Artists_Talk_Art – Spring Shows Presentations: May 19, May 26, & June 2, 1:00 PM



BWAC Artists_Talk_Art presents artists talking informally about their work on display in the current exhibits.
Gallery visitors are invited to participate in a short Q&A at the end of each artist presentation.
If you want to follow along and hear each artist speak, expect the entire program will take about an hour.
Artists_Talk_Art is FREE and welcomes the public.
Meet at the BWAC concert stage before 1PM.


Spring 2018 Schedule




June 2, Sat @ 1PM

Sandra Forrest
Susan Handwerker
Jeff Watts
Fritz Weiss

In the final Spring Shows Artists_Talk_Art series, the dominant question posed by the audience – some of them artists themselves – centered on the use of a color palette. Most of the artists agreed to having used a color palette for their work. However only some held the range of colors in their thinking while working; others followed a specific selection of colors.

The work of Sandra Forrest combines artistry and craft into dazzling displays of every day objects using pure colors and simplified forms. Ledger-size compositions hold amusing and evocative objects made from fired clay and sparkling ceramic glazes. The fruits, vegetables, and household objects draw the viewer to the work, and the scale calls for careful attention of the details.

Renee Radenberg experiments with slumped glass as she pursues a work to its final statement. The organic shapes are colored glass solids, from translucent to opaque. The range of colors from work-to-work extends from the volcanic to the ethereal. For some the solid forms of color are pierced by holes, others have a seamless polished surface.

Sue Handwerker creates commentaries on conflicts in contemporary society.  Her interest in the role of women in society, from ancient times to the present, is realized with Venus-of-Willendorf-scale figures. In the piece on view under discussion, the compelling female figures surround a garden of thriving plants. The high emotions created by expressionistic female figures are tempered by the tranquil central garden greenery.

The digital-photo street scenes of European cities by Fritz (Steven) Weiss are expressionistic. The colorful digital prints require careful attention to the overall composition and details. Complex layers of images and colors embody the nature of his work. Fritz’s Artists_Talk_Art discussion was highly informative, as he focuses on both the technical and creative aspects of his work and the essence of his work was revealed. Technical virtuosity and traditional themes are blended into compositions worthy of careful inspection.

Jeff Watts’ recent theme in his photography is the human figure, becoming an object for expressionistic exploration. Jeff delimits his digital prints to sculptures of people, and the soulful qualities of black-and-white prints. Shadows and halos bring forth the melancholia and joy so often associated with depictions of humanity. Jeff’s photography technique is a blend of old and new technology. He eschews high-end photo manipulation programs for older programs that limit concentration to the images theme rather than appearance.






May 26, Sat @ 1PM

Razi Mizrahi
Judith Eloise Hooper
Anna Hagan
Eric Pesso
Duane Stapp

Razi Mizrahi’s found object reliefs appear easily understood at first glance. But as one tries to pinpoint the meaning of this tightly composed collection of everyday objects, it becomes apparent that the meaning is far from simple and is really quite complex. This must have been felt by others, as one of the viewers asked if the compartmentalized work could be sold by each constituent compartment. This resulted in a very lively conversation, resulting in an answer in the negative. At one point Razi spoke of her personal attachment to the objects, and how powerful each object becomes when placed with other meaningful objects.

Judith Eloise Hooper creates amusing and rhythmic collages of handmade images frozen in a frame. She is an energetic and captivating story teller. Judith reveals the connection between her autobiographical images, childhood and love for music, particularly jazz. Her work is all at once humorous, eloquent and playful.

Anna Annus Hagan’s artwork is motivated, perhaps driven, by her concern for the deteriorating natural environment and rapidly declining animal and bird species. Her aesthetic and work favor expressing the horrible loss of local and exotic birds. Her sculpture discussed in this art talk is a very realistic portrayal of an aquatic bird. The life-size work includes feathers and materials reminiscent of dioramas at the Museum of Natural History. The bird sculpture is inexplicably dramatic, and brings forth ennui due to the fatalistic situation we face with the constant destruction of our environment, resources and natural beauty.

Eric Pesso’s sculpture is that of a mathematician who revels in the beauty of three-dimensional form. His approach is methodical, beginning with inspiration from an encountered image or form, translated into a tiny model, which then becomes the source of an exquisitely carved wooden sculpture. Eric’s love for three-dimensional form is borne out by the sensuous curves and seductive surfaces painstakingly created in his work.

Duane Stapp’s sculpture is one of those duck/rabbit illusions – only in three dimensions. At first glance it can appear as a kneeling religious figure but upon reading the title one sees a scientific instrument. Dwayne wants the contradiction of what appears, and what is present, to become a metaphysical question – much like those found in religious experiences. Not surprisingly, construction of the object requires highly meticulous, repetitive applications of gold like material. It is not a word mantra, but an artistic divining.




May 19, Sat @ 1PM
Nelson Alvarez
Joe Banish
Roy Carruba
Leslie Jordan
Renee Radenberg
Zane Treimanis

Roy Carruba has a lifelong interest in metal artifacts. His huge collection of copper and brass are used for anthropomorphic and zoomorphic constructions. Encountered and stockpiled objects provide instantaneous inspiration for Imagining a fantastic, surrealistic or humorous sculpture.

Zane Treimanis presents a highly personal and chronological depiction of family friends and surroundings. The black-and-white photographs capture and extend the social and familial activities. The overall composition is a sequence of many contiguous individual photographs arranged to allow the shapes and forms from one photo to lead into or support the next arresting image.

Joe Banish weaves art and science into complex and visually rewarding paintings.The viewer is perceptually and intellectually challenged to disentangle what is seen from what is known about the geometric images.

Nelson Alvarez is an artist and environmental activist. His artwork focuses on the rapid deterioration of our natural landscape, which is replaced by an overwhelming built environment which threatens to smother and envelop us.

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