A Show Celebrating Elements of Light and Form Within Nature
San Diego CA— St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center (SMSC) will present Nature’s Light & Form at Sophie’s Kensington Gallery, located at 4168 Adams Avenue, San Diego, CA 92116. The show will feature paintings by San Diego artist, Adrian Stewart, as well as artwork from two of Sophie’s artists, Devon Jenson and Brant Simpson. The show is on display from March 1-30, 2019. A free public reception will be held at Sophie’s Kensington Gallery on Friday, March 1, 2019, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Adrian Stewart’s latest paintings capture the brilliance and subtlety of light in nature. His atmospheric, evocative studies in light and form draw inspiration from the bright sunlit beaches of Southern California to the sacred river Ganges in India flooded in the shimmering light of dusk. Often painted en plein air, on-site at the beach or seaside, Stewart seeks to make viewers feel as if they were there in his paintings, at the La Jolla seaside or the avenues of Southern Europe in the summer.
Stewart believes it is essential that art be experienced, stating “I want you to hear the waves and shouts of the beach-goers playing in the sand and to sense the freshly picked fruit from the tree when you look at the painting.” Stewart is an award-winning San Diego artist whose works have been exhibited in solo shows throughout San Diego County. This is his second show as the featured artist at Sophie’s Gallery.
Sophie’s artists, Devon Jenson and Brant Simpson, are also featured in the March show. Devon is an abstract expressionist painter whose complex images are heavy with color. A quiet man, he is known for his sense of humor and gentle demeanor. Brant Simpson has a fascination for all things electrical. He spends his time at the studio drawing fans, stereos, heaters, televisions, and other electrical equipment, with his recent experimentations with painting included in this show.
St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center serves more than 400 adults with developmental disabilities through nationally recognized, innovative programs. Its mission is to educate and empower individuals with developmental disabilities to realize their full potential. Developmental disabilities include autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and other cognitive disorders.
Sophie’s Gallery, the off-campus art program of St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center, features artwork of many talented individuals with developmental disabilities. Inside the gallery is a collection of artworks including jewelry, paintings, fused glass, mosaics, textiles, cards, and etc. The gallery, which is also a gift shop, allows SMSC students to showcase their work, earn a paycheck from sales of their artwork, while also raising funds for the art programs.