Presence: John Petrey & Michele de la Menardiere

Reception: Saturday August 17, 6-9pm

This August and September in our Napa gallery, we are so excited to showcase the work of San Francisco painter, Michele de la Menardiere and metal sculptor, John Petrey from Chatanooga, TN. Working in different media, Michele and John both investigate similar universal themes including: the passage of time, truth, and beauty.

As Michele de la Menardiere explains, she paints “to be present and to connect to something deeply essential and sublime.” Seeing her painting process as meditative exercise, she says each piece “becomes an authentic and passionate expression of the moment.”

In his “Dress Series” sculpture, John Petrey draws upon iconic design from the past to recreate life–size forms in metal. By making each sculpture so specific in its form and symbolic imagery, John gives each piece an identity, and a kind of narrative presence.


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