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Call of the wild at gallery
WHAT: Wildlife Wonders art show.
WHERE: Orland Center for the Arts and Gallery, 732 Fourth St.
WHEN: 1-7 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday.
The Orland Center for the Arts and Gallery is hearing the call of the wild as 2012 begins.
Its "Wildlife Wonders" exhibit includes the works of two nationally acclaimed wildlife artists whose works will be up through Jan. 28.
This wild event coincides with Chico's famed "Snow Goose Festival," and should draw an audience of hunters, birders and nature lovers to the gallery in downtown Orland.
George Lockwood and Peter Mathios each have about 40 pieces of artwork in the show that include original paintings and both framed and unframed prints.
Lockwood assisted in putting up the paintings Thursday after driving up from his home in Santa Ynez, north of Santa Barbara.
His show biography says he became passionate about wildlife and the outdoors while camping, hunting and fishing in the Western United States and Mexico as a boy.
As a college student, he spent summers packing mules in Yosemite National Park and later became a hunting guide in Alaska for 19 years.
These experiences combined with art study in Arizona allowed him to broaden his craft, and his work is now in private and corporate collections throughout the United States and the world, he said.
This is his first time exhibiting in Orland, Lockwood added, although he has shown in Sacramento and Tacoma and Seattle, Washington.
"Peter Mathios is a friend of mine," Lockwood said. "We have done some shows together. He asked me to help him fill some space (in Orland)."
Most of Lockwood's work is now done in acrylics, he said, although he started painting in oils.
"I can work quickly in it (acrylic)," he said. "I paint outside and it dries fast, which is an advantage."
Lockwood explained bugs, leaves and dirt stick to oils when painting outdoors, and it is difficult to put an oil painting in a backpack when he's done since it takes so long to dry.
With acrylics, the paintings are dry when he's ready to leave, he said.
His favorite subjects are wildlife and landscapes and include plenty of birds and big game animals.
The years in Alaska provided plenty of time to watch the wildlife and observe how they look and behave, Lockwood said.
He often draws from memory but also uses photos from time to time, he said.
Lockwood's honors include Alaska and California Ducks Unlimited Artist of the Year and duck stamp honors among others.
Mathios has received similar honors with the 2009 International Duck Unlimited Artist of the Year award.
His biography also says his paintings are inspired by past experiences in his childhood.
Mathios hunted ducks with his dad and brother as a boy in the Suisun Marsh and became interested in the variety of species.
He later copied photographs that appeared in hunting magazines and his art blossomed from there.
Today, Mathios said he is involved in wildlife habitat conservation and supports groups that protect wild lands.
He also has drawn stamps such as the Texas Duck Stamp for 2010 and the 2001 New Zealand Fish and Game Habitat Stamp.
Mathios now lives in Oregon.
Those visiting the show will see ducks, geese, turkeys, Big Horn sheep, deer and a variety of hunting scenes.
Contact Rick Longley at 934-6800 or email@example.com.