Artist David Leaser offers a rare glimpse into the world of flowers as the featured artist at Wyland Gallery during Laguna Beach’s Art Walk on Thursday, June 4.
Best known for detailed botanical portraits, Leaser will display his award-winning artwork from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. in a special exhibit and will be at the gallery from 6-9 p.m. to discuss the space-age techniques he developed to create these images.
Shown on canvas and polished aluminum, Leaser’s artwork reveals a closer look at rare and exotic flowers than many have ever seen before. Dramatically enlarged blooms pop with color and bold patterns and give onlookers a “bee’s eye” view of flowers.
“These images show details in nature you would not have been able to capture with photography even a few years ago. Once you see this work, I am convinced you will have an appreciation for nature you never had before,” Leaser says in a statement.
Wyland Gallery, 509 S. Coast Highway, chose to spotlight Leaser “because he showcases flowers in a new way and ties in perfectly with Wyland’s mission of revealing the beauty of nature,”general manager Daemon Clark says.
In addition to his art collections, Leaser has written four botanical books, including two photographic essays.
Leaser’s source of inspiration started with a journey to the Amazon, where he took notice of the tiniest, overlooked flowers on the rainforest floor.
Art Walk Opens with Art-To-Go Exhibit
Festival of Arts exhibitors given the theme “Happiness is…” created an array of works that visitors can preview at a reception preceding this month’s Art Walk, Thursday June 4, at 5 p.m. in City Hall.
The event presented by the festival’s Artists Fund include “…Finding the Perfect Match” by Cunningham-Haight, “…Summer Surf” by Michael Obermeyer, and “…Having a Best Friend” by Barbara White.
The 45-work collection may be viewed online at http://www.TheArtistsFund-FoA.org.
Pabst’s New Show Opens
Collectors can meet the artist during the annual one-man show and see his latest oil paintings, says the gallery’s Claire Kapin. They teem with life and reflect his use of a thick impasto texture.
The reception at 220 Forest Ave. will feature a live band, cocktails, and dessert.
Sandstone Exhibits Invites Imagination
“Imagined Narratives,” acrylic paintings on canvas and paper by Lynn Welker will be featured in the Sandstone Gallery, 384-A N Coast Highway.
Meet the artists the other exhibiting local artists Ann Kim, Sunny Kim, Mada Leach, Anne Moore, Hyatt Moore, Jong Ro, and Lawrence Terry during the Art Walk on Thursday, June 4, from 6-9 p.m.
Painter Opens A Solo Show
“The Night of the Gingko,” a solo exhibit of new paintings by artist Casey O’Connell, opens Friday, May 30-July 5 at Artists Republic 4 Tomorrow, 1175 S. Coast Highway. The artist will be present at a reception from 6-9 p.m. on May 30.
The 12 large canvases, painted in acrylic and oil stain, demonstrate her personal exploration of letting go, which she likens to a gingko tree that drops its leaves in a single night.
O’Connell now resides in Leucadia, Calif.
Gallery Presents Show with Broad Appeal
“Lost in Translation Too,” a showcase of four international contemporary artists, opens at JoAnne Artman Gallery, 326 N. Coast Highway, on Monday, June 1. An artist’s reception from 6-8 p.m. coincides with ArtWalk on Thursday, June 4.
Trained in classical painting, Belgian-born artist Anja Van Herle is known for oversized renditions of female faces.
The Spaniard, Alberto Murillo, creates vibrant fields of color and texture in layered resin works.
British painter Anthony Hunter delivers a fresh take on abstract expressionism while Mexico-city based artist Pedro Bonnin is fascinated by darkly humorous subjects that frequently border on the absurd.
Laguna Canyon Artists Open Their Studios
Open Studios takes place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 30m at the art studios at 3251-3275 Laguna Canyon Rd.
The public is invited to where original art is created and meet Laguna’s painters, printmakers, ceramicists, photographers and jewelry makers.
Parking is free; refreshments will be offered.
For more information visit: lagunacanyonartists.com.