Join us at the South Slough Reserve William Q. Wick Auditorium from 2-4 pm June 9 for the opening of Fission/Fusion, an exhibit reflecting the power of art to depict the cycle of death and rebirth in the environment. The show features the work of local artists Mike and Yvonne Ousley, and Sarita Southgate, who have generously agreed to donate 40% of the proceeds of all art sales to the Friends of South Slough Reserve, Inc! The Fission/Fusion show will run through the end of July.
Currently Sarita Southgate is exploring ideas relating to contemporary society in nonobjective, whimsical ways. With a background as an art lover and teacher she has been occupied and preoccupied with art throughout her life. She works in several different media, enjoying the visual diversity this brings to her images. She also works in the Coos Art Museum’s print shop creating colorful abstract monotypes.
Michael William Ousley was raised in Kansas City, Missouri, where his natural talents were encouraged with classes at the Kansas City Art Institute. After graduating high school he attended Arizona State University, but his studies were placed on hold while he served in the Navy. Michael said during his tour of duty he was fortunate to be stationed in Athens, Istanbul, Barcelona, Palma de Majorica, and Tunisia, where he was inspired by the works of the classical masters. Michael incorporates elements of expressionism, fauvism, and impressionism in his work. His creative process stems from these inspirations, breaking out of the established patterns to present art in a new light.
Yvonne Ramirez Ousley was born and raised in Arizona and learned her weaving techniques from the native peoples whom she lived among. Moving to Oregon increased her exposure to people of other cultures, especially people willing to share their ethnic art and craft. In her works, she reveals the balancing of two different cultures. Yvonne creates works of art that combine unusual materials and modern themes using traditional techniques.