February in Murphys – Artist Showing at Hovey Tasting Room – The watercolors of Martha Wallace will be featured for the month of February at the Hovey Winery Tasting Room. An artist’s reception in her honor will be held Saturday, Feb. 16 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. complete with wine and appetizers.
A well-known and respected local artist for more than 30 years, Wallace has been teaching watercolor since 1985. She currently teaches children and adults at her studio, 772 Murphys Creek Road, Murphys, and travels to public schools to teach in the Arts in Education program.
Born in the Bay Area, Martha spent her youth in Castro Valley. She studied art in high school and college and started painting in watercolor in 1975. She studied with Dorner Schueler for eight years, as well with various well-known watercolorists over the years.
“My journey with watercolors is an ongoing adventure and I still get excited whenever I start a new painting,” Wallace remarked. “The possibilities of this medium are endless as long as you are willing to experiment, which means failure along with success. I tell my students, ‘It’s not the destination – it’s the journey.’”
“My paintings are about my surroundings and life experiences. I sometimes work in a series of paintings and take my subject to the limit, going in as many directions as possible, adjusting mostly in my mind the composition, color, shape, texture, sunlight and shadow. If I work from a limited sketch, I check for technical correctness, then it’s playtime,” she exclaimed. “Continuing series include birds, nests, shells, leaves, window boxes, fruits and vegetables, flowers, plants and pottery from the Southwest.”
Wallace’s work can be found at Art on Main in Murphys and at Gallerie Copper in Copperopolis Town Square.
“We are so excited to have Martha show in our tasting room,” said Jan Hovey, co-owner with husband and winemaker, Chuck. “I’ve been taking classes with her for almost two years and her work is inspirational. We plan to feature a different local artist each month to help support the arts, and the tasting room is a natural as a gallery.”
Hovey Tasting Room is open daily from noon to 5:30 p.m. For more information, call 209-728-9700. To reach Wallace, call 209-728-8859.