“Alchemy,” the current exhibition at Arts Guild of Sonoma, displays art from the finalists who submitted works to the third annual National Juried Competition; the Call For Artists was open to anyone in the country. Through the subject of alchemy, artists were invited to express their dreams, desires, mysteries, symbols, creativity, and enlightenment.
The public is invited to view a wide array of the finalists’ art styles in the gallery at 140 E. Napa St. The show is up through November 3.
The show’s juror was Jenny Gheith of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, who had the daunting task of blind-selecting 68 works from 143 submissions. The Arts Guild applauds some of its own member artists as well as other Sonoma artists who are among the finalists in this competition.
The “Best of Show” honor was awarded to Petaluma resident Ruby Newman for her painting “Entwined Embrace,” which explores the deepest meaning of alchemy, that of two souls combining in perfect harmony.
Along with being a fine arts painter, Ruby Newman has worked on several wonderful public art projects. These include murals and overseeing the restoration of the 1914 Golden Gate Park carousel, for which she personally hand-painted the 62 wooden menagerie figures, decorative panels, and masks. She also created all the decorative painting for the exterior and interior of old St. Vincent’s Church in Petaluma. A long-term member of the Arts Guild, she shows her art in the gallery every month.
Gallery hours are Wednesday through Monday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. through November 3.
— Jackie Lee | Sun Fine Arts