San Jose artist returns to Milpitas Gallery for juried exhibition – The Mercury News

For nine years after 9/11, San Jose artist Laurie Barna used the Statue of Liberty as a muse and model for more than 100 paintings. Two of Barna’s “Liberty Series” paintings are among the works in the annual juried art exhibition at the Dove Art Gallery in Milpitas.

Barna, who has exhibited other works from the series at the gallery, said she wanted people looking at the paintings to feel their impact from across the room and ask themselves, “What is it? what is she trying to say?

The Almaden Valley resident has had works in several exhibitions at the Milpitas site, and not all of them were part of her “Liberty series,” which she concluded in 2010 after completing 117 paintings. Barna also uses watercolors to create still lifes and capture nature scenes.

Barna is one of 80 artists in the juried exhibition, which opens on February 13. The exhibition features works of art in a variety of styles and mediums by adult and student artists.

Milpitas artist Mythili Kattupalli exhibits several works of art, including an acrylic painting titled “Trapped”. The painting reflects her emotions after being isolated during the pandemic and depicts the dichotomy of despair and hope symbolized by a human butterfly emerging from a dark cocoon into a world of vibrant color.

Student work in the exhibit includes “Frog on a Leaf,” a drawing by 10-year-old Cindy Xu that shows a colorful tree frog illuminated on a moonlit night.

The exhibition opens February 13, noon to 3 p.m., at the Dove Art Gallery, Park Victoria Church, 875 S. Park Victoria Drive, Milpitas. The gallery will be open every Sunday, from noon to 3 p.m., until April 17. Contact [email protected] for more information.

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