The weather is a subject that often lends itself to art. Whether through photography, brush, or pencil, artists over millennia have captured it all, from rain beating a landscape, ocean waves beating a rocky shore, leaves blowing in a gentle breeze, and mist covering a hillside. .
All of these types of images can be seen at Solano Town Center Gallery’s newest exhibit, “Sea, Storms, Winds and Fog,” which combines all of these elements of nature into one exhibit that opened on Wednesday.
As he does every year, gallery director Dennis Ariza said he released a list of potential themes for gallery exhibitions and emailed artists who are members of the Fairfield-Suisun City Visual Arts Association (FSVAA ) to vote for their favorites. The most popular themes are used earlier in the year, while the less popular ones are pushed back later in the year.
In some cases, Ariza chooses to combine different themes into one show, which was the case for “Sea, Storms, Winds and Fog”.
“It really turned out to be a great show,” he said. “I didn’t know what to expect since I rolled them all into one.”
The exhibition is one of the largest the gallery has held in recent years with around 64 pieces on display. Visitors will see photographs, oil paintings, mixed media, wood carvings, ceramics and more depicting everything from storms to sunsets to oceanside lighthouses.
“There’s a bit of everything in this show,” he said.
As a photographer himself, Ariza has said that oceans and lighthouses are his favorite subjects.
“I love headlights,” he says. “I love going out and photographing them.”
The featured artist in this exhibit is Steve Cozad, a Fairfield-based retired photographer and engineer who began taking nature photos in 2000. He did so by traveling the world and capturing scenes in Italy. , in Iceland and in national parks across America.
Ariza said Cozad has won multiple awards and recently participated in the Sacramento Arts Festival, which led to him becoming the featured artist for “Sea, Storms, Winds and Fog.”
“People commented on his black and white photography, which is why he decided to use it in this exhibit,” he said.
Ariza loves the overall beauty that artists have managed to find in some of the most melancholic weather events.
“Not every cloudy or foggy day is dull and gloomy,” he said. “There’s beauty that these artists have really brought out.”
“Sea, Storms, Winds and Fog” is on display through February 26 at the Downtown Solano Gallery, located in Downtown Solano, 1350 Travis Blvd., Fairfield. The gallery is located on the upper level of the mall, next to the AT&T store. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday.