Larry Thomas, handmade paper displayed at SVMA
LARRY THOMAS’ “Hawk Field Painting 9,” one of many that will be displayed at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art.
His work has been described as elegant, harmonious and meditative. From Oct. 12 through Dec. 30, the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art will present the work of Bay Area legend, Larry Thomas.
This exhibition of more than 70 paintings, prints and drawings reflects on the beauty and grace of the natural world, and is thus called “Larry Thomas: Coastal Echoes.”
Since retiring from his position as president and dean of the San Francisco Art Institute, Thomas moved to his home and studio in Fort Bragg, and devoted himself to a renewed artistic practice. He incorporates diverse media with a virtuoso’s skill and the works sing with subtle complexities of atmospheric light and colors, line, texture and pattern.
Also showing is “The Art of Handmade Paper,” which explores the history and art of papermaking from around the world.
Curator Simon Blattner is a noted collector of handmade paper who has also studied papermaking with experts in locations including Rome, Tokyo and San Francisco.
On Friday, Oct. 12, from 6 to 8 p.m., SVMA members are invited to a special preview of both exhibitions. An artists’ conversation with Larry Thomas, Bill Berkson, Charles Hobson and Kate Eilertsen will take place on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 2 p.m.
The museum is located at 551 Broadway. Admission is $5 for individuals, $8 for families, and is free to the public on Wednesdays. Children and students up to grade 12 are always free.
The museum is open Wednesdays through Sundays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.