Warner and Judy Nienow’s new exhibition, “Wet World: How Rain Affects Architectural Impressions,” will be shown at the Architectural Foundation Gallery from April 15 to May 29, 2015. The public is invited to attend a festive opening reception with the artists on Friday, April 24th from 5-7 pm. Refreshments will be served.
In their first collaborative theme-based exhibit since 2004, artists Judy and Warner Nienow investigate the visual variations rain creates on city surfaces in “Wet World”, whether it be drizzle or downpour, Manhattan or Paris. The challenge was to set aside high contrast, sharp edges and bright colors for the alluring mystery of muted day tones or a thousand wet reflective surfaces on a city street at night. From a Gothic church facade in a German village to a rack of children’s rain boots; from reflective State Street puddles to iconic buildings glimpsed through diamond-like raindrops on windows; and from dueling images of the Louvre on a rainy morning, each artist strives to bring a unique, individual style to their offerings in the 27 painting exhibition.
A native of Santa Barbara, Judy Nienow holds a B.A. and M.A. in English Literature from UCSB. As a visual artist, she is primarily self-taught since childhood. Her paintings are divided between Urban Landscapes and Agitated Still Lifes, and she explains, “both allow for provocative exploration of behavioral narratives which have recently unfolded or are about to occur.” Her surrealist art was displayed in the Williamsburg Art and Historical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Both artists have shown their paintings in France at the Chateau des Reaux in the Loire Valley and at The American Art Gallery in Deauville, Normandy, as well as the Amsterdam Whitney Gallery in Chelsea, N.Y.
Warner Nienow is the recipient of The Arts Fund’s 2004 Individual Artist Award in painting. He regularly participates in local exhibitions, including shows at the Fielding Graduate Institute, S.B. Maritime Museum, The Arts Fund, Gallery 113 and the Faulkner Gallery. Born in Milwaukee in 1939, Nienow earned a BSEE with honors from the University of Wisconsin, and had a long, successful career as an engineer and software manager at General Motors. Warner Nienow studied painting with realist master Claude Buck from 1968-1971, and he is an active member of the S.B. Art Association and the Goleta Valley Art Association.
The Architectural Foundation Gallery is located in the historic Acheson House at the corner of Garden and East Victoria Streets in Santa Barbara, with a ramp-accessible entrance on Garden Street. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 9 am to 2 pm, and by appointment. Images are available upon request. Press Contact: Nancy Clare Caponi. Please call 805-965-6307 for more information.