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The Near Future Ago

January 13-February 4, 2017
Reception: January 13 • 5–8pm

The Near Future Ago is labor of love by curator, manager, and artist Kip Westerfield. His exhibition-happening format came out of a need for places to exhibit emerging artists. He states “because I've had some experience throwing shows and organizing groups, I chose to start a loose knit group of artists who wanted to show with each other, mostly students, skateboarders, musicians, etc from my life and friends. The connections spread pretty quick once folks found out I was motivated to do the work of keeping it all going. There have been over 80 different artists in our shows and we are growing with each event.”

Westerfield works at Smith Andersen North gallery and frame shop, where he convinced the owner to let him have the first show for a one-night only event. That one-night event brought 34 artists and about 150 guests. After a second successful show at the gallery, other places got wind of it and requested The Near Future Ago in their space for repeated events. Other venues include The West End Bar, Bedrock Records, ProofLab skateshop, and ANDTHEM gallery in San Rafael. This exhibition at Art Works Downtown will be the 14th event featuring an exciting variety of artists who have participated in every exhibition as well as artists who are new to the scene.

Tom Remus
©  Tom Remus

Tom Remus

December 9, 2016-January 7, 2017
Reception: December 9 • 5–8pm

As an artist, Tom Remus believes that the true purpose of art is to allow people to participate in the aesthetic experience of feeling appreciation of the inherent beauty of the natural world we all live in and are an active part of.  Mount Tamalpais has been a focus of Tom's for many years and he has recorded her many moods in photonic representations for other people to enjoy in their homes.  Enjoy.

 Janelle La Chaux HomeBoyz
Dead Homies ©  Janelle La Chaux, 2016

Janelle La Chaux

surrealism paintings

October 14-November 5, 2016
Reception: October 14 • 5–8pm

Janelle La Chaux paints surrealism art with oil paint on canvas. She was born in Berkeley, California and has lived most of her life in the Hayward and Oakland area. Janelle moved to Marin about 5 years ago, loves it, and doesn't want to move.

The content of her works are often sourced from personal experiences such as her life-long illness, Sickle Cell Anemia; the beautiful scenery she sees around the bay area; and inspiration from books. Janelle finds that art is soothing to the soul.

Janelle’s main passion is oil paint on canvas, but she also works in sculpture and clay. She began painting thanks to her uncle’s encouragement. He said “since you can draw you can paint.” So she took a leap of faith, bought some oil paints and canvas, and went for it. She attended classes at College of Marin to learn how to clean her brushes and mix colors and took off from there. Janelle thanks God for giving her an uncle who pushed her to believe in herself so that she can paint anything she puts her mind to.

Janelle La Chaux WillowWater

Willow Waters © Janelle La Chaux 

Janelle La Chaux PurpleSkies

Purple Skies © Janelle La Chaux 

 Roberto Carlos Lainez Recinos Bananas Oranges2
Bananas & Oranges ©  Roberto Carlos Lainez Recinos

Summer's Exhibition

Acrylics by Roberto Carlos Lainez Recinos

July 8-August 6, 2016
Reception: July 8 • 5–8pm

In this exhibition, visitors will see a variety of paintings from highly detailed still life paintings to beautiful landscape paintings. There will also be several architectural type of paintings. The majority of Roberto's paintings are in acrylics and some of them are framed. Most of the pieces are colorful and good for the eye sight. As an emerging artist, he focus in realism. Drinks and snacks will be provided for visitors.

Safe Places II KMeadows
Safe Places II © Karen Meadows, encaustic on board, 30"x30"

Lost and Found, Exploring Wax

encaustics and oils by Karen Meadows

May 6–June 4, 2016
Reception: May 6 • 5–8pm

Karen Meadows has a rich history in the art world. She was born in Northern California, and raised by an artistic mother who allowed chaos and encouraged art making from a young age.She was surrounded by nature spending hours roaming the hills on her horse. The natural world has been a strong influence in her art making. Karen received her M.F.A. from California College of the Arts, and upon graduation was accepted into the Lausanne Biennale and her 10’ x 14’ fiber wall piece was selected to travel to various museums across Europe. She was selected as Artist in Residence in San Francisco to make art for public buildings using industrial discards. (SCRAP) 

Process: My attraction to patterns and layering imagery is a source of intrigue for me; it has a life of its own. My initial idea is usually related to the patterns within nature, human or wild. The process I use gives my intuition an open door, as control escapes me.  Painting with wax is a sensual process, sharing with the natural world a beauty, which hauntingly expresses the passage of time.  Scraping through the layers reveals hidden patterns and surprises that relate to human nature as well as our social world. 

Karen Meadows

wax and oil, 24" x 24" by Karen Meadows