‘Rock Art Expressions’ opens Nov. 3

‘Rock Art Expressions’ opens Nov. 3The Maturango Museum will help kick off Petroglyph Festival weekend with an exhibit called “Coso Rock Art Expressions” by Don McCauley.

An opening reception will be held on Friday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

McCauley’s paintings have been inspired by the nearby Paleo Native American Coso petroglyphs found in the Coso Mountains.

“I am also inspired by desert adventures my children had … such as Chuckwalla hunting. And in the early 1970s we saw a young Native American boy swimming in Little Lake. He was grebe hunting by grabbing the critter by the feet and pulling it beneath the surface.”

Prior to the second annual festival in 2015, McCauley and his wife Judy were asked to spruce up city service boxes by painting petroglyphs on them.

“At first I balked … I hadn’t painted for 33 years. But my kids said, ‘Dad … it’d be great to give back to the city.’”

He said his art-making process comes down to “Choose an experience, or it chooses you — either real or imagined. Have an emotional reaction to that experience. Think about your emotions and form a viewpoint. Everyone, artist or not, creates viewpoints.

“The artist, however, takes the viewpoint forward two more steps: The artist gives time, energy, desire and persistence … finding what is expressible about this specific viewpoint. Having found what is expressible … the artist expresses it in dance, painting, poetry, sculpture, writing, acting, music, etc.”

The exhibit will run through Dec. 31.

Pictured: Don McCauley shows a sample of his rock-art-inspired artwork. -- Courtesy photo

Story First Published: 2017-10-27