Carla Paganelli, DVC adjunct art instructor, is currently showing her work in Walnut Creek. The exhibit opened Friday, Oct. 22, and runs through December at the Edward Jones office of Larry Kolka, 1801 N. California Blvd, Suite 107, in Walnut Creek.
“Survey,” the title of the exhibit, represents “a broad range of media and method used as my language for 30 years,” Paganelli said. “The 28 works selected from my own collection are representative of 30 years of professional work, and include monoprints, lithographs, mixed media works on paper, and sculpture.
“What has felt, and remains essential, is responding to energy I sense in the landscape, static objects, or in the particular dynamism of the human form-- a compulsion to address notions of human-ness, human experience and curiosity as to how meaning could be or is embodied in forms,” she continued. “The figure or person-ness as direct or implied subject, muse and sign, has been the more constant guide to my creative response, the power of its absence bringing opportunities for more complex meaning.”
Paganelli, who has taught art at Diablo Valley College for 13 years, attended DVC as a young student after graduating from a local high school.
“The art department at DVC played a huge part in my decision to pursue visual art as a career and in continuing my education (BA, MFA),” she said. “I never imagined then that I would return to DVC as an instructor—something that has brought me great fulfillment and inspiration.”
As to her exhibit, she said, “This is a very rare opportunity for an artist—to introduce a group of favorite works afresh to a new audience, as well as in a new context to others more familiar with my oeuvre.”