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Olaf Palm: His Time, His Place Exhibit Opens Feb. 14

Ukiah, CA – Gallery presents:Olaf Palm: His Time, His Place An exhibit of paintings, Feb 14-Mar 16, 2008

Mendocino College will honor this important Northern California artist with an exhibit of paintings, many of them previously unexhibited. The show is made possible by the generosity of many collectors who are loaning Palm paintings.

Since his death in 2000 at the age of 65, there has been a resurgence of interest in Palm’s work and life aided by the publication of a biography: Olaf Palm, A Life in Art by Irene D. Thomas PhD.

The late Olaf Palm’s biographer calls Palm a “kind of California Old Master,” who went in his own painterly direction at a time when the art world was preoccupied with Abstract Expression. Central to his goals was the study of “the old ones” as he called the Dutch and Flemish masters. The results of marrying classical styles to the subject matter of his own time and place made for enormously satisfying works and a devoted following.

A resident of the Mendocino coast, Olaf Palm’s natural subject was Northern California’s post-Berkeley, back-to-the-land movement and those who shared it with him: people at work, at play, in quiet conversations or contemplative states, ordinary people doing ordinary things, often with their tools or instruments. Palm continues to be well-loved for his painterly styles and remembered for the larger-than-life figure he was.

Palm’s subjects also ranged from political protest, to still life’s, to portraiture, highly inventive character genres, and travel subjects. In all of these, his eventual mastery of chiaroscuro stands out as remarkable among his peers. Having come of age in the Santa Clara valley, evolving artistically along the Santa Cruz coast and during his European travels, he finally made his home for more than thirty years along the Mendocino Coast, where he lived the life of the quintessential Northern California artist-- living his art, painting his life. This exhibit will highlight those paintings that specifically pay homage to our Northern California landscape and the people (some would say “characters”) Palm lived among and loved. As a Mendocino resident, as a musician and raconteur, and as an avid supporter of other artists, Palm touched the lives of almost everyone in his community.

The exhibit, under the direction of Gallery Director and Art faculty member Paula Gray, opens Thursday February 14 from 4-6 pm and runs through March 16.

An opening reception for the public will be held Thursday, February 14 from 4 - 6 pm. The Art Gallery is located on the Mendocino College Ukiah Campus, Center for the Visual and Performing Arts building 5000, 1000 Hensley Creek Road, Ukiah.

For more information, please contact the Mendocino College Art Gallery at: 707-468-3207. Art Gallery Hours are Tuesday-Thursday, 12:30-3:30 PM and by appointment.

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