Category Archives: New Work

Pedagogic Clay 2 at OCC

This is just part of the 60 artists showing at the "Pedagogic Clay 2" show at OCC in Coast Mesa, California.
“Pedagogic Clay 2” good company (left to right) Ralph Baccera, Randy Au, Adrian Saxe

Clay Exhibit To Brings Renowned Artists to Orange Coast College

Orange Coast College: Frank M. Doyle Art Pavilion (access from Merrimac Way), 2701 Fairview Rd., Costa Mesa, CA. 92626

OCC is set to host its second Pedagogic Clay 2 Exhibit, opening on Jan. 28 and running thought Feb. 26, 2015. The month-long exhibition features work from 60 ceramic artists and instructors in the Southern California area ( Los Angeles, Orange, and Riverside counties). There are notable works by Ralph Baccera, Adrian Saxe, Peter Shire, Phyllis Green, Joe Soldate, Gifford Myers, Nobo Nishigawara, David Kiddie, Laura Haight, among others. OCC ceramics professor Kevin A. Myers has curated the exhibit. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Individual works of art will be displayed in the Frank M. Doyle Art Pavilion. Gallery hours are;  Mon, Tues, Thurs 12noon-6pm and Wed. 12noon-8pm. There is paid visitor and metered parking near lot D. Anyone with an interest in ceramics is encouraged to attend. “This is a time when all of this is going to be under one roof and it really would be in a student’s best interest to see the trajectory that contemporary ceramics has taken,” said Myers. “The artists that have been invited to be in this exhibition are truly exceptional.”

 

Thom Wright at the HBAC Centered-on-the-Center Show

Thom Wright and maybe several other SCA members will be showing two paintings in the new year’s exhibition at the Huntington Beach Art Center, “Centered-on-the-Center”.   Opening reception is Jan 31, 6-9 pm.  This is the big open show of the year, and up to 1500 attendees will be coming.  Hope to see some of you there.   ThomForest Warning #1sm 2014

Carole Choucair Oueijan at Beyond Borders 2014

Beyond Borders 2014I’m so excited to tell you that 2 of my Temple City mosaics are going to be exhibited in 2014 Beyond Borders Art Exhibition, October 18 – November 15. Complimentary Welcome Reception is this Saturday, October 18, 5-9 PM.

House of Lebanon Cultural Center
4800 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90010

This is the first time that I get the chance to preview a public art project in a fine art exhibition! People will get the chance to see the work in progress of this project and 2 finished mosaic panels before the installation on Rosemead Blvd. in the City of Temple City. I will have a room just for this project.

I would love to see you there. Please join us to celebrate this process. Sneak peek photos of the work in progress attached!

The Welcome Reception will include art exhibition, entertainment program, drinks food and more!

Free Valet parking.

Cheers,

Carole Choucair Oueijan
HOL Artists Group Chairwoman
www.houseoflebanon.com
www.FineArtbyCarole.com

 

Artist Council Inaugural Exhibition

Two of my “Earth Tree” series paintings have been accepted to the Artist Council Inaugural Exhibition of the Huntington Beach Art Center.  My latest one in the series is shown above, which has a more expressionist development and vibrant palette.  The warm tones dominate over the cool blue-green base, with a strong broadside of light and heat from the left.  I would be pleased to see you at the opening or at the artists’ talk evening.  Below are the details of show and my art statement for the Earth Tree series.

I also add a note of good news about my other current show at the Irvine Fine Arts Center.  At the Sept. 20 opening, I received a first place award in painting (third overall) for the three Earth Tree paintings in that show.

OPENING RECEPTION:
Friday, October 10th, 7PM – 9PM
*Musical entertainment by Sebastian Bop
*Catering provided by Cucina Alessa

MEET THE ARTISTS:
ArtWalk Thursday, October 16th, 6:30PM – 8:30PM

LOCATION:
538 Main St., Huntington Beach, CA  92648
www.huntingtonbeachartcenter.org
714-374-1650


ART STATEMENT – EARTH TREE SERIES

Big trees have long inspired humans beyond the utilitarian resources they provide.  Their spirit is uplifting; they grow in annual cycles, becoming massive, towering and long lived wonders. There is extraordinary strength in their limbs and branches, and yet they rhythmically move with the wind.  Each is unique, yet is constantly changing with time and season.  They thrive with earth, water and sun to benefit man and the environment, and symbolically they join the earth with the sky.  In my Cubist and expressionistic painting style, I paint abstractions of these qualities of trees.

Thom Wright

Turning Pages

Carole Choucair Oueijan
Title: Turning Pages
Mixed Media: Mosaic, Watercolor, Parallam beam wood, mirrors and other materials.
Size: 60H x 84W x 24D inches

Statement:

Turning Pages
Carole Choucair Oueijan
Born in Lebanon 1966, immigrated to the United States 1989.

Fascinated by art installations I have been seeing in many museums and galleries lately, I was inspired to write my life story in mosaic and watercolors while looking back at images and photos since my childhood to the present.
I have been very busy the last 47 years; growing up, falling in love, getting married then raising a family of 3 kids. I didn’t get the chance to sit back and flip the pages of my childhood albums until all my kids went to college.
I have more time for myself now! No more driving, volunteering or even cooking that much… This might have happened to you, so you might know exactly what I’m talking about.
Well, now that I got the chance to relive and cherish these tiny moments of my life, I wanted to share them with others, not through Facebook, but in the first installation I do, especially with people who had the same experience as mine: growing up in one country, trying to escape the war, and building a new life in another, on the other side of my world.
By choosing mosaic and watercolor mediums, I tried to express the smallest but most important moments that can sum up my life with its highs and lows. Little things that never seemed important until I lost my parents, like how my father used to pick me up on his shoulders or how my mother used to play with my hair as I sat in her lap. This installation is about these moments.
White, black, turquoise and ochre were used to describe our attachments to earth, how we were so desperate to leave either by sea or sky, our only hope, and all sad and happy moments we lived…
I hope this installation can help inspire you or take you back to the pages in your life, not just mine. Here’s to many more pages to come!

Thank you to my son Nicolas for putting this movie together for me. I love you
Music by Assi Al Rahbani – Mishwar. I do not own or claim to own any of the rights to this music. I just appreciate it and found it very complimentary to this piece.