Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Seaport Village Grand Opening and Mini Show is a Success!

November 6, 7th, & 8th we celebrated our annual miniature show and our official grand opening event at our 3rd and newest location, Seaport Village! Collectors started coming in as the show started on Friday evening to see our new location and the highly anticipated new "mini's" by Flohr, Asencio, Christopher M. and Steve Barton, just to name a few. We exhibited the largest body of Flohr and Asencio originals anywhere in the country. Guest were treated to live music, champagne and wine and a host of their favorite artists for them to meet and have conversations with. Collectors repeatedly commented on how beautiful the gallery looked and had an amazing evening (we had several of our collectors come two night's in a row)! The art was selling, converstion was flowing, and opinions of new releases were being shared. Based on the fact that several people stayed in the gallery past closing time, I'm guessing everyone was having a great time.

If you were one of our guest that weekend, thank you for making it a memorable Grand Opening. If you were unable to attend, sorry we missed you, however we look forward to having you drop by even if just to say Hello!

–Amando Cardenas
Gallery Director, Seaport Village Gallery

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Michael Flohr "Pure Jazz"

Michael Flohr rocked his show in June with a new body of Jazz inspired art.
"Pure Jazz" celebrates the music that has influenced art in so many ways.
Flohr introduced several new paintings based on favorite jazz clubs such as "The Blue Note" in New York and "Anthology" right here in San Diego! Many of the musicians are people that Michael Flohr has worked with personally like Dave Patrone a local jazz celebrity. The show at the EC Gallery at Fashion Valley was a virtual sell-out! Even in this economy collectors want to own a beautiful painting or fine art limited edition print that speaks to the better times of our lives.
The show its self was filled with visual and palatable pleasure from the servers dressed in 1940's cigarette girl costumes, to the musicians that performed each night, it was truly an art show to remember!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Royo Exhibition May 1st – May 3rd

“All the mistakes committed by great artists are due to their having separated themselves from truth, believing that their imagination is stronger....”
Joaquin Sorolla

Royo was in the gallery several minutes before the word got around. Strangely, he too seemed diminished by the monumental presence of the paintings, to the extent that few could entertain notice of much else. But as the hours drifted by it was oddly evident that Royo was not attending just another opening but really came to say good-by. Should you spend enough time with artists you will come to understand the process by which they individually separate themselves from the alternate universe of creation and the images they coax from it. The women in Royo’s life are perpetually part of it, but the vignettes of their ponderous days, suspended interminably in oil paint, are flung across the continents, floating gracefully into vast halls and grand dining rooms.

What collectors wonder most about Royo compositions are the detached gazes of the familiar women he adoringly courts. Conjecture about this is wide and varied. We are told a Royo painting isn’t about capturing beauty but more importantly the essence of it. But it occurs to me the dialog should instead be about introspective trance. Essence all the same but vastly more challenging to compose.

If, as Sorolla suggests, the “mistakes” committed by the masters is “believing that their imaginations are stronger…” than “truth” then it is reasonable to assume that Royo is flawless in his compositional precepts as he does not delineate his imagination but instead that of his subjects. What master Royo “imagines” is not in his painting, it is in his eyes and his conversations. What the women in Royo’s life “imagine” is what the artist promises to unravel. Pursuing this discovery as vehemently as collectors gazing out a living room window, anticipating the arrival of their acquisition.

The Royo show hosted at the EC Fashion Valley Gallery May 1st – 3rd was a virtual sell out. Little surprise. Shortly after the artist quietly returned to his Spanish villa and the introspective gaze of women he does not imagine.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

A Merriam Sighting April 3rd – April 5th

Daniel Merriam was the likeable kid in your math class perpetually hunched over his desk, furiously festooning acres of Pee Chee real estate with progressively complex, mind bending doodles. Stuff that made no sense. Stuff that made a lot of sense. He was the grinning curiosity the Gym teacher hollered at to “Wipe that smirk off your face Merriam!” Something he did not do, nor could he do because it was eternally installed there by God as a reminder that not every one of the geniuses he sent our way was a brooding itinerant misfit. The wry smile, still there today, was the unintended consequence of an overwhelming sense of amazement that he had discovered a means of externally exhibiting his wildest imaginings.

Daniel Merriam exited school days through the door reserved for those kids with movie star looks and the easy charm of a golf pro. Everyone just knew he had peaked and that they would bump into him in the unemployment line ten years later, hitting them up for a smoke. But instead he threw it all away to become one of the worlds most significant artists of our time. That is everything except the good looks and charm, and the brains and….well you get the picture.

Daniel Merriam appeared at the Gaslamp Gallery in downtown San Diego April 5th and the next night at the Fashion Valley Mall Gallery, both to SRO crowds. People came just to see if there really was a Daniel Merriam or if his stunning brain teasing art was in fact the collaborative works of Pixar Studios and Area 51 hostages. I first laid eyes on him across the exhibition room at Gas Lamp and thought, “No way! He’s too good looking and too nice to people for someone that good looking!”

There is only one other artist I would (dare) place in the genre that Daniel Merriam effortlessly commands and that would be Gil Bruvel. Turns out they are good friends, and it’s a good thing I found this out because I am so angry at Daniel for being such a likeable guy I was thinking of calling Gil and complaining. I mean, after all, what ever happened to artists passing out drunk at their openings and scaring the kids?

Monday, April 6, 2009

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Monday, March 30, 2009

Christopher M "Live" painting!

There are two activities you are better off not watching.
There is, of course, sausage being made and
(contrary to movie fantasies) an artist working. Some things
that are better left to screen writers. That is of course unless
the artist happens to be the affable and charming,
Christopher M. Convincing an artist to paint "live" in an art
gallery is inviting mental mayhem. But ask Christopher M to
set up easel and pallet on the sidewalk in front of the gallery
and you’ve just found your new Director of Public Relations.
If you were one of the fortunate ones to stroll by and
encounter this extraordinary emerging talent you departed
having just made a new best friend in the art world! Just
ask his numerous collectors.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

The Romantic Art of Steven Quartly on Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentines Day! The gallery enjoyed the presence of artist
Steven Quartly and his beautiful body of originals inspired by
romance. The gallery handed out red roses to each lady who came
to the show. The chocolate dipped strawberries were a big hit
and paired nicely with a glass of champagne!

Patrons were happy to find a perfect painting to celebrate art,
romance and a special time with artist Steven Quartly!