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The following article was posted on July 30th, 2014, in the New Times - Volume 29, Issue 1 [ Submit a Story ]
The following articles were printed from New Times [newtimesslo.com] - Volume 29, Issue 1

Placid and ominous scenes of nature come to downtown SLO eateries

BY ADRIANA CATANZARITE

Natural selection

If you’re anything like me, you enjoy looking at the natural scenery that the Central Coast has to offer. But you also hate having to hike or do anything exercise-related in order to enjoy said scenery. This is quite the dilemma, since it’s impossible to bring nature to you without lifting a finger.

But have no fear. The photography of Craig Kincaid—which features seascapes, sunsets, and sunrises—will be shown at the Fromagerie Sophie as part of Art After Dark on Aug. 1.

Kincaid is a retired lumberman who has been pursuing photography since he was 20 years old. His photos feature light and contrast in the scenery from the various hikes that he has been on. That’s right. He hikes so you don’t have to. In fact, the only thing that you have to do is get down to the cheese shop, sit back, and enjoy the views.

Art After Dark will take place on Aug. 1, from 6 to 9 p.m. in downtown San Luis Obispo. For more information for all Art After Dark events, go to sloartscouncil.org.

 

Grand illusion

Big Sky Café in downtown San Luis Obispo will be showing the artwork of Lori Wolf Grillias for the rest of the summer. So, for all of you art connoisseurs and foodies, this is the place to be.

On the surface, her paintings seem like innocuous images of natural scenes. They are dominated by earthy brown and red hues, and seem tranquil and serene. If you look closer, however, you will see a multitude of disturbing images, such as a beaver who appears to be eating the face of a baby, or a duck that’s being eaten by a muskrat.

The reason for this is that Grillias experiments with pareidolia in her series of abstract paintings. Pareidolia is a type of illusion where vague or obscure stimuli are perceived as something clear or distinct, such as the man on the moon, or the rabbit on the moon. Or the face of Jesus in a grilled-cheese sandwich. In her artwork, Grillias reveals various characters, animals, and poses that she finds in nature.

Big Sky will display Grillias’ art through Sept. 16. On Friday, Aug. 1, there will be a reception with the artist from 5 to 7 p.m. For more information, go to bigskycafe.com.