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Tombaugh Gallery features Julia Masaoka’s ‘Trashformation’


The Tombaugh Gallery will feature the artwork of Julia Masaoka in March, the gallery said in a news release.

The show’s opening reception will be 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 5, at the gallery, 2000 S. Solano Drive. The gallery is part of the Unitarian Universalist Church.

The exhibit will continue through Friday, March 31.

Masaoka has been an artist for more than 40 years, the gallery said. She originally worked as an abstract landscape painter before transitioning to creating mixed-media shrines and assemblages. Masaoka had artist residencies at the Vermont Art Center and the Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos. She works primary with metal, hardware and iconic images, using objects from scrap yards, thrift stores and the desert.

Masaoka calls her art “Trashformation” – beauty from trash, the news release said. Themes range from the sacred to the humorous, often with a sense of mystery.

Masaoka is inspired by the art of Mexico and outsider artists, the gallery said. She works intuitively and is informed by the process of creating each piece.

Tombaugh Gallery is open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday-Sunday.