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Exhibit of Paintings by Julie Heffernan Now at the Palo Alto Art Center
Contact : Sarah Goodman, Marketing Coordinator    650-605-3511
Palo Alto, CA - The exhibition, Sky is Falling: Paintings by Julie Heffernan,  features approximately 20 lush figurative and landscape paintings, richly surfaced and bursting with intricate details from the natural world. This mid-career survey of Julie Heffernan opened at the Palo Alto Art Center on June 22, 2013, and is on view through September 1, 2013.

After its premiere at the Palo Alto Art Center, the exhibition will travel to the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento from October 20, 2013 to January 26, 2014. A full color catalogue, featuring an essay by acclaimed author Rebecca Solnit, will be available for purchase. 

A deep love and understanding of art history informs all of Julie Heffernan's artwork. Landscapes, figures, and still lifes from throughout the history of art find expression in her contemporary paintings. Topical references to current events and contemporary issues also figure prominently in these works. Heffernan listens to National Public Radio in her studio as she paints, the current events contributing to the auditory background as well as the subject matter of many of her works. Deeply concerned with environmental issues, she frequently contemplates the state of the planet that her children will inherit. Rather than cynical, Heffernan's outlook is uniquely hopeful, as she views her paintings as both expressions and calls to action, "both cries in the wilderness and my attempt to do something."

Karen Kienzle, Director of the Palo Alto Art Center shares, "The Palo Alto Art Center is honored to present and organize this exhibition and tour of Julie Heffernan's work. In Julie's paintings, we find echoes of our past and warnings about our future. Art historical references from throughout the history of painting coexist in these works with allusions to our current fascination with consumption and the role it plays in our environment’s devastation. The ability to convey incisive environmental messages in a richly engaging format is at the very heart of Julie’s unique talent. We look forward to sharing her powerful vision with our entire community."

"I’m very excited to be having my first traveling museum show so close to where I grew up," Julie Heffernan says. "The Hayward Hills were my escape valve as a youth, and taught me to keep moving to the next hill beyond. This show at the Palo Alto Art Center is about imagining ways we might deal with future hurdles, coming on fast." 

Raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Julie Heffernan now lives and works in New York. Her work is included in numerous national and international collections, including the Columbia Museum of Art in South Carolina, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art in Philadelphia, and the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach. Heffernan’s paintings have been featured in solo exhibitions at institutions such as the Lux Art Institute in Encinitas, California, the John Michael Kohler Art Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, and the Mint Museum of Art in Charlotte, North Carolina. Her work has been featured in numerous publications, including Artforum, Art in America, Artnews, and The New York Times. 

Julie Heffernan is represented by P.P.O.W. in New York, Mark Moore Gallery in Los Angeles, and Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco.  

The Palo Alto Art Center is located at 1313 Newell Road in Palo Alto. Exhibition hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, please visit the Palo Alto Art Center page