New Exhibits to open at Pacific Grove Art Center on September 2nd
New Exhibits to Open at the Pacific Grove Art Center on September 3rd at the Pacific Grove Art Center and run through October 28th
Pacific Grove, CA. August 9, 2021.Mark your calendar for Friday, September 3rd and join us from 7-9 p.m. for a New Exhibit Opening at the Pacific Grove Art Center, located at 568 Lighthouse in Pacific Grove. The new shows will run from September 3rd through Thursday, October 28th.
Rejuvenate through the power of the natural world with MBPAPA’s Windows to the Bay an All Member Show. Mary Aiu is back with Held by a Horse Again, Gregory Pimentel with Bay Views II, Theodore Heublein, Above and Below Point Lobos State Natural Reserve and Winner's Circle: Monterey High School Digital Arts Festival 2021 all while enjoying the smooth sounds of Glenn Leon-Guerrero on vocals and keyboard.
Monterey Bay Plein Air Painters Association Windows to the Bay All Member Show, Gill Gallery
The Monterey Bay Plein Air Painters Association (MBPAPA)exhibit at the Pacific Grove Art Center in the Gill Gallery is called ‘Windows to the Bay’. The paintings in the show act as a window to the beauty of the Monterey Peninsula as it has sustained us throughout the Pandemic. This is a juried exhibit of MBPAPA members’ work. The judge and juror is the respected artist, Mark Farina.
MBPAPA is a nonprofit organization of dedicated plein air painters inspired by the sea and landscapes of the extended Monterey Bay area, from Half Moon Bay down to Carmel and along the Big Sur coastline, as well as the adjacent inland areas along our beautiful stretch of California Coast. Founded in 2005 by some of the area’s leading plein air landscape painters, MBPAPA members have been active in all things plein air, assisting various conventions and competitions as well as hosting several of our own juried art exhibits every year.
For more information about the Monterey Bay Plein Air Painters Association, go to www.mbpapa.org.
Mary Aiu, Held by a Horse Again, Dyke Gallery
Mary Aiu is a fine art photographer who spends her time pursuing beautiful horses around the world. Her work is noted for its ethereal feel, blending photographic components that often result in a painterly quality of the horse in motion. She has been described as one who can share the sensual beauty and depth of spirit in horses within her work.
Mary Aiu explains, "My artistic intent is to showcase the unbridled horse at liberty, hoping to portray the spirit of the horse in a way that the viewer may not have experienced before."
Watching horses run freely is captivating, especially if they were just released from the confines of a stall. Striking movements of agility and grace, but most of all, their joyful engagement to be free and move about at will is a sight I never tire of photographing. As they move about, each displaying their own unique flare, I feel like I am watching a dancer, with the arena becoming their stage. With the aid of the computer, I can transport these images to a stage of my creation, blending the imagery with the imaged, that’s inspired by their being. Setting them free once again.
With each person’s view of the world being uniquely their own, my imagery reflects my own ideals about beauty and emotional connections. Growing up in a cattle ranching family, horses have always been an important part of my life. Traveling extensively to photograph various breeds, I have become keenly aware, and concerned, that their numbers are disappearing from our landscapes. I am passionate about their majestic beauty and the place they have held in our world throughout history. My artistic intent is to showcase the unbridled horse at liberty, hoping to portray the spirit of the horse in a way that the viewer may not have experienced before.
Mary Aiu is an award-winning fine art photographer who spends her time pursuing beautiful horses around the world. Her work is noted for its ethereal feel, blending photographic components that often result in a painterly quality of the horse in motion. She has been described as one who can share the sensual beauty and depth of spirit in horses within her work.
Her photographs have been exhibited nationally at museums and galleries such as the Center for Fine Art Photography, Center for Photographic Art, Texas Photographic Society, Triton Museum of Art, and the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art. She has also been a guest lecturer at the Monterey Museum of Art where she spoke of photomontage in the digital age, and was a TV broadcast panelist on West Coast Focus; Jerry Uelsmann’s Influence. Her work has been featured in publications including Lenswork and multiple issues of Black & White Magazine.
Mary Aiu resides in Suisun Valley, CA and the Monterey Peninsula. She holds a BFA from the California College of the Arts, is a member of the Image Makers of Monterey, and is affiliated with the Camelot Gallery in Nevada City, CA
For more information about Mary Aiu, go to: www.maryaiu.com
Gregory Pimentel, Bay Views II, Annand Gallery
The goal of Gregory’s Photography is to express his Authentic self. In a way that his images move the emotions of the viewers. Gregory’s Pacific Grove Art Center Prints capture moments in time usually missed by viewers.
Gregory explains, “I do what I do because It allows me to express my God given gift. My passion is to share life’s unique image with as many people as possible.”
Theodore Heublein, Above and Below Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, Boyer Gallery
A collection of paintings produced in, on, and under Point Lobos State Natural Reserve from 2016 to Present, using primarily a zodiac platform to work from. The initial idea was to try and explore areas repeatedly over four seasons from a boat. While this was accomplished, the scope of the project expanded to cover various additional coves and scenes painted ‘en plein air’ (above) and by ‘en sous marine’ (below).
According to Theodore Heublein, "I have witnessed sublime vistas and amazing wildlife while visiting Point Lobos over the years. And no visit is the same as any other. I am hoping that seeing these seasonal views from both above and below the waterline will inspire you to see the Point Lobos State Natural Reserve in a new way. It’s a magnificent jewel, and we must care for it so that our future visitors may enjoy it as well."
Heublein states, “My enjoyment of scuba and artwork has evolved over more than forty years of diving, traveling and painting onsite ‘plein air,’ as well as from my personal photographic reference after the fact. Water has always called to me. For this specific type of art technique, which I am calling ‘sous-marine,’ I was inspired by seeing an article on Hussain Ihfal, a talented artist from the Maldives using his talents in an unusual way to highlight the issues surrounding global warming. I wanted to see if I could take this idea and bring it to my diving site, Point Lobos State Reserve in California. Point Lobos Reserve was the first marine reserve in the United States and remains one of the premier underwater sites in the world. I am hoping that capturing these artistic impressions of this site and sharing these images will help raise awareness of the value of protecting these areas now and in the future. Painting underwater is very difficult in comparison to above water. All the movements are slow and the tidal movement make it challenging. Time is also fixed, based on the scuba tank capacity, to complete a painting. Water temperatures in Carmel range from high 40f to 60f and require a dry suit to maintain body warmth, limiting hand and body movements you take for granted on land. This seemed a natural progression from painting locations above water from a boat in the Point Lobos State Natural Reserve.”
For more information about Theodore