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Art Scene :: “Five and Under” at Arcadia Contemporary

My boss, Linda Wehrli and I were ecstatic to attend the grand opening of our favorite gallery, Arcadia Contemporary at their new location in the historic, Old Town District in Pasadena!

For readers new to Arcadia Contemporary, here’s a little history as found printed on the gallery wall:

 

Arcadia Contemporary Mission Statement

 

The group exhibit debuted over 200 original works created by more than 60 worldwide artists. Appropriately titled “Five and Under”, every work in this exhibition is priced at $5,000 or less.

The grand opening party was held on Saturday, August 18 from 6 PM – 9 PM in their beautiful new 3,000 square foot space on Colorado Blvd. We were excited to spot artists Jeremy Lipking, John Brosio, Jesse Powell and Adam Vinson.

 
Jeremy Lipking at Arcadia Contemporary
Jeremy Lipking
Jesse Powell at Arcadia Contemporary
Jesse Powell
 

The show runs from August 18 – September 7. Cant’ make it to the show? No worries. The entire catalog may be viewed online at here.

In my boss’ own words, “These highly trained, dedicated artists are our modern day Rembrandt’s. Thanks to Arcadia Contemporary’s owner, Steve Diamont, the artists and their outstanding works are accessible to everyone. No snobbery. No pretending that abstract paint splatters could ever be considered “real art”. Just a pure love for exquisite technique and images representing our time that moves the soul and sets the bar high for standards in the world of fine art. It’s a privilege to support this dedicated gallery and its artists by sharing about them with our readers.”

As always, we’d like to share close-ups of selected works that caught our eye and thought our readers would enjoy. For Linda’s art students, she is asking that you please notice the palettes and techniques for discussion in class.

 
Ali Cavanaugh, "Pieces of the Sun", Watercolor on Clay Panel
Ali Cavanaugh, “Pieces of the Sun”, Watercolor on Clay Panel
Ali Cavanaugh, "Pieces of the Sun", Watercolor on Clay Panel
Ali Cavanaugh, “Pieces of the Sun”, Watercolor on Clay Panel
Michelle Doll, "Couple", Oil on Canvas
Michelle Doll, “Couple”, Oil on Canvas
J. Louis, "Relapse", Oil on Panel
J. Louis, “Relapse”, Oil on Panel
Barbara Kacicek, "Tear of the Moon", Charcoal on Cotton Briston
Barbara Kacicek, “Tear of the Moon”, Charcoal on Cotton Briston
Barbara Kacicek, "Siren" Charcoal on Cotton Briston
Barbara Kacicek, “Siren” Charcoal on Cotton Briston
Alex Venezia, "Melancholia", Oil on Panel
Alex Venezia, “Melancholia”, Oil on Panel
Daniel Bilmes, "Queen of Hearts", Oil on Panel
Daniel Bilmes, “Queen of Hearts”, Oil on Panel
Artem Rogowoi, "Golden Leaf", Oil and Gold Leaf on Canvas
Artem Rogowoi, “Golden Leaf”, Oil and Gold Leaf on Canvas
Ron Hicks, "Pragmatic One", Oil on Panel
Ron Hicks, “Pragmatic One”, Oil on Panel
Adam Vinson, "Graveyard Shifter", Oil on Panel
Adam Vinson, “Graveyard Shifter”, Oil on Panel
Aldo Balding, "Moment", Oil on Canvas
Aldo Balding, “Moment”, Oil on Canvas
Nick Alm, "Reflections", Oil on Panel
Nick Alm, “Reflections”, Oil on Panel
Alexander Chistov, "Huntington Library II", Oil on Panel
Alexander Chistov, “Huntington Library II”, Oil on Panel
Alexander Chistov, "Huntington Library II", Oil on Panel
Alexander Chistov, “Huntington Library II”, Oil on Panel
 
Arcadia Contemporary, Pastimes for a Lifetime
“A Mermaid and her Consort Spreading Love Across the Sea”, Natalie Featherston, Oil on panel
Arcadia Contemporary, Pastimes for a Lifetime
“I Want to Believe”, Natalie Featherston, Oil on panel
Arcadia Contemporary, Pastimes for a Lifetime
“Blue Curtains, Yellow House”, Rob Browning, Oil on canvas
Arcadia Contemporary, Pastimes for a Lifetime
“Secret”, Jeffrey Chong Wang, Oil on canvas
Arcadia Contemporary, Pastimes for a Lifetime
“Green Plums”, Jeffrey Ripple, Oil on panel
 

The most eclectic subject award goes to Conor Walton for his skill in turning ordinary sliced bread into an exquisite, mouth-watering piece of technique and palette. From the drop shadow to the textured ground, this work knocked our socks off.

 
Conor Walton. "Honey & Spelt Loaf", Oil on Linen
Conor Walton. “Honey & Spelt Loaf”, Oil on Linen
 

Well, we hope this appetizer has whetted your appetite to check out this incredible exhibit in person or at least peruse the ample catalog.

To learn more about each of the exhibiting artists, links to their websites or social media platforms are listed accordingly:
Nick Alm
George Ayers
Mary Jane Ansell

Aldo Balding
Colleen Barry
Casey Baugh
Daniel Bilmes
Rich Bowman
Rob Browning

Alex Callaway
Ali Cavanaugh
Casey Childs
Alexander Chistov
Matthew Cornell
Kevin Courter

Daniel Coves
Michelle Doll
Shaun Downey

Andy Espinoza
Natalie Featherston
Alex Russell Flint
Steve Forster
Rose Freymuth-Frazier

Jeff Gola
Kelly Grace

Mary Henderson
Ron Hicks
James Neil Hollingsworth
Barbara Kacicek
Victora Kalaichi
Patrick Kramer,
Olga Krimon

Malcolm T. Liepke
Jeremy Lipking
J. Louis

Stephen Mackey
Nora Martin-Hall
Susan McDonnell
Gregory Mortenson
Renato Muccillo
Reuben Negron

Maria Perello
Rae Perry
Jesse Powell
Dan Quintana

Julio Reyes
Jeffrey Ripple
Artem Rogowoi
Carlo Russo

Denis Sarazhin
Raquel Alvarez-Sardina
Mary Sauer
Aaron Smith
Loribelle Spirovski
Will St. John

Alex Venezia
Adam Vinson
Conor Walton
Jeffrey Chong Wang
Shane Wolf
Katie G. Whipple
Aron Wiesenfeld
Brad Woodfin
Vincent Xeus

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3 Comments

  1. Barry Wehrli

    “The group exhibit debuted over 200 original works created by more than 60 worldwide artists. Appropriately titled “Five and Under”, every work in this exhibition is priced at $5,000 or less.”
    Wow, I have to get there before the show closes. Thanks for the great read!

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