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New art shows at the library feature self-portraits and sculptures

FALLBROOK – Two new art exhibits at Fallbrook Library, “How I See Myself,” an exhibition of revealing self portraits in the Community Room and exceptional bronze sculpture by Marsha Gertenbach-Meers open July 11 and run until Sept. 2. This show is hosted by the Friends of the Fallbrook Library.

Self portraiture is an important part of an artist’s journey but among the hardest subjects to actually do. How well do they know themselves? What do they want to be seen by others? The practice of self representation on a surface deepens their creative inner vision and their relationship with themselves.

The artists in this show, CURIEL, Ross Grundler, Dawn Harrison, Yvonne Obregon, Jesse Owens, Marilyn Rudoff, Joshua M. San Nicolas, Sarah Spinks, Molly Taylor, Trish Vernazza and Carol Zaleski are bravely willing to invite guests to see who they think they are.

Artists have been painting themselves for centuries. Painting, photographs and new technologies have expanded the ways portraits have been captured. Are the images serious, representational, and humorous or do they tell a story? Do others immediately recognize the subject?

True self-portraits are not selfies. They take time and effort and offer an opportunity to experiment with new techniques. And importantly, it is a way to know the self better. The artworks in this show are surprising renditions of people many may know covering a broad range of mediums.

Gertenbach-Meers is a gifted artist, well known for her impeccable bronzes with patina figurative work and The Friends of the Fallbrook Library are delighted to have seven of her works on display on the Reading Patio. Her award-winning pieces are intricately detailed and captivating.

Both exhibits will make visitors smile and they are free and open to all. A reception will be held Saturday afternoon, July 30 from 2-4 p.m. to meet and celebrate the artists. See if the artists match their portraits. The library is located at 124 S. Mission Road.

Submitted by The Friends of the Fallbrook Library.



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