Community Art Project presents “Expressions Grand,” opening June 8

Starting June 8 and showing through September 27, Community Art Project (CAP) will present “Expressions Grand.” The opening reception is Saturday, June 8 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The public is invited to come meet the artists and see their work up close and personal.

The CAP Gallery celebrates summer with abstract art in “Expressions Grand,” showcasing two remarkable Laguna Beach abstract artists, Elizabeth Bridy and Elaine Cohen.

Abstract art, not unlike the summer season, is pure fun. Swirling shapes, an array of colorful patterns or maybe pure energy is what the viewers see. It is open to interpretation and only requires an open, inquiring mind. It gives you the freedom to explore the artwork and assign your own meaning to it.

Form, colour, line, texture, pattern, composition, and process are the formal qualities of abstract art: they describe what the art looks like and how it is created. Meaning is derived from how these formal qualities are used to create a visual, emotional or cerebral experience.

The paintings by Elizabeth Bridy and Elaine Cohen feature abstract art consisting of bold colors, original designs, layered compositions, and the use of mixed media. Their art reflects passion, spontaneity, and emotional freedom.

Community Art Bridy

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Elizabeth Bridy, “Jamais,” Mixed Media, 84” x 60”

Art has been a part of Elizabeth Bridy’s life since her youth. Growing up in Quebec, Canada, she was always fascinated by the seasons and the way the colors, textures, and materials could blend together to form something new and beautiful.

Bridy has studied various art mediums over the years, and her paintings have been displayed and collected locally and internationally. She has been particularly drawn to mixed media because of her desire to incorporate various materials on a blank canvas. She takes different aesthetics to create compositions that speak to the viewer in many ways.

Each layer tells a story. Each layer evokes a different emotion. The compositions of her mixed media works are layered with fabrics, magazines, clippings, charcoals, crayons, and acrylic paint. Colors, textures, and the overall composition define this artist’s emotions.

Born in New York, Elaine Cohen was raised in California. She first dreamed of becoming an artist when she was five years old. After raising a family and a career in several fields, she eventually studied sculpture with Robert Cunningham, a former Artist-in-Residence at the Getty Museum.

Cohen has since received numerous commissions for sculpted and pencil portraits. She was the featured “Emerging Artist” on PBS White House Chronicles on three separate occasions. She has developed a passion for abstract art, which is completely different from the figurative sculptures she has created. She creates her paintings with mixed media, which consists of acrylic paint, found objects, ink, pastels, and printed materials. Her paintings are all original, no reproductions, and as she forms her creative process, she may take a few minutes or weeks or months to complete a painting.

CAP’s mission is to increase the visibility and appreciation of art and serve as a catalyst for art education. Ongoing exhibitions can be enjoyed at The CAP Gallery, in the unique Rotunda Gallery space located on the second floor of the Wells Fargo Building, 260 Ocean Ave. 

Visit www.caplaguna.orgfor information about ongoing or upcoming exhibits, to be added to the email list, or to become a member and supporter of CAP. 

CAP is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit funded by the member supporters, the Festival of Arts Foundation, the lodging establishments, and the City of Laguna Beach.