Static 1 by Barbara Maricle

Static 1 by Barbara Maricle

A new exhibit focusing on how the earth has inspired three California artists opened at the Bankhead Theater Gallery this week and will run through the end of April.

The exhibit, “eARTh,” features the work of Danielle Eubank, Tobias Tovera, and Barbara Maricle. A separate exhibit in the Bankhead’s Founder’s Room¸ sponsored by GeoJango Maps, will feature maps and infographics on climate change.

Eubank’s art is the fulfillment of a 20-year quest to capture the world’s oceans. A Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant winner and a member of The Explorer’s Club, Eubank’s relationship with the oceans began as a young girl growing up near Bodega Bay, California. As a young artist, she focused on painting large bodies of water under a variety of conditions. Using oil on linen, she now renders the ephemeral quality of water in her own distinct style.

Tovera’s paintings evoke mother earth, the cosmos, and a world of dreams. A sculptor by training, he avoids brushes and traditional paints. Instead, he mixes earth-based pigments with mineral salts, the chemical interactions creating colors through oxidation. A single painting may take six months, becoming a topography of the passage of time.

Inspired by aerial photography, cartography, landscape and movement, Maricle’s work explores her interest in how people perceive and navigate space. Through sequencing of individual monotype prints, her nature-based themes reflect the relationships of color, light and texture.

The maps in the GeoJango exhibit were created by a professional cartographer and reflect the melting polar ice caps and the increasing prevalence of wildfires, hurricanes and droughts.

“eARTh” will be on display through April 27, with two special events:

An opening reception from 1-3 p.m., on Saturday, March 21, will provide an opportunity to meet the artists. At the reception, Eubank will give a Gallery Talk on water conservation and her “One Artist, Five Oceans” program.

A closing reception, from 1:30-3:30 p.m., on Saturday, April 25, will be held in conjunction with Art & Wine Intertwined. Tovera will speak on his artistic process. “EarthRise,” a one-day pop-up exhibit on the Bankhead Plaza will feature art highlighting the need to address climate change.

“eARTh” is free and open to the public from noon to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, and for ticketed patrons during performances.