By Alyssa Green
For the first time in 20 years, Sacramento native and renowned landscape artist Gregory Kondos is exhibiting his well-known work at the Crocker Art Museum. A Touch of Blue celebrates 70 of his most beloved paintings of Greece, France, the American Southwest, the scenery of California including Yosemite, the Napa and Sonoma Valleys, and of course his home town and ours, the Sacramento Valley. Exhibited at the Crocker are several of Kondos’ Sacramento River scenes, one of his most popular being Sacramento River with 32 Palms, below.
Known for his vibrant use of the color blue, it is not surprising that when studying Kondos’ work, one feels calm and relaxed while taking in the beauty of the world the artist so eloquently captures on canvas. Claiming that “nature was his teacher,” it is evident in all of his work that he sees the world as a beautiful and inspiring place. We are lucky enough here in Sacramento to be the recipients of Kondo’s amazing vision.
The exhibition is indeed beautiful and inspiring, and will be enjoyed by museum patrons of all ages. So gather up the kids, and head on down to the Crocker for a fabulous museum experience. The exhibition opened Sunday, February 24 and runs through May 19, 2013.