It’s not uncommon for me to hang up the phone with artist and friend Katherine Sandoz and head straight to Webster’s Online Dictionary. And, I’m not ashamed to admit between Katherine and my husband I’ve made the online dictionary the first bookmark on my laptop.
Months ago, as Katherine was describing the paintings she was working on for her current exhibit, Tahoe Hybrids, now showing at SCAD’s Pinnacle Gallery, I thought I must be getting smarter. I knew exactly what she was talking about. The feeling she was trying to relay in the grandeur of Lake Tahoe and the work it inspired. But, I had spent time on the lake many years ago…so maybe I wasn’t smarter.
If the exhibit space of the Pinnacle Gallery hadn’t smelled like new carpet and more like a sweet lake breeze, I would have thought I was standing on a North Lake Tahoe shore looking across it’s crystal waters. Seeing Katherine’s 40′ panel that lines the west wall in the intimate gallery took me back to my first visit to the lake in 1990…riding my bike for hours and feeling so alive I thought I would die.
I was moved by the work of my talented friend. Moved that she captured the feeling I remembered of Lake Tahoe. The clean simple life. The colors that pop off the crystal water and what seems like the bluest skies outside of Chapel Hill, NC. A kind of teeth cleaning earthy wonder.
What I can’t find the words for was looking across the gallery and seeing my assistant, Candace, taking in her first look at Katherine’s work. How tears welled up in her eyes looking over a series of six panels in the exhibit. I’ll need Katherine’s or Webster’s linguistic help for that. It was something I’ll never forget and I only wish Katherine would have been there to witness it.
There are only a couple of days left to see Katherine’s exhibit, Tahoe Hybrids. I encourage you all to stop by, grab a painted rock and think about how it makes you feel standing in a room of greatness and beauty.