Scrumptious Success

The first of three receptions in honor of Timberline Gallery’s “Celebration of Tasteful Art” show was held July 18, with nearly 80 art and food lovers enjoying the creative art, and tasty hors d’oeuvres provided by four area restaurants.

Diane Mello, executive director of the Madera County Arts Council, attended the reception and was impressed.

“Eastern Madera County artists never cease to amaze me with their innovative community partnerships and ability to weave their value into a relatable experience for all,” Mello said. “The ‘Celebration of Tasteful Art’ idea is a scrumptious success. Listening to the artists explain their process of working with chefs, restaurant sites, and food ingredients inspires and is a strong example of how this art community strives to maintain their energetic presence through unique collaborations. The Madera County Arts Council congratulates artists and restaurants alike with this delectable, inspirational, and successful artistic idea.”

The show is a a collaboration between 16 artists paired with 16 Eastern Madera County restaurants. The concept of the show was to have artists create pieces inspired by a specific restaurant in the Mountain Area.

A variety of artistic mediums are represented in the exhibit including fiber art, weaving, watercolor, pastel, oil, jewelry, sculpture, and photography.

Last Saturday’s reception included the artwork of Julie Mitchell (Oka), Wendy Denton (DiCicco’s), Anita Stoll (The Blue Heron), Lola Nelson (Iron Horse BBQ), Janet Morita (Time for Tea), Dick Nelson (Pete’s Place).

Owners and representatives of each restaurant were introduced to the gathering, and all thanked the art community for including them in the unique show.

Guitarist-singer Terry Robinson provided music as members of the community strolled through the gallery, mingling with the artists.

Vivian Helena and Jacqueline Kurtt were co-coordinators of the show.

Helena said the reception was a great opportunity for restaurant owners to meet artists.

“It was the first time some of the restaurant people had visited Timberline Gallery,” Helena said. “I think some of the restaurant people were surprised at the quality of the beautiful art they saw today. It was fun to see the restaurants through the artist’s eyes.”

Two more receptions

A second reception will be 2-4 p.m., this Saturday. Featured artists and restaurants will be Francis Ades (Taste of China), De Sheldon (Sweetwater Steakhouse), Raymond McGee (Pops Family Restaurant), Vivian Helena (Alice’s Cookhouse BBQ), and David Caris (El Cid Mexican Cuisine).

The third, and last, reception will be held 2-4 p.m., Saturday, Aug.1. Featured artists and restaurants will be Merylyn Whited (Supernaw’s Bar-B-Q), Zyg Zee (Cool Bean), Karen Tillison (South Gate Brewing Co.), Jacqueline Kurtt (Jade Gazebo), and Sandy Kowallis (Crab Cakes Restaurant).

Ceramic artist David Caris encourages the community to attend one of the next two receptions at the gallery.

“By attending the reception, you get a chance to meet the artists who created this wonderful selection of art pieces, and talk to them about their work,” Caris said.

Appetizers will be offered at each reception by that afternoon’s featured restaurants.

Details: Timberline Gallery, 40982 Highway 41, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily, (559) 683-3345.