Standing with the Watershed, Closing Reception

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Date: January 29, 2014 — January 31, 2014
Categories: Exhibitions & Presentations
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Standing with the Watershed, Closing Reception:
Thursday, January 30th, 6pm – 8pm                      

Sherwood Gallery, 58 Maiden Lane, 3rd Floor (between Grant and Kearny)
San Francisco, CA  94108 

For those of you who missed the opening and only a party will get you out of the
house, Standing with the Watershed’s closing reception is Thursday,
January 30th, from 6-8 pm.  A few artists will expound on the experiences that
led to creatring their art, enhancing your experience of the Tuolumne Watershed
and the Rim Fire.  We promise it will be an evening well spent.

Opening Night Reception

Artists viewing work

It will also provide you another opportunity to purchase a piece of artwork from
the show (40% of proceeds goes to Wholly H2O), to donate in person to Wholly H2O
and to RIM: River In Motion Education Center.


Standing with the Watershed, Rebecca Haseltine, 2013

  Dusty Vaughn, Rim Fire, 2013

The fragile relationship between San Francisco Bay Area residents and their water supply was heightened by the recent events of the Rim Fire that tore through the protected watershed in and around Yosemite that provides the Bay Area with much of its water. Wholly H2O, in partnership with Sherwood Gallery, has assembled a provocative group of 17 artists working to address the environmental issues surrounding this interrelationship.

Presenting works in a variety of media, the show “Standing with the Watershed” opened in the Sherwood Gallery on December 5, 2013 and continues through January 30, 2014.  The artists share their interpretations and experiences defined by the nature-urban interface and the dynamic transformative element of wildfire that brings the tension in this relationship to the fore. Both the physicality of the Tuolumne River Watershed and the use of these waters in San Francisco and Silicon Valley are the launching points for all of the artists’ work. Grappling with the dynamic and unpredictable variables of ‘natural disasters’ provokes a corresponding response exhibited in the paintings, photographs and installations on view in the gallery.

Curtis Creek Student, Rim Fire 2013

Curtis Creek Elementary 6th Grade Art, Painting

Catherine Chang, Graphic Design Graphic Design

Elizabeth Dougherty and Ellie Owens, Mixed Media Fountain, photography            

Ariel Saari Galos, Mixed Media                                                          

Kevin Galos, Photography

Linda Gass, Textiles

Sarah Anne Graham, Wood Carving Map

Linda Gass, Textiles

Rebecca Hazeltine, Painting

Robb Hisrch, Photography

Leslie Hailey Hurst, Oil Painting

John Moore, Oil Painting

Bonnie Peterson, Textiles

Misha Rauchwerger, Photography

Grace Rubenstein, Photography

Dusty Vaughn, Photography


Leslie Hailey Hurst, Rim Fire, 2013

The two-month exhibit aims to expose the energy and vitality of this watershed and water system before, during and after the Rim Fire.  The stories and impressions exhibited use the Fire as a point of reference but extend deeper into the human relationship with this watershed and the causal relationships behind environmental disasters. The show is inspired at times by the tragic beauty of the natural landscape engulfed in flames and its people reeling in the fire’s path and aftermath. Other moments the show draw us in to the urban side of the water system sharing impressions where this water is used by 2.5 million of the urban residents in the Bay Area.

“Standing with the Watershed” at Sherwood Gallery offers a new perspective in our series of exhibitions in the space that strive to reinterpret the modern urban condition and redefine our relationship with nature.

The curators for this show are Elizabeth Dougherty, Wholly H2O, and Lauren Elder, instructor at CCA, WEAD Board of Directors, with great support from Scott Hansen of Sherwood Gallery.

Gallery hours are open Monday - Friday, noon – 5pm and by appointment please call 415.677.7300.

For more information about the gallery, please contact Scott Hansen, or visit

For more information about the show and RIM Center, please contact Elizabeth Dougherty, or visit Wholly H2O

Sarah Anne Graham, 2013 |

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