Color and creativity provide a strong connection between artist and viewer. And that’s certainly true for the new exhibit at the Cambria Center for the Arts.
On Friday, July 29, the show by Jeanette Goulart — titled “Connections” — opens with an artist’s reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The reception includes live music, refreshments and a wine bar. The show, which also includes the work of other area artists, runs through Aug. 28. Admission is free.
Goulart’s work is all acrylic, with many pieces also involving mixed media. She describes her paintings as showing an intuitive expression, sense of composition, choice, combination and distribution of color, along with dimension and depth.
“Magnetic and attracting are qualities that come together, creating what I call ‘emotive access’ for the viewer,” she said. “I believe that results in a connection to the artwork.”
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She remembers wanting to be an artist from the time she was age 7 or 8.
“I needed to express myself. It wasn’t until years later when I realized through much soul searching that art was healing to me. My paintings are my children, and I feel like I have given birth to each and every one of them.
“I have a deep need to be seen, and in my art I see myself,” Goulart said. “I feel connected to a higher power through my art, and that connection feels like love. Art has become for me my greatest gift and my deepest joy.”
The Cambria Center for the Arts is at 1350 Main St., between the East and West Villages in the historic Cambria Union Grammar School. Gallery hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Details: 805-927-8190 and cambriacenterfor thearts.org.