The Sonoma Community Center presents a collaborative installation by papermaker Jane Ingram Allen and printmaker Jami Taback titled IN DEEP WATER, alongside the work of painter Paul Ford titled ENDANGERED.
Free VIRTUAL demonstrations of papermaking and printmaking were held on Saturday, January 22nd at 2:00pm PT / 5:00pm ET.
To watch the video of the Artist Demonstrations, click HERE.
Free VIRTUAL Opening Reception and Artist Talk by Jami and Jane: Saturday, January 15th at 2:00 PT / 5:00pm ET.
To watch the video of the Artist Talk, click HERE.
Free and open to the public; all ages welcome. Note: The Gallery will be available to the public on a walk-in basis during regular business hours Monday – Saturday. Currently, N95 or KN95 masks are required at all times inside the Sonoma Community Center, along with current vaccination card or proof of negative COVID test. No more than 4 persons in the Gallery at a time.
Several artworks will be for sale — a portion of the sale benefits art programming at the Center. Additionally, 15% of the proceeds from the sale of Paul Ford’s work will be donated to the Sonoma Ecology Center. The Gallery 212 exhibit will run through January 30th.
In Deep Water was supported, in part, by a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant.
The exhibition will take place in Gallery 212 at the Sonoma Community Center (276 East Napa Street, Sonoma CA 95476)
IN DEEP WATER Jane Ingram Allen and Jami Taback
In Deep Water – A Collaborative Art Project
Jane Ingram Allen and Jami Taback
“In Deep Water” is a collaborative art project focused on water and our current environmental crisis. Two Northern California artists, one a papermaker (Jane Ingram Allen) and one a printmaker (Jami Taback), have worked together since August 2021 to create this collaborative mixed-media installation art project focused on our current climate change crisis and water, the most essential requirement for life. In some parts of the world, like here in California, we now have almost no water, devastating drought and drying lakes and reservoirs as well as horrific wildfires burning millions of acres with smoke and ash affecting much of the West and elsewhere. While in other parts of the world such as on the East Coast, in the Pacific Northwest and New Orleans, there is catastrophic flooding with water covering homes, roads and farm lands, along with hurricanes, tornados, raging rivers and rising oceans around the world. This collaborative art project raises the alarm about these environmental issues and a world in crisis. At the same time, it projects hope for the future, using sustainable methods and materials along with seeds that have the potential to produce new life. The artwork shows the terrible beauty and dichotomy of water and fires as they both become out of control and raging, while parts of this work reflect how water at other times is calm and refreshing, and fire is warm and mesmerizing. Our current environmental crisis continues, and we are “in deep water”, but still the seasons change, seeds sprout and life flows on with water as a critical element.
The collaborative artwork produced for this project makes use of printmaking and hand papermaking to create a multi-part modular large-scale art installation to focus attention on these immense and pressing problems all over the world. The artwork is primarily in a color scheme referencing water with many shades of blue and accents of red-orange representing fire and black and gray referring to smoke and ash. The artwork makes use of each artists’ area of expertise and takes advantage of unexpected happenings in this artistic dialogue. It can be installed in a variety of ways to create site-specific installations in different exhibition spaces.
ENDANGERED Paul Ford
The works on exhibit reflect the responsibility I feel for our planet’s flora and fauna that is being threatened and endangered by nearly 200 years of industrialization. Countless species unable to adapt to rapid climate change and exploitation may well perish in the coming years. As an artist, I wish to be part of the solution and not turn my back on the beautiful planet we live on and the unique life it supports.
As an object maker, artist and teacher, I’ve chosen to try to understand and describe the “canary in the coal mine” that has become a multiplying flock of countless warnings. Fortunately ordinary people of all ages, scientists, great thinkers and – yes – even politicians from around the world are beginning to take steps to limit the impact of climate change. I will continue to make art about it as it reveals itself while also driving an electric car, recycling, buying less, planting more trees, and eating a more plant-based diet.