MORAGA -- On opposite sides of the earth, Mount Diablo and Mount Fuji are remarkably similar icons of their respective locales, and soon to be linked in a parallel exhibition at Saint Mary's College.
The Hearst Art Gallery's new exhibition, Sacred Mountain: Images of Mt. Diablo and Mt. Fuji, on view from May 2 through July 3, presents a wide range of images and media, enabling visitors, through the eyes and talents of the artists past and present, to gain new insights and understanding of their impact.
Mount Fuji is a national treasure, one of the most recognized and enduring symbols of Japan. Locally, Mount Diablo dominates Contra Costa County and much of the Bay Area, a lodestone for the region and reassuring reference point and inspiration for many people. Uncounted artists have been drawn to both of these mountains, sometimes because of their sheer beauty, other times to inspire and energize historical, spiritual or environmental messages.
The two icons share many similarities. Both mountains can be seen from great distances. Both are loved, visited, carefully used, and protected. Artists has played a role in that preservation; making them sacred places. Julie Armistead, guest curator and Hearst Art Gallery Registrar/Collections Manager, has selected approximately 90 works that date from contemporary pieces of both Fuji and Diablo to works from more than 150 years ago. The exhibition includes paintings, prints, photographs, textiles, drawings, and decorative objects of the two enduring places. Each artist puts their own stamp on the mountains; some return over and over again to capture and reveal something new.
2 PM, Sunday, May 3
Lecture: Preserving and Protecting Diablo
Ron Brown, Executive Director, Save Mount Diablo
Soda Activity Center
Hearst Courtyard & Gallery
Free, donations accepted
Save Mount Diablo is a San Francisco Bay Area citizens' non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve Mount Diablo's peaks and surrounding foothills, through land acquisition and preservation strategies to: protect the mountain's natural beauty, integrity, and biological diversity; enhance our area's quality of life; and provide recreational opportunities consistent with protection of natural resources. Founded in 1971, Save Mount Diablo has been instrumental in increasing open space on and around the mountain from 6,788 acres to more than 89,000 acres.
Hike, Draw, Photograph Mt. Diablo!
Sunday, June 28, 10 am â€“ 2 p.m.
Learn about the decades-long efforts by Save Mount Diablo (SMD) and others to preserve Diablo with SMD board member and research librarian Sharon Walters. Draw from nature with advice from exhibition artist and noted landscape painter, Warren Dreher. Bring your own brown bag lunches and art supplies, or bring a digital camera to capture spectacular views from the top of the mountain. Information, including driving time and directions from the gates, car fees, parking, etc., will be available during the opening event, Sunday, May 2.
In the Keith Room
Keith and the Mountains of Light and Shadow
To complement Sacred Mountain, 15 of the more than 175 oil paintings in the Saint Mary's College Collection by late 19th century landscape master William Keith have been selected. Spectacular scenes of famous and familiar Western mountains, Yosemite, Shasta, McLaughlin, McKinley, Tamalpais, the Sierra Nevada, and the Coast Range, spanning four decades of Keith's life work, 1869 to 1909, are on view.
The Hearst Art Gallery is accredited by the American Association of Museums.
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