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Gallery Route One: Bidding on 17 boxes at The Box Show

Nick Corcoran making 150 boxes for Gallery Route One's Box Show.
Nick Corcoran making 150 boxes for Gallery Route One’s Box Show.


By Ann Knickerbocker, GRO

Each summer, Gallery Route One in Point Reyes Station presents The Box Show, where 150 artists paint, sculpt, light up, collage and otherwise alter simple wooden boxes, made by Nick Corcoran – it was his idea 16 years ago. The completed boxes – now works of art – are donated to the gallery and then exhibited. Gallery Route One runs a silent auction, where visitors write out bids on the boxes they like. The silent part lasts seven weeks. On the final night, every box is auctioned off in a not-so-silent party. Most people fall in love with one box; in 2013, Margo Wixsom fell in love with, well, 17 of them.

Wixsom is an artist herself, a photographer of landscapes with an ecological perspective: “I like to frame the ordinary moments, to show that the extraordinary is always happening. I want people to stop and see that every sunset is extraordinary. It’s always a show, even when it’s foggy and raining. You can still say, ‘look at the way the rain is pooling on these leaves.’ ”

When she wasn’t taking photographs, she often stopped in at Gallery Route One because “it’s a world-class gallery right in the middle of such a small town.”

For a long time now, Wixsom says, she has known that “art kind of saved my life.” But last year, after a fluke accident, she was injured, bedridden for four months. “It’s astonishing,” she says, “how such a little thing can cause so much damage.” Visits to friends and family were postponed; flying was out of the question. Wixsom’s own photography was limited by her immobility. Something had to change, and she says she knew that, “art has brought me back from difficult times. It’s an active way to recover from difficult situations.” One day last year, in one of her first outings away from home in Santa Clara, Wixsom’s husband drove with her around Inverness and Point Reyes Station. They saw the Box Show sign at Gallery Route One and decided to see what was on display for 2013. There was that money that could not be spent on travel…and Wixsom made the decision “to create my own little world of delight and joy.” They came back for the final night’s auction and party and she won her 17 boxes in a fast-paced auction throughout the gallery. “It was delightful,” she says.

Wixsom, who says she also bought two boxes in 2012, continues to be amazed by the way each artist “took the same little space and created an entire world,” and says that the feeling of that “personal vision” was “very valuable…it was worth a lot to me.” Some box artists are professional artists, well-known for their woodcuts or paintings, others have worked in special effects for the film industry, and others do just this one creative thing – the box – each year. The full range of boxes for 2013 can be viewed here: http://galleryrouteone.org/box-show-archive/the-box-show/entries-2013.html

Asked if she will come again this year, Wixsom says, “absolutely!”

This year, the Box Show will be held at Gallery Route One from August 1, every day, through the final night’s auction on September 14.




Art Review

Tobias BernardiGallery Route One, May 11-June 14 The visual poetry of Geraldine Liabraten is an exhibition of urban photographs, coupled with contrasting writing by well-known authors such as Robert Frost, Henry David Thoreau, T.S. Eliot, Elizabeth Bishop, Jane Hirschfield, Langston Hughes, Omar Khayam, Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Also the Bible. The oblique relationship between the quotes and the close-up images of walls, lights and other objects presents objects for thought. Her work forces us to see light and shadow, diagonal lines and patterns that we miss if we do not look closely at things. This is the first time she has engaged with poetry. Sometimes the images came first and sometimes the poetry. The result is a success that deserves sustained viewing. Liabraten says, “Things are not necessarily how they appear…my intent is to make the viewer wonder what this is.”

In Gallery Route One’s Project Space/With the Earth Gallery, two artists share the space for Disappearing Act: Our Role in Species Extinction. Marie-Luise Klotz’s work is concerned with bees and the colony collapse disorder over the past eight years. This is an urgent threat to plant life, agriculture and our food. Her sepia-toned photographs are covered with gold and presented on black backgrounds. They beautifully depict bees, almonds, seeds, flowers, raspberries and a stalk of broccoli, all equally endangered. Klotz tells us “I want to imply that something so seemingly mundane as the honeybee is something that we should value as much as gold…” One wall of the space has a shelf holding a 30-foot book of stencil paintings by Xander Weaver-Scull of turtles, lizards and birds. His process starts with free hand drawings with markers on acetate that he then cuts out shapes. The stencils are then spray-painted on the paper or hand-painted in watercolor and ink. The GRO Annex Gallery shows Suzanne Parker’s small painted photographs. The photographs serve as a beginning for paintings that move from exterior views to interior views of thoughts and feelings. These exhibitions will close with a salon at 4 pm on Sunday, June15. GRO is open daily except Tuesday, 11-5. Spring Art Show, May 10-18. As I entered the gallery at the San Geronimo Valley Community Center I was greeted by a colorful group of paintings by Anne Faught covering one panel. On another wall was a highly textured painting of fish by Tobias Bernardi. And in the other room of this annual spring show of work by over 100 artists who live in the San Geronimo Valley was an entire wall of big colorful paintings in different styles and techniques by Sherry Petrini, Harry Cohen, Deanna Pedroli and Alexandra Adeir. Among the smaller paintings Barbara McLain’s oil painting, Solo Performance, stands out. Oils and watercolors were predominant but there were some fine pastels by Sandy White of a very relaxed pig, and Connie Smith Siegel of a flowering plum, one of her recurring themes. An unusual tile work was Animal Nature by Justine Tot Tatarsky. This was a show for everyone who lives there, and for everyone who wanted to see a variety of artistic creativity in all media. As there was no theme to this exhibition I cannot comment on its meaning other than to say what I found interesting on the afternoon that I visited the gallery. In addition to the paintings there were a number of fine prints. I enjoyed the lifesize faces of Fred Berensmeier’s Coho Creation Dance, a collagraph; Elan Kamesar’s untitled stone lithograph; Jean Berensmeir’s linoleum block print of formalist images of the torso, Physical Therapist’s Delight in Stability; Geoff Bernstein’s serigraph, Rio de Janiero; and Dan Getz Corporate What? a beautifully made image with 12 cubicles in perspective containing shirts, collars and ties. An intriguing mixed media work by Gaetano de Felice showed a predatory bird flying through silhouetted trees at sunset. The exhibition offered a number of mixed media works and assemblage and only one traditional carved sculpture, Pele, an earthwoman of alabaster by Cornelia Nevitt. This show deserved a much longer run so that more people could have seen the creative work being done in the valley.

Art People

Inez Storer is having a solo show, Hidden Agencies, at the Gail Severn Gallery in Ketchum, Idaho, May 21- June 27. Emmeline Craig’s painting graces the May cover of In Marin Magazine.

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