We know we live in one of the most geographically stunning areas in the country, but when obligations keep us busy, it’s easy to forget the natural beauty that surrounds us. For a few people, however, that beauty is their work. In “Above the Earth, Below the Sky,” a new exhibit at the Local Color Gallery, Mike Shoys and Kai Samuels-Davis remind us of the inspiration found in Sonoma County’s wilderness.
Shoys, a Forestville resident, focuses mainly on photography, shooting Sonoma County scenes at all times of day. His shots of beaches, fog and redwoods capture some of the most peaceful yet powerful images of Northern California.
Samuels-Davis sets up shop in Bodega Bay, where his delicate portraits and landscape paintings communicate raw emotion. Often employing rough brush strokes and dripping paint, Samuels-Davis lends each of his works a distinctive, often slightly melancholy sentiment.
The two artists are perfect complements, with Shoys’ photos lulling the viewer to a calm place and Samuels-Davis exposing the vulnerability there. A poignant reminder of love for Sonoma County and of our place within it, “Above the Earth, Below the Sky” runs through Aug. 31 at Local Color Gallery with an opening reception Saturday, Aug. 6, from 1pm to 4pm. 1580 Eastshore Road, Bodega Bay. 707.875.2744.