Latin Roots Influence New Exhibit at Demossa Gallery
Demossa Gallery presents an exhibit of the works by Vincent Serritella and Gilbert Reyes, Jan. 7 to 24, with a reception for the artists from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. during First Thursdays Art Walk on Thursday, Jan. 7.
Of Cuban-Italian American parents, Serritella was born in Miami, Fla., and attended New World School of the Arts in Miami, Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, and The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City. The symbolism and philosophy of Latin art combined with the discipline, craftsmanship and techniques of the Italian masters have had a major influence on Serritella’s work, which has been exhibited in a number of museums, galleries and cultural centers.
Los Angeles resident Reyes grew up as a self-taught artist in San Antonio, Tex. After years as a workers’ compensation hearing representative and legal assistant, he retired and devoted his time to art. Reyes’ art strives to reflect the many aspects of Latino culture, from the complex to the simple and the whimsical.
Demossa Gallery, located at 1294-D South Coast Highway, is open from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, and by appointment. For more information, call 715-9229 or visit www.demossagallery.com. RSVP for the opening by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Laguna Gallery Lands Exhibit at LA Art Show
The JoAnne Artman Gallery has been selected as an exhibitor at the 15th annual Los Angeles Art Show to be held from Jan. 20 to 24 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The Los Angeles Art Show, which attracts over 35,000 international and domestic visitors, displays the works of cutting-edge and emerging artists alongside century old masterpieces, with more than 15,000 significant paintings, sculptures, photographs, drawings and prints on exhibit and available for purchase.
The JoAnne Artman Gallery exhibit will include works by the following artists: Regina Jacobson, Phil Joanou, Louis Longi, Patrick Maisano, Laura Ross-Paul, James Strombotne, James Verbicky, and Rimi Yan. Additionally, the works of two of the gallery’s artists have been selected as public space installations for the show – Eloy Torrez’s four-panel “C.O.L.A.” mural and a new, free-standing sculpture created by Laguna Beach sculptor Louis Longi.
The Los Angeles Art Show will be held in West Hall A at the Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 Figueroa Street, and the JoAnne Artman Gallery exhibit will be in booth E151. There will be an opening night gala to benefit the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Inner City Arts from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 20, and regular fair hours are from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, through Saturday, Jan. 23; and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 24.
Spanish Masters Inspire Works of LCAD Students
Laguna College of Art & Design presents “The Splendor of Spanish Art,” a collection of student paintings and drawings inspired by the 2009 summer abroad program. The free exhibition begins Thursday, Jan. 7, and runs through Saturday, Jan. 16 at the college gallery. The public is invited to the closing reception to be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 15.
The trip marked the 13th year of the summer abroad program. The students studied major works of masters under the guidance of art historian Dr. William Havlicek while visiting Madrid’s Prado Museum, with its incomparable collection of works by Velazquez, Rubens, Goya, Ribera and Sorolla, to their last day in Barcelona where they reflected on Picasso’s early works and the visionary architectural wonders of Gaudi.
“To put it mildly, this was a trip of a lifetime and like all great expeditions, Columbus’ included, we brought back treasures of incomparable value from a distant land. In this instance we brought back dreams, memories and reflections that will last a lifetime,” said Havlicek. “We hope to share some of this evocative wealth with our exhibition.”
Laguna College of Art & Design is located at 2222 Laguna Canyon Road. Exhibition hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Parking is free.