Portola Art Gallery Presents â€œThe Watercolor Landscapeâ€ by Palo Alto Artist Steve Curl
EXHIBITION: â€œThe Watercolor Landscapeâ€ - Watercolor Paintings by Steve Curl
DATES: October 1 - 31, 2013
RECEPTION: Saturday, October 12, 1:00 - 4:00 P.M.
Portola Art Gallery at Allied Arts Guild, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025, 650.321.0220, https://www.portolaartgallery.com
HOURS: Monday â€“ Saturday, 10:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Steve Curl; https://www.stevecurl.com
MENLO PARK, Calif. -- The Portola Art Gallery presents â€œThe Watercolor Landscape,â€ watercolor paintings by Palo Alto artist Steve Curl.
Locally known as the editorial cartoonist for the Palo Alto Daily News, Steve Curl is also a well-established watercolor artist and teacher. His paintings are inspired by his travels throughout California, Colorado, Yosemite National Park, and his local hikes at the coast and in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
For the past five years, Steveâ€™s paintings of Yosemite National Park have been accepted into the prestigious annual Yosemite Renaissance Exhibition, where they are on display all year in the Yosemite Visitor Center Museum & Art Gallery. Currently, â€œYosemite Mistsâ€ (watercolor, 16x20â€), is on display in this exhibition.
In addition to paintings of the local â€œWindy Hillâ€ environs, the exhibit will include â€œNapa Harvestâ€ (watercolor, 16x20â€), a mid-sized, colorful piece that captures the warmth and glow of the Fall harvest season in the Napa Valley.
Curl states: â€œI love the simplicity and freshness of watercolor. It behaves in the same way that nature does, using the simplest of elements. It is easily portable and dries quickly, so it is the perfect medium to take on travels and extended hikes. Often times, the best paintings are produced quickly with a few simple, gestural brush strokes, rather than extended picking away in the studio. It is not particularly forgiving, however, so you have to think ahead, be decisive and try to nail it on the first passes of color.â€
Having practiced the medium for more than 30 years, Steve also teaches Watercolor Painting at the Pacific Art League of Palo Alto, where he has had an enthusiastic following of students since 1991. When asked, â€œHow long did it take you to do that painting?â€ he likes to tell his students, â€œOh, about two hours and 20 years.â€
About Portola Art Gallery
Portola Art Gallery exhibits high quality, representational art by 16 Bay Area artists. Painting, pastel, photography, ceramics, glass art and sculpture can be viewed at the gallery, located at the Historic Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park, CA.