Exhibit showcases San Joaquin Delta waterways


Show concept conceived by gallery director to educate community

After two years in the making, the Delta Waters art exhibit will be held in the L.H. Horton Jr. Gallery March 1-29.

Delta Waters is an environmental art display portraying varying aspects of the San Joaquin Delta waterways.

BEAUTIFUL SKY: “Demeter,” means “mother Earth” in Greek and is an ancient Greek goddess of agriculture by Esmeralda Ruiz. PHOTO COURTESY ESMERELDA RUIZ

Eight different artists, in multiple mediums from photography to sculpture,  will present interpretations of the impact and splendor of the Delta.

The art pieces will vary in content from scenic to scientific pieces, all sharing the primary  theme of the Delta.

Patricia Watts, the founder and west coast curator of Ecoartspace, will be a guest curator for this exhibit.

The exhibit concept was conceived by Gallery Director Jan Marlese with the intent to present students and the community with works that engage and educate viewers on two concepts: preservation, and education.

“The purpose of the exhibit is to portray the environmental impact that we have through the heavy water usage that is happening in the delta, as well as the beauty of the delta and its habitat,” said Marlese.

A primary goal of the exhibit is “to be able to show students and the community how the arts talk about the delta through a visual media.”

She stresses the impact of the Delta and our daily uses of the water.  “40-percent of all of California’s water usage comes from the Delta…that is a ton of water.”

Moreover, Marlese said Delta Waters is by far the most important exhibition of her career as gallery director.


There will be a panel discussion March 8 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Tillie Lewis Theatre, which will be free and open to the public.

A few artists will be present, as well as Paul Ustach, Barbara Barrigan-Parrila, and Lloyd G. Carter, three panelists who are involved in the field of environmental discipline.

The purpose of the panel discussion is to combine the scientific aspect of the exhibition to the visual aspect.

Some art pieces presented at the exhibit will be available for purchase.

The opening reception will be held on March 1 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the gallery.

Visit deltawaters2012.org for more information on the exhibit.


Opening Reception: March 1, 5-7 p.m.
Delta Waters Panel: March 8th, 11 a.m..-1 p.m. San Joaquin Delta College – Tillie Lewis Theatre, free and open to the public