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Gallery opens 'Bigworks' exhibit at Lucchesi

The Artist Studio in the Foothills will host an opening reception Saturday for Bigworks, its latest installation at Lucchesi Winery.

Artists Chris Duccini, Linda Galusha, Angela Lazarow, Betsy Lombard and Mark Wilcox exhibit large scale works that reflect a range of styles, mediums and themes, from landscapes, to cityscapes and abstracts.

“Each artist paints with an important relationship to large scale compositions,” said Amanda Paoletti, ASiF owner.

The artists will be at the reception, which is open to the public, from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Lucchesi’s downtown tasting room, 128 Mill St., Grass Valley.

The exhibit will be up through June 15 in the tasting room.

Chris Duccini’s works are creatively bold and always unique expressions of familiar sights.

His current series of cityscapes are deeply grounding and full of raw decisive color choices. His wine images are light and whimsical, making themselves at home in the tasting room gallery. Using thick applications of acrylic paint mixed with a gloss gel medium he applies the paint using various tools, including large drywall and pallette knives to create a deep rich carved-in surface, according to his bio.

Linda Galusha’s surreal and other worldly landscapes are magical and inviting. Their intricate detail creates an intimacy that’s quite surprising for their scale. She’s been painting custom murals commercially and privately for almost 15 years, making this series of Bigworks quite small in comparison to her 20- to 40-foot murals, according to her bio.

Angela Lazarow’s unselfconcious works are all at once bold and vulnerable.

“I prefer to work with acrylics on large pieces of unstretched canvas because it allows me more freedom of movement and inspires random thoughts. I never feel restricted using this technique and I am never sure what the result will be when I begin but I can feel the inner connection once I do,” Lazarow said. “Abstract expressionistic art heightens my often unpredictable and intuitive use of color, direction and composition and for me is manifested clearly in what I paint. Abstract art encourages deeper observation beyond the obvious.

“My objective is to create art that evokes an emotional response and connection from the observer so that the painting and the observer become intimately engaged.”

Betsy Lombard paints in oils, is self-taught and has been working thus for 45 years of her life. Her influences are the Society of Six, Franz Marc’ Blaue Reiter series and Matisse. Emotions ‘come in colors everywhere’ in Lombard’s work, filling up an entire room with the gamut ­— from cool calm to on fire excitement, according to her bio.

The mysterious environments of Mark Wilcox are both enlightening and uplifting. Hundreds of tiny colorful marks create a chorus of light filled voices singing of gorgeous grasses dancing in the fields, soft pathways leading to quiet stands of un-named orchards, shadowy groves and darkly silhouetted cityscapes.

Wilcox is a self-taught, self-described creative guy who has toiled in the heavy industry known as “design” long enough to know better.

He started to paint seriously in order to escape the madness of pixels and has been having the time of his life ever since. He firmly believes that landscapes are humanity’s best hope for survival, according to Wilcox’s bio.

The tasting room gallery hours are from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Live music on Friday and Saturday nights feature a variety of local and bay area musicians.

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