A solo exhibit, Sea Change, by award-winning Livermore artist Linda Ryan will be featured in the Founder’s Room within the Bankhead Gallery from January 8 through March 2, A retrospective of her work from figurative to more recent seascapes, it is a visual catalog of Ryan’s journey through different media to capture light, movement, force and nature. A local arts advocate for almost two decades, Ryan was instrumental in starting ArtWalk Livermore and the Bothwell Arts Center before returning in recent years to a focus on her own art. She received an Alameda County Arts Commission Arts Leadership Award in 2014. Sea Change chronicles the development of Ryan’s unique pour painting process. Previously known for her abstract figuratives, in 2012 she was given a sample of Liquitex Pouring Medium which led to years of exploration and study. A 2017–2018 Mendocino Artist in Residence program helped her develop the unique layering process that now characterizes her signature works. “Motion and energy have been my artistic fascination since I first found voice in paint,” says Ryan. “Recent developments in pour painting, combined with a lifelong love of the sea, have melded into a passion for creating works about the ocean.” The new pouring medium allowed her to create a luminescence in her works that she had been trying for a decade to achieve using gels. Mastering the difficult-to-control pour medium has given Ryan the ability to translate what she sees as earth’s treasure, the Pacific Ocean with its tide pools, coastal rock formations and endless surf, into treasures of art. "Sea Change " will be on display from January 8 through March 2 and are free and
open to the public from 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm Monday through Friday and for ticketed patrons during performances. An opening reception on Saturday, January 16 from 1:00–3:00 pm will offer the opportunity to view the works and meet the artist.