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Betsy Kendall Free Staff Pick

When: Wednesdays, Thursdays, 12-6 p.m., Saturdays, 12-8 p.m. and Sundays, 12-5 p.m. Continues through Oct. 25 2019
Bay Area Figuration is an Abstract-Expressionism-influenced approach to traditional subject matter that remains massively popular in the Bay Area, year in and year out, evergreen. One of the best practitioners of this painterly style is Berkeley’s Betsy Kendall, who excels in both figure and landscape, although Native Reflections focuses on several dozen of her plein-air depictions of locales familiar to outdoorsy Bay Area viewers. “The need to honor my home environment surfaced,” she said. “I love the accidents and improvisations triggered by the need to seize the moment in paint.” The tension between subject matter and Kendall’s freehand transcriptions powers her incisively gestural yet lyrical works. “Fall Marsh with Industry,” “Chamise at Stagecoach,” “Ghost Pine, Below Wall Ridge” and “China Camp Survivors” may remind you of her ancestors Richard Diebenkorn and Hassel Smith, while the calligraphic “Fall Haze, Incoming Tide” and “From Seaview Place” recall Edvard Munch.
— DeWitt Cheng


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