WESTHAVEN – The new show at Westhaven Center for the Arts, “Earth Dreams,” features the Prismacolor floral drawings of Naomi Silvertree, watercolor and acrylic paintings by Teresa Whitehawk and woodcarvings by Jim Pombo. The opening reception is Sunday, Jan. 5, from 1 to 4 pm.
These three artists, working in different media, all find a source of creativity in nature.
Naomi Silvertree was born in Pasadena but grew up in a 12 by 14 foot cabin on five acres in Mendocino, where her parents moved when she was six months old. Says Silvertree, “I can happily call the forests, hills, rivers, and sea of the North Coast the shapers of my soul.”
Teresa Whitehawk first realized that art would be a way to communicate with the people around her when she was still in kindergarten. “Thanks to my kid brother and our competitive drawing, I learned to draw well before I was 10.” Since then, she continues, “My life has been about understanding my Native heritage, caring for people, and about literature and art. My desire to create beauty and to communicate my rich spiritual life to those around me keeps me alive and thriving.”
Jim Pombo, a resident of Trinidad, is originally from the Auburn foothills east of Sacramento. In his early years, he drew cartoon characters and it was not until his early thirties that he began working with wood, which he describes as his passion. Says Pombo, “My first carvings consisted mainly of bears, mountain men, spoons, wooden chains, doll houses and furniture. However I began to study anatomy and worked to refine my carving until a study of a wolf won an award in a fine arts exhibit.”
The “Earth Dreams” exhibit continues through Feb. 23. The Westhaven Center for the Arts is located at 501 South Westhaven Drive. Gallery hours are Thursdays through Sundays from 1 to 4 pm. westhavencenter.org