San Francisco

Jane Wilson, Jeoffrey Fricker, African Sculpture

Crocker Art Gallery, Sacramento

Jane Wilson exhibits pretty much the same show she had at Gump’s Gallery, San Francisco, in October. Her atmospheric landscapes are symphonies of color and movement. Reminiscent of Monet’s impressionism and of Sargent’s flickering watercolor brush-stroke, they evoke a romantic mood suggesting capsules of time and nature to be held in the memory like pearls on a rosary. Miss Wilson speaks the firm visual language of the action painter, but in a breathless whisper. And she knows when she has said enough.

The African sculptures are from the collection of Dr. Ladislas Segy of New York. About 40 items are shown, including masks, statues and implements used in the life-cycle of an African in various ceremonies such as pre-birth, birth, initiation and marriage rituals, fertility rites and the cult of death. Especially expressive are the tiny brass sculptures used as gold weights by the Ashanti Tribe from the Ghana Coast. Cast by the lost wax process, they have the freedom of ink-spot sketches. One is a delightful little figure with a particularly avaricious leer. He holds his hands out in a bakshish position, and brings a chuckle from the viewer.

Fricker spent two years photographing the many changing moods of the American River. He shows the best of the prints here. One is not surprised that he has won a number of photography awards.

Elizabeth M. Polley