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

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.

Carole Choucair Oueijan – Featured Work

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Inspired by the beauty of modern art, Carole Choucair Oueijan, born in 1966 in Beirut, Lebanon, has faithfully reflected her Lebanese-Greek heritage in her art. Her journey into the world of impressionism began with childhood sketches and was further sculpted through academic education and training at YWCA College-Beirut, Lebanon. She studied Interior Design for a period of three years, after which she graduated with high distinction. After her graduation, however, Carole discovered her real passion for painting, so she attended the Institut Nationale des Beaux Arts-The Lebanese University, and completed her Bachelor of Art Degree.

Her oil paintings speak loudly of the rural and suburban symbols of her home land and are a collection of portraits, landscapes, architectural contours, and nautical panoramas. While still in Lebanon, she was invited to exhibit her work in several art exhibitions and galleries in Lebanon, where she received positive reviews and commendation from art critics and admirers alike.

Carole’s portrayal of the Mediterranean life carried her to Greece in 1989, where her family roots extend. There, she grew fond of the almost extinct art of mosaic. While in Greece, Carole learned the traditional skills and techniques of the Byzantine Indirect style of mosaic art by renowned mosaic iconographers in their private studios.

Carole took this exceptional art into a different terrain when she moved to California in 1990. There, Carole was awarded a prize from the National Institute of Watercolor in 1992. Intertwining her artistic creativity and her impressionistic oil painting techniques, she began crafting exceptional mosaic art pieces with three dimensional effects. Using a combination of natural stones and smalti glass brought her mosaic art pieces closer to the modern age and added a layer of innovation and captivating charm to her art pieces.

Her artwork is exhibited across the US, Lebanon, Italy, Greece and Canada. She was also chosen to do a permanent mosaic public art installation in the city of Santa Cruz, CA, at their historical board walk.

Carole was awarded the opportunity to create a mosaic mural for the new Civic Center in Old Town, Temecula, CA, called “The Emigrant Trail”. The mural is about the City’s growth from 1847 to 1858, and was installed in December 2010.

Indeed, each of Carole’s pieces is a one-of-a-kind creation. Each is a unique reflection of her 6 thousand years heritage and of her enormous talent and artistic craftsmanship.

Awards & Recognition:

Best of Show for “Home” — World Contemporary Art, November 2002

1st Prize, Best of Show for “Joy” — Artists Helping Artists (AHA), October 2004

Honorable Mention – Master Of Mixed Media for “Finesse” — Artists Helping Artists (AHA), October 2004

Juror’s Choice for “Orchis Morio Libani M1” Wild Lebanese Orchids– The Society of American Mosaic Artists (SAMA), Mosaic Art International 2008

Special Recognition Award — Lebanese American Foundation/The House of Lebanon, March 10, 2012

Certificate of Recognition — Presented by the City of Los Angeles for Carole’s dedication to the House of Lebanon, the Lebanese-American Community and the City of Los Angeles, March 10, 2012.

Kathy Breaux – Featured Works

Kathy Breaux is from Los Angeles, California and grew up in Downey. She knew art would be her profession before entering grade school. Kathy graduated from Cal-State University Long Beach with her B.F.A. in Painting and Drawing in 1979. She then went on to complete her M.A. in Painting and Drawing at Cal-State Fullerton in 1984.

Kathy has been teaching art since 1981 and currently teaches art to children at nine community centers as well as conducting private lessons. Her own work has been widely exhibited in Los Angeles and Orange Counties. She has won several awards including: Juror’s Award, Orange County Visual Arts Exhibit, Chapman University, Orange, 1993. Artist Grant, Southern California Artists, 1996.

Kathy’s current artistic direction involves a combination of figuration and abstraction to convey the “spirituality” within us all. She works with mixed media watercolors and wants the work to visually move the viewer on an emotional level. She is interested in meditation and Eastern Philosophy as well as Latin American folk art, medieval art and the modern abstractionists.

Selected Exhibitions:

2006 Hunt Branch Library, Fullerton, Solo Exhibit
2005 Laguna Beach Museum of Art, Art Rental and Sales Gallery
2002 California State University Fullerton Grand Central Gallery, Santa Ana, “Ordinary World” four-person Exhibit
2001 John Wayne Airport, Southern California Artists Juried Group Exhibit
1998 Bistango Art Cafe, Irvine, Group Exhibit
1996 American Institute of Architects, Costa Mesa, two-person Exhibit
1995 Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Art Rental and Sales Gallery
1995 Brea Cultural Center Gallery, “Carte Blanche,” Juried Exhibit
1993 Irvine Fine Arts Center, “Out of the Mainstream,” Invitational Group Exhibit

Collections:

Sara Kusenda, Phoenix, Arizona
Janice Deloof, Fullerton, California
Truck Smith, California
Mildred Kouzel, Fullerton, California

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Artist Statement – Brian Murphy

When I create I do not know what is going to happen next, nor do I know what I am going to see or feel; I simply respond and trust.  I am not really sure how much of my work is an extension of me as opposed to an expression of my personal observations and interpretations, probably a little bit of both.  I paint, create and sculpt because it makes me happy.  I can never imagine myself not doing this.  Creating is my way of figuring things out.  I have come to appreciate imperfections and celebrate surprises.  Everything I create must address their origins and encourage exploration.  I need to see where things come from.

The visible tool markings, shapes, and textures present in all of my work are a documentation of my own journey in which everything always return to the beginning.  Seeking out and trying to capture the hidden beauty and grace inherent in life’s collision of ordinary moments is of great interest to me.  I love looking at something for the first time and in that moment seeing what no one else ever has.  After this, all the decisions are mine, coveting and protecting it for awhile, followed by appreciation and finally just letting it go, but not all of it.  Like any healthy union, a little bit of lust should always remain.

Website:  http://bmurphyfineart.com/

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