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"Werner Glinka: Urban Totems"
2005-08-02 until 2005-08-30
Pacific Art League
Palo Alto, CA, USA United States of America

The Elizabeth Norton Studio of the Pacific Art League presents the premiere of “Urban Totems,” new work by Bay Area artist Werner Glinka. Opening August 2, 2005 and on view through August 30, 2005, the exhibition will feature 15 new wall sculptures by Werner Glinka. With this new body of work Glinka expands on his earlier assemblages. The pieces in the exhibit provide glimpses of different influences: imagery of the Viking explorers, symbolism of Native Americans, a touch of Asian grace and impressions of western living.

“It is our pleasure to offer this exhibit of Werner Glinka’s works to the community,” said Claudia Morgan, president of the Pacific Art League. “To provide art-loving audiences with direct access to excellent emerging artists is central to the Pacific Art League’s mission. Glinka’s work will appeal to a broad audience.”

Glinka was raised in the industrial city of Gelsenkirchen, Germany, where he developed an aesthetic sensibility shaped by the stark, industrial environment. He came to California in 1981. After he moved to the Santa Cruz Mountains, he developed his unique style of assemblage combining the influences of the sleek, steel-and-glass modernism of the Bauhaus movement with the simple, functional grace of Japanese landscapes.

Glinka has exhibited extensively throughout the Bay Area. Most recently, in a solo show at the ARTshare 25 Gallery of San Mateo County. His work is also on view at the Peninsula Museum of Art in Belmont, Calif. from June 24 through September 18 in “Peninsula Landscapes: New Approaches” and at Crockett Contemporary Art in Crockett, Calif. from July 20 through August 28.

The exhibit will run weekdays through August 30 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturdays, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. A reception will be held at the Pacific Art League from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on August 5. The Pacific Art League is located at 668 Ramona Street in Palo Alto. For additional information about the Pacific Art league, see www.pacificartleague.org.

About the Pacific Art League

Based in Palo Alto, Calif., the Pacific Art League has been a gathering place and source of inspiration and instruction in fine arts since 1921. The Pacific Art League's mission is to promote the understanding, appreciation, and creation of art as a means to enrich the lives of the community and to make art a part of the fabric of society.

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