San Francisco

Marjorie Ehlers

Venus Gallery, Oakland

The first one-man show of oils and drawings by an artist of great potential whose brushwork and whose design is nearly flawless, but whose symbolism is so personal as to need her special interpretation. Which limits viewer participation. In short, she prefers monologue to dialogue.

Miss Ehlers has chosen to speak through the human figure as it is involved with a group. The central figure in each picture is part encapsulated in broad black line, and is presumably herself. The major part of her show is a sort of charade about one important event in her life. But what the event was and why its echo has so engrossed her is lost in an obscurity that is probably meant to be enigmatic, but is, rather, secretive.

Elizabeth M. Polley

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