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Second Saturday Reception: October 10, 5 pm – 8 pm

October 1–31, 2015

Kim Thoman
"Place Makes Space"

Kim Thoman, Mother of Pearls 1
"Mother of Pearls 1"

Many of the works in this exhibition were made while I was at the Mendocino Art Center, or thinking about the Mendocino coastline, or just left Mendocino, or longing to come back.

I have traveled to various locations in the country to paint, but I only return to two locations repeatedly – Mendocino and Taos, New Mexico. There is something similar that I experience in these two places – the sky of Taos and ocean views of Mendocino – that seems to hurdle me into a new space. Sometimes it’s the actual environment of the place, such as how crushing waves interact with the skyline on the coast or the majesty of the weather overhead in Taos. At other times it’s more as if the location helps me find a vast inner place of necessity looking to be expressed.  

I think of the natural elements that hatch out as symbols for my own growth process.

— Kim Thoman


Kim Thoman, Emerging Venus 6
"Emerging Venus 6"
Kim Thoman, Red Cloud
"Red Cloud"

A native of Lincoln, Nebraska, KIM THOMAN’s interest in art showed up at an early age. This inclination led her to the University of California, Davis, where she studied ceramics, and then on to UC Berkeley, where she studied painting and drawing, receiving her BA in 1972 and then to San Francisco State University for her MA in Ceramic Sculpture. She taught art at Merritt Community College in Oakland, California ,until 2013.

Her work has been exhibited in many solo exhibitions including Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, VA; JFK University in Orinda, CA; Stanford Art Spaces in Palo Alto, CA; Monterey Peninsula College in Monterey, CA; Bank of America World Headquarters in San Francisco, CA; and San Francisco MOMA Artists Gallery in San Francisco, CA; among others.

Upcoming solo exhibitions include The Anderson Art Center in Anderson, IN; Saint Mary’s University in Winona, MN; SOKA University in Aliso Viejo, CA; Peninsula Museum of Art in Burlingame, CA.

Her work can be seen at David Anthony Fine Art Gallery in Taos, NM.

Visit Kim Thoman's website

Mendocino Arts Magazine, Kim Thoman Cover

Read more about Kim Thoman
in Mendocino Arts Magazine's
Fall 2015/Winter 2016 issue

Kim Thoman: Three Dimensions


Kim Thoman, Venus of Turner
"Venus of Turner"