Media Release
Media Release
Press Contact: Mary Ann Merker, Civic Arts Coordinator, (510) 981-7533

PLEIN AIR
Painters Renie Herrera McDonough and Susan Kendall

Berkeley, California (Monday, August 18, 2008) - The City of Berkeley is pleased to present an exhibition of paintings in the lobby gallery at 1947 Center Street, Berkeley, CA  94704.  Renie Hererra McDonough and Susan Kendall paint scenes of the Bay Area. They take up the challenges of setting up equipment on location and traveling on hidden roads and city sites to "get" a painting. The exhibition will be on view in the lobby gallery during regular building hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday from September 2 through November 30, 2008.

These two artists have a unique relationship with the landscape and cityscape of the San Francisco Bay Area. They paint on location, a method called "en plein air." Their paintings are in the tradition of the Northern California impressionist movement. The art work has the sense of immediacy and freshness of scenes caught in the moments of painting.

Hererra McDonough is a native Bay Area resident and has practiced, studied and lived art most of her life. Her style shows careful planning for  a sense of balance and depth in the landscape.  She has exhibited in many local venues and her work is in the collection of Bay Area residents.

Susan Kendal's style is direct and emotional. Her paintings are done quickly, with a lot of paint laid on thickly. Her color palette changes from warm to cool depending on the time of year. She is also a watercolor artist and writes funny short stories about her dachshunds. She has exhibited her work locally and has won several awards.

The 1947 Center Street Gallery is a public space located in the lobby of the 1930s era building at 1947 Center Street, between Milvia Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Street. This gallery space in a City of Berkeley building is part of the Civic Arts, Public Art Program.

The gallery is wheel chair accessible. For more information about the exhibition please contact Mary Ann Merker, Civiv Arts Coordinator at 510 981-7533 or mmerker@ci.berkeley.ca.us.

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