Nicole Schmoelzer's painting, "Staining," 2010, on view in Seeing Light at the Montalvo Arts Center's Project Space Gallery

Nicole Schmoelzer's painting, "Staining," 2010, on view in Seeing Light at the Montalvo Arts Center's Project Space Gallery

SEEING LIGHT: A collection of new works by Nicole Schmoelzer. Opening Reception at Montalvo Arts Center: Friday, April 9, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. This event is Free.

Painter and Lucas Artists Residency Fellow Nicole Schmoelzer presents a collection of new works in the Project Space Gallery at Montalvo Arts Center, in a solo exhibition entitled Seeing Light. Schmoelzer, a native of Switzerland, has always been interested in light and the ideas of luminosity, brightness, and transparency. This focus is central to understanding Schmoelzer’s body of work, which comprises compositions of brightly colored abstractions that derive from layers of paint upon a single surface.

Since arriving at the Lucas Artist Residency Program in mid-January, Schmoelzer has been creating a series of works on canvas and paper that reflect shifts in the California light that have captured her throughout her residency. Montalvo’s environment has led to new experimentations in her work as Schmoelzer has not only paired colors in new ways, but also investigated the contrast between light and dark, allowing more grey and black to inhabit her compositions. These new works still feature her vibrant colors and signature style of complex paintings that result from layers of ink, oil, and watercolor on one surface. Schmoelzer, who describes her staining process as a balance between experience and “coincidence,” will offer a talk-back during the opening reception on April 9.

For more information and directions go to: http://www.montalvoarts.org/exhibitions/seeing_light/

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