By Allison Sertic
The Davis Art Center will host works by Different Strokes, a group of seven artists who met in painting classes at the Art Center.
The group exhibition, “Different Strokes: Light & Shadow,” will be on display in the Tsao Gallery, 1919 F St., from Friday, Oct. 11, through Friday, Nov. 15. An opening reception, which is free and open to the public, will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, during the Second Friday ArtAbout.
Different Strokes artists Linda Ayre, Janice Long, Irene Osuga, Gai Perry, Dick Stern, Ann Teal and Morgan Wright have selected paintings in acrylic and watercolor in which style, materials or content relate to the concepts of light and shadow.
Perry said: “In deciding what our unifying theme might be, we decided that the one common thread in our work was the interesting things we each do with light and shadow. Some use it subtly within a painting, others use it to highlight strong lines or values.”
The artists joined three years ago as an informal critique group where they could evaluate their paintings for content, composition, color and message. Through this process, they found support not only for their artistic endeavors, but in their personal lives as well.
“Our group is a place where we can exchange the rarest of gifts: the respectful caring and attention of one’s fellow artists,” Stern said.
Coming from diverse backgrounds — the group includes a defense scientist, an investment accountant, a psychotherapist, a contemporary quilt designer and author, plus world travelers and homemakers — the artists are all retired and meet monthly to paint, critique and share.
Teal said: “Different backgrounds, different styles, different use of medium, but a common goal of supporting each other to be the best artist we each can be.”
Members of the group credit longtime Davis Art Center instructors Betty Berteaux, Chris Shackel and Philippe Gandiol for creating an artistic community in which differences are embraced, friendships made and bonds forged — ultimately leading to the formation of Different Strokes and providing a foundation for the group’s continued success in supporting the artistic growth of each individual.
“Different Strokes: Light & Shadow” is sponsored by the Davis Food Co-op, which is providing refreshments at the reception on Oct. 11. In addition, the Co-op has designated Davis Art Center as the beneficiary of their wine and beer tastings. Their OctoberFest beer tasting will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4 — subsequent wine and beer tastings are Oct. 11 and 18, Nov. 1 and 8 and Dec. 6 and 18 — at the Co-op, 620 G St.
As a way to bring the art of the Different Strokes exhibition outside the Tsao Gallery, the Davis Food Co-op also will feature a digital presentation of the artists’ work in their conference room, where the wine- and beer-tasting events begin.