We just received this fun piece by Jennifer Verge, a spirited artist living in Venice Beach, CA who creates her works of art with found and re-purposed wood, hardware and other objects and infuses them with her expressions of passion for living. You can see more of her unique works of art here.

Artist Aaron Coleman has been busy creating in his studio in Kansas City. He arrived to Laguna Beach for the new year with a great collection of new resined abstract paintings for which he is known. In this collection we have some of his newly evolved pieces which have a beautiful, soft matte finish. Aaron is still in the southern California area and will be attending the February 2nd First Thursdays Artwalk, along with fellow visiting artist Martin Beaupre.

"Lightforce" 40x40 in. (diptych) acrylic, sand on wood panel

“Lightforce” 40×40 in. (diptych) acrylic, sand on wood panel

Just in from artist Dasha Guilliam, this 40×40 in. diptych from her Textured by Nature series has a subtle, iridescent sheen which adds brilliance to the sky. Dasha’s passion for the sea stems from her childhood growing up by the Black Sea , and continues to inspire her creations. Each painting is imbued with a touch of the sea, textured with sand gathered from her routine communion with the Pacific Ocean. To see more of Dasha Guilliam’s paintings, click here to visit her page.

Artist Brooke Harker recently returned from a five month residency in Frosinone, Italy, near Rome. She was invited by Alfio Borghese , curator of Villa Comunale di Frosinone, to reside and paint for a solo exhibition at his museum. Her exhibit, titled “Una Prospettiva Eclettica”  (An Eclectic Perspective) consisted of 14 paintings of Los Angeles and 6 paintings of Italy. The exhibit opened on August 24th and will continue to tour at other venues throughout Italy in the coming year.

Brooke begins painting at her outdoor studio on a private farm in Italy.

Brooke begins painting at her outdoor studio on a private farm in Italy.

 

Brooke Harker working on a painting of Hollywood, in Italy.

Brooke Harker working on a painting of Hollywood, in Italy.

 

Brooke on one of her many sketching excursions.

Brooke on one of her many sketching excursions.

 

Brooke with curator Alfio Borghese.

Brooke with curator Alfio Borghese.

 

Part of the exhibit at Villa Comunale in Frosinone, Italy

Part of the exhibit at Villa Comunale in Frosinone, Italy

 

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Brooke with Italian artist Elena Sevi and guest.

Brooke with Italian artist Elena Sevi and guest.

Congratulations to artist Martin Beaupré for his successful opening and exhibition at Musée Pierre Boucher in Trois-Rivières, Quebec, Canada. Beaupré’s exhibition is titled “Bodhicitta: Coeur Éveillé” (Translated as “Bodhicitta: Awakened Heart”). In Buddhism, Bodhicitta is a spontaneous wish to attain enlightenment motivated by great compassion for all sentient beings. The exhibition opened on September 27 and continues until November 19, 2015.

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Come spend an art filled afternoon with Martin Beaupré. Meet the man behind the monk, learn about the symbolism and philosophy imbued in his work. Watch Martin’s amazing, intuitive painting technique in action as he demonstrates publicly for the first time the inception and genesis of his work.  Don’t miss this special event!

 Sunday, May 31
2:00 to 5:00
2:00 to 2:30 – Meet and Greet
2:30 – Discussion and Q&A
3:00 – Brief meditation, Demonstration begins

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We are now featuring our newest artist Brooke Harker and her series “Energies of the California Coast”. Thanks to all who attended the opening and helped make Brooke’s debut to the gallery a success. Click here to learn more about Brooke Harker and see our collection of her impressive paintings. We wish Brook a bon voyage at the end of this month as she vacates to Italy for four months where she will paint for an upcoming solo exhibit at Villa di Comunale in Frosinone, Italy in the vicinity of Rome titled Una Prospettiva Eclettica (An Eclectic Perspective) from August 24-Sept 6 2015. Her work will also be part of Artists for the Kids of Syria with artforumae at the Fann-A-Porter Gallery in Dubai in May of 2015.

"Liberated Waters" 35x68 in. ink, oil, acrylic on canvas by Brooke Harker

“Liberated Waters” 35×68 in. ink, oil, acrylic on canvas by Brooke Harker

We are pleased to present the newest artist to the gallery, Brooke Harker. Brooke is a Los Angeles based artist, primarily an urban landscape painter. Her art boasts a strength of substance and style. More than faithful renderings of the places she has traveled and spent time, her large paintings are imbued with the mood, energy and character of the place and its inhabitants. The use of color and detail, and the select absence of either, are her primary tool for transmuting the essence of any locale onto canvas. Her process is a layering of media, using a combination of ink, acrylic and impasto oil.

Brooke Harker’s opening series for the gallery, Energies of The California Coast, is a collection of large paintings celebrating the coastal communities of southern California, including Laguna Beach, Newport Beach and Dana Point. We invite you to join us in the opening reception, in conjunction with First Thursdays Artwalk, April 2, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

"Laguna Streets #2" 66x46 in. ink, acrylic on canvas by Brooke Harker

“Laguna Streets #2” 66×46 in. ink, acrylic on canvas by Brooke Harker

"Familiar Tides" 46x82 in. ink, oil, acrylic on canvas by Brooke Harker

“Familiar Tides” 46×82 in. ink, oil, acrylic on canvas by Brooke Harker

"Liberated Waters" 35x68 in. ink, oil, acrylic on canvas by Brooke Harker

“Liberated Waters” 35×68 in. ink, oil, acrylic on canvas by Brooke Harker

We have a great new collection of original paintings by Martin Beaupré.  Geisha’s, monks, abstracts and even an angel, a la Beaupré. See the whole collection here or visit Lu Martin Galleries in Laguna Beach to see them in person. They are magnificent!zen-painting-martin-beaupre-82zen-painting-martin-beaupre 75zen-landscape-painting-martin-beaupre-86 zen-painting-martin-beaupre-84