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Beneath the Sea Ice
Paintings by Lily Simonson

Jun 26, 2017


Lily Simonson is an Oakland artist who frequently embeds in research expeditions to remote environments in order to create immersive large-scale paintings of arcane organisms in their otherworldly habitats. Simonson spent three months scuba diving and camping in ANTARCTICA as the 2014-15 National Science Foundation Antarctic Artists and Writers Awardee. She has also served as the resident artist aboard oceanographic expeditions on the RV Atlantis, EV Nautilus, and RV Melville. Her works have been exhibited across the US and Europe and her art has appeared in a range of media outlets, including Interview Magazine, Atlas Obscura, the LA Times, Smithsonian Magazine, LA Weekly, and MTV. She holds an MFA from UCLA and a BA from UC Berkeley and has taught painting at UC Berkeley and Cal Poly Pomona.

The exhibit runs through August 16 at the Hammerfriar Gallery, 132 Mill Street, Suite 10, Healdsburg.

Artist (and guest biologist) talk will occur July 29, from 7 to 8pm.

Admission is free but requires RSVP.

Turtle Rock, Antartica


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