With only 3 days to go until the play closes, we hope that everyone gets in to see Stage 3 Theatre’s production of David Mamet’s November, starring a local favorite Michael Critch. This ribald farce pokes fun at the American political climate, and is peppered with plenty of strong language.
During these last 3 days, visitors can enjoy CSAC’s latest theatre art exhibition. When our volunteers began plans for the latest theatre lobby art show, we struggled with how to express the play’s sardonic tone through visual art. So we decided to focus on something that pulls all Americans together: Our beautiful nation and its diverse landscapes Central Sierra Arts Council’s “From Sea to Shining Sea: American Landscapes from the Atlantic to the Pacific” features the works of Sierra Foothill artists Don Hukari, Michael Severin, David Rodrigues and Chuck Waldman. Each artist offers unique images of our nation’s diverse geography.
Don Hukari presents his hard-edge serigraphs (silk screen) of American deserts and river canyons. “Silkscreening offers a large brush to simplify the fast-pace of details in which we live.” For more than 30 years, Hukari has hand-printed in limited editions with each piece having individual subtleties. In addition, Hukari shares America’s urban landscapes in a series of digital photographs that depict the hard geometric images found in American cities. This award-winning artist serves on the Board of Directors of CSAC, is active with Sonora Art Trails, and is the publisher of a regional arts and culture magazine, Central Sierra Seasons.
Michael Severin’s exacting natural realism oil paintings relive the rugged terrain of America’s mountain ranges. Severin, a CSAC member, discovered his artistic passions as a child, but postponed this deep expression until just ten years ago. “I was a Sunday Painter for a long time,” he notes. “But now I immerse myself in painting landscapes. I attempt to bring the beauty of God’s creation and the importance of protecting these gifts of nature to canvas.” Severin shows at The Petroglyphe Gallery in Mokelumne Hill, and recently was featured in the Columbia College Rotunda.
David Rodrigues presents a series of abstract acrylic paintings of San Francisco. Long associated with Stage 3 Theatre, David, his wife and children have performed in many Stage 3 productions. During a hiatus from acting, David felt the need to still be creative. “I noticed that a lot of actors paint, and I wondered if I could,” he quips. Since 1996 he has steadily enjoyed this part of his creative process, distinctly marked by unconventional use of color.
Presenting images of the Maine coastline and small town America is Chuck Waldman, another longtime CSAC supporter. Waldman’s oil paintings have won many major awards, are shown in prestigious galleries and are collected internationally. “I feel that one of the gifts that artists give to the world is a piece of time.” Once a family physician, Dr. Waldman closed his medical practice in 1999 to devote his time to Plein-Aire painting. He and wife Janet now travel extensively as he captures the world in oils. His work can be seen at Lodi’s Knowlton Gallery and Carmel’s Chapman Gallery, as well as other locations.
Even though the show ends this weekend, tickets to November are still available. Just contact Stage 3 Theatre at www.stage3.org or call (209)536-1778.