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Color Theory, an exhibit  exploring the application of color in paintings by Lucas Blok and Mel Prest, opens Friday, May 17th at the Carl Cherry Center for the Arts. A reception for the artists will be held at the center from 4 to 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The exhibition examines the use of color from two separate, but related, perspectives: the large vibrant color fields of Monterey’s Lucas Blok and Mel Prest, a non-objective San Francisco painter whose work focuses on color and perceptual visual relationships.

Color Theory can be seen Wednesday through Friday from 11 to 4 p.m. and Saturdays noon to 4 p.m.  or by appointment through June 15th, 2019.

Pictured, top: “Untitled” – Lucas Blok

Lucas Blok has an established interest in color. His paintings are absorbing experiments in visual perception as he works with vibrant and intensely saturated hues that become a uniquely involved experience for each individual spectator.  Mr. Blok was awarded the prestigious Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant for 2011-2012, which recognizes and generously supports his artistic merit as a professional artist over a significant period of time.

“17 Seconds” – Mel Prest

Mel Prest is an artist, curator and educator living in San Francisco. She received her BFA in Painting from Rhode Island School of Design and MFA from Mills College in Oakland.

Her work is focused on color and perceptual visual relationships and synaesthetic response. Her work is held in collections at Apple; The Crocker Museum of Art; Kaiser Permanente; The Mills College Art Museum, among others.


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