"A search for a road and a search for freedom: Six series by Kristen Throop” opens Friday, May 5 from 5 to 8 pm as part of SOFA’s First Friday event. The show will be open Saturdays and Sundays from 12 to 5 from May 13 thru 28 (or by appointment) at the BackStreet Gallery on Art Alley, off South A St. in Santa Rosa, CA.

How is a cuckoo clock related to a cow? Red rabbits, cows, black bears, light sculptures, Technicolor light boxes and cuckoo clocks appear to be unrelated, yet they share common underlying themes in the work of local artist, Kristen Throop. This exhibit is the first time that all six series based on these subjects will be shown together. Though each series was created in a different medium, this exhibit explores their deeper connections.

On three Sundays in May, Throop will be discussing themes in her work in depth:

Sunday, May 14, 1 pm   Let’s stop pretending: Fairy tales

The Grimm brothers, Hans Christian Andersen and nursery rhymes all served as starting points for pieces in this show. Throop will tell the stories and discuss the layered meanings of fairy tales in her work.

Sunday, May 21, 1 pm   Dreams and the subconscious

Dreams serve as richly layered puzzles for investigation. The artist will be discussing Jung’s “Red Book” of dreams and talking about how she uses her own dreams as a path for creative exploration.

Sunday, May 28, 1 pm   Process: The sketchbooks

Each series in the show began with research and experimentation in a sketchbook. This is a unique chance to see the sketchbooks and watch how raw ideas germinate to finished works. Anatomical studies of cows, swans, bears as well as diagrams of cuckoo clock works will be shown.

For more information call 707 478-4739 or write to inquiries@kristenthroop.com.

“Art is two things: a search for a road and a search for freedom” —Alice Neel