Riverside Studio’s First Friday Art Show Everyday is a Journey
- 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
- May 06, 2016
- Riverside Studios
Riverside Studio’s art show Everyday is a Journey honors art in nature with paintings and sculpture inspired by Trails & Vistas, the annual interactive art hike that features ephemeral art installation and performance along a nature trail. Join us at Riverside Studio’s First Friday Gallery Reception 5 – 8 pm on May 6 to meet artists Angelique Benicio, Brooke Bishop, Cathee van Rossem St. Clair, and Nancy Tieken Lopez.
Collaborate with nature
Nancy Tieken Lopez, Artist and Founder of Trails & Vistas, collaborates each year with over thirty artists creating site-specific art works celebrating the environment with the goal of reestablishing a sense of community and inspiring a personal connection with nature.
Each of her paintings at Riverside Studios contains part of earth from a specific place, a discovered stone, stick, or element of nature that inspired her work. “My art is about connection – to a place, to the earth, to people’s lives and to our creativity. I draw my inspiration from the landscape and incorporate natural materials into the canvas.”
Look outside to find inner truth
Visual artist Brooke Bishop says “I wanted a way to integrate the evident power and peace of the natural world into my soul, and then into my art. Taking my first Trails & Vistas tours, many years ago now, very much sparked that connection.”
Nature inspires her to hone a love of color, texture, pattern and form in her magical paintings. Bishop strives to reach inside for her truth and portray it, whatever form that may take.
Integrate the body
Angelique Benicio, Visual and performance artist, says that as a participating artist in Trails & Vistas, she “became addicted to the whole idea of creating ephemeral installation in nature. The process has made me more physically connected to my artwork and the world around me.”
When creating her art in nature, half the adventure is being flexible and working with the elements. “The most successful experiences have happened when my work adapted itself to the environment and not the other way around. Nature humbles me.” Taking risk and trusting the artistic cycle of creating, giving and receiving are integral to her process.
When Cathee van Rossem St. Clair, Visual Artist and Storyteller, first met Nancy Tieken Lopez, she quickly recognized they both shared a passion for the process of discovery through collaboration.
“Nature supports each work I create,” says St. Clair. “Through the Trails & Vistas School Field Trips, Nancy has given me the opportunity to do what I love most: to interact with children through storytelling.” She hikes for inspiration, taking her time to observe carefully. “I can learn everything I need to know about creativity from a twisted tree or a lichen-covered boulder or a U- shaped riverbed.”
St. Clair’s art involves many mediums as her canvas. She finds reward in her work with children and adults, especially through The Egg Painting Compassion Project. As she says, “It takes courage to turn an idea into a work of art. It takes, in humility and sincerity, the ability to access the genius we all have.”
What we all have to share is our inspiration from this beautiful place, Tahoe. Riverside Studios art show Everyday is a Journey shares this process and possibly a bridge to your own genius. Invite your friends for this event of art, refreshments, and music on May 6th from 5:00 to 8:00 pm to meet the artists. Local third grade student’s art cards from the Trails & Vistas Dreaming Tree field trip will also be celebrated. Learn more at riversideartstudios.com or at www.trailsandvistas.org.