• New House Gallery is a gallery space created from the wide halls of the original fine and performing arts building "New House." Given this great opportunity to have a true exhibition space at Branson, we utilize the space to bring variety and direct artistic interaction to our Visual Arts Students. Each Year our gallery host 5-7 art exhibits including two student shows, visiting artist exhibits, and our Annual Artist-in-Residence exhibit. Eric Oldmixon and Allyson Seal work to coordinate the galleries to include a range of meaningful artistic approaches created by "practicing" artists representative of the themes, values, and ideals of the Bay Area Contemporary art scene.
  • Presenting Above the Eddy,

    An Exhibition of Works on Paper by Christopher West


    Eddy, Detail

    “Above The Eddy”, Detail, Watercolor on Paper

    Artist, curator, and teacher Chris West returns to Branson as our first Exhibiting Visiting Artist of the school year. 

    I am particularly excited to share this series of works on paper with my students.  Chris unique style pairs a formalist approach to image creation with deeply honest, personal and insightful phrases of text.  Initially, the faceted geometric forms created with delicate watercolor engage us aesthetically.  As we are pulled closer into the work, the labeled color swatches and curious text push us toward a more psychological take.  We feel as though Chris is sharing with us suggestions of deeply meaningful personal experiences encapsulated in carefully crafted geodesic spheres.

    In addition to sharing his works in the gallery, Chris too will spend time working with our students. He will discuss his artistic process and intentions with Intermediate Drawing and Painting and provide feedback to our upper level students.

    On Friday Oct 23, Chris will offer our Portfolio Review students insight into the curatorial process as he leads them through the ins and outs of choosing, organizing, and installing a group of art for a gallery exhibition.

    Chris West exhibits throughout the Bay Area. A series of his paper cuts is currently on view at 123 Bolinas in Fairfax. Chris teaches at both College of Marin and Santa Rosa Junior College. Chris has also worked at California College of Art, Head-Royce School and The Oxbow School in Napa.

    The work will remain on view until November 20 in New House Gallery.