‘Becoming Sand’ opens May 11

‘Becoming  Sand’ opens May 11Pictured: One of Janey Fritsche’s featured paintings in the upcoming exhibit.

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The Maturango Museum invites the public to a reception in honor of Janey Fritsche’s “Becoming Sand” exhibit, which opens Friday, May 11, at 7 p.m. and runs through July 9.

“Several years ago, I saw some images of sand magnified about 200 times and was dazzled with their jewel-like beauty,” said Fritsche.

“As someone who finds frequent refuge at the shoreline, I have been intrigued with the evolutionary process of how sand gets made.”

The series looks at three components to the process:

• Large paintings of tiny imagined pebbles along the shore. In the Bay Area, there are pocket beaches where these pebbles are quite colorful and may include semi-precious stones like carnelian.

• Paintings of crystal-like shapes that represent the most common component of sand in the U.S,, quartz crystal.

• Paintings reflecting the flow of water where shells, rocks, crystals, reefs and bio-matter become grains of sand over millions of years.

Each grain of sand is unique, and each beach has its own distinct composition of elements. “Given that Maturango Museum is in the high desert, and close to the volcanic Coso Range, it feels like there is an interesting connection with sand here,” said a spokesperson.

“The ‘Becoming Sand’ series is a point of departure for me as far as medium. Before I was painting mostly with oil paint,” said Fritsche.

“For the last two years, I’ve been starting with a fluid abstract background that feels connected with the natural flow of nature and provides a dialog with the painting. Then the many layers start to build up with diverse media that can include acrylic, aerosol, ink, silver leaf, gold leaf, mica and finally oil paint.

“Some of my favored tools include paint rollers, pressurized air, spray bottles, hairdryers, Q-tips, electric sander and brushes.”

The opening reception is admission free and open to the public.

Story First Published: 2018-05-04