Redwood Curtain welcomes the watercolor art of Cheryl Peterson Rau to the theatre gallery for the months of April and May. Inspired by the way the impressionists captured light and color, Cheryl turns primarily to watercolors as she embraces the impressionistic mindset. “I love watercolor; oil and acrylic are more forgiving, but neither provides the same luminosity and transparency. Also the brush work is very different – watercolor gives a much longer and more fluid brush stroke which I prefer.” Cheryl’s work includes landscapes and still life pieces, and although watercolors dominate, some of the pieces are mixed media “in order to get the painting right” she explains.
Most of Cheryl’s landscape pieces start outside in “plein air.” She also takes photos while out painting, as insurance. This allows her to finish a painting later in the studio if necessary. “The infamous Humboldt climate can prevent me from connecting from the same light and weather conditions.” Painting in plein air also requires an artist to carry different equipment from what might be used in the studio. Paint, water, an easel and paper must all be moved to the site. “I had a portable easel, a light board to hold my paper and a big bag for water and brushes” explains Cheryl. “But last May I had a stroke and I’ve found I’m not as good a pack animal as I was before.” Since then, she has found a cart with a large storage pocket, a seat the folds down, and most important, big wheels that will roll on the sand. “Now I am good to go!” exclaims Cheryl. “Lupin Rain” is a painting in this show that was painted outside utilizing the new cart.
An artist all her life, Cheryl has had the opportunity to pursue her art full time since retiring. Though she received her degree in art from Humboldt State University, she spent her working life pursuing the other half of her dual major degree – early childhood education. In her retired life, Cheryl is actively involved in promoting and serving the arts in the Humboldt County area, being a member of the Redwood Art Association, The Ink People and very involved with North Coast Open Studios.
Please join Redwood Curtain Theatre in welcoming Cheryl Peterson Rau to our gallery. The opening night reception for Rau’s art show happens April 2, 2016, and occurs in conjunction with Eureka’s April Arts Alive! festivities. Rau’s paintings will continue to be on display through the upcoming Redwood Curtain theatrical production of Mothers and Sons which opens April 21, 2016 and runs through May 14, 2016.
The Redwood Curtain theatre and gallery are located at 220 1st Street, Eureka. For additional information about the Arts Alive at Redwood Curtain, Rau’s watercolor paintings or the upcoming theatre production visit www.redwoodcurtain.com or call the theatre at 707-443-7688.