Spring is one of the pioneers in wood sculpture and installation art. Her scenes range from complex room-size installations to the smaller, more compressed “vignettes”. She was born in England and attended the Central School of Art in London and the Gravesend School of Art in Kent before coming to the United States as a war bride in 1946. In 1951, Spring and her family moved to San Francisco where she found herself in the center of an artistic, cultural and spiritual revolution. She remembers going to the King Ubu Gallery and to many of the performances there and at the later Beat Galleries- some quite daring for that time. She began showing her work in the annual San Francisco Art Festivals, which were attended by musicians and poets as well as artists, as early as 1951. “The critics hated the festivals, but these were explosive times and very exciting!”. Her sculpture “Crucifixion” was rejected at the 1955 Arts Festival held at Fisherman’s Wharf because the Christ figure was naked, however her art construction of a life-sized wooden door festooned with the businessman’s daily necessities won the purchase prize award at the San Francisco Art Festival in the Civic Center, eleven years later.
John Natsoulas Center for the Arts
Evenings at the gallery
Visit the Gallery Cafe!
GranCrema Italian Coffee and an assortment of coffee drinks! The gallery cafe is a great first stop before exploring the four floors of art at the John Natsoulas Center for the Arts.
About the John Natsoulas Gallery…
“No gallery in California does more for the arts than the John Natsoulas Gallery.”
Poet and past President of the NEA
“Visitors from out of state might never expect to find one of Northern California’s most ambitious galleries in the university town of Davis . . . But for some years art dealer John Natsoulas has been staging significant shows devoted to less-studied aspects of West Coast art and documenting them with well-made catalogues.”
“Those for whom the San Francisco Beat phenomenon is merely the stuff of legend can get a taste of the real thing in an all-day conference sponsored by the John Natsoulas Gallery in Davis.”
-Kenneth Baker, San Francisco Chronicle
"After an unfettered conference in Davis draws attention to West Coast practitioners, a Getty Institute Panel will look at L.A.'s role"”
Los Angeles Times
““I don’t know of anyone else who is doing this level of interdisciplinary collaboration between the visual, musical and literary arts. It’s the great work.”
-Joyce Jenkins, Poetry Flash