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Arresting Color

At the Carmel Art Association, Norma Zeigle Bhaskar shows a collection of abstract paintings: “Arias in Color”. Bold colors in shapes that mostly seem to make no reference to reality stand in contrast to each other. With titles like “Monterey Peninsula” and “Coastal,” some of the pieces represent landscape. Other titles, like “Taurus” suggest more narrative  or conceptual subjects. The strongly varying depth of hue and enigmatic arrangements draw the eye and the complex compositions invite the viewer to spend time with Bhaskar’s show.  The exhibit is up through August 5. Find the Carmel Art Association online at carmel art dot org.

The Pioneer

French artist Jules Tavernier left Paris before Impressionism took root. From 1870 to his death at age 45 in 1889 he traveled in the western U.S., Canada and Hawaii painting landscapes and sending illustrations to Harpers’s Weekly. He hosted spectacular parties with the Bohemian Club in San Francisco and established a colony of artists on the Monterey Peninsula. He traveled to Hawaii and painted the volcanos erupting at night, a subject that drew enough of his fellow painters that they came to be known as the Volcano School. He died in Honolulu, leaving behind a collection that portrays Hawaii and California through the eyes of someone who was amazed at what he saw. Sacramento’s Crocker Museum assembled a show of 100 works spanning Tavernier’s career. Tavernier Artist and Traveler is now at the Monterey Museum of Art. Learn more by visiting montereyart.org.

Ocean Conveyance in the Center of 41st

Capitola recently unveiled a series of sculptures on permanent display in the median of 41st Avenue. From Gross Road to Brommer Street 15 new metal and glass sails, kayaks and surfboards tower over motorists. Truckee-based Troy Corliss created the 41st Ave. Streetscape Project, employing a technique pioneered by Big Sur artist Emile Norman called endomosaic. The technique involves suspending broken glass and other materials between clear panes of glass or plastic. Corliss has build public art installations in numerous cities, including San Jose, Reno and San Francisco. This is Capitola’s largest public art installation. It was funded by 2% fees paid by private developers.