The Language of Art

Pablo McClure (L), Dr. Paul White (center) Soledad Leonicio (R)

Pablo McClure (L), Dr. Paul White (center) Soledad Leonicio (R)

If you thought the Sonoma/Mendocino Coast was devoid of world culture well think again because the Gualala Arts Center has a new Chilean art exhibit that will knock your socks off.

Chilean artists, Pablo McClure and Soledad Leonicio, are the current artists-in-residence at the Gualala Arts Center. Pablo is an accomplished painter and Soledad a very talented sculptor. She brings forth the clay of the earth and he the light of the land to their respective mediums.

The exhibition opened Friday, June 5th and kicked off with a reception featuring Chilean food, drink and live entertainment with an accomplished pianist playing a baby grand in the foyer upon arrival.

Early in the evening a slideshow featuring the artists at work in their home and respective studios shared their inspiration and their creative vision to what we see today the Gualala Arts Center.

At one point during the presentation Soledad said that although there was a language barrier, they spoke the language art. Never have words rang so true as this was truly evident in the exhibition mounted that all worked together to bring to fruition.

This exhibit was two years in the making with the culmination of all the hard work and efforts of the artists, sponsors and volunteers this weekend. The show would not have been possible without the generous sponsorship and support of Dr. Paul White of Sea Ranch along with a host of others from the community.

Pablo and Soledad will be demonstrating their talents and offering workshops at the Gualala Arts Center during their stay as artists-in-residence. For a schedule of event and offerings visit

This exhibit is very much akin to a museum quality show in many respects with presentation, execution and talent. It is a real treat to have such a world class exhibit in our local community. The Chilean art exhibit will remain on view through June 28th and travel next to New York. If you find yourself visiting the Sonoma/Mendocino Coast this month see for yourself just how especial y fantastico it really is.