Visual Creations: Newest art show at Gallery Q at the Susi Q includes section devoted to CAP artists


Gallery Q at the Susi Q was a critical component why the community center was recently named Art Patron of the Year. But the latest show, Visual Creations is a new feather in their cap, as the show partners with Community Art Project (CAP).

“This is the second time we shared with CAP and many visitors were impressed on preview night,” said Bill Atkins, artistic director of Gallery Q.

“We bring art to the community to have conversations,” said CAP Vice President Adrienne Fayne. All the CAP shows are invitationals, and for this show the CAP board selected seven artists whose work reflects the theme and ultimately creates a cohesive show. They are featured in the library area of the Susi Q Center.

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The florals of CAP member Karen Wiechert, including “White Anemones” (above), is on display at the current Gallery Q show

“I am always grateful to be included in a community-sponsored art show,” said Karen Wiechert who is a CAP member from San Juan Capistrano. She was invited by CAP president M “Charlie” Ferrazzi to show her two floral oil paints in the show.

“I like to paint with traditional oil paints,” says Wiechert, explaining not only that oil was the medium she trained in while attending Laguna College of Art + Design, but also for a more practical reason.

“Oil paints are very forgiving,” she said. “(They) allow me to rework pieces at any time.”

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Adrienne Fayne, vice president of the Community Art Project, addresses the crowd during the opening night reception of the Gallery Q show “Visual Creations”

The Gallery Q and CAP partnership has taken on a special relationship said Fayne, as the group seeks to find display space. The nonprofit, founded in 1998 is committed to increasing visibility and appreciation of art, and serves as a catalyst for art education. It has about 75 members – not all are artists, as some are patrons of the arts.

In addition to the current showing at Gallery Q, CAP also has an upcoming show this summer at City Hall, entitled Real & Imagined. The group will also be the featured artists at the Art Walk preview reception in September at Hotel Laguna.

“We want to help local artists get their work out there,” said Fayne. “There are many artists in Laguna who are not represented and are not in the festivals, but they can be CAP artists and can show in town.”

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Christine Sullivan is one of the seven CAP members selected to have her work displayed at the current Gallery Q show

CAP is also committed to sponsoring murals throughout Laguna.

“The community always benefits from art,” said Fayne.

Besides the CAP exhibit at Gallery Q’s current Visual Creations show, other artists in the area also have work on display. As is true in many Gallery Q shows, it’s a broad collection.

“This is my first time participating,” said Linda Ruddy. “I feel honored to be chosen and it helps to validate me as an artist.” The Laguna Woods resident, who works in mixed media, has her art shown at other locations, including in her community and at the art galleries in both Saddleback College and San Clemente.

“This show helps me build momentum and energy,” she said.

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Adrienne Fayne stands by her artwork currently on display in the Gallery Q show, which she entered as an independent artist, not as a CAP artist

Artist Brian Jones, who has shown at LPAPA Gallery and recently received third place at the Art That’s Small exhibit at City Hall, has been participating in the Gallery Q shows for years.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity for aspiring artists to show their work,” he said. “The staff at the Susi Q, especially Bill Atkins and Judy Baker, have been very encouraging and welcoming to the artists.”

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Artist Kathy Lin stands next to her painting of “Boys of Balboa Island,” now on display at the current Gallery Q show

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Kathy Lin admits she had been a “closet artist” for years, while also working full time. Her focus was on copying the work of the master painters, but retirement offered her new artistic opportunities.

In March she approached Atkins and was impressed with the professionalism of Gallery Q and decided to submit her work.

“I sold one of my paintings on the reception day,” she said. “That was the beginning of a new me!”

This show she submitted a painting that features two boys in the water, and Lin is thrilled with how it has been received.

“People who have seen this painting have told me that my brushes have made these two boys alive,” she said. “I have gained so much confidence because people like my work. I am so happy to have found the right place to show my works.”

Click here for more information about the Gallery Q at the Susi Q show Visual Creations, which runs through July 10. For more information about the Community Art Project, click here.

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