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Gallery Route One exhibitions: Geraldine LiaBraatan, Betty

June 23, 2017
11:00 am
Gallery Route One

Geraldine LiaBraaten: Real / Abstract Center Betty Woolfolk: A Memorial Retrospective Project Space Andrew Romanoff and his friends in Shrinky Dink and Beyond! Annex May 19 – June 25 Reception: SATURDAY, May 20, 3-5 pm Salon: Sunday, June 25, 4-5 pm Geraldine LiaBraaten: Real / Abstract Many people look at Geraldine LiaBraaten's photos and wonder, "What the heck IS this?" and that's exactly what she wants. In "Real/Abstract," she moves in close to her subject or frames the image in an unexpected way to make the viewer think about what they see, considering it alone before recognizing its context. The work shown here is emblematic of her desire to delight and surprise the viewer. She uses color and line and shape to express her feelings of joy and silliness and sometimes sadness and her need to constantly find the new in the old. Geraldine was born in Minnesota, educated in Massachusetts and moved to California to escape humid summers. She has been a photographer for over 40 years, working in all forms of photo transfer/collage/cyanotype/cross processing and other film-based processes . She now works exclusively in digital color photography, having given up film when she found that with digital “what you see is what you get” and there is no waiting for developed film to come back from the lab. Ah, freedom! Betty Woolfolk: A Memorial Retrospective Betty Woolfolk, a founding member and the long term Executive Director of Gallery Route One. She was an artist of ingenuity and playful imagination. This show will include her early work in fiber art as well as her assemblage sculptures that combine a wide variety of materials and make witty comments on different branches of science and popular culture. Betty began her art career as a fiber artist, attending the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Detroit. After moving to California she continued to work in fiber, but later began making assemblage with a huge collection of found objects and materials. Creating magical environments with a series of installations called The Museum of Curious Thought, she gave visitors to Gallery Route One a glimpse into the mind of a quirky pseudo-scientist. The Museum was always a dark, mysterious place into which you were lured through shimmering curtains, to view strange devices, some with low or winking lights, some satirical or whimsical commentaries on life, death and technology. Betty and her husband Nick Corcoran, also an artist, created one of the gallery’s most popular annual exhibits, The Box Show, which was a major fundraiser for the organization. Nick made all of the 150 boxes and Betty did all of the organizing. She created and ran the organization’s store for many years and was responsible for much of GRO’s success for over 30 years. Andrew Romanoff and his friends in Shrinky Dink and Beyond! Andrew Romanoff’s paintings are small, witty icons influenced by his impressions both of his Russian heritage and items he finds in newspapers and on the Internet. Painted on clear plastic known as “Shrinky Dink” and often accompanied by written narratives, these images range widely in subject matter. Andrew was born in London, served in the British Navy, and came to the United States in the late 1940s. He now resides in Inverness with his wife, the painter Inez Storer. He was recently given a lifetime supply of Shrinky Dink plastic from their headquarters in Wisconsin and if one visits his home in the old Inverness Hotel, it isn’t long before one is sitting at the kitchen table making shrink art, young and old alike. Art from his friends Vickisa, Lisa Doron and Todd Pickering is also included in this show. His work has been exhibited both in the United States and Europe, most specifically in St. Petersburg and Siberia. His book, The Boy Who Would be Czar, features his work and family photos can be purchased through Gallery 16 in San Francisco, CA. Gallery Route One, 11101 Highway One, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956, 415. 663.1347, galleryrouteone.org Gallery Route One is open 11 -5 everyday. Closed Tuesday

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