Artist Barry Calvarese is showing a selection of his ceramic art in the Hoffman Gallery from October 7 through October 28.
Barry received his BA in Psychology from UCLA in 1975 and an MS in Epidemiology from UCLA in 1980. His ceramic art career began in 1968 as a freshman at Mt. Whitney high school in Visalia California where won several awards for his innovative work and as a member of the Tulare County art association. He works in clay, encaustic, clay mono-printing and multi-media. He worked for ten years out of the Tortuga studio in Sebastapol California learning salt and wood firing techniques from bay area ceramic artist Diana Crain.
From his Artist’s Statement: “I don’t set out to produce art about one subject or another. My work tends to focus on the environment with an organic and at times industrial message. Some of my subject matter is about people’s daily lives, beliefs, routines and a comment on human nature. Weathered pieces of wood and old stones covered in beautiful moss remind me of the power of nature.”
My influences are first and foremost everything I see, feel and experience, but I’ve always loved black humor particularly work by Robert Crumb, Robert Arneson and Andy Warhol. The artists I most admire are Richard Diebenkorn, Bay Area figurative artists Elmer Bischoff and Joan Brown and the rustic Japanese Shigaraki ceramic style.”
Meet Barry at the Hoffman Gallery on Friday, October 21st, from 2 to 4 pm. One hundred percent of the sales will benefit the Hoffman Center for the Arts and the Clay Studio.
The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will hold “Open Gallery” hours every Friday, from 2 to 4 p.m., beginning March 4.
The Center frequently has art shows on display throughout the month, but it is not open except during specific events. Local artist and former board member Peggy Biskar developed the Open Gallery idea.
“It was a shame that people didn’t know when they could get in to see our latest shows, so we created a special time each week,” she said.
Center volunteers will be on hand during Open Gallery hours to greet the public, discuss the artworks, and help with sales if someone is interested in purchasing one or more pieces.