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February 4th, 2017, Beyond the Lines Gallery Celebrates Love!
As we all know February is the month of love, which is why gallerist Brittany Davis has curated a love themed exhibition. The group exhibition will feature works celebrating love. “I believe love is the strongest emotion you can feel. Love surrounds us in many ways from family, friends and romantic love. Emotions can run like roller coasters when it comes to Love.”
Davis says Love has inspired her own work. An artist herself, she attended the Fine Art Sculpture Program at the Academy of Art in San Francisco. “Ideas float around in my head and when they finally manifest into a sculpture I typically try to incorporate words of love in poetry to the piece.” Now that she has her own gallery, Davis said creating her art has slowed a bit but insisted it was all worth it. Curating shows and putting events together takes a lot longer than one would expect, but she added, “I love every minute of it.” After graduating from art school, Davis participated in a pop up event and had a wonderful experience. Soon she started producing her own pop up art exhibitions. Two years later, she landed at Bergamot Station and rented her own art space, which she named Beyond the Lines Gallery, and each month has been producing themed group shows. Themes have included Perform, Portraits, Ocean and now Love. She said running a gallery allows for a lot more control while curating the exhibition. “Curating each exhibit is my favorite part of each show. Once I receive all the art pieces for a show, I get to step back and take a good look at them all. As I install the art I create a deliberate flow based on a variety of factors such as color, composition and style. My goal is that by each opening, guests who walk through the exhibit experience this flow and their eyes are guided around the room gradually from piece to piece.”
Davis has always been an entrepreneur so it seemed a natural fit that she start her own gallery. “I love working with artists and other creative people because I am drawn to the beauty of their work and the diversity of the pieces. I get the privilege to display this work in ;my gallery in creative ways for other LA art-lovers to appreciate and experience.”
Davis said she hopes “The Love Exhibit” moves art lovers. “I love you. These three words can bring so many memories and feelings each different for every individual. But what I want to portray in “The Love Exhibit” this February is the kind of love that makes people glow, smile and want to float to the clouds. The magic and power, moments shared with experiences, ideas and feelings created through the minds of a handful of artists. And of course love is in the air February for Valentine’s day.”
The opening reception for “The Love Exhibit” will take place on Saturday February 4th from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Beyond the Lines Gallery, located at Bergamot Station, G#8, 2525 Michigan Avenue, Santa Monica, 90404.The exhibition runs through February 15th and will end with a closing reception that day (Feb 15th) from 6:30 -8:30pm. http://www.beyondthelinesartshow.com/
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Beyond the Lines Gallery Hosts
“December Group Art Exhibit”
Saturday, December 3rd
“December Group Art Exhibit” opens this Saturday, December 3rd, at Beyond the Lines Gallery at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica. The gallery, which recently opened in October features all forms of media. Owner Brittany Davis has been carefully curating vibrant exhibitions. “Almost every show has a theme so I first look for pieces that match with that. Then I look for unique, balanced composition, intriguing, uplifting creative works of all kinds.” For the December show…she decided to leave it open to the artist’s discretion.
Painter Stephanie Visser has exhibited her work before at Bergamot Station and said she was excited to participate in the December exhibition at Beyond the Lines Gallery
Inception #6 untitled, 72x48
Visser paints several times a week and has been working on a new series. “These days I am working to complete a new series of six monumental pieces that I call The Six.” Visser said she was attempting to express each of the six basic human emotions in the simplest abstract form possible.” It’s taken me about three years to complete which I hope will be by the end of the year. After that, I intend to show all six at once but where and when has not yet been established.”
Unlike most artists Visser does not title her works. “I like the viewer to place my work into a context that they describe themselves, so other than the series name, I leave it up to them name the piece.” To find out more about Stephanie Visser, visit her website at http://stephanievisser.com/
Kristina Ambriz has worked with Davis before. She participated in her pop up events and was featured in the grand opening exhibition. Her work can be seen currently at Beyond the Lines Gallery through December 1st in at the gallery’s portrait show. Enjoy a closing reception on December 1, 2016 from 5:00pm-8:30pm. “I absolutely love the gallery. Great Location, beautiful space, amazing curator/owner,” said Ambriz.
