of art during a pandemic, YoloArts will debut “Memories of a New Future,” a multimedia exhibition featuring the artwork of Yolo County and regional artists, makers and thinkers. The Barn Gallery’s exhibition includes sculpture, paintings, drawings, photography, prints, mixed-media […]

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In a new exhibition exploring the meaning of art during a pandemic, YoloArts will debut “Memories of a New Future,” a multimedia exhibition featuring the artwork of Yolo County and regional artists, makers and thinkers. The Barn Gallery’s exhibition includes sculpture, paintings, drawings, photography, prints, mixed-media installations and digital media. 

Artists are: multimedia, installation-based artist Lynn Beldner; sculptor Steve Briscoe; UC Davis design professor and painter Melissa Chandon; artist, writer and curator Chris Daubert; UCD design professor Glenda Drew; UCD cinema and digital media professor Jesse Drew; and contemporary artist Mel Smothers.

Artists Chandon and Smothers conceived the idea of the show pre-pandemic.  

“Working on this show came about as a result of a conversation we had during the early part of the summer of 2019, after which it grew and developed into this amazing group exhibition,” Chandon said. “We are friends, colleagues and mid-career artists who show their work internationally and are active in our local and academic community.” 

The exhibition is a conceptual show with unique interpretations of the theme.  

“This show comes at an important time. Each of the artists, in very individual ways, examine the meaning of art in a world that has turned upside-down in the wake of stay-at-home orders, face masks and social distancing,” said Jance Purnell, YoloArts creative director.

“The show’s theme is grounded in the journey we are all undertaking these days: leaving behind a known world for a very uncertain future. The works of art, in many different media, provide both a map and a reflection of this shared voyage into the unknown.”

An augmented-reality workshop with Glenda Drew and Jesse Drew will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, via Zoom and introduce popular tools for creating augmented reality with hands-on demonstrations of how to use Artivive. 

Workshop registration is available at yoloarts.org.

All of the artists will be at an exhibition preview to talk about their work at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9, on Facebook Live. 

The Barn Gallery, 512 Gibson Road in Woodland, will be open to the public the next day, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, and for every Thursday through Nov. 14. The gallery will also be open on select Saturdays and by appointment. Face coverings and social distancing will be required at the gallery. Check yoloarts.org for details.

Artwork can be viewed online at https://yoloarts.org/online-galleries/#current.

For more information contact YoloArts at [email protected]

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