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MPC Art Gallery Presents "Observable Hearsay"

Post Date:01/22/2018 11:00 AM

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"Observable Hearsay"

Janet Fine and Ron Baldwin

3D Mixed Media


Please join us for an imaginative and interactive exhibit of three dimensional works by two Santa Cruz artists, Janet Fine and Ron Baldwin.

Admission to exhibit is free, all are welcome!


Fine_silent-fire-webCombining photography, wood sculpture, moving parts, and lights, the works are intimate in scale. Nevertheless, they are potent and compelling, as many of them involve viewers in a directly physical way. Both artists are original thinkers and superb craftspeople, whose ideas and aesthetics are compatible in the best possible ways.

Janet Fine tells us, “I interact with life by taking piles of images daily and eventually using some of them in layers, as negatives, as gestures and sketches. I need spontaneity in the creative practice so there is a series of actions and reactions. The media takes me down a path filled with surprise, discovery, and pure right-brain joy…on a good day.

The interactive art provides the possibility of extending to the viewer the crux of what makes the creative process exciting to me — the ability to discover, react, and transform.  I am interested in open innuendo…a place for folks to enter, hang out, and have their own feelings, memories, and opinions.”

Ron Baldwin, who calls himself a “restorationist and flim-flam man,” enlivens his work with a narrative statement.

Prof. Oscar Netsil Speaks Well of Ron Baldwin

Upon retiring, Ron Baldwin needed something to keep him busy. He spent his college days working in ceramics and printmaking, getting his BA and Masters. Baldwin heard of a collection of scientific antiquities that he became interested in. The Netsil Collection was found in the basement of Teller Hall at UC Davis. The fifty pieces were in poor condition. Ron took it upon himself to restore these pieces and bring them new life. He’s not yet done with all fifty pieces, but what you will see today is a selection of his amelioration... Dr. Netsil is pleased with the anabasis and supports Ron in the advancement of scientific research accumulation, and humbly allows the viewer to sojourn into his pointless élan vital, and to share with you a look into the modernization of these basement science repositories.


Exhibit Dates: January 22 - February 20, 2018

Location: 
MPC Art Gallery, 980 Fremont St., Monterey, CA

Hours: Monday - Thursday 11:00am - 4:00pm
(or by appointment; call 646-3060)

2 Receptions:

  • Thursday, February 1, 12:30 – 2:00 PM (ARTISTS’ TALK 1:00 PM)
  • Saturday, February 10, 3:00-5:00 PM

*MPC parking fee: $3 on weekdays