David Wetzl: A Tribute to Genius-im

Worldly Beings Viewing Their Inner and Outer Universe

By Meghan Sullivan

Earlier this month (February 8 to be exact), I had the pleasure of attending the Second Saturday reception for a new exhibit at JayJay (5520 Elvas Avenue). The exhibit, David Wetzl: A Tribute to Genius-ism’ celebrates twenty plus years of post-modern work by regional artist David Wetzl.

I was first introduced to Wetzl and his work at Sierra College. He was my instructor for a class in color theory. I learned a lot from that class, and after viewing a selection of his art, I know exactly why I learned so much from him.

And I’m certainly not the only one; Wetzl taught and challenged art students for two decades at both CSU Sacramento and Sierra College. Due to a recent diagnosis of frontotemporal dementia, he is leaving academia to concentrate on his own work. And in fact, a new piece, “Worldly Beings Viewing Their Inner and Outer Universe” – Acrylic on shaped wood, is on display in the exhibition.

The reception was well-attended with many students and instructors alike present to celebrate Wetzl and his work. I highly recommend taking some time to view the collection and explore the connectedness between the inner and outer universe and ego.  The work is vibrant with color and fantastically detailed.

  • Survey: A Tribute to Genius-ism
  • February 1 – March 1, 2014
  • Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 11 to 4 and by appointment


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