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Free Is Perception Reality Art Exhibit 


Posted By CotoBlogzz August 10, 2011

Mission Viejo, CA – Bob Rickerson, Gallery Director of The Saddleback College Art Gallery is presenting the  Not What it Appears, a group exhibition on Symbolism, on Monday, September 12th through Thursday, September 29th in the Saddleback College Art Gallery. Admission is free. 

This intriguing exhibition features five local southern California artists. Both paintings and sculpture will be included in the show which will be on the use of Symbolism in art. Artists throughout history have explored Symbolism through their art as far back as Northern Renaissance with Jan van Eyck and Hieronymus Bosch along with modern artists such as Gustav Klimt, Edvard Munch and Frida Kahlo. Even in his “Blue Period” Pablo Picasso used Symbolism in his paintings of harlequins, paupers and clowns. Symbolism is not only limited to the visual arts but also can be seen in literature, poetry, music, philosophy, theatre and early motion pictures employed symbolism in their staging and set designs and had a huge influence on Expressionism and Surrealism in painting.

The five artists in the exhibition include: Colin Roberts, Deborah Davidson, Holly Topping, Roger Whitridge and Trine Wejp-Olsen. The Symbolism used by these artists in their work is not mainstream emblems but intensely personal, private, and obscure with often ambiguous references.

Gallery hours are Monday – Wednesday from noon-4 pm; Thursday evenings 4-8 pm. An artists’ reception will be held Tuesday, September 13th from 6-9 pm. 


Female Neanderthal by Holly Topping


The gallery will also be open Saturday, September 24th from 10 am to 2 pm

The Saddleback College Art Gallery is one of South Orange County’s primary outlets for creative expression in traditional and conceptual art. Exhibitions featuring works by local, regional and nationally known artists are presented from September to July. The Art Gallery is an important part of the instructional program. Students enrolled in the gallery display and exhibition classes learn how to plan, design, install and organize gallery space through art exhibitions.

Saddleback College is located at 28000 Marguerite Pkwy in Mission Viejo, just east of Interstate 5 at the Avery Parkway exit. Parking is available in Lot 12. Take Avery Parkway to Marguerite Parkway turn left to the third traffic light, which is Saddleback’s Marguerite entrance. Turn right into the campus and take the second left to “Theatre Circle,” turning right into Lot 12.
Located in Mission Viejo, Saddleback College provides quality higher education and training to the greater south Orange County community. Having served more than 500,000 students since 1968, Saddleback College offers over 300 degree and certificate programs to help students reach their personal, career, and educational goals. For more information, please visit and for Fine Arts information, visit 














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