Two Mountain Area artists -- photographer Gay Abarbanel, and watercolorist Ronna Adler -- will be showing their work at Fresno City Hall from April 30 to June 2, and both artists will be at the Fresno Art Hop, 5-8 p.m. at city hall.
Abarbanel was taught dark room techniques from a foot locker when she was nine years old, by her artist father, as they traveled from Guam to the United States. This started her on her journey as a photographer. As she grew she also studied with contemporary professionals such as George Lepp and DeWitt Jones.
During the intervening years she progressed from her "Brownie" camera and film, to more professional Cannon equipment and ultimately the world of digital photography.
"I love digital for the many conveniences it offers and the many things we can do with such ease," Abarbanel said. "Nature is full of magical abstracts, capturing that essential magic excites me and keeps me walking through the world, camera and pen in hand. I particularly enjoy abstracting the vision subtly, as by softening an image, or by capturing a small part of the whole, or by adding motion. I find the most fun in finding the actual abstract live in the world we live in, the world I see."
Gay said images flow in and around her and her camera in a "spirit dance" that she strives to share in her photography.
"The beauty and mystery of the unique and the mundane beckon to be expressed in unusual, creative and even abstract forms. I incorporate line, color, shape and imagination to create exciting images and share the magic," Abarbanel explained.
Ronna Adler, like many artists, has loved art since she was a small child. In her early twenties she won a scholarship from the Rex Brandt - Phil Dike School of Watercolor in Corona Del Mar. Her education also includes a B.A. in Art from Idaho State University, and a teaching credential in art from UC Santa Barbara.
Adler has also studied art from many artists and teachers including Jane Burnham, Jane Gyer, Jade Fon, Jerry Grimmer, and equestrian art with Joan McIntyre.
Her many awards include a Purchase award from 35th Annual Exhibition Idaho, a Judges Award from Yosemite Western Artists, a first and third prize from the "Celebrate Agriculture with the Arts Show," and a first award from the Sierra Artists Exhibition. she has also been a member and exhibited her work at Timberline Gallery for 13 years.
"'The art of painting creates an awareness that permeates beyond the paper or canvas," Asler said. "Space, objects and textures in the universe become vivid to the eye. It is the awareness of that beauty of 'what is' that I wish to communicate to the viewer."