The View from Marin

I have two pieces, on the cusp and storm warning, in the exhibition, The View from Marin, Artwork by Members of Marin Museum of Contemporary Art. I like the title of this show. It’s inclusive and yet honors the individual point of view —that’s very “Marin” if you ask me. And, I couldn’t be more excited about the venue—the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Marin Civic Center—one of my favorite buildings, ever. Those of you who follow me on Instagram will know I absolutely love this building. I had to stop myself from posting all 35 of the photos I took of the place the morning I was there for jury duty.

Marin Civic Center • designed by Frank Lloyd Wright • East side detail • ©2014 Jennifer Libby Fay
Marin Civic Center • designed by Frank Lloyd Wright • East side detail • ©2014 Jennifer Libby Fay

Frank Lloyd Wright’s last commission, the building of the Marin Civic Center began in 1960 after his death. Even though he never walked down the halls of this stunning creation, his vision lives in every curve, globe, and brass detail.

on the cusp & storm warning on the left • 3rd Floor Gallery • Marin Civic Center • ©2014 Jennifer Libby Fay
on the cusp & storm warning on the left • 3rd Floor Gallery • Marin Civic Center • ©2014 Jennifer Libby Fay

My two paintings hang in the third floor gallery, one atop the other, on the main wall as you enter. I have to say, it was a thrilling moment when I walked through the doors and saw them there. The opening reception was a lively affair with a non-stop stream of artists and patrons from all around Marin. Lots of great conversation, delicious food, and beautiful art.

The View from Marin reception • 3rd Floor Gallery • ©2014 Jennifer Libby Fay
The View from Marin reception • 3rd Floor Gallery • ©2014 Jennifer Libby Fay

The spirit of FLW is strong in the place, at least I felt it so. On this day I saw it in the acute attention he gave to the details (on other days I’m awed by the grand scope of the place)—the scalloped edging echoed at the ceiling and railing, the sparkling stainless steel sculpted drinking fountain, and (sigh) those circular brass door handles. As I walked through the skylit, plant filled inner courtyard on the way back to my car I wanted ignore the responsibilities waiting for me—errands, appointments, dinner reservations— and stay awhile longer. I sat down on one of the invitingly placed curvy benches and tried to absorb his message: be true to yourself, strive for beauty in both the humble and vast aspects of your work, infuse a sense of joy in every project.

Marin Civic Center Atrium • designed by Frank Lloyd Wright ©2014 Jennifer Libby Fay
Marin Civic Center Atrium • designed by Frank Lloyd Wright ©2014 Jennifer Libby Fay

Sending up a simple prayer of gratitude for the man, the artist, the visionary that he was, I reluctantly moved on with my day, but those few moments of reflection have stayed with me, burying deep into the artist that I am, and the one I hope to become.

The View from Marin:
Artwork by members of Marin Museum of Contemporary Art
Marin Civic Center, 1st and 3rd Floor
10 Ave of the Flags, San Rafael, California
September 16 through December 31, 2014

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