Mary Robertson returns to the Russian River, and summer cannot be far behind. An artist steeped in the Bay Area Figurative tradition, Robertson begins her fourth solo show at the George Krevsky Gallery on Friday, July 8th continuing through Saturday, September 10th. The gallery, at 77 Geary in San Francisco is near Union Square and easily accessible by BART. Taking a page from the Italian master, Giorgio Morandi, the Guerneville-based painter revisits a familiar subject matter. Summer on the River reminds us of vacations past, and tempts us now to test the water, take a deep breath, and submerge our worries.
I am consumed by Mary Robertson's paintings. I am forced to be there, right where she has placed me, wading in or floating on the cool river, looking back at the sun drenched sand where beach goers are silent, stopped in time… in complete relaxation, reading a book, or blowing up an air float. By being in this silent moment our imagination adds the smell of the water and feel of the breeze… the sounds of voices, water, and leaves in the trees, melded together. I also know that she has done us the favor of showing a world that we would have missed or overlooked. The shadow of a person seated in a folding chair now makes me think of that person's spirit, his life experiences, his past or future. We would have missed all of this. I hope that the next time I am at the river I will see this world a bit brighter and more thoughtfully.