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Works of five regional artists on display at Delta’s Horton Gallery

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Works of five regional artists on  display at Delta’s Horton Gallery

Winter Lake by Stan Rapada is part of the display at Delta College from June 21 to July 19.

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POSTED May 29, 2012 10:53 p.m.

STOCKTON — The Delta Center for the Arts L.H. Horton Jr. Gallery presents the Delta College Regional Artists Group Show, June 21 to July 19

The opening reception is Thursday, June 21 from 5 to 7 p.m.  All events are free and open to the public.

This exhibit features works of art by five artists from the San Joaquin Delta College district, curated by Gallery Director Jan Marlese.

PHOTOGRAPHY
: Daniel Kasser received his Master of Fine Arts in photography from the University of New Mexico and completed undergraduate studies at Humboldt State University Shasta College in Northern California. He joined the faculty at University of the Pacific in 1985 teaching photography, printmaking and studio art seminars.

His photographic style has evolved from West Coast, Northern California modernism, exemplified by Edward Weston and Ansel Adams, toward a pictorial approach that is unique among contemporary landscape photographers interpreting the West. Critics have identified Kasser’s photographs as “constructed realities” and “mythopoetic” interpretations of the Western landscape. In Kasser’s recent works on exhibit, Western Technosites, he surveys and interprets industrialized and post-industrial landscapes.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Stan Rapada is retired from the U.S. Navy, and currently employed by Delta College. He has worked as a freelance photographer for 10 years, primarily as a landscape photographer. He is published in local magazines and on the Internet. Rapada’s landscape photographs capture dramatic beauty and color.

PAINTINGS: Jill Vasileff was born in Detroit, Michigan and is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Visual Arts Department at University of the Pacific. She received a BFA (painting) from Parsons School of Design, NY, NY and an MFA (painting) from the Milton Avery School of Art, Bard College, Annandale, New York.

“I am often looking for material based objects that define and perpetuate an image, invites a painted surface, and uses a level of visual information that comes from something else,” she said. “My color sensibility is informed by my preoccupation with paint and I often layer color to build depth and luminosity or utilize the local color of an object or material so that it has the presence of paint. Every work must have intimate mark-making and vibrate dimensionally.”

PRINTMAKING: Originally from Brodnica, Poland, Monika Meler earned her B.F. A. from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. She continued her studies at Purdue University, where she earned an M.A., followed with an M.F.A. from the Tyler School of Art, Temple University. While at Tyler, she spent a year studying in Rome, Italy. Monika is an Assistant Professor of Art at the University of the Pacific.

At the age of 10, Monika and her parents immigrated from Poland to the United States. Her work examines her desire for the Poland that no longer exists except in her memory. Monika states that, “These images are printed in many layers on top of one another. Images repeat, change direction, and dominance. All of these actions mimic the actions of memory.”

SCULPTURE: Studio Samba is a collaborative art workshop located in Lodi, California, that provides a studio opportunity for artists who feel they augment each other. Samuel Bassett and Pepe Pool have worked in synchronization for five years on numerous modular sculptural projects. Recent works involve triangles in numbers of possible relationships. The structural stability of the shape permits climbing to heights not easily reached with circles and rectangles. That same stability allows an airiness that suggests an ephemeral structure.

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