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Jon Gariepy, Make My Day, ceramic   

Michael Acker, Transition, photo/collage/watercolor

MICHAEL ACKER – Artist Statement
The Valley of the Moon Main Stem: A Panorama in Space and Time Main Stem: a. The main branch of a river or a leaf. b. Nick-name applied to San Francisco’s Market Street. c. Any main street.

Sonoma Valley, sometimes called the Valley of the Moon, is thought to have been named by General Vallejo, who probably mistranslated it from the Coast Miwok. Jack London, who lived there in the last years of his life (his ranch is now a wonderful California state park) used the name for the title of a novel.

Geothermal water was discovered (by Europeans. Native people surely used the waters previously) in the valley in the 1880’s. The area became a thriving resort spot, mainly for residents of summer-cold San Francisco, and continues to be to this day, although much has changed.

Long before I moved there (from San Francisco) I happened to take a drive down Highway 12 from Calistoga Rd. to the town of Sonoma. The setting, the buildings and the place names, Agua Caliente, Fetters Hot Springs, Boyes Hot Springs, El Verano, immediately and permanently enthralled me. Later I became acquainted with the history of the place, which furthered my fascination. I started to make art with and about my new home. Finally, I came up with this project.

I have photographed every building and lot on Highway 12 between Agua Caliente Rd and Verano Ave. in Sonoma Valley. I am creating a series of photo collage/watercolor panoramas to span this entire area. In addition to recording what is there now, I am incorporating photographs of buildings that are gone so that I can recreate the street as it would be if all had survived. I am also compiling historical information about the area. Each panorama is shown with a historical caption. I am doing research in the county library, the recorder’s office, the newspapers, and by interviews.

I want to capture the “ghosts” that inhabit this area and intertwine them with contemporary images. I love the idea that all these different eras can exist at once, at least in art. Since change is constant, this project could continue indefinitely. Very shortly after starting the project, my photographs started to become the “historic” ones.

The project is part historical document and part personal interpretation of images of the area in which I live, that I love, and that fascinates me. It is a celebration of the “order in complexity” of this particular built environment.

Please see mca-studios.com for more information and images.

JON GARIEPY - Artist Statement
I have spent a large part of my life in, on, and around the ocean, surfing, sailing, kayaking or just hanging out at the beach, so it is a natural for me to have an exhibition in Pacifica. I am celebrating the joy of a fair wind and a sunny day, the love of being on the water, the love of living in a beach community. And I’m acknowledging that with all the joy there’s also the sadness at the end of the day for the mortality of all things.

Currently I’m absorbed with the preciousness of our moment to moment experience and, given this, the human propensity for folly. While dealing with concept and personal truth, my aim is to create something unusual and interesting, using the most elementary tools and techniques.

I work in a gestural manner and love rough edges and ragged texture against smooth and seek a feeling of spontaneity in my work. I like to work loosely with wide brushes, whether using underglaze for my clay work or acrylic paint for the paintings. I frequently work with thin washes, drawing on my background in watercolor. Through form, texture, finish and subject matter, it is my intention to give voice to a simple part of our everyday existence.