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individual and traditional interpretations by:
Kim Abeles, Edith Abeyta, Sandy Abrams, Kelly Adachi, Craig Antrim, Marshall Astor, Slater Barron, Veralee Bassler, Angie Bray, Georgette Buckley, Scott Canty, Anna Christensen, Steve Comba, Joyce Dallal, Pirrko De Bar, Ruth Dennis, Roger Dutton, Susan Elizalde-Holler, Joel Glassman, Daniel Gonzales, Michael P. Griffin, Carleigh Hoff, Nancy Kyes, Joyce Kohl, Eva Kolosvary-Stupler, Gina Lawson-Egan, Margaret Lazzari, Betsy Lohrer Hall, Yvette Mangual, Peggy Marsh-Ames, Russ McMillin, Freyda Miller, Michael Lewis Miller, Terry Milobar, Dominique Moody, Nancy Mozur, Terry O’Donnell, John Outterbridge, Felicia Page, David Patterson, Sarah Perry, Victor Raphael, Tina M. Riggs, Roxene Rockwell, Nancy Romero, Sonia Romero, Fred Rose, Rosie Saenz, Anne Scheid, Olga Seem, Laura Stickney, Diane Streich, George Two Horses, Linda Vallejo, Randall Von Bloomberg, Pat Warner, Sam Watters, Nancy Webber, Lawrence Yun and The Folk Tree

Oh, I who long to grow,
I look outside myself, and the tree
inside me grows

These lines from a poem written in 1914 by Rainer Maria Rilke reflect the deep and all encompassing nature of the image of the tree. In many cultures the icon of the tree serves as an axis that links the heavens with the earth. For instance, the Cosmic Tree in Yggdrasil, from Scandinavian lore, stands at the center of three cosmic planes--the underworld, the Middle Earth or land of mortals and the heavenly world of the gods. In Judeo-Christian paradise, there were two trees- the tree of life and the tree of knowledge, each relating the consciousness of humankind. Buddha attained enlightenment while seated beneath the Bodhi Tree. In some shamanistic healing rituals the tree becomes a vehicle of travel between upper and lower realms.

Throughout the history of man’s imagination, trees have been closely associated with human anatomy and the energies that govern well being. We refer to our arms as limbs our torsos as trunks, our bodies have crotches and our teeth have roots. Both the energy centers or chakras in the practice of Yoga, and the Kabalistic Sephiroth of Jewish mystical tradition, form abstracted internal trees. The philosophical tree in alchemy represents the process of movement of individual inner transformation.

Trees provide a blueprint for investigation of family ancestry. They likewise suggest a structure for the exploration of genetics. Trees shelter us and give us oxygen, fire, food, medicine, beauty and shade. They furnish the raw materials that nourish our lives. Environmentalists throughout the world argue the necessity that trees be nurtured and protected as the guardians of the atmosphere.
The Tree of Life exhibition at El Camino College Art Gallery celebrates the image of the tree in its myriad forms. More than fifty artists present works using the tree as an archetype through which to explore the personal. Painting, drawing sculpture, ceramics, video, photography, digital media and books will be exhibited during this exhibition which runs from November 21-December 16, 2005.

It seems appropriate, at a time of global chaos, that we recognize the tree as an image of growth and possible renewal.

Curator El Camino College Art Gallery

Below is a small sampling of the artists work
ROGER DUTTON Click on Picture to view enlargement

String Peaks, two pods 22x24x8" ea. w 60" conduit
Acrylic on canvas, string & conduit, 2000

Bumble Bird (Details), 2003
LINDA VALLEJO Click on Picture to view enlargement Visit lindavallejo.com

Sacred Lands, 2002, 12x24"
Oil on canvas

Topanga Skyline II, 2002, 12x24"
Oil on canvas
VICTOR RAPHAEL Click on Picture to view enlargement Visit victorraphael.com

Untitled, 1989, 60x40"
Metal leaf on canvas

The Three Triangles, 1983, 40x30"
Oil pastel and metal leaf on rag board
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Telling Stories of the Family Tree, 2002

Lost and Missing Trees
Gouache on paper
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Bonsai, 2000, 38x54"

Watercolor on Paper

Hummingbird, 1998, 18x24x1.25"
Collage in a wood frame
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Yes, But at Least I know It's There
Wood Sculpture

Nice Girls Don't Grow on Trees, 2005, 30x22"
acrylic and block printing on paper

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