Arts Visalia ready to welcome community for February exhibit

Exhibit titled Born to Paint: No Plan B, Recent Paintings and Working Drawings by Jane Ziegler available in February


VISALIA – One of the better parts of the new year are the new exhibits artists are eager to show off. When the weather starts to get a little warmer and spring is on the horizon folks are much more open to getting out of the warmth of their house and into their lively community. Fortunately as soon as next month Arts Visalia will exhibit the works of Jane Ziegler in an exhibition entitled, Born to Paint: No Plan B, Recent Paintings and Working Drawings.

Accompanying Jane Ziegler's exhibit will be the Burnt and Knurled Sequoia. Image courtesy of Arts Visalia.

Accompanying Jane Ziegler’s exhibit will be the Burnt and Knurled Sequoia. Image courtesy of Arts Visalia.

Jane Ziegler is from Miramonte, Calif. and enjoys exploring her skills in drawing, pastels, and painting and is inspired by the works of Henri Matisse. Ziegler explores what visual impact means through finding it in nature. The light, the color, and the composition connect with her senses before she identifies what is happening in nature. In looking for this impact, she is always hoping to stumble upon something of the everyday that may already have made an impression on her by its very existence. Things in our personal space, the innocuous objects, also speak to her; the unappealing that transcends to beauty. She looks for the impact in things that might not offer impact initially, through its presentation. Ziegler is seeking to articulate the “ah-ha” moment in her work.

The exhibition runs from Jan. 31 to Feb. 23. The opening reception will be held on first Friday, Feb. 2, from 6 to 8 p.m. and is sponsored in part by Bueno Beverage, Renewable Solar, Pita Kabob, and Valley PBS’s Articulate with Jim Cotter. Arts Visalia will host an Artist Talk on Saturday, Feb. 10 at 2 p.m. (update: the Feb. 10 Artist Talk event has been cancelled). There will be another Art Talk and Lunch on Monday, Feb. 19 at 11:30 a.m., at the Southern Pacific Depot Restaurant, with an opportunity to view Ziegler’s exhibition at Arts Visalia during that time. This particular Art Talk and Lunch is sponsored by Jack & Charlie’s, the Vintage Press Restaurant, and the Southern Pacific Depot Restaurant.

For March, Arts Visalia will be exhibiting Randy Ranger. Randy Ranger is a black and white film photographer. In this exhibition, entitled Silver Light: Fifty Photographs, Ranger focuses on photography as the search for exciting light revealing form, texture, and shape. Ranger states, “When I’m photographing, the last thing I need is a camera. I wander about with my eyes and mind, free of preconceived ideas. My best photographs summon me, demanding their creation.” Randy’s interest in photography began in high school with a couple of basic photography classes. He became more involved in photography in the 1980s. After finding 35mm and medium format lacking, in 1993, Randy began to use a large format view camera which proved to be the best tool for his work. “View cameras require quiet deliberation which, for me, results in superior photographs.”

Art classes for children and adults have resumed. There is something for everyone this spring. Date to Create is a new Art and Conversation workshop that happens quarterly. The next Date to Create will be Tuesday, Feb. 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. Each Date to Create focuses on the elements of art and the histories of art techniques as they pertain to these elements. Please download registration forms for classes and workshops from their web site, or stop in and pick up the spring schedule at the gallery. For more information and class descriptions, go to, call them at 559-739-0905 or visit the gallery at 214 E. Oak Ave. in Visalia.

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