Featured Artist of the Month
Arts Alive! reception for the artists is July 5, 6pm- 9pm
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Naturally Humorous, Adrienne Werth: It’s Just My Nature
Adrienne Werth articulates the finest realism in watercolor with her newest exhibit It’s Just My Nature, at Sewell Gallery Fine Art, July 2-26, with a special reception for the artist on Saturday, July 5 from 6-9pm during Arts Alive!
Werth’s models are things she might find anywhere: a shell, a bone, a leaf, a piece of driftwood; and in those seemingly disparate things, there is a unity of some kind – in a line, a shape, or a color, that makes a kinship. “I show this to represent the possibility of unity in life, in the world, and the beauty of this possibility.” Werth states, “With my art, I hope to cause viewers to expand their way of seeing and thinking; to look beyond their first glance at a painting and discover surprises in humorous titles and unexpected content. My compositions are all about balance, rhythm and repetition while representing that unity. And even though I paint realistically, I don’t want the presentation to look typically natural.”
She chooses objects and compositions that avoid the expected and play up their disparities, perhaps to the point of absurdity, as in putting an eggplant in a bird nest. She uses humorous wordplay in her titles to further point it out and gives each painting a unique personality.
Except for taking a few art classes when she was a child, she is largely self-taught. She sold her first painting at the age of eight and during her school years, her work was shown many times at the Laguna Art Festival in Laguna Beach, CA. In her last year in high school, she worked at Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, CA as a pastel portrait artist. Later, she was a freelance graphic designer and then an interior designer in architectural firms in Atlanta, GA.
Since moving to Humboldt County in 1989, Werth continues to explore this theme of work in watercolor, which she calls Natural Order. While she is best known for her work in this genre, she also enjoys painting figures and portraits in oil. Another little known fact about Adrienne is that she is also the exhibition coordinator at Sewell Gallery. It is she who hangs all the exhibits and whose gifted expertise has made the gallery look fabulous for three years running.
Some of her awards include: Redwood Art Association’s Best of Show; 2nd place in the Humboldt Art Council’s 2001 Membership Show; and 2nd place at the Aqua Areas 2007 Exhibition in Santa Rosa, CA. Her paintings were included in the California Watercolor Association’s 31st Annual Exhibition, the California State Fair Artist Exhibition 2000, the 2001 Botanical Art Exhibition in Woodside, CA and the prestigious 74th Crocker-Kingsley Exhibition in Sacramento, CA. In 2004, she had a solo exhibition at the Dallas Museum of Natural History in Texas, and in 2011 Coast Central Credit Union of Humboldt County chose her work to be featured in their yearly calendar and corporate exhibit. Her work is included in many private collections throughout the United States.
Have a close encounter with the quirky natural delights of Adrienne Werth at Sewell Gallery Fine Art, located at 423 F Street in Eureka. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10- 6, Sunday 12- 5, closed Monday. For more information, please call the gallery at (707) 269- 0617 or visit our website www.SewellGallery.com.