The Art and Soul of Surfing


Saturday, September 13, 6:30-8:30 pm

The closing reception will include a panel discussion with several artists featured in the exhibition, including Ken Auster, James Finch, Lori Gilbert, Melinda Morey, Rick Rietveld and Kevin Short.Moderated by curator Phil Roberts, the artists will share the passions, trials and tribulations of their creative process as well as the joys of their love of riding waves. The influence of their pure“surfer stoke”, the addiction that is surfing, has driven their careers and their artistic lives.

Each artist employs a uniquely different approach. Ken Auster, a plein air painter, is known for his deft use of color and his simple but beautifully structured compositions. James Finch, an animator for Disney Studios and an Oscar award winning designer for his work on the movie Frozen, is recognized for his attention to detail, choice of color palette, and his eye for composition. Lori Gilbert is a visionary, imaginative illustrator, painter and designer whose goal is to ignite the imaginations of all who view her work. Melinda Morey is a painter, printmaker, video and installation artist, whose work has been commissioned internationally, from Santiago, Chile to Tokyo, Japan. Her paintings and installations are influenced by working on a grand scale, as well as by the performance aspect of her livelihood as a dancer and her lifelong relationship with the ocean. Rick Rietveld, painter, illustrator and co-founder of Maui and Sons popular surf wear company, says of his work –“my art tells stories of better lands, fairer seas, adventure, spirituality, beautiful women – but the story’s ending is left up to the viewer”. Kevin Short, an internationally collected painter whose works are exhibited in museums around the world, was recently honored by the prestigious Carnegie Art Museum with a retrospective of his paintings that explore light and glare. Bringing these talented artists all together, moderator and curator Phil Roberts has been called “a modern day Da Vinci”, as he is best known as a master painter. Yet his strongest talents lie in his inventions, figure drawing and sculpture. The evening promises to engage and delight the audience with talk and tales from diverse perspectives.

The Art and Soul of Surfing exhibition and related events has been generously sponsored by Vans.





The Art and Soul of Surfing: AN EVENING OF SURF FILMS

Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau and  Pipeline and Kelly Slater, Wave of the Winter Documentary

September 20, 2014 – 6:30 pm  Doors open at 6pm.  Films are followed by Q&A

We are honored to screen the award winning film Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau and Pipeline and Kelly Slater, Wave of the Winter Documentary produced by Surfline.  Both films share the stories of soul surfers and the quest for the balance of life and the ocean.  Directed by Sam George (Former Editor of Surfer Magazine) and produced by Paul Taublieb and Stacy Peralta (Dogtown and ZBoys), The Legend of Eddie Aikau shares the iconic story of a true Hawaiian who had the heart of a Waterman and who ultimately gave his life to save others.  Pipeline and Kelly Slater, Wave of the Winter Documentary, directed by Marc Beaty and produced by Mike Cianciulli, tells of this most recent Winter and the waves that were ridden by the brave surfers on the North Shore of Hawaii. The film features Kelly Salter, Gerry Lopez, and Jamie O’Brien, as well as many others.  Wave of the Winter is a special event produced by Surfline, where the surfer who rides the best wave of the Winter on the North Shore of Hawaii receives a $25,000 prize.  Participants of both films are scheduled to attend and a Q&A will follow the screening. The evening presentation highlights the beauty and inspiration of surfing and is a fitting tribute to The Art and Soul of Surfing exhibition as well as a celebration of the end of summer and acknowledgment of the great artistic expression of surfing.  The Art and Soul of Surfing is generously presented by Vans.





The next Art Walk will be on

October 16, 2014
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Huntington Beach Downtown Art Walk, held on the 3rd Thursday of each month from March - November, features emerging and student artists with unique and unusual presentations that have even included mannequins and military art at host locations throughout the downtown. 

FREE and OPEN to the public, this monthly themed art show features artist displays in restaurants and stores throughout downtown Huntington Beach. You are invited to attend and enjoy meeting the artists first-hand.  Most works are available for sale.

Click here to visit the Art Walk's website for more information.





Huntington Beach Art Center Foundation                and TR Ranch Music presents:


Sunday, Sept 21, 2014 5:00 pm - doors open at 4:30

$20 Admission - reserve your seat at info@songwriterserenade.com

As a poetically gifted singer-songwriter who is one of the most respected musicians in Folk/Roots and Americana music, Eliza’s songs offer a vivid reflection of the times we live in.  Full of joys and sorrows, each song is a window into a life of struggle and triumph in a world she feels is “poised on the edge of moral, economic and environmental bankruptcy.”  Find out more about the multi-award winning artist, Eliza Gilkyson at www.ElizaGilkyson.com..




Surfboards On Parade                        “Night of a Million Waves”                 Gala and Art Auction

28 Legendary Shapers –  28 Acclaimed Artists -One Unique Surf Art Event

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Waterfront Beach Resort - a Hilton Hotel

Surfboards on Parade is the nine month long unprecedented collaboration, founded by the Rotary Club of Huntington Beach. The 25 surfboards have been created by some of the biggest names in surf including artists and shapers like Ben Aipa, Duke Aipa, Robert August, Chuck Dent Surfboards, Al Merrick, Tim Stamps, Bill Stewart, Bob "The Greek" Bolen, Rick Harbour, and Rick "Rockin Fig" Fignetti and the art skills of: Rick Rietveld, John Van Hamersveld, Wyland, Ithaka, Roy Gonzales, Craig Stecyk, Dave Hobrecht, Coleen Wilcox, Wade Koniakowsky, and Josh Serafin. The beneficiaries of this extraordinary event are the Hoag Family Cancer Institute with a focus on fighting skin cancer through Project Sun Safe and research, the Huntington Beach Art Center, and the Rotary Club of Huntington Beach to remodel a local park with the hopes of making it handicapped accessible with surf themed equipment.

The collection will be on display through the City of Huntington Beach until they come back together for the Night of a Million Waves Gala and Art Auction


 Surfboards on Parade: A Surf Art Experience

 Unveiling Ceremony: May 1, 2014

there's always something happening at the art center.

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