Don’t miss the CAP exhibit Real & Imagined at City Hall through July 26

By M. “Charlie” Ferrazzi

There will be a reception for the CAP exhibit Real & Imagined on July 11 from 6-7 p.m. during First Thursdays Art Walk at City Hall.

Real & Imagined – people, water, land, flora and fauna are subjects of the original works by eight local artists: Carole Boller, Joan Gladstone, David Kizziar, Elizabeth McGhee, Patrice Miller, Ellen Rose, Cheyne Walls and Lynn Welker. Working in a variety of mediums and styles, the artists display their creativity based on real and imagined subjects. A selection of Southern California beach life, nature’s drama and beauty and pure imagination is to be seen on the walls of City Hall.

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Artwork images provided by artists. Top Row: Carole Boller, Joan Gladstone, David Kizziar; Second Row: Elizabeth McGhee and Patrice Miller; Bottom Row: Ellen Rose, Cheyne Walls, Lynn Welker

The Artists:

Carole Boller’s oils range from local coastal scenes of rock, water and clouds to a floral close-up of bold light play and delicate petals. “Color is my day-long obsession and joy,” she said.

Joan Gladstone’s colorful, beautiful and happy view of her world is apparent in her works of an abstracted view of Wood’s Cove to rich colored, meditative coastal scenes to one of Laguna’s water watchers (lifeguards) at work. Years of Laguna Beach living show in her art.

David Kizziar uses graphite and colored pencils to depict in fine detail two of Laguna’s well known beach sites. A distant view of Crescent Bay goes from water to hills to clouds, while in another work one of nature’s big-mouth birds eyeballs the viewer from a Pelican Cove rock.

Elizabeth McGhee’s oils, created in the Realism style, show the local Laguna scene complete with some known Lagunans enjoying Laguna life. Meeting up at Zinc or exploring the Fairy Garden, both are well-known spots.

Patrice Miller’s photographic lens is focused on some of nature’s feathered creatures. The caracaras couple in a humorous pose brings a smile, while the hummingbird in mid-flight shows the grace and strength of this tiny, feathered creature.

Ellen Rose’s The Newlyweds is a mixed media piece using dried flowers along with paint to create the image. Textures and the expressions on the couple’s faces, provoke curiosity about their possible feelings about this juncture in life.

Cheyne Walls’ photographic work captures dramatic moments in nature with fleeting glimpses of the light at various times of day in locations outside of Laguna Beach.

Lynn Welker uses angular, geometric shapes to lead the eye through her imagined landscapes. Soft edges add punctuation and depth, suggesting subtle mysteries of architecture and archaeology in the layers of each scene.

 City Hall is located at 505 Forest Ave., Laguna Beach.

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