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 Volume 13, Issue 37  |  May 7, 2021

JoAnne Artman Gallery opens second location with inaugural exhibit How The West Was Won

JoAnne Artman Gallery announces a new, additional location on gallery row in Laguna Beach at 346 N Coast Hwy. The new location opened with the exhibition How The West Was Won, featuring the imaginative works of America Martin, Billy Schenck, and Greg Miller. The gallery is open by appointment.

This exciting expansion will enable JoAnne Artman Gallery to continue offering the acclaimed and dynamic shows for which it is known, while broadening its development in showcasing further new arrivals and backroom inventory at its flagship Laguna Beach location. 

Looking to the future, JoAnne Artman will continue delivering thought-provoking exhibitions with exciting and innovative art by some of the world’s best talents in both Laguna Beach and New York.

JoAnne Artman exterior

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JoAnne Artman Gallery – second location at 346 N Coast Hwy

How the West Was Won is abundant in history, landscape, and folklore. The American Frontier was once synonymous with the cowboy’s take on the American Dream. The romance of the Old West and the temptation of corruption and vigilantism that juxtaposes its unbridled purity remind modernity of the freedoms it represents in our imaginations. 

The idealized West of shootouts and damsels in distress has been ingrained into the American identity, and its celebrated culture has tremendous influence on television, movies, clothing, art literature, and poetry. Examining how dime novels, pulp fiction art, comic books, and other forms of visual art created these fictional, often sensational, versions of people, places, and historical events of the West, artists America Martin, Billy Schenck, and Greg Miller examine these themes and incorporate the legacy and fantastical elements of Western Expansion into their art.

JoAnne Artman Martin

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“Untitled Native” by America Martin

L.A.-based artist America Martin draws inspiration from her Colombian heritage, the natural world, as well as the landscape of Southern California. Her work frequently features the human figure shown in relationship to nature, with animals and plants used analogously to traits of personality. Martin works in a variety of media including painting, drawing, printmaking, and sculpture, yet her unique use of line and portrayal of form is notable across medium. In her recent body of work, she returns to the subject of Native American portraits, mixing indigenous motifs with her signature style and featuring depictions of the human form as solid, grounded, and in tune with its environment and spirit.

JoAnne Artman Schenck

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“Virginia” by Billy Schenck

Billy Schenck utilizes specific frames of reference in his oil on canvas depictions of the American West, establishing visual links between notable moments of American and film history, along with the history of visual modes of production. Stark contrasts, use of pattern, vivid hues, and a pop sensibility imbibe the work with a contemporary edge, while taking on some of the most popular tropes of Hollywood’s film industry. 

Greg Miller’s mixed media approach ties together the history of Pop Art, the processes of collage and assemblage, as well as the concepts of urban decay and collective memory. Utilizing collected paper ephemera, Miller draws on his urban Californian roots to create tangible, evocative, visual narratives across his compositions through both image and text, with moments of poetic juxtaposition and historical allusion. 

JoAnne Artman Miller

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 “True” by Greg Miller

JoAnne and JoAnne Artman Gallery thank their award-winning artists, loyal clients, and everyone who has visited the gallery, for their continued support. They look forward to this exciting new chapter and continuing their relationship with the Laguna Beach community!

JoAnne Artman Galleries are located at 346 N Coast Hwy and 326 N Coast Hwy. To contact JoAnne Artman, call (949) 510-5481 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

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