"Earth, Water, Sky"


"Earth, Water, Sky", paintings by Caren Sweeney and Mervyn Seldon
September 11 - November 1, 2003
Reception for the artists on Saturday, September 13, 6 to 9 p.m. and October 11, 6 to 9 p.m.

57 Underground
In the Arts Colony, 300 South Thomas Street, Pomona, CA. 91766
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Hours: Thurs. through Sun. 12-4 pm
Second Saturday of each month, open to 9 p.m.


"Earth, Water,Sky" is the theme of the September-October exhibition by artists Caren Sweeney and Mervyn Seldon at 57 Underground Gallery in Pomona. Both artists are Southern California residents, hold M.F.A. degrees from California State University, Fullerton, and have shown widely in the region. The exhibition opens September 11 and closes November 1.

Caren Sweeney's new landscapes seek to evoke specific emotional or psychological states through imagery inspired by memories of places she has visited and loved. Her fragmentation of the landscape is an intentional break from the traditional format and reflects how landscape is often seen in small glimpses at isolated moments. She uses multiple panels to emphasize the re-creation of each scene and the idea that the sum of its parts is more powerful than the whole.

Mervyn Seldon's new work explores the borderline area linking landscape and still life. Intrigued by the implicit but invisible human presence in both art forms, she seeks to recreate shared experiences of special places through light, color, shape, and texture. She is particularly drawn to the beauty of small things often overlooked in their environment--rocks, leaves, weeds, and shells--and has incorporated sand, seaweed, leaves, feathers, and eggshells in some of her still lifes.

Artists' receptions will be held on Saturdays September 13 and October ll from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. as part of the Pomona Arts Colony's Second Saturday tradition. 57 Underground's 2,000 square foot gallery is located in the basement of 300 S. Thomas Street in Pomona, one block west of Garey Avenue on the southeast corner of Thomas and Third streets. Gallery hours are noon to 4:00 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. For more information, phone (909) 397-0218 or check the gallery's website:

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