Palm Loft Gallery will host a Donald Archer exhibition titled “Visual Music” from Nov. 9 to Dec. 15, representing 15 years of the artist’s work in 36 paintings. A public opening reception will be held Nov. 9 from 5 to 7 p.m. One of the original members of the Oak Group, Archer became friends with the group’s founder Arturo Tello several years before the group’s formation more than 35 years ago.
Curated by Tello, Palm Loft Gallery owner-director, the show features mostly abstracted landscapes as well as several figurative and autobiographical works. Archer’s most recent paintings are almost completely abstract—more harmonious, delicate and airy than his earlier work, while still calling up the California landscape. “For me, painting has always been about creating the environment that I want to live in,” Archer wrote. “I want to surround myself with images that are life-affirming and positive… I want my paintings to be a breath of fresh air and to create an uplifting mood that is like being surrounded by beautiful music.”