Explorations. . . .Mervyn Seldon and Caren Sweeney
September 7 - October 29, 2006
Receptions: from 6-9 p.m. on Saturdays September 9 and October 14

Contemporary Fine Art
In the Arts Colony, 300 S. Thomas St. (basement), Pomona, CA 91766
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Gallery hours: Thursday-Sunday 12-4 pm

(l.) Mervyn Seldon, “April Afternoon”, acrylic on canvas, 48" x 36".
(r.) Mervyn Seldon, “Reflections”, acrylic on canvas, 48" x 36".

Mervyn Seldon's new paintings use both representational and abstract forms to explore and record such common sensory experiences as the light of a spring afternoon, passing reflections in a window, impressions of music, and the sensation of flight.  Vivid colors, strong shapes, and multimedia textures communicate her emotional response to these experiences.  A native of Chicago and a former book editor in New York City and California, Mervyn has lived in West Covina since 1974 and earned her M.F. A. degree at California State University, Fullerton, in 1997.

(l.) Caren Sweeney, “Grand Canyon”, oil on canvas, 40" x 30".
(r.) Caren Sweeney, “Winter”, oil on canvas, 20" x 16".

Caren Sweeney's new work seeks to evoke specific emotional responses through imagery and layers of color.  Her new landscape paintings use brighter colors than before and show greater attention to detail.  She has also begun to place figures within the landscape, adding an element of nostalgia to the imagery.  Also new are her collages, with their exploration of textures and experiments in mixed media, using dried flowers, glitter, and dried seeds to call forth romantic memories.  Caren earned her M.F.A. degree from California State University, Fullerton, in 2001 and also has a degree in computer programming.  She has taught both art and piano.

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