Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Member News-Bay Hallowell

Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara
Bay Hallowell “Chakra Chimes: Recent Monoprints” March 2 to April 13, 2012
Opening Reception Friday, March 2, 5-7 pm
1st Thursday Reception, April 5, 5-8 pm
The Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara is pleased to announce a new exhibition by Bay Hallowell, entitled “Chakra Chimes.” The public is invited to attend a festive opening reception with the artist on Friday, March 2nd from 5-7 pm. A 1st Thursday reception will be held on April 5th from 5-8 pm, in collaboration with the Santa Barbara Downtown Organization.
Bay Hallowell will present a series of twenty colorful monoprints inspired by the chakras. Each monoprint is a unique, layered composition of vibrant colors and shapes. According to medieval texts from India, the chakras are seven energy centers located at various points on the spine, each associated with a particular color and sound. As visual equivalents of their invisible, shifting energies, some monoprints focus on one or two chakras, while others combine as many as six or seven. As a longtime student of yoga, meditating and musing on the chakras was a starting point for Hallowell’s explorations of shape, color, symmetry and asymmetry. These beautiful monoprints are built up over time, using oil-based inks and hand-cut plastic shapes on Plexiglas plates, and are printed on Rives BFK paper.
For thirty-two years, Hallowell created, taught, and supervised gallery, studio, and outreach programs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and The Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, PA. She has also taught in colleges and universities, written publications for museums and schools, and worked as an art museum consultant. As a student of painting and art criticism at Bennington College in Vermont, Hallowell studied with Jules Olitski, Lawrence Alloway, and Clement Greenberg. More recently, Siu Zimmerman introduced the artist to monoprint techniques at Santa Barbara City College’s Adult Education Program.
The Architectural Foundation is located in the historic Acheson House at the corner of Garden and East Victoria Streets, with the gallery entrance on Garden Street. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 9 am to 2 pm, and by appointment. The Garden Street entrance is accessible by ramp.
Additional images are available upon request.
Press Contact: Nancy Clare Caponi
Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara
229 East Victoria Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101