Time is running out on ‘Naturescape,’ CAP exhibit ends this month

Submitted by M. “Charlie” Ferrazzi

January, the first month of the new year, is also the last month of “Naturescape,” the current exhibit at The CAP Gallery, featuring original works by artists affiliated with Laguna College of Art + Design (LCAD), including current MFA students, alumni, and faculty members. The theme is based on nature, with the artists presenting their interpretation/viewpoint in a variety of genres and mediums.

During the Artists’ Conversation, Timothy Allen Smith, Brandon Gonzales, Betty Shelton – faculty members of LCAD; Jonathan Burke – LCAD President; Bryan Heggy –  Director of the LCAD Gallery and curator of the exhibit; and Cheyenne Earp, an MFA student, gave insight to their works and approach to art.

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(L-R) Back row: Bryan Heggy, Betty Shelton, and Jonathan Burke

Front row: Timothy Allen Smith, Cheyenne Earp, and Brandon Gonzales

Q: What influenced or inspired you to go into Art?

Cheyenne Earp had always been creative. She drew constantly and was pushed to continue on to junior college. Not finding the spark to keep her interest, she dropped out. She found that spark when she discovered LCAD, it ignited the flame to became serious about pursuing Art. Laguna Plein Air Painters Association has also played a part in interesting her in the world of plein air painting.

Brandon Gonzales was also a constant drawer. He competed in art competitions and when he started attending community college, found even more resources for furthering his art education in the direction of illustration. The fact that he could earn a living by creating art led him to work as a mat artist for a few years. He then attended LCAD to hone his skills and develop a more definite path. He is now on the faculty of LCAD and also deeply involved in LPAPA.

Q: How do you know when a piece is finished?

Timothy Allen Smith stops when he finds he is bored or there is nothing more to add or to say.

For Burke it is when he finds he is repeating himself and there is nothing new to add or to change. “If a little is good, a lot is better. When I can feel there is so much there, even if it isn’t, then I am satisfied.”

After many years of painting, Betty Shelton doesn’t give up, but she does know when to stop.

Gonzales considers the purpose of the painting. After time elapses and “nothing in the painting bothers me and it can’t get any better,” he feels the work is complete.

Heggy lets work set for six months and then revisits it. If he still sees it as done and no improvements are needed, then he is satisfied it is done.

Q: Burke was asked, “What elements or features stand out to you in this exhibit?”

“It is the ‘alla prima’ work of pieces done in just one take. ‘Direct painting,’ working while in front of the subject without any further work in the studio. ‘Indirect painting,’ confetti, creating something that doesn’t really exist yet adds to the finished work. Also layers built along the way, creating colors, light and shapes,” Burke said.

Q: A last question was, “Why do you create Art?”

“Inspiration. Wanting to capture it,” Heggy said. “Passion,” Shelton said. “To show beauty,” Burke said. “Meditation,” Smith said. “Passion,” Earp said. “To show beauty, uplift,” Gonzales said.

Awards presented at the close of the Artists Conversation went to Gonzales and Davis, who tied for the Peoples’ Choice. Earp and Neukomm won the LCAD awards.

January 31 is the last day to check out the exhibit. The CAP Gallery is located at 260 Ocean Ave, Second floor, Wells Fargo Bank. This free event is open to the public. For more information, visit www.caplaguna.org.