Christopher Leith Evans has a remarkable talent for translating the subtleties of nature’s light and color to the canvas and the screen. Cultivating that talent led to five solo shows of landscape oil paintings in New York and a glowing review by New York Times art critic Roberta Smith. Evans has worked with film directors George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese and James Cameron as a visual effects artist and consultant. In this field, he earned an Emmy, an Oscar nomination and an honorary Doctorate from San Francisco’s Academy of Art University. Special projects pertaining to indigenous peoples and ancient cultures have included work for National Geographic Magazine, The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians and The Borneo Project, a Berkeley-based NGO.
Evans was born in Bremerton, Washington in 1954. Raised on Long Island, he earned a BA and Master’s degree in art at UCLA, where his mentors included David Hockney, William Brice and James Doolin. Evans’s work has been shown in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Berlin. He has lived on the Russian River outside Healdsburg since 1990.
Renowned sculpture artist Roberto Santo is one of only a few artists eligible for commissions for the Vatican. Santo, who works roughly half the year at his studio in Tuscany, Italy and half the year at his home on Sonoma Mountain, created two site specific pieces for the Arts Center; all of the work on display is from his “Springload Series.” In this series, Santo distinguishes himself as a painter of balanced, abstract compositions with an attractive, almost touchable skin.
A Humboldt County resident, Connie Butler creates figurative sculpture using wood, bronze, stone, plaster or clay. She strives to bring out the spirit of the material by sculpting it, and the result is “a compromise between the original image and the resistance of the wood to take shape.”
Dennis Leon (1933 – 1998) was born in London, England and received his BFA, BS and MFA from Temple University. Artist and educator, Leon consistently explored the subject of the natural landscape. He was first inspired as a child by the moors of Yorkshire and then by his subsequent travels throughout the United States and abroad. Leon’s art emerged from the observations and memories of his experiences within these various environments. His body of work includes site-specific installations, collage, drawings, pastels, and sculpture in wood and bronze.
Ceramic sculptor Daniel Oberti (1945 – 2009) blends Japanese form with his Mediterranean heritage. His work embodies mythological symbolism, figurative characters and Old World craftsmanship. Oberti’s travels to France, Italy, Egypt, Crete and Athens inspired his unique perspective on ancient wisdom. Universal concepts about time, space, reverence and beauty are evident in his work.
To submit your work for consideration, please email an exhibit history and link of work samples to:
Anita Wiglesworth, Director of Programming
All submissions will be kept on file for two years. Due to the volume of submissions, only those artists selected for exhibition will be contacted.