CAP & LPAPA exhibit “Unexpected Places”

By M Charlie Ferrazzi 

“Unexpected Places,” on display now at The CAP Gallery at Wells Fargo downtown, is an exhibit of juried works by Signature and Artist Members of Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA). The title is the general theme of the works. The works are the personal glimpses of the artists and what has caught their eye.

“The unexpected place, this is what artists thrive on, it’s where they find their inspiration. That special moment when they come upon a scene and experience the perfect glimmer of light sparking their artist emotions, these are the Laguna Plein Air Painters,” said M Charlie Ferrazzi.

“S Union Ave” by Brandon Gonzales won first place in the juried exhibit. The oil painting features a horizontal view of a setting sun behind a row of tall trees with the yellow glare of the sun coming from behind the trees and spilling down onto the ground on the right of the canvas, segueing into deeper pinks, burgundies, greens, and a touch of blue as your eye moves to the left. The trees are old and majestic, the land open and natural. Done on location, it has a timeless feel as if it may be back in a much earlier time, perhaps when the earlier plein air artists were in Laguna.

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Brandon Gonzales, “S Union Ave,” 16” x 8”, oil

“Visiting Capitola,” by Durre Waseem, garnered second place. A couple and their dog stroll past a restaurant housed in one of the old buildings of Capitola. The warm sun at their backs, casting shadows onto the street: a leisurely scene on a warm, pleasant day. 

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Durre Waseem, “Visiting Capitola,” 16” x 12”, oil

Watercolorist Dan Marshall’s “Viva Italia” took the third place award. White paper that serves in depicting the bright sunlight, the loose style of his brushwork in the shadows and then the fine line work that highlights the details – all come together to show a busy street scene on a sunny day. His work shows a confidence in working with watercolor, drawing, and being able to adapt to his location to produce fresh, crisp work.

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Daniel Marshall, “Viva Italia,” 11”x 14”, oil

“Two honorable mentions were awarded. One to Lore Hold for ‘Reflect,’ a small gem of slick wet sand, rocks and water. A subject that has been done many times, but Lore’s interpretation makes me want to feel that wet sand under my feet and see the sunlight on the rocks and water,” Ferrazzi said.

The second honorable mention went to David Marty for “Afternoon Calm,” another water scene, but this one is at a stream looking inland. The perspective draws your eye into the view and up the waterway, to the distant hills. Deep blue water that pales as it goes off into the distance. There is a feeling of subtle movement of a current under the water. 

Fernando Micheli’s “Turn on The Left” was voted “Peoples’ Choice.” The view was familiar.

 “So I asked Fernando where it was. His response, ‘I was at the Home Depot off El Toro Road in Laguna Woods. When I saw the top of Saddleback lit up by the late warm light as I exited the doors, I drove over to the end of the parking lot on the far eastern side. I saw El Toro Road winding down towards the valley and the scene inspired me to make a quick compositional sketch. I came back the next day to start the 12” x 16” canvas on site. I finished the piece in the studio.” 

The painting does draw your eye from the low light foreground to the golden middle ground on up to the lavender curves of Saddleback.

These pieces are just a glimpse of what is to be found in “Unexpected Places.” A visit to The CAP Gallery will show many more “unexpected places.” Which unexpected scene will spark your emotions or spark a glimmer in your eye?

Proceeds from the sale of these works benefit the artists, support nonprofit LPAPA in its mission to promote and preserve Laguna’s art colony legacy, and support nonprofit CAP in its mission to increase the visibility and appreciation of art and serve as a catalyst for art education.

The “Unexpected Places” exhibit runs through May 29. 

The CAP Gallery is located at 260 Ocean Ave, on the Second floor of Wells Fargo Bank. This free event is open to the public.
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CAP's mission is to increase the visibility and appreciation of Art and serve as a catalyst for Art Education. CAP provides ongoing exhibition in The CAP Gallery, in the Rotunda Gallery space located on the second floor of the Wells Fargo Building, 260 Ocean Avenue. The CAP Gallery is a unique space for juried, solo and retrospective exhibitions. Visit www.caplaguna.org for information about ongoing or upcoming exhibits, to be on our e-mail list or to become a member and supporter of CAP. CAP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit funded by the member supporters, the lodging establishments, Festival of Arts Foundation grant and the City of Laguna Beach.


The CAP Gallery's focus is to exhibit artists with a cohesive body of high quality work who may not have a level of recognition or gallery representation. Juried solo, small group and retrospective exhibits are the formats presented. For retrospective exhibits, we are looking for at least a 20-year body of work by an artist. Since the space is so large, we can accommodate two solo exhibitions simultaneously.


Exhibit receptions are on Saturdays, 11am - 1pm, honoring artists, their work, and allowing Art Lovers to also meet the Artist. During the course of the exhibit we also have a gallery talk featuring the artists and/or the curator, or a painting exhibition.

 

 

The CAP GALLERY

Community Art Project provides ongoing exhibitions in The CAP Gallery, located in the Wells Fargo Building, 260 Ocean Avenue, 2nd floor. The Festival of Arts displays art on the 3rd floor, making this iconic rotunda gallery space worthy of a visit and browse. Hours are 9-6 Monday through Friday, and 9 - 4 Saturdays. Admission is free.

Current Exhibitions:

Unexpected Places

February 9 - May 29, 2019

Artists’ Reception
Saturday,Feb 9 11am-1pm

Artists’ Conversations
Saturday, March 16 12-1pm

@ The CAP Gallery

LPAPA / Laguna Plein Air Painters Association The unexpected place, this is what artists thrive on, it’s where they find their inspiration. That special moment when they come upon a scene and experience the perfect glimmer of light sparking their artist emotions, these are the Laguna Plein Air Painters!
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Coming Up

Unexpected Places

June 8 - September 27, 2019

Artists’ Reception
Saturday,June 8 11am-1pm

Artists’ Conversations
Saturday, September 14 12-1pm

@ The CAP Gallery

Showcasing paintings by two remarkable abstract Artists, Elizabeth Bridy & Elaine Cohen, consisting of bold colors, layered compositions & the use of mixed media.

CAP's mission is to increase the visibility and appreciation of Art and serve as a catalyst for Art Education. Visit www.caplaguna.org for information about ongoing or upcoming exhibits, to be on our e-mail list or to become a member and supporter of CAP. CAP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit funded by the member supporters, the lodging establishments and the City of Laguna Beach.

 

 
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