Two Menlo Park artists featured in exhibit at Caldwell Gallery through Dec. 31

by Contributed Content on November 5, 2014

Still Lifes: Two Visions, oil paintings by Elyse Dunnahoo and acrylic paintings by Krishna Mitra, is the exhibit on display through December 31st at the Caldwell Gallery, which is located on the first floor of 400 County Center at the Hall of Justice in Redwood City.

Dunnahoo is a representational artist who specializes in creating still life compositions in oil. At her home studio in Menlo Park, she paints in the style of classical realism, having studied at Studio Escalier in France and independently at the Louvre, Paris.

“I am inspired by the calm serenity of north light as it softly blankets my my still life compositions,” she explains. “I desire to capture the deep reverence I have to my subjects. My works are designed to mimic a brief moment in time, the uniqueness of their forms at rest in stillness with quiet ease.”

Opening Act by Krishna MitraWhile Dunnahoo’s signature work includes soft, calm, north light with flowers, butterflies, or fruit resting quietly on tablecloths or in vases, Mitra’s still life paintings in acrylic are bold in bright colors, textures and scale. Like Dunnahoo, she also works out of her home studio in Menlo Park, and is inspired by her garden and Bay Area hikes.

Her close-ups of flowers are part of a series which began with her passion for growing flowers and her admiration of Georgia O’Keefe’s artwork. According to Mitra, “Over the past seven years, the flower series has taken on a life of itself. Some of my friends tell me that they have become more architectural in nature. When I paint them, I am looking to paint the essence of the flower using interesting shapes with fun colors. My goal is to paint 100 flowers, but I’m not sure what I will do when I get there.”

Concurrently with this show is an exhibit featuring oil and mixed-media paintings by Minal Jeswani, of Redwood City, and Jenny M.L. Wantuch, of Burlingame, located in the Community Gallery, which is on the lower level of the 400 building.  And in the adjacent 555 County Center building’s Rotunda Gallery is a colorful exhibit of mosaic sculpture, furniture and fountains by Xuan My Ho of Woodside.

All shows are sponsored by the San Mateo County Arts Commission and curated by Teresa Silvestri. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

Top: Peppermint (oil) by Elyse Dunnahoo; right: Opening Act by Krishna Mitra


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