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Published on August 29th, 2012 | by RLn Staff

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Harbor Currents–Arts–August 29, 2012

Aug. 31
2012 Juried All-Media and Small Treasures
Experience two of Palos Verdes Art Center late summer exhibitions — 2012 Juried All-Media and Small Treasures — through Oct. 7, in Rolling Hills Estates.

The exhibitions include art to please any taste from modern to traditional and from realistic to abstract. These eclectic exhibitions offer an appealing array of paintings, drawings, ceramics, sculptures, photographs and digital works.

The artists will be honored, and awards totaling over $3,000 will be presented, from 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 31, during the opening reception. The 2012 Juried All-Media Exhibition will include more than 90 wall-hung works and three-dimensional pieces selected from more than hundreds of entries.

Each piece of art in the annual Small Treasures exhibition is either a two-dimensional piece with a perimeter of less than 50 inches or a three-dimensional item that fits within a 6-inch cube. Each piece is by a member of one of the eight artists groups affiliated with the Palos Verdes Art Center.
Details: (310) 541-2479
Venue: Palos Verdes Art Center
Location: 550 Deep Valley Drive, Suite 261, Rolling Hills Estates

Sept. 1

Frida Kahlo Exhibit
Experience the annual Frida Kahlo Exhibit 2012, Sept. 1 through 30, at Picture This Gallery in Long Beach. Various artists exhibit their work dedicated to the renowned Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. The opening reception is from 5 to 9 p.m. Sept. 8, featuring the musical performance of Que Son. Frida and Diego attire are encouraged.
The closing reception is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 30.
Details: (562) 425-4861;
Venue: PICTURE THIS Gallery and Custom Framing
Location: 4130 Norse Way, Long Beach

Sept. 4
Artful Days
The Torrance Cultural Services Division presents After the Renaissance: Mannerism and the Protestant Reformation, from 12 to 1 p.m. Sept. 4, at the George Nakano Theatre.
Study the intellectual style of the High Renaissance in addition to the art whose function was to inspire an emotional response. The event is free.
Details: (310) 618-2326
Venue: George Nakano Theatre
Location: 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance

Sept. 6
Busan & San Pedro
Angels Gate Cultural Center will open a new exhibition entitled Busan & San Pedro by South Korean photographer Yongbaek Won, through Sept. 6 at the Croatian Cultural Center in San Pedro.The work highlights the port cities of Busan, South Korea and San Pedro.
Details: www.angelsgateart.org
Venue: Croatian Cultural Center
Location: 510 W. 7th St., San Pedro

Sept. 6
Sitting on the Dock of the Bay
“Windows Into the Past,” San Pedro Bay Historical Society’s downtown museum project, will unveil its fourth exhibit Sitting on the Dock of the Bay, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Sept. 6, at Art Upholstery International in San Pedro. The exhibit fondly looks back on Pan Am’s China Clippers that flew transpacific routes from 1935 to 1941.
Venue: Upholstery International
Location: 450 W. 6th St. San Pedro

Sept. 8
Patrick Wilson: Pull
Patrick Wilson will present new and recent geometric abstract paintings, Pull, from Sept. 8 to Dec. 9, at the University Art Museum in Cal State Long Beach.

In his meticulous yet sensual, nearly sculptural canvases, Wilson weds color to structured shapes in intricately layered and overlapping transparent rectilinear scrims and narrow lines of acrylic paint. These artworks are meant to be experiential. Duration, the real time of conscious experience, is an essential aspect of his practice. He invokes duration both in his acts of creative “unfolding” as they transpire in the studio and in his expectations about viewers’ subsequent reception and interpretation of his artwork.

Any art object is fundamentally an artifact of the artist’s process. Wilson pulls thin films of acrylic paint and emulsion across taut surfaces and the chromatic, spatial, and compositional associations he makes are recorded on the canvas. These marks provide evidence of his visual perception, thoughts, and action. Recorded as well is Wilson’s obvious pleasure in exploring the physical properties of the medium. If from a cognitive perspective we assign metaphors of physical movement to mental activities, there can also be found in the paintings of Pull an unimpeded openness in the visual strategies the artist employs that suggests freedom and expansiveness. Wilson’s stratified color fields jiggle, flicker, and shift, destabilizing static interpretation. They move…and propose that viewers move too, through their own perceptions and recollections of color and light.
Venue: University Art Museum
Location: 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach

Nov. 4
Buena Vista: California Painters in Mexico
Experience the Buena Vista: California Painters in Mexico, through Nov. 4, at the Long Beach Art Museum
Many museums offer the opportunity to view works depicting California by plein-air artists, while others offer patrons a look at artwork from abroad. Buena Vista is a display of works by California artists who have painted the landscape of Mexico. Accompanying these magnificent works is a selection of pottery.
Details: (562) 439-2119; www.lbma.org
Venue: Long Beach Museum of Art
Location: 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach

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