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January 28, 2009 > Flora Realms, Fauna Faces Exhibit

Flora Realms, Fauna Faces Exhibit

The Fremont Art Association will introduce Pamela Bevans and Christine Wilson, the association's first Showcase Artists of the New Year. Their work in watercolors will be exhibited at the Fremont Art Associations' Gallery from Friday, February 6 through February 23. A reception for this dynamic duo and other first quarter exhibiting artists will be held on Sunday, February 8 from 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Pamela Bevans was born in Burlingame and grew up in the Bay Area. She has always loved all forms of art. She was fortunate to be introduced by her parents to many of San Francisco's museums and collections at an early age. Later as a graphic designer and calligrapher, Bevans was drawn to the subtle mysteries of color and the power of strong composition.

Bevans discovered watercolor five years ago, and found that the challenge of capturing the different qualities of light has become the defining factor in the evolution of her style. She especially enjoys working with landscape and garden scenes. Her inspiration is to see for herself and connect the viewer with the essence that celebrates the beauty of nature. At times when this happens in different paintings, in different ways, it means success to her. Bevans is beginning to see that this is why art has always been such a joyful pursuit for her. And now as her painting continues to develop, she values even more the process of finding herself, as she become happily lost in her work.

Manchester is the major urban center of Northwest England. Christine Wilson was fortunate to have been born in the outskirts of that city where as a young person she enjoyed not only the centuries-old English rural landscape but also easy opportunities to visit the city and view its wonderful galleries. Wilson's grandmother was a serious and talented acrylic painter and now in retrospect, Wilson sees her as my major artistic influence. Her grandmother gave Wilson her start in drawing and painting at an early age. Wilson loved visiting her home studio as a child, watching as she mixed colors and painted cheerfully. As a girl Wilson was fascinated by animals and loved to sketch and paint them.

Eleven years ago Wilson moved from England to California. She became busy with her young son and making a home for her family. Wilson's painting was temporarily forgotten. Her artistic energy was rekindled six years ago after caring for and losing a dear friend to cancer. Somehow during this difficult time, her desire to paint returned with new positive energy. Wilson felt that the subjects of her brush and canvas have taken on a new delight and strength paid for by stern measures of life's experience. At this stage of my art Wilson realizes that when she painting, and painting well, her mind is free and the paintings have stories of their own to tell.

Bevans and Wilson are both former students of the inspiring Donna Sanson, and met for the first time at her Wednesday night painting class. They enjoyed learning together, motivating each other, and sharing studio time. This current show builds on the success of two previous Open Studios they have participated in through the Fremont Art Association. Their prevailing intention is to interpret the world around them in a representative style while moving closer to mastery of the watercolor medium, both seemingly unattainable goals at times. Bevans and Wilson are pleased to present this show and sincerely hope that it will enrich, enliven, and warm these chilly months of winter.

Please join with your community in celebrating these artists. Hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served. For more information please visit

Flora Realms, Fauna Faces Exhibit

Artist Reception
Sunday, February 8
1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Friday, February 6 through February 23
Wednesday through Sunday
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fremont Art Association Gallery
37659 Niles Blvd., Fremont
(510) 792-0905

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