BUTTE COLLEGE COYOTE ART GALLERY
FEATURES SACRAMENTO ARTIST RECEPTION, EXHIBIT
The Coyote Art Gallery at Butte College presents the paintings of Sacramento artist John Stuart Berger until December 11.
Berger received his art degree from California State University, Sacramento and has exhibited his work widely both regionally and nationally. His paintings are part of the collection of the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento.
John Stuart Berger's work has been described as "the far side crossed with David Lynch". His colorful, outlandish paintings can be best portrayed in the artist's own words: " Things that crawl, bite, squirm, slither and cause serious harm; those are the things I dream about. Snakes, lizards, carnivorous mammals, birds, and insects with large mandibles are the most amazing organisms in my surreal world. As a child I was lifting rocks, digging through the mud - indulging in the fascinating world of nature, meticulously studying any and all small cantankerous animals I could turn up. With age I continued my obsession by studying the very creatures I had become so familiar with. My passion for these animals progressed into art - visions began to ooze out of the deep, dark recesses of my brain and that's how my characters began to take form. Deconstructed from their original appearance, these organisms morph and take on a new identity full of color and emotion. The physiology that used to separate these creatures becomes less distinct. Soon it will become difficult to discern which animal originally flew, swam or crawled, but one thing is certain - all will most likely continue to bite, I hope!"
The Coyote Art Gallery is located on the Butte College campus, 3536 Butte Campus Drive, in swing space F closest to parking lot 3. Regular Coyote Gallery hours are Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or by appointment. For further information, call 895-2877 or 895-2417.