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The Art of the Story

The Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek opens a show featuring narrative art from three local artists


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Inez Storer courtesy of Bedford Gallery

As the saying goes, sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words. That’s the idea behind the exhibit Story Painters: Drawings, Paintings, Prints, and Tapestries by Hung Liu, Squeak Carnwath, and Inez Storer, opening February 16 at Walnut Creek’s Bedford Gallery. The show features the works of three internationally renowned Bay Area artists, who use a “visual vocabulary” to tell the stories of their lives and of the world.

Liu, originally from China but now an Oakland resident, uses historical photographs and collages to reflect on her native country’s Cultural Revolution. Another Oakland painter, Carnwath is known for featuring tiny writing in her paintings. Storer, from Marin County, creates vibrant surrealistic images (pictured above). Her interest in narrative painting comes from her father, who was an art director at Hollywood’s Paramount Pictures.

Story Painters runs February 16–April 11 at Bedford Gallery, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek, (925) 295-1417, bedfordgallery.org.

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