“Fields…Gatherings…Wanderings” An exhibit at Ojai City Hall Gallery featuring the work of Joanne Pavlak.
Joanne Pavlak, a resident of Ojai has an exhibit at the City Hall Gallery and the Ojai Valley Museum through May 25. The public is invited to an artist reception during Ojai’s Third Friday, April 20 from 5:30 – 7:00.
Pavlak’s work is finely detailed. Some might think it’s completely abstract, but as Pavlak explains, her work has a basis in the natural world:
As a child I was aware that the sky was big and wondered if it ever ended. In my reachable, touchable world I looked at details, collected ‘specimens’ and played with worms. As an adult, I worked in the Biological Sciences Department at USC and gained a basic understanding of nature’s complex systems, and through an electron microscope, saw the secret world of organisms and plants. I still look at details, collect specimens, star gaze and imagine beyond the visible. This is what fuels my art.
Pavlak received her BFA from the University of Washington. In Seattle her work was shown at Francine Seders Gallery in both solo and group shows. She was also an invited participant in groups shows at Soil Art Gallery (Seattle), Gage Academy of Art (Seattle), Kirkland Arts Center (Kirkland, WA), Skagit Valley College (Mt. Vernon, WA), and had a solo show at Pierce College Fine Arts Gallery (Lakewood, WA). In 2010 she was nominated for and awarded a month long artist residency by the Jentel Arts Foundation in Banner, Wyoming. Pavlak is currently a member of The Ojai Studio Artists.