“Members of Art Center Ukiah loved our ‘Salon’ 2021 show, so we’re doing it again,” says Kate Gould, board member and show organizer. She continues with obvious enthusiasm: “In the great Parisian tradition of stimulating, provocative and inclusive autumn art exhibitions, the members of the board of directors encouraged local artists to submit their newest and most exciting work. to be enjoyed and discussed by all who see it.” Unlike most ACU shows, this one has no theme… it’s meant to be open to everyone.
Kate explains the ‘Salon’ tradition a bit more in depth… ‘The Salon d’Automne was founded in 1903 as a reaction against the conservative politics of the official Paris Salon. Its purpose was to serve as an outlet for young artists and to provide an opportunity to appeal to popular audiences. He distinguished himself by his multidisciplinary approach.
Art Center Ukiah continues in this tradition, showcasing artists working in an unusually wide variety of mediums, including encaustic, oil, watercolor, acrylic, wood, clay, and textiles.
Kate continues: “The original French Salon dictated the stylistic preferences of the time, which were extremely classic. However, the Salon ne refused of 1863 was created in response to the large number of artists rejected by the official jury of the Salon of the French Academy. The First Salon de Refus included painters well known today – Manet (Le Déjeuner sur l’Herbe) and James Whistler (La Fille Blanche). The Salon de Refus paved the way for Impressionism, which in 1874 was essentially the work of painters whose art was rejected by the more conservative Parisian establishment. We now recognize and revere a number of innovative painting styles that were exhibited in salons over the following decades: Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Expressionism, Cubism, Surrealism, Modernism… to name a few. »
“It is also remarkable that the women received an informal education at the Salon,” Kate points out. “It was there that they were able to mingle with the male artists and exchange opinions and ideas with those who appreciated the culture.” Women artists at the time were almost completely excluded from showing their work or actively participating in the art scene.
Kate promises, “The September ACU Show Wall is an assortment of works that will surprise, but may not always please everyone.” The point, she clarifies with a wink, “is that the show should spark interest, criticism, and lively conversation…just like it did in the days of the original Salon des Refusés.”
ACU’s September Salon d’Automne will feature the artwork of an amazing array of local artists, including Adon Valenziano, Margo Frank, Mariko Irie, Jan Hoyman, Richard Malarich, Lisa Orselli, Lisa Rosenstreich, Lynn Williams, Nancy Collins, Satoko Barash, Chris Bing and Jan Wax, Laura Corben, Nan Frenkel, Merie Holl, Michael Holl and Alberto Lozano Ruvalcaba, to name a few. Many other outstanding artists present their work in this exhibition.
Kate explains that her intention in reaching out to such a large community of artists is “to give artists who do not regularly exhibit their work in our gallery the opportunity to be seen”. She continues: “I am keen to encourage more people to participate in our exhibitions. It’s great that some attendees are supporting the gallery, but it’s the new work I most want to see on the wall. Kate’s last words on the subject were “Be prepared to be surprised!”
The first Friday opening celebration of the “Salon d’Automne” will take place on September 2 from 5-8 p.m. in the back ACU space of the Corner Gallery (201 S. State St., Ukiah). Live music will be provided by Michael Oberg.
On the first weekend of the show, there will be a free special event open to the public. Instead of a class, the Ukiah Art Center will host a conference on Saturday, September 3 from 2-3 p.m. Gary Martin, MA, director of the Willits Center for the Arts and renowned art historian, will take us on a journey through Impressionism and talk about how the style was offensive to the public but accepted in the salon titled Salon denied.
This is where Impressionism was seen by the public and was both accepted and ridiculed. This introduction to Impressionism and its history is a fascinating account of some of the most beloved paintings we know. Due to COVID concerns, the conference will be limited to 20 people. The registration form can be found at the reception of the Corner Gallery.