Intimate Worlds: Landscapes, Portraits, and Operas

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Music Lesson Gouache © Christine Cariati
Philodendron with Vines Photograph © John Mickelson
Confetti Mixed Media © Joel Peirano
Intimate Worlds: Landscapes, Portraits, and Operas
Curated by: Randy Figures

934 Valencia Street at 20th Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
March 5th, 2011 - April 2nd, 2011
Opening: March 12th, 2011 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

(415) 826-2321
M-Sa 10-6, Sun 12-5
gouache, oil pastel, acrylic, wash photography mixed-media, landscape, figurative, traditional
Free and Open to the Public


Back to the Picture Gallery Presents:

Intimate Worlds:  Landscapes, Portraits, and Operas

Christine Cariati – John Mickelson – Joel Peirano

March 5 through April 2, 2011


Artist Reception:  Saturday, March 12

7:00 to 9:00 pm

Accompaniment by Kippy Marks

934 Valencia Street @ 20th Street, San Francisco, CA  94110

(415) 826-2321      


Back to the Picture welcomes artists Christine Cariati, John Mickelson, and Joel Peirano, reunited in Intimate Worlds:  Landscapes, Portraits, and Operas.  The trio of artists have exhibited at Peirano’s Atelier during San Francisco Open Studios, and though their media and styles are very different, found their works to be highly complimentary.  In gouache, watercolor, and photography, the artists invite the viewer to explore worlds of color, detail, expression, and the cycles of life.

Christine Cariati - Operas

I love opera, it is an engrossing, emotionally powerful, multi-layered art form that combines sets, costumes, acting, dance—and, of course, music and singing. The drama in opera often hinges on a moment of significant change in a character’s life—whether it is reconciliation, abandonment, enlightenment, despair, love or death.

I also sense these dramas unfold when I walk out into my garden—stepping into a deep, ongoing narrative as the birds, insects and flowers go about their dance. In the Imaginary Opera paintings, I combine the narratives of the human world with the natural world—which is often represented in my work by birds. Birds also embody the music in opera, and the resonant emotional power that music, the melding of human voices and the symphony of nature evoke in us. In these paintings I portray these brief moments of inspiration, exchange and transformation—and my hope is, that the viewer can hear the music.

John Mickelson - Landscapes

In these photographic studies I am drawn to the organic structure, pattern and beauty of botanical subjects. Challenging the confines of focus through lens manipulation, my desire is to transcend the existing landscape and create new altered imagery evoking a meditative sense of place.

Joel Peirano - Portraits

My work arises from the desire to capture emotion and expression: their mystery and power have always intrigued and fascinated me.  I search for the common sensitivity between my work and the viewer.

I use opaque and transparent acrylics, oil pastels, varnishes and washes in super-imposed layers, arranging them according to their affinities and resistances, letting the colors speak.

Join us in welcoming the artists to Back to the Picture Gallery.  The exhibition runs from March 5 through April 2, 2011, with an Artists’ Reception to be held on Saturday, March 12, from 7-9 pm.  The reception will be accompanied by violinist Kippy Marks.