Current Exhibition

   Petaluma Arts Center marks 10th year with
Power of Ten: Scaling Up
January 20 – March 24, 2018
Curated by Llisa Demetrios


Eames-inspired exhibition features 10+ artists exploring how
smallest to largest known things connect


Opening Reception 5-8 p.m. Sat., Jan. 20. Exhibition runs through March 24.

Opening Reception 5-8 p.m. Sat., Jan. 20. Exhibition runs through March 24.

The Petaluma Arts Center is proud to announce the opening of its first exhibition of 2018 – Power of Ten: Scaling Up, which opens Saturday, January 20 with an artist reception at 5 p.m. Coinciding with the 10-year anniversary of the Petaluma Arts Center, Power of Ten: Scaling Up celebrates 10+ artists who are looking further and more deeply at issues of scale through painting, photography, sculpture, architecture, design and film.

“Today nothing operates in a void,” said Power of Ten: Scaling Up curator Llisa Demetrios, granddaughter of iconic American designers Charles and Ray Eames, whose 1977 film “Powers of Ten,” served as a catalyst for the exhibition. “Seeing these invisible and hidden spaces helps one to understand how everything is connected from a micro to a macro level, as well as tipping points. As Charles Eames said, ‘Eventually, everything connects.’ The works in this show bring out the artistic side of the scientist and the scientific side of the artist.”

Looking at nature and the man-made world, Power of Ten: Scaling Up artists focus on often overlooked connections to show how things fit into the larger and smaller contexts of our surrounding world. Among the 10 artists (+ Charles and Ray Eames):

  1. Warren Bellows questions scale through multiple images and asks: “Am I big or am I small?” in his Quantum Worlds series, inspired by Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
  2. David Best builds large structures, bringing diverse groups together to heal the individual and unify a community.
  3. David Alan Boyd explores the many complex facets of urban life in his Windowpane Series, and the impact on the landscape from man’s need for energy sources like coal extraction through satellite imagery.
  4. Amy Critchett, executive producer of Leo Villareal Studios, leads a children’s workshop about the immense Bay Lights project. (Critchett, McShane, and Adigard are creating a special community project, Petalumagic, at Della Fattoria on January 13 that will be reinstalled at PAC in mid-February.)
  5. Mary Dooley + Chris Lynch of MAD Architecture who design homes, offices, restaurants and wineries show how they took a 1923 train storage building and turned into the modern home of the Petaluma Arts Center while also designing residential concepts for the community
  6. Christopher Evans’ large Supply Chain Portraits takes everyday objects and puts them in a global context.
  7. Douglas Gayeton of Lexicon of Sustainability uses information artworks to show impact of our more consciously sustainable choices.
  8. Ned Kahn’s artworks capture beautiful patterns that articulate larger patterns seen in nature.
  9. Patricia McShane + Erik Adigard of M-A-D amass groups of Simages [similar images] transforming them into large digital collages and animations. (McShane and Adigard will leading a panel discussion at P.A.C. in February.  More information will be online).
  10. Tiny Houses for Humanity show how their works are not just temporary shelters but also more permanent solutions for communities.

+    Also included will be a looped screening of Charles and Ray Eames’ 1978 iconic film Powers of Ten. The film illustrates how the smallest to the largest known things in the universe are connected, by       exploring 40 powers of ten. The exhibition will also include examples of Charles and Ray Eames’ prototypes that were studies for mass producing their furniture, and selections from their folk art collection photographed for their House of Cards, and included in some of their short films. (There will be a film night at P.A.C. in March.  More information will be online).

 “We are thrilled to mark the 10-year anniversary of the Petaluma Arts Center with Power of Ten: Scaling Up,” said Delfin Vigil, the Center’s Executive Director. “It will certainly underscore the powerful role art has had in our Petaluma community for the past ten years.”

Participating artist Christopher Evans – Cobalt Blue (Paint)

Warren Bellows - Quantum Worlds #2

Participating Artist Warren Bellows – Quantum Worlds #2


Argus Courier – New exhibit at Arts Center examines issues of scale.

Thank you to our Power of Ten:  Scaling Up Sponsors

Garth Bixler and Steven Barclay
Caroline Crawford Labe
Llisa Demetrios
Michael and Patricia Gorman
Pat Martin
Craig Roberts
Christina and Evan Sharp

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