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Thom Wright has combined his passions for art and engineering, and his two practices benefited from each other. Born and raised in Los Angeles, he joined the U. S. Navy after high school and then returned home to go to college. After graduating in 1970 with a BA and MA in mathematics from UCLA and CSULA, he began a successful, 32 year career in aerospace. While working in advanced space systems and technologies development, he began taking art and art history courses at night at local community colleges. He began selling art and successfully entering competitive art shows in 1978. His art interest initially centered in abstract landscape and figurative painting, influenced both by 20th century European modernists and American expressionists. Beginning in 1986, his subject matter moved toward contemporary issues, including technology, geopolitics, and the global environment. His abstract painting style also migrated towards inclusion of industrial materials, found objects and mixed media, which reflect influences of his technical background. These issues and processes continue in his art work. Desiring to improve his skills, theory and knowledge in art, he took early retirement from the Boeing Corp. in 1999 and entered art school full time. In May, 2006, he completed the MFA program in Drawing and Painting at California State University, Long Beach.

First Annual Food, Fine Art and Music Festival of Huntington Beach

SCA is happy to announce that Thom Wright is one of about 90 artists participating in the First Annual Food, Fine Art and Music Festival of Huntington Beach.

As in many communities across the USA, art shows are evolving into weekend cultural art events. This one is hosted near the Hyatt Resort and Hotel at Beach Blvd. and Pacific Coast Highway in Huntington Beach. This fine art event has no crafts, has classic rock music of the 60’s and 70’s, and is in collaboration with the Huntington Beach Art Center, of which I am a member. Thom will be selling his recent paintings (see example above of one of his “jazz guitar abstracts” series), and in competition with many, many others.  And there are greater enjoyments of the day with options for sampling the best of local restaurants and entertainment by many old-time rock and roll bands and singers. A big turnout is expected from their heavy media advertising for its opening success.

As yet, Thom does not have a booth assignment, but it will have a sign on the top of a white canopy:  Thom Wright Fine Art

Dates:
Friday September 5 (4-8 pm)  $5 entry first half-day special
Saturday September 6 and Sunday the 7th (11 am – 8 pm)
Food and Art Entry: $15/day, and with music $20/day
Find out more here:  www.hbfest.com