Exeter Gallery’s new show leaves ‘Vivid Impressions’
The Courthouse Gallery will present two artists for the winter exhibit. Bob Goetting will return for his second showing and Martha Stewart will make her first appearance at the Gallery.
The show will open Saturday, Jan. 5. The Gallery will host a reception for the artists at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 6. Come meet the artists and enjoy the festivities. Christy Alves, owner of Hometown Emporium, will provide the cuisine. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. The gallery is located at 125 S. B. St. in Exeter, just under the water tower.
R.W. “Bob” Goetting
Bob Goetting, a third generation Californian, has painted scenes from California and around the world for 35 years. He has studied the master painters in the great galleries and museums of London, Paris, Madrid, Amsterdam, Florence and Rome. His latest trip to Europe included visits to Cassis, France and Portofino, Italy. These Mediterranean seaside resorts have become his most favorite and popular subjects.
Goetting’s work has been in solo exhibitions in Fresno and Paso Robles and in galleries in Morro Bay and Cambria in the Central Coast. He has won top honors, been included in select judged shows, and his work is in collections from San Francisco to Amsterdam. Goetting is a member of the Paso Robles Art Association, the Porterville Art Association, the Association of California Artists and the California Art Club.
Goetting works in oil over acrylic, creating layers of color and texture, painting either in his outdoor studio or on location. He uses an intuitive approach rather than a formulaic one, combining intricacy of surface with spontaneity and expressing the interaction between himself and the atmosphere.
Martha (Evans) Stewart was born in El Paso, Texas and moved with her family to Exeter when she was 10 years old. She graduated from Exeter High School in 1970. Her father, Ward Evans, was the first surgeon in Exeter, as those who came before him were general practitioners, according to Martha.
Stewart said the house she grew up in once served as a hospital, and thus was haunted because people had died there. Upon hearing St. Mary’s College was accepting women, Stewart decided to enroll in the once male-only Catholic college because she “thought that sounded fun.” She earned a degree in art in 1974. By 1976 she began working as an electrical designer and met her husband Paul.
Seven years later, Stewart was working in San Antonio as an electrical estimator when she found out she was pregnant. Her sun Duncan was born with Down Syndrome, so she decided to move back to California to be closer to her parents. She had her second child two years later while living in Visalia. After a brief stint in the mass mailing business, Stewart began to paint. She now has two grandchildren, Kayla and Emma, and still hasn’t decided “what she will be when she grows up.” In the meantime, she will continue to paint and share her work.