By ELIZABETH PETERSON
The works of three Tucson artists who reveal the natural beauty of the Hawaiian Islands will soon be on display in “East/Pacific/West: Confluence” at Pima Community College’s Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery.
The exhibit features a range of media celebrating the talents of Claire Campbell Park, Nancy Tokar Miller and Mary Babcock.
The artwork will be on display from Jan. 30 through March 9 at the Bernal Gallery in PCC’s Center for the Arts on West Campus.
Park has taught color and fiber classes in the visual arts department at PCC for 33 years. The gallery collaboration stems from sabbatical research she conducted in Hawaii in 2010.
She says her pieces are inspired by her interest in eastern and western spiritual customs, and illustrate her reaction to the natural elements she encountered while in Hawaii.
“As an artist of faith, my experience is imbued with my understanding of the holy, which is founded in Christian Catholicism and informed by a deep appreciation of Zen aesthetics,” Park said.
Miller, an abstract landscape painter, focuses on water themes in her exhibit pieces. She said inspiration came from two recent helicopter rides over the northern part of the Hawaiian island Molokai.
“I have lots of sketches of the desert,” Miller said, “but I’m drawn to water.”
Babcock, who received her MFA from the University of Arizona, now heads the fiber department at the University of Hawaii. She described her woven pieces as a means of meditation inspired by eastern philosophy and Buddhist thought and practice.
Park will host a book signing Feb. 9 in the gallery from 1:30-4 p.m. Her book, “Creating with Reverence: Art, Diversity, Culture and Soul,” emphasizes the significance of diversity within art and the need to broaden perspectives.
Other special events on Feb. 9 include a gallery talk from 1:30-2:30 p.m. and a gallery reception from 5-7 p.m. A lecture will take place in the CFA Recital Hall at 7 p.m.
For more information about the exhibit, call 206-6942 or visit pima.edu/cfa.
When: Jan. 30 through March 9
Where: Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery, West Campus CFA
Details: 206-6942 or pima.edu/cfa
Special events Feb. 9:
Gallery talk: 1:30-2:30 p.m., Gallery
Reception: 5-7 p.m., Gallery
Lecture: 7 p.m., Recital Hall