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Herold Mahoney Library,
Mahoney Gallery Coordinator
Monday – Thursday
8 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Summer hours vary.
On the Petaluma Campus, the Mahoney Library Gallery promotes student learning through fine art and course related exhibits, lectures and programming. The Gallery shows work by local and national artists, Santa Rosa Junior College students and faculty, and local community organizations. In addition, both virtual and physical library collections are highlighted tying in the cultural, political and social identity of the Petaluma community and larger Santa Rosa Junior College system.
Gallery exhibits are planned one year in advance. If you are interested in presenting an idea for consideration, please contact the Gallery Coordinator.
Investigation of Pen & Ink
Obie Bowman and Ross Grossman
Pen and Ink washes on paper of landscapes, architectural structures and portraits.
January 21, 2014 - March 13, 2014
Mahoney Library Gallery
SRJC Petaluma Campus
As part of the artistic enrichment of the Petaluma community, the Mahoney Library Gallery is proud to present work by two local artists working in pen and ink.
Artist Obie Bowman, heavily influenced by his professional work as an architect, evokes a sense of space as well as form in the pen and ink washes. The compositions are often suggestive and intriguing rather than literal and appeal to the viewer’s sense of traditional beauty. The drawings begin with a thumbnail sketch which is enlarged and loosely transferred to the final drawing surface. The finished biomorphic drawings include elements of old vernacular structures and hold a sense of order versus chaos.
Artist Ross Grossman, formerly a Philosophy professor for over 30 years, creates work each day in notebooks. Once the drawings are finished, the artist does not look back. Ross works primarily from photographs and has over 100 notebooks of portraits and drawings from a daily practice spanning 40 years. Ross uses mixed media including colored pencil as well as ink.
Both preliminary drawings and finished works of each artist are currently on display.
Gallery Information and Hours
Mahoney Library Gallery
680 Sonoma Mountain Parkway
Monday-Thursday: 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
This exhibit is free and open to the public. A $4.00 parking permit is required in campus lots.
August 22 – October 11
Dia De Los Muertos Altar
October 28 – December 11
Investigations of Pen & Ink
January 21 – March 13
CHILDREN’S ARTWORK: A look at the Developmental Stages
March 24 – July 15
Dia De Los Muertos
As part of a college wide celebration of Cuban culture, the Mahoney Library Gallery presented work by three artists who have travelled and lived in Cuba.
Photographer Cris Gondak has explored lands and peoples over six continents and studied with masters Galen Rowell and Freeman Pattersen. The photos she showed are from a visit to Cuba in 2010.
Nelson E. Enríquez multimedia work explores themes of travel, frontiers, consumerism and material scarcity on and off the island of Cuba. He has exhibited widely in Cuba in both personal and collective exhibitions, and internationally in Germany and the US. He has received international awards from “Europa Abierta” and the Cuban National Festival of Ephemeral Sculpture.
Lisette Poole is a Cuban American photojournalist. She has collaborated with artist Nelson Enriquez and exhibits in the San Francisco Bay Area as well as Cuba.
Gilman Scholarship Recipient
SRJC student and Sonoma County native Elizabeth Gronberg started her college career as a Journalism major but swiftly changed to Art after her first drawing class. Together with her husband Trenton, they applied to the Florence Semester Abroad program and began searching for scholarships. In Elizabeth’s own words, “That’s when we found the Gilman Scholarship program. I applied and was awarded the scholarship. January 28th 2012 we jumped on a plane and started our 90 day adventure in Italy.” The Gilman Scholarship includes a requirement that students display the work they completed during their semester abroad. Mahoney Library featured Elizabeth’s paintings and drawings of Florence—an inspiration for all who aspire to this great program.