Jan 3, 2019
By Mark Tharrington
The Cloverdale Arts Alliance Gallery offers its latest art exhibition, “Place,” from January 19 to March 22.
An Artists’ Reception will be held from 5:00 to7:30pm on Saturday, January 19.
Guest artists for this exhibit are sculptor Luann Udell and painter Timothy David Dixon. Resident artists include Laura Paine Carr, Jane Gardner, Pamela Heck, Terry Holleman, Paul Maurer and Hanya Popova Parker.
Ralph Broussard, digital collage, is the featured resident artist for “Place.”
The gallery is located at 204 North Cloverdale Blvd., Cloverdale.
For more information, visit www.cloverdaleartsalliance.org or call (707) 894-4410.
Born in San Francisco and raised in Petaluma, Dixon began drawing at 18 months, painting at age four, and at twelve began exploring plein air painting and portraiture. In 1967, at the age of 20, he leant his talents to the design of Rock & Roll posters.
Oil painting has been the primary focus of his creativity for the last thirty plus years. Now in his most productive period of creativity, Dixon produced sixty paintings in 2017.
His awards are numerous, including a 'Best of Show' in 2017 at the Napa Town & Country Fair and a Second Place in the Marin Fair Plein Air competition that same year.
In addition to the CAA Gallery, Dixon is currently showing at: Hand Goods in Occidental, Woodenhead Wines tasting room near Forestville, Ca., Creekside Cafe in Boyes Springs, Ca., Les Pascals Pattiserie and Glen Ellen Mercantile in Glen Ellen, Ca., and by appointment at his studio.
"Painting is my passion and my purpose in Life." ~ T.D.Dixon
Artifacts from a lost culture whisper, “Remember us”…
I gaze at museum exhibits of ancient pottery, bone tools, textile fragments too worn and tattered to touch.
Carefully labeled and tenderly mounted in temples of glass, they seem to speak to us in whispers of a time long forgotten, artifacts of a people lost to us in antiquity.
I create fragments from such a lost culture, an imagined prehistory.
I dream of the cave of Lascaux…
Its beautiful paintings of running horses, aurochs, and deer, born by the flickering light of torches over 17,000 years ago.
Never meant to be seen by the light of day, they were brought to lightin our lifetime.
Then they were nearly destroyed by the breath of a thousand visitors.
The cave was closed again, and sealed.
Lost. Found. And lost again.
The horses now run in the darkness of their cave, forever.
We do not understand the mystery of these paintings, nor what they meant to those artists who created them. Their message was not meant for us.
But their power and beauty create profound echoes in our modern hearts.
Who knows what ancient, yearning dreams of hope made these haunting images?
Ten thousand years from now,
who will hold the makings of our hands?
And who will know the mysteries of our hearts?
I spent the first 27 years of my life on Bayou Lafourche in Southern Louisiana. Surrounded by swamp & marsh, the memories of my early years there have always been a driving force in my work. The uniqueness of the area with its festivals and parades such as Mardi Gras and Carnival Balls, has been flavored with a thriving Laissez les Bon Temps Roulet philosophy and way of life.
It is helpful to say that I am a symbolist.
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