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Gallery I
September 6 – October 1, 2022

Hollis Hildebrand-Mills

Opening reception: Thursday, September 8, 6-8pm

Echinacea, 48 x 36″, Acrylic, 2020

 “An artist earns the right to call himself a creator only when he admits to himself that he is but an instrument.”   – Henry Miller  

In 2019, Hollis Hildebrand-Mills started three paintings. Jerry Saltz (in an Instagram Direct Message to her) stated that all-over abstraction is good, but it’s “better” to have a central figure or object. So she chose to isolate the central figure from the confusion of the abstraction by using little “stars” or round wheels with spokes found in ice molds. She encircled the central object with the little stars.  

When COVID 19 hit the U.S. in 2020, and people were dying by the millions, these spoke-y, spooky little circles looked like spores (germs) and the skulls represented to the viewer the death of the population. It seemed at the time that what Hildebrand-Mills didn’t actually know in 2019, foreshadowed what was to come.  

Evolving out of the theme of this series came school shootings, random deaths, gun control anger from both sides, virtual learning, abortion rights and transgender discussions in schools.    

BENEATH is focused on the idea that the artist concentrates on the work with certain ideas but that which surrounds the artist (the state of the world and the force of the future) is what the artist picks up subconsciously and ends up embedding in the work.  

Divine Imagery Is Everywhere. ™

Gallery II
September 6 – October 1, 2022

Opening reception: Thursday, September 8, 6-8pm

Blue , Mixed media,  9.5 x  7.5 in, 2019

Yu Rong
Seen, Unseen

Ceres Gallery is pleased to present the work of Yu Rong. For the artist, paintings are memories. She is interested in things that bear the weight of care. She wishes to paint freely.

Painting is a way to show the imprint that she has left through the journey of her life. Through painting, sounds in me are tranquilized and I can reconcile with my memories.

Learning about the art of every part of the world, studying philosophies, poems, and artistic techniques is Yu Rong’s passion. Through understanding the different processes of art making such as encaustic painting, egg tempera painting, oil painting, Chinese brush painting, calligraphy, metal-point drawing, enameling, etc., she is able to choose mediums and techniques that she considers suitable for a particular theme in her work.

Her goal is to be natural. In the Diamond Sutra, it says “so you should view this fleeting world – a star at dawn, a bubble in a stream, a flash of lightening in a summer cloud, a flickering lamp, a phantom, and a dream.” Yu Rong hopes through the process of art making, she will see only beauty.

Ceres Gallery is following all COVID19 requirements.
Masks are required at all times.

Hours: 12 noon to 6pm Tuesday-Saturday

Ceres 2022-23 Season opens

October 4 – 29, 2022

 Rising Curtain
Chalda Maloff

 reminiscent of
Anne Mondro