The works of three local artists – photographer Ryan Alonzo, sculptor Jackie Baxton and painter Trowzers Akimbo – goes on display at Treetop Gallery in Mariposa with an opening reception Friday, July 6 from 4:30 to 6 p.m.
The gallery is at 5009 Highway 140 in Mariposa and the exhibition runs through Sept. 2.
The Mariposa Arts Council describes each artist:
▪ Alonzo has been working and living the Yosemite life for the past 14 years. It was the incredible beauty and grandeur of Yosemite National Park that first inspired him to pick up a camera. Through his lens Alonzo captures the beauty and majesty of Yosemite and the Sierra Nevada mountains. He is currently working on his third book about Yosemite, focusing on the High Sierra of the park for the Yosemite Conservancy (out 2019). His photography has been published in the U.S. (Rock & Ice, Climbing) and internationally. He spends his summers in Yosemite and winters traveling and exploring the world.
▪ Baxton’s work reflects mythos, not knowing one’s own past and the observations of the world that she lives in. Her work helps her navigate through dream states and a very small known ancestry past. Mythology is how people tell their peoples stories and she is creating her own mythos. Her inspiration comes from Native American stories and the American frontier in the iconic Western movies. Weaving together these dialogues she creates a new narrative that belongs to the natural world. She conveys these stories through taxidermy, wood burnings, casting and using found objects.
▪ Akimbo grew up in Venice Beach where he was inspired by the bohemian artists who surrounded his family and taught at his local high school. Immediately drawn to the visual arts, Trowzers enjoyed a long career as a graphic designer, illustrator and engineer before retiring to Mariposa and taking up painting and teaching full-time.