Lately, I've been waking up to surprising weather that oscillates between the marine layer and a warm sunny day.
It's rare to find an art show that reflects this see-saw effect, but it's becoming more common in the local Southern California and global landscape.
"By Degrees: Art and Our Changing Ecology," presented by the Huntington Beach Art Center, offers a timely examination of how weather conditions affect the environment. The exhibit runs from April 15 to June 10, 2023, and is curated by guest jurists Luciana Abait and Lawrence Gipe.
The curators have taken a broad view of the environmental theme and have included art produced with conventional and unconventional materials, such as repurposed "non-art" and eco-activist documentation.
While canvas art depicting storms and showing trash in our oceans and melting icebergs caused me to pause with sadness, it was an art video showing a Southern California firestorm that made my eyes water. I said, "Wait, we just had all that rain," but if you've lived in Southern California as long as I have, you know that we have a “fire season,” which is often in the fall. However, who knows? That might be shifting as well.
The fire-themed video is not the only thematic film on display. There is another film from Antarctica and a 40-minute film, "Rizomas," by Carolina Montejo, which presents a compilation of atmospheric sound, reflective monologues, and nature subtly moving from image to image. The film is screened weekly in the Art Center's multipurpose room, Tuesday and Wednesday at 4 pm, Thursday at 6 pm, Friday at 5 pm, and Saturday at 2 pm.
For more information on "By Degrees: Art and Our Changing Ecology", please visit the Huntington Beach Art Center, 538 Main Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92648. Call (714) 374-1650 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Web www.huntingtonbeachartcenter.org.
Meet Our Instructors: Helen Plehn
Helen Plehn is an intuitive painter, certified crystal healer, third generation Fengshui master and spiritual teacher based in Huntington Beach, California. She is also a Yoga Alliance certified Yoga and meditation teacher, Ayurveda practitioner, and a passionate Flamenco dancer. Her work has been exhibited in the Orange County Fine Arts Showcase Gallery and the Huntington Beach Art Center. Additionally, she teaches acrylic painting at the Sherman Library and Gardens in Newport Beach, California.
Helen will be teaching an Expressive Floral Painting class on Friday afternoons and a Meditation as a Daily Practice class on Wednesday afternoons in Spring 2022 at the Huntington Beach Art Center. Meditation has been her daily practice since 2012.
Born and raised in China, her father was a Chinese traditional painter and calligrapher. Since being a kid, she accompanied her father sketching in nature and taking his art classes in the backseat. She moved to the U.S. and obtained her master’s degree in Interior Architecture and Ph.D. degree in Experience Design. Prior to becoming a full-time artist and spiritual teacher, she was a Fengshui interior designer and surface pattern designer.
Because of her spiritual practices, she sees colors as energies; in fact, everything is energy. Her art is about joy, beauty, and wisdom. You can feel them in the vibrant and saturated colors, joyful objects of life, and expressive, energetic brushstrokes. Synchronizing colors, crystals, and symbols energies to manifest a piece is her expertise. She deeply believes that at her soul level, joy and beauty are its expressions. Her ancient soul was a wise teacher and healer and her humanness asks her to lead and create.
Helen will be teaching these fantastic classes in the spring of 2022:
Expressive Floral Painting
Join this acrylic floral painting class to explore the symbolic magic of flowers. Inspired by Georgia O' Keeffe, Expressionism, and Modernism, we are going to play with proportion, scale, line, color, composition, and various brushstrokes. We will channel our emotions and energies into our paintings expressively. $40 material fee.
Helen Plehn | Studio
251656-4A 18-99 yrs Fri 4/1-4/29 3:30-4:30pm $191/166
251656-4B 18-99 yrs Fri 5/13-6/10 3:30-4:30pm $191/166
Meditation as a Daily Practice
This class introduces you to various meditation techniques from different traditions. The goal is to find a practice for you to achieve calm, joy, unconditional self-love, and inner fulfillment. Some practices include mindful gazing at artworks, loving-kindness meditation, sound bathing, mantra meditation, and moving meditation.
Helen Plehn | Multipurpose Room
251551-4A 18-99 yrs Wed 3/30-4/27 3:30-4:30pm $156/135
251551-4B 18-99 yrs Wed 5/11-6/8 3:30-4:30pm $156/135
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INSPIRED EXHIBITION 2021
Saturday, November 20th was the opening night of our 8th Annual INSPIRED Exhibition, and Small Works Store in our Project Room Gift Shop. A total of 84 artists and over 210 works of art are represented in our final show of the year reserved exclusively for current Arist Council members.
our artists in their own words
We asked participating artists to share their thoughts on the INSPIRED experience, whether this was their first time being in the show or if they had already been in every member exhibition over the last eight years. They were generous in their responses, and here are just some of the things they had to say:
"Inspired, the air is ripe with imagination... and if your focus is in alignment with the greater good... positive actions taken with good timing will meet with beauty and success." - Moira Lumpkin
"The HBAC gallery is so beautifully and professionally curated and installed. I am so looking forward to this year's show with fellow artists, patrons, and art enthusiasts in attendance." - Janice Orr
"Inspiration comes from exhibiting with a center whose philosophies align with my own - strength of community, giving back, and incredible art education programs." - Susan Stone
"I’m so excited to return and be part of the Inspired member exhibition. Not only do I get to present one of my art pieces, but I will get to be inspired by artworks of the other members." - Joy Roth
"As a new member... I am delighted to have my work being shown with all the amazing work from the other members in the Inspired exhibition... it's an honor to be part of this group." - Diane Ortlieb
"The HBAC Annual Inspired show pushes me to be even more creative... when you have a show called Inspired it makes me think more about the meaning of my submission." - Dennis Crane
"This annual event represents lots of opportunities for local artists... If you enjoy viewing new art, the Inspired exhibition 2021 promises to be as much fun as it is artistically inspired." - Greg Van Krugel
"This is my first exhibition anywhere and I am beyond excited to be in such talented company. Seeing everyone's art is inspiring and humbling." -Shellie Sylla
Gratitude to our community
Thank you to all of our Artist Council members and our visitors and supporters. You have made this annual event possible once again. 2021 has proven to be a year that shows no matter what the circumstances, we can come together as a community to appreciate art, support one another, and always be INSPIRED.