Exhibit remains through Sunday, May 28.
In the May 2017 exhibit at The Dolphin Gallery two friends and artists, Leslie Moody Cresswell and Anne Vernon, explore the duality of looking out from within as the source and essence of creativity, and the “magykal thynkyng” that sparks the act of creation. This show is an exploration of the idea that whatever happens on any level of reality (physical, emotional, or mental) also happens on every other level, “As above so below, as within, so without.” With their two unique perspectives, they present, share, exchange, mirror, and delve into artistic consciousness.
As a child, Anne Vernon was an artist, writer, and musician. She attended Mills College on scholarship for music and writing but finished with degrees in art and English, as well as a Masters from Syracuse University in illustration. Her parents always thought she would be a classical pianist… but Vernon was an artist and writer first, with a deep love of music.
Her career has remained in these core interests for decades, and expanded with study of the subconscious through clinical hypnotherapy training, allowing her to further her examination of artistic consciousness; both hers, her clients’, family, and friends’.
For The Art of Magykal Thynkyng, Vernon will be working with this “power of the mind,” portraying the subconscious as the seat of the soul, and the undelineated crossover of time, space, and multiple dimensions it projects.
Her works include immediate paintings and drawings in watercolor and pastel, and more elaborate ancient encaustic techniques going back to the Fayum Mummy paintings in ancient Byzantium. Her subject matter and resulting artworks are influenced by her fascination with the allegorical, the symbolic vocabulary, and the primal connection through meditation, dreaming, hypnosis, and the subconscious state.
Vernon hopes these works will create an interpersonal connection with the viewer and evoke a reflection on what each of us uniquely defines as reality and Magykal Thynkyng.
Originally an illustrative designer, Vernon became an illustrator and Creative Director of her own agency in the early 1990s. She and her shop have achieved regional, national, and international acknowledgement of their creative work in the New York Festival Awards, the Addys, the Summit Awards, The American Advertising Awards, the Sadie Awards, and the Fleet Awards, among others. She was also the first recipient of the “Women and Industry Award” through the Sonoma County Commission on the Status of Women.
In 2008, Vernon began her exploration of her personal art and has used it in conjunction with her illustration and her hypnotherapy studies to develop a unique interpretation of her view of consciousness through art… an outward expression of an inward process.
Although the human body and portraiture remains a central focus, she also communicates her message with allegorical symbology and abstract work. Living on the coast in a low stress, meditative environment provides the perfect setting for her to develop her work.
Anne will be joining the Discovery Gallery in September, 2017.
“Canvas, Paper, Sand, and Object, a show at Gualala Arts in 2014, featured both of this month’s artists.