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Varnish Fine Art Artist Reception on Friday, April 3rd

Jennybird Alcantara: Treacherous Gardens
On Exhibit through May 9, 2009

Artist Reception: Friday April 3, 7-10pm
Varnish Fine Art is located at 77 Natoma Street

Jennybird Alcantara’s Treacherous Gardens solo exhibit of paintings explores the “garden of the mind” and its vast, beautiful landscape filled with inherent pitfalls. Duality, water themes, dreams and nightmares figure prominently in this series of detailed fantasies in oil and acrylic on panel. With a narrative at its core, Alcantara’s minutely detailed paintings are filled with objects possessing un-borrowed symbolism contained within each piece and throughout the series. The artist’s love of animals and their instincts is seen and felt in her use of folklore and metaphor. Dual natures addressing the veils between human-animal, internal-external, and life-death embody the characters central to each painting. “I like to explore the complex interconnectedness of opposites as seen through the prism of myth, fable and fantasy,” says Jennybird. “I use the symbolism of duality to explore the connection of life and death, as well as the relationship between the beauty and cruelness of nature, that of the natural world as well as human and animal nature.” Jennybird Alcantara has shown extensively in California, and mounted 4 previous solo exhibitions prior to Treacherous Gardens, her first solo exhibit at Varnish.

Also worth noting is the Yerba Buena Spring Gallery Walk on Saturday April 25, 1pm – 6pm. Varnish Fine Art and 111 Minna are participating galleries in the Walk. RSVP if you’d like to join neighbors for the walk.

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