‘Storytellers’ opens Friday at Julie Baker Fine Art | TheUnion.com

‘Storytellers’ opens Friday at Julie Baker Fine Art

New stories of Sacramento artist Jack Alvarez and Grass Valley artist Menlo Macfarlane – told via paintings and works on paper- will be featured in an exhibit, “Storytellers,” opening Friday at Julie Baker Fine Art gallery.

Third-generation Mexican-American Alvarez explores spiritual themes related to life, death and afterlife. Without the use of a narrator or central figure, Alvarez uses symbols found in his ancestor’s pottery and textiles such as vessels, crosses and baskets as guides for the viewer to explore surrealist landscapes.

Performer/artist/choreographer Macfarlane utilizes reappearing characters for his storytelling. Characters are immersed in a theatrical display of texture, line, color and descending values of light. Whimsical titles include “Degroot and Friends in a Field of Truffles” and “Woman Overboard.”

An artists’ opening reception will be Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. In addition, Macfarlane’s “Arttalk” will be Feb. 7 at 5 p.m. and Alvarez’s “Arttalk” will be Feb. 21 at 5 p.m.

“Storytellers” will be up through March 13. Viewing hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment.

Julie Baker Fine Art is at 120 N. Auburn St., Suite 100 in Grass Valley. Call 273-0910 for more information.

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