Peeples-Bright brings to the Main Gallery a colorful and whimsical
exhibition entitled Beasties Become Maija, curated by Cameron
Brian of Transmission Gallery. Peeples-Bright hails from Latvia,
whence her family fled from Russian invasion to refugee camps in
Germany, and eventually to the U.S. She had planned to follow her
father into the study of mathematics, but took an elective art class
and fell in love with art instead. Switching majors in her third
year, she studied with Wayne Thiebaud, Robert Arneson, and William
T. Wiley at UC Davis. Obviously, she loves animals as well as art,
and lives amidst her own works depicting her "beasties"
and her large collection of work by other artists. To receive a
written missive from this artist is to experience her fun-loving,
funk-inspired soul. In her writing she takes every opportunity to
recognize her animal spirits, such as talking about what one "otter"
do to correctly write a caption; she hopes the articles she is sending
will be found "ewesful"; and, of course, her note closes
with "Beast wishes." It's serious fun!
in oils, ceramics, and mixed media. Often her "beasties"
loom out of canvases like ceranuc bas-relief. There are penguins
and tigers and lions, oh my. And the colors! Her use of color seems
to be based on sheer joy—a wonderful quality of happiness embues
her work with light and charm. Maija Peeples-Bright's work cannot
really be categorized, though probably her closest companions-in-art
come from the California Funk Art movement. Her work has been shown
and collected nationally and internationally, and we are very happy
to share this jewel of an exhibition with our gallery visitors.
To learn more about the artist and her work, come to the Artist/Curator Talk on closing Sunday, Mar 24, at 3:30 pm.
Sanchez Art Center
is located at 1220 Linda Mar Blvd in Pacifica, about a mile east
of Highway 1. Following opening night, the galleries are open Friday,
Saturday, and Sunday, 1–5 pm, and by appointment, through Mar 24.
For more information, email info@SanchezArtCenter.org
or call 650.355.1894.