The Feb. 11 2nd Saturday Opening Reception for "Expressions in the Abstract" includes refreshments, wine bar and live music by guitarist Rick Garrett. Works by Allen King, Michael Wecksler and Cynthia Henderson are being featured at SAM through April 1.

The opening reception for “Expressions in the Abstract,” a showing of abstract art by three Siskiyou County artists, is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 11, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Siskiyou Arts Museum in downtown Dunsmuir.

Works by Allen King, Michael Wecksler and Cynthia Henderson are being featured at SAM through April 1.

The Feb. 11 “2nd Saturday Opening Reception” includes refreshments, wine bar and live music by guitarist Rick Garrett.

Following is an artists’ statement and information about the artists as posted on the SAM website at: http://www.siskiyouartsmuseum.org/february-11-expressions-in-the-abstract/

Artists’ Statement

“These Abstractions from the other side of 60 represent the perspective of three local artists colored by time and experience. Each of us views life and the world differently than we did 30 – 40 years ago. Together, we have a large body of work and plan to present a bold, colorful, textural, experimental and cohesive show, which incorporates the work of three distinctively different artists.”

About the Artists

Allen King began painting in 1983, with the goal of disposing of gallons of unwanted house paint, and has been painting ever since. He has participated in painting workshops with Alek Balos, founder of the Mt. Shasta ArtRoster painting group, which is becoming well-known for its annual “Forgery Show.” Allen has also studied at the Bellas Artes in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and attended workshops at the University of California, Humboldt, and the Mendocino Art Center.

Other than a brief encounter with watercolor, he has worked with acrylic paint; and until a recent interest in impressionism, always in the abstract expressionist idiom. Allen has exhibited his work in Mexico, San Francisco and Siskiyou County.

In 2013, after retiring from a busy, stressful work life, Michael Wecksler also began painting with the Mt. Shasta ArtRoster group, and has participated in the group’s annual “Forgery Show.” Michael works primarily in oils and pastel pencils, and is interested in various expressions of abstract art. For this joint exhibit, he has chosen to show his collection of stretched & distorted portraits which change when viewed from one side or the other.

Cynthia Henderson hails from Chicago, IL, where she studied drawing and painting in the early 1970s at Roosevelt University, Chicago, and graphic design & typography at the Chicago campus of the University of Illinois.

While living in the San Francisco Bay Area, a brief foray into fabric and surface pattern design rekindled her love of drawing and painting. She retired to Mount Shasta, CA, in 2007, and in 2011, joined the ArtRoster painting group in order to study with Alek Balos, and has participated in several shows with the group. Even though Alek is an accomplished figurative artist, whose work is shown in the US & Internationally, Cynthia found him to be a great mentor for her foray into abstract art, and his guidance was greatly appreciated when she held her first abstract exhibit in January, 2012, at the Red Door Gallery in Mt. Shasta.

Most of her abstract paintings are done in acrylic and/or gouache on hard surfaces such as canvas board and Masonite, and she is also experimenting with abstract washes in acrylic, gouache and watercolor inks on paper.