Visual arts

Columbia College Hosts Mixed Media Painting Exhibit

All are invited to come and admire the works of Joy Willow, currently on display at Columbia College. The works are staged in the Manzanita building, Rotunda gallery in the campus administration building. Summer hours for the show are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday and the show runs until Thursday, August 11. The show is presented by Tuolumne County Arts.

Willow’s “abstract naturalist” style combines a love of organic line and texture with nature-inspired imagery. Working on canvas, panel and print paper, she aims to create a feeling of spontaneity and space while involving an inner landscape.

Its panels offer an accumulation of textures that suggest forms of earth and rock.

Several techniques are evident in canvas and panel work, such as underpainting (which provides a subtle background), mono printing, collage, found objects, glazing, and the use of sponges, brushes, rags, brayers and fingers. The canvas becomes a field of discovery in which totally unforeseen surprises are revealed.

Born and raised in Eastern Pennsylvania, Willow has been exploring the visual arts for over 30 years. She is also a trained musician and has been teaching voice and piano for over 40 years, maintaining an active studio in her home in Sonora. The calm language of the painting offers a wonderful balance and counterpoint to the verbal expression of song and poetry. Painting and poetry are really not much different for her, each voice whispering its invitation like woven lines of music. Her published poetry collections are available locally and on Amazon.

Her work has been exhibited in galleries and private collections across Northern California including Sonoma and Marin counties, San Francisco, Sacramento, Cambria, Lake Tahoe and the Motherlode area where her work has been exhibited in the former Ventana Gallery in Sonora and Murphy’s Handmade Gallery; currently his work can be seen at the Aloft Gallery in downtown Sonora.

To see his work online, visit his website: www.