In Along the Way — The Space of Remembering, works from several series by Elaine Badgley Arnoux are being presented. Pieces from the artist's fantastic "Fables" series, created with oil on canvas, steel, papier-mâché and silk, contain the essence of nightmares and dreams. "The Fox Went Out One Chilly Night," from the artist's important "Once Upon A Time" series that uses Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes to examine the state of the world, speaks to people young and old. The show presents works from each of these series and more.
Over decades, Badgley Arnoux has connected with the pulse of current events, observing and translating them into her own language. Curator Susan Hillhouse Leask comments that, "Elaine Badgley Arnoux's deep rituals of reflection and action result in work that is poignant and passionate, demonstrating her full involvement in life and all its offerings and contradictions."
Elaine Badgley Arnoux (b. 1926) was born in Omaha, Nebraska and moved to Southern California when she was eleven years old. She received an award to study at Chouinard Art Institute, Los Angeles, and later moved to San Luis Obispo where she worked as a painter. In 1952, she co-founded the San Luis Obispo Art Association. In 1965, she and her family relocated to San Francisco where she continues to live and work.
Badgley Arnoux's expansive career reflects her extensive travel, and residencies abroad in Europe as well as in Mexico and North Africa have strengthened her dedication to people and social welfare.
Her work is featured in the collections of numerous museums, including the Fine Art Museums of San Francisco and Achenbach Collection; Stanford University Library Special Collections; the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley; the Triton Museum, Santa Clara, CA; The San Luis Obispo Museum, and the de Saisset Museum, Santa Clara, CA.
As she says in the documentary "Shadows & Light, the Life & Art of Elaine Badgley Arnoux", a short film by William Farley, "I was very old when I was young. I wasn't young until I was old." Two screenings of the film will be shown on opening night of the exhibition, at 6:30 pm and 8:00 pm.
Special Event Sun, Feb 12
3:30 pm Artist/Curator Talk
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 Feb 12.
The opening, talks, and gallery visits are free as part of the center's focus on "Creating Community through Art".