The John Natsoulas Center for the Arts welcomes back the “Bark” exhibit, celebrating human’s best friend with work from more than 40 national artists. Works in every medium, from paint to sculpture, will be included in this tribute to the bond between human and canine.
This February show — a tribute to Roy De Forest, the founder of the 1960s funk movement — features artists Esther Shimazu, Jeffrey Downing, Stephen Braun, Avery Palmer, Amber Aguirre, Rene Martucci, Pat Mahony, Robert Ransom and many more. De Forest’s wonderful narrative “Country Dog Gentleman,” on exhibit at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, has become a great teaching icon for children and the community.
Dogs are beloved by many artists and art lovers for their connotation with fidelity, loyalty and companionship. But more than that, in these more recent interpretations, artists have redefined the dog in such a way that brings to mind humanity.
In Martucci’s ceramic piece, “Pillow Dog,” there is a certain way the resting dog’s eyes bring to mind a level of emotional communication generally associated with human psyche. The wandering spirit of an explorer is expressed in Kanna Aoki’s painting, “Me and My Shadow.” The long, narrow shadow stretches out, dragging on to undiscovered places, hinting at adventure.
The show’s opening reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, will give patrons the opportunity to meet and hear from the artists of the show.
For more information, visit www.natsoulas.com.