Our 2nd Saturday Opening Reception on May 13th will feature the thought-provoking sculptures of Bay Area artist, Leitha L. Thrall in the museum room. While Leitha’s work is primarily in bronze, she also uses assemblage, steel, and mixed media to get her message across.
 
"Unfortunate Framework" by Leitha Thrall.

“Unfortunate Framework” by Leitha Thrall.

Her imagery in this series – “Opposites Intertwined” – comes from an impressionable time growing up during the Vietnam war, when constant images of war were broadcast on television, and the time she spent in Europe, visiting war memorial sites. In both of those circumstances, her focus was on the plight of children who were caught in the middle of the conflicts. When Leitha visited the Imperial War Museum in England, she saw “trench art” – art made from spent shell and bullet casings, and she was intrigued by the juxtaposition of creating art out of something that destroys. 

 
Her sculptures contain symbols pieced together in unique configurations to create narratives about the unfortunate mix of two man-made things: 1) something manufactured to harm, and 2) a new life made with love. Too often the two are thrown into a volatile situation with heinous results. The sculptures are a commentary on past events, but are also current statements based on everyday events occurring in our own country and beyond.
 

Leitha received her BA in Studio Art in 1984 from San Jose State University. Prior to

"Toddlers Too Often" by Leitha Thrall.

“Toddlers Too Often” by Leitha Thrall.

graduating, she spent some time in Europe with an international community of sculptors in Pietrasanta, Italy. There, she worked for established sculptors, such as Manuel Neri from the SF Bay Area and Canadian sculptor, William McElcheran. Leitha has also worked at a few commercial art foundries, and has cast her own work at the Crucible in Oakland, CA. She has shown her work in many domestic and international exhibitions, and her sculptures are included in private and public art collections. 

 
Leitha is an active member and current secretary of the Pacific Rim Sculptors group in the Bay Area, a long-standing member of the International Sculptors Center (ISC), and has volunteered at the 15th International Sculptors Conference in San Francisco. 
 
“Opposites Intertwined” ~ Sculpture by Leitha L. Thrall
The 2nd Saturday Opening Reception on May 13th from 5-7pm
Free admission, refreshments. Donations for wine bar are welcome.
This exhibit continues in the Museum Room through Saturday, July 1st.