Carissa acrylic on canvas
For the December show, she will exhibit a painting entitled Carissa.The artist said she normally reaches out to friends and acquaintances to model for her paintings, but for this particular piece she was inspired by a selfie Carissa had taken for her social media. ‘My focus is on the interesting color of her eyes and the sun glasses that bring attention to them.” Visit her website at http://www.kristinaambriz.com/
“This is my first time working with Brittany and showing with Beyond the Lines Gallery,” said sculptor Rude Calderon. “Father is hand sculpted travertine onyx from Baja California. A difficult stone to carve, because of its complex qualities. The technical challenge of the process is symbolic of the deeper meanings of the piece. It was a sculpture that was created while my father was in the hospital for a year with a severe stroke before he moved on.”
Father, Baja travertine onyx, 11” x 9” x 12”
Calderon has been creating art for over thirty years, working in several mediums, but insisting sculpture is his favorite. “My work in different types of stone is reflective of my interest in the spiritual notion of life interlaced with cosmos and physical nature. I’ve always been fascinated with geology and minerals, at the same time developing manual dexterity through art and craftsmanship. The process is as important as the concept for me, that being said I find it crucial that an artist identifies and passionately interacts with their chosen medium.” See http://www.rudecalderon.com/ to find out more about the art of Rude Calderon.
The opening reception for “December Group Art Exhibit” will take place on Saturday December 3rd from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Beyond the LInes Gallery, Bergamot Station, G#8, 2525 Michigan Avenue, Santa Monica, 90404. The exhibition runs through December 29th with closing party that night (Thursday December 29th) from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. http://www.beyondthelinesartshow.com/
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It’s been a busy couple of months for Beyond the Lines Gallery. It recently opened at Bergamot Station Arts Center in Santa Monica in October and will be hosting its third exhibition on Saturday, December 3rd
Brittany Davis had been producing pop up group art shows for the past two years, however, now she is glad to have a new home at Bergamot Station. “I love the great artist community at Bergamot Station. All the galleries bring such a wide variety of artists work together. Old masters to new emerging artists today. When she first started searching for a gallery space, Davis was open to all areas of LA. But, as she put it, “Santa Monica kept calling to me. I had always loved Bergamot Station and the great galleries that where in it. When a space came available it felt like the perfect fit.”
The “December Group Art Show” will feature an eclectic group of artists. Stephanie Visser is one of the talented painters set to be featured. “Stephanie's abstract paintings bring great color combinations together that create unique balance in her work,” said Davis.
I am very excited to be showing back at Bergamot Station again with the new gallery Beyond the Lines, said Visser. “Bergamot is such a great location for art and to show there is an honor. I'm looking forward to ending the year on this wonderful high note.”
Visser’s new series is entitled Lay Lines and was first inspired while traveling back and forth to the midwest to visit her family (after she first moved to California). The view that she enjoyed from the airplane window amazed her…the patterns on the ground, which looked like grids and circles from above brought back fond thoughts of her family. “I have a vague memory from childhood of my grandfather using a forked branch to look for underground waters and talking about the energy lines in the earth that allowed him to find water. My father built a home in a rural area for us and it was my Dutch grandpa that located where we would drill a well which he did with great success.” Visser said while on the plane, she spent a long period of time just gazing down at the ground and sensing those very lay lines under the grids and patterns. She continued, “In my family those kinds of metaphysical phenomenon were a part of daily life and conversation and made even greater sense to me as an adult once I had more life experience to fall back on.” http://stephanievisser.com/
Floyd Strickland has been creating art since he was a child and continues to create on a daily basis. “I started creating realistic drawings when I was in grade school, and I’ve been painting since college,” said Strickland.
He has exhibited with Davis before in one of her pop up group shows. He said he is excited to show at the new gallery.
On December 3rd from 5:00p.m.- 9:00p.m., visit Beyond the Lines Gallery for the opening reception of the “December Group Art Show” Bergamot Station, G #8, 2525 Michigan Avenue, Santa Monica, 90404. There will be a closing party on Thursday December 29th from 5:00p.m.-8:30p.m. http://www.beyondthelinesartshow.com/