New exhibit driven by natural forces at Gallery at 48 Natoma

By: Laura Newell, Telegraph staff writer
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A new art exhibit will showcase natural and creative forces throughout our region. The artists in this exhibit at the Gallery at 48 Natoma are inspired by the expansive creative forces that shape the mountains, canyons, forests, deserts and coast lines of North America, said Cindy Abraham, gallery coordinator. In the “Land: Fiber and Forged,” two contrasting mediums, soft and hard, will portray powerful landscapes. Artist Merle Axelrad Serlin will exhibit her acclaimed fabric collages while Deanna Marsh will display her metal, stone and kiln-formed glass sculptures as well as hand-beaded tapestries. The exhibit runs Friday, Jan. 20 through March 8. Abraham said Serlin creates large landscapes ranging up to 6 feet, made from thousands of tiny pieces of fabric. Fragments of woven color and texture are then arranged, layered, pinned and sewn together, she said. “Although my landscapes are recognizable as real places, I approach the various elements as abstract forms. Rocks, hills, and branches - serve as supporting actors, but the real stars are light and movement,” Serlin said. “Light creates shadows and reveals forms. Rocks above the water disappear at the water line — separated into river and shore. Caught between these two worlds, one above the water and one below, is the world of reflections. Sometimes the light is just right, and we can see all three worlds at once. That is the moment that I capture in my work.” Artist Deanna Marsh will also be featured in the exhibit. She creates landscape sculptures of steel and kiln-formed glass some up to 15 feet interpreting the natural forces of change on our planet. Abraham said the imagery of water “powerfully or subtly” insinuates itself into her sculptural forms, from the ancient canyons and mountain ranges of the west, to the natural beauty surrounding her studio above Northern California’s American River. “Within each sculpture, I am building a dialogue between ancient and modern materials; minerals or fossils and modern steel and glass, old geologic forces and newer man-made materials,” Marsh said. “Our landscape is my limitless source of inspiration.” Abraham said in keeping with the fiber theme of the exhibit, the adjacent Community Gallery at 48 Natoma will showcase more than 40 small art quilts from the Folsom Quilt and Fiber Guild. Their display will be open through March 1. The opening reception for both exhibits will be from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 20, at the Gallery at 48 Natoma in Folsom. To request additional gallery information, or to schedule a tour, contact Abraham at (916)355-7285 or e-mail * * * “Land: Fiber and Forged” exhibit When: Friday, Jan. 20 through Thursday, March 8. Opening reception 6-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20 Where: The Gallery at 48 Natoma, Folsom Information: (916)355-7285,