This year’s Family Arts Day is just around the corner! Join us at the Art Center on Sunday, October 10th from 11am – 4pm for an afternoon of arts, performance, food, and more! Here is a sneak peak of some of the highlights of this year’s event:
DANCE AND GROOVE WITH FRED THOMKE AND ROSEWOOD
WHEEL THROWING WITH ANNA CHOE & ALEXANDRO VERGARA
Get your hands muddy and learn to throw a ceramic pot on the wheel! Our skilled ceramic instructors Anna Choe and Alexandro Vergara will lead you through the steps to center, pull, and shape a small clay vessel that you can take home to air dry.
PAPERMAKING WITH GLORIA FLICKINGER
INTRODUCING ONE OF OUR NEWEST INSTRUCTORS- ARTIST SARAH MCCOURT!
We welcome artist Sarah McCourt to participate as one of our instructors for Family Arts Day! She will be facilitating a wonderful painting activity where participants will get to paint their own tote bags to take home. She will begin teaching painting classes with us in Spring of 2022, so stop by, say hello, and think about enrolling in her Spring courses!
SURF CITY ARTS FEST POP UP SHOP
Pop in our Project Room to see over 130 artworks available for sale by 29 local artists! There are some unbelievable paintings, sculptures, stained glass works, mixed-media pieces, ceramics, and more. Our Pop Up shop is open for browsing and shopping until October 30th. To see a preview of all the works available, make sure to visit the page on our website: https://www.huntingtonbeachartcenter.org/surf-city-arts-fest-pop-up-shop.html
Some of the other events include weaving, mixed media art, paper mosaics, tissue paper art, leaf prints, a scavenger hunt for a chance to win an art prize, and more! Bring your family and friends and stop by this coming Sunday for a dose of inspiration, play, and creativity!
This current exhibition "Scapes and Scope – Visions of Land, Sea, and Urban Space" brings together a variety of artworks depicting land, sea, and urban settings. You will experience over 115 paintings by moving in and out of three distinct, yet related, displays in the Art Center’s gallery. The exhibit begins – and welcomes the viewer - in the first room.
Room 1 – Traditional
Here you leave behind the loud and busy outside, and you are invited to simply relax and enjoy beautifully rendered representations of scenery around us. In this room, land and sea paintings are done in traditional, representational styles. But you will also see hints of impressionism and contemporary painting mixed in.
A key painting here is by California artist Rick Humphrey. It depicts the southern side of the Palos Verdes Peninsula. The view is looking south from what is today the Terranea Resort, once the same location for Marineland of the Pacific. Rick has a strong attachment to this area and is an advocate for preserving its remaining open spaces.
Room 2 – Contemporary
As you enter our second room, the paintings are not unfamiliar. Still representational, they bring much more of the “Urban” scape to our show. But viewers are also invited to imagine and “…see beyond the usual,” in the words of the great American painter Robert Henri.
Room 3 – Modern Expressive
I hope this information will be helpful as you move throughout this exhibition we call “Scapes and Scope – Visions of Land, Sea, and Urban Space.” Most of all, I wish to thank the artists who have participated in the show. As well I wish to thank the outstanding staff of the Huntington Beach Art Center for all their hard work in helping make this happen.
- Jim Ellsberry
The 2021 watercolor is a perspective view of the Franciscan Prayer Garden inside the mission. Don performed extensive research of the site, both online and in-person. Taking photos of the garden and sketching it by hand, the artist captures a sense of place in his rendering of the mission's building materials and foliage.
"This site is a gold mine for painting architectural features," according to Don. Two of the artist's recent artworks were selected for display in the Scapes and Scope juried exhibition. Please visit the exhibition online or in our galleries located in downtown Huntington Beach.