Artists entering the August exhibition at Art Center Ukiah were asked to do a slightly unusual thing… look up. According to the organizers of the show, “Human beings have always looked to the sky for inspiration. And we have some amazing celestial events unfolding in August that should inspire just about everyone… including the Perseid meteor showers which provide the greatest annual shooting star show in our hemisphere. We also see a steady stream of stunning photos of our galaxy and far beyond, thanks to the extraordinary capabilities of the new James Webb Telescope and the Hubble Space Telescope.
“The immense infinity of space encourages and lets fly our hopes, our fantasies, our dreams and our reflections… without limits”, indicates the registration form for this show. Read on: “The shapes of light and clouds in the daytime sky stun us with their beauty, and the nocturnal spectacle of celestial bodies fills us with unbridled awe. We ask you… what drives you to magic when you look up?
This show, which will include art in a wide variety of media, is guaranteed to give viewers a big dose of that magic. The first Friday opening will be August 5 from 5-8 p.m. at The Corner Gallery at Ukiah, 201 S. State St. Live music will be provided by Steve Winkle.
In addition to the opening celebration, Art Center Ukiah will be offering a free class on August 27 from 1 to 4 p.m. that ties into the celestial theme of the show. Anderson Valley artist Saiorse Byrne will teach students how to make a corded headband, with planetary charms or other decorative items. Stringing material will be provided, but please bring your own hat.
All members of the community are welcome to participate, and this workshop is also suitable for children. Registration forms are located at the gallery, or you can call 707-462-1400 between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. to reserve a space.