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Saddle Up II Featuring Billy Schenck
Feb
7
to Mar 31

Saddle Up II Featuring Billy Schenck

Galloping horses, blood orange sunsets, dusty cowboys - you can almost feel the rising heat from the sun-warmed earth. Billy Schenck has a definitive flair for highlighting the drama, and evoking the action of classic Westerns along with their corresponding mythology. The American Frontier holds a special place in our nation’s history, as well as in our imaginations. JoAnne Artman Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new works by Billy Schenck, capturing the persevering nature of the myths and dreams of the Old West.

Schenck’s work is not only cinematic in scope; it is also grounded in technique and style. His iconic, reductive approach is reminiscent of the color planes used in early computer graphics, establishing a visual dialogue between the straightforward subject matter and the more nuanced space of the rendering. The textual element of the comic book-inspired word bubbles is of equal importance to the meaning of each piece, often serving to either undermine or establish the guiding ambitions of the characters’ psyche.

In subject, Schenck goes for the iconic imagery of the Wild, Wild West - cowboys and Indians, sunsets and gunfire. Many of the scenes are a cheeky look at both the history of the American Frontier, as well as the established perceptions through the lens of contemporary popular culture, with a heavy dose of exaggerated passion and romance. The scenes pictured are at times comical, and at others, profound. Schenck plays up the ambiguity between his villains and heroes, underscoring the duality of human nature, a central theme in his work. 

BILLY SCHENCK (b. 1947, Rural America) works and lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Schenck’s artwork is in over 48 museum collections, including Smithsonian Institution, Denver Art Museum, Phoenix Art Museum, Albuquerque Fine Arts Museum and the New Mexico Museum of Art.

2/7/-3/31 2018  11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Phone: 949.510.5481

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Deconstructing Gender: New Works by America Martin
Mar
1
6:00 PM18:00

Deconstructing Gender: New Works by America Martin

Fearless, bold use of line and color, a profound sense of form and space - the work of America Martin transcends cultural as well as internalized gender aesthetics in a conversation with universal, underlying themes of beauty, nature, and the human form. Formal idealization of the figure exists for both genders and although the exact form this “perfect” figure takes has changed over time, there are certain standards of beauty related to gender that are constant in addition to ingrained ideas of the essential male and female. JoAnne Artman Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of Martin’s recent work that explores nuances of gender perception by addressing the formal aspects of gender constructs.

Although Martin’s focus is primarily on the female form, aspects of gender neutrality and ambiguity permeate her work. Both male and female figures are solid in width and girth, commanding the space that they occupy within her work, lacking most of the gendered signs of normative beauty standards. Women are distinguishable through their generally rounder forms and associations with nature, while the male figures are portrayed through a more angular approach. However, there is a distinct de-sexualization in the appearance of both genders such as in Martin’s emphasis on expressive, exaggerated hands and feet that draw us to inherent similarities and androgyny within both genders, rather than the differences that separate them. Narrative compositions place these figures in various contexts that speak to archetypal, universal themes of the human condition. 

Martin explores new modes of representation throughout her practice approaching the human form through a diversity of mediums. Expressive of her Colombian-American heritage and rooted in modernism, Martin’s visual language feels iconic and familiar as the artist utilizes the essential elements of line, form and color in vibrant, humanist compositions. 

America Martin’s work will inspire, provoke, engage and mesmerize. With visual perceptions always changing, peek behind the stories told and you're sure to find the right artistic expression!

Phone: 949.510.5481

Artist Reception: Thursday, March 1st, 2018 from 6-8pm
Please RSVP: 949.510.5481 by February 24th, 2018

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Laguna Beach First Thursdays Art Walk
Mar
1
6:00 PM18:00

Laguna Beach First Thursdays Art Walk

Explorations, abstract watercolors by Susan Gale will be featured in the Front Gallery along with Uncertain TImes, mixed media paintings on canvas and board by Scottie Flamm in the Skylight Gallery. Exhibiting artists are Scottie Flamm, Susan Gale, Ann Kim, Sunny Kim, Dominique McKenzie, Anne Moore, Hyatt Moore, Marie-Pierre Philippe, Jong Ro, and Lynn Welker. Meet the artists during the Art Walk on Thursday, Mar 1, 6-9 pm. Complimentary refreshments offered. SGL, located at 384-A N Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA, is opened daily from 12-5 and by appointment.  
949 497-6775 SandstoneGallery.com

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A Little Night Music
May
11
to May 20

A Little Night Music

  • No Square Theatre Theatre (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

A Little Night Music is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler. Inspired by the Ingmar Bergman film Smiles of a Summer Night, it involves the romantic lives of several couples.

Directed by Joe Lauderdale

 

Visit website for times

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Small Works, Big Hearts
Feb
11
5:00 PM17:00

Small Works, Big Hearts

  • LPAPA at the Forest & Ocean Gallery (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Last spring we invited our Signature and Artist Members to sketch and paint on a large canvas… as a result of their creative efforts and big hearts, we now have 25 small paintings that are framed and available in Opportunity Drawings to take place on February 11, 2018 starting at 6:00pm during the LPAPA Luv-a-Thon Fundraiser & Gallery Cocktail Party (5-7pm). Purchase an Opportunity Ticket for a 1 in 15 (or better) chance of winning the painting you love. Visit our website to view the available paintings and to purchase tickets.

Come to the Gallery Cocktail Party (entry ticket $25-$35) to view the paintings, purchase additional drawing tickets and enjoy mingling with other art lovers and delectable small bites prepared by Chef Pirozzi of Alessa Laguna... or, you can watch the drawings live on the Laguna Plein Air Painters Facebook Page! You do not need to be present to win! Questions or need assistance, please call our Luv-a-thon Hotline at 949-584-9162.

Funds raised through this event will go to support nonprofit Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA) and its mission to preserve Laguna's artistic legacy established by plein air artists 100+ years ago, as well as provide opportunities for professional and emerging artists, education and mentoring programs, exhibitions and art scholarships. LPAPA is dedicated to painting the landscape and preserving the plein air painting tradition! Plan to join the celebration! Be part of the tradition!

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Winter Fantasy - Sawdust Art Festival
Nov
18
to Dec 17

Winter Fantasy - Sawdust Art Festival

Saturday, November 18 - Sunday, December 17 (Weekends) from 10 am -6 pm

The Sawdust Art Festival turns into a Winter Fantasy offering original Artwork from 160 Artist. The most unique shopping in all the world.

www.sawdustartfestival.org/festivals/winter-fantasy; (949) 494-3030

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Two Artists, Two Days!
Nov
4
11:00 AM11:00

Two Artists, Two Days!

  • Studio 2817, Anthony Salvo Fine Art Gallery (map)
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Now’s your chance to pick up a Wirth or Salvo original work, with a large selection of framed and unframed pieces, at great discounts. Special pricing for this Open House weekend only! Join us!

Please RSVP by October 29 to: anthony@studio2817.com.

www.studio2817.com;www.WendyWirth.com

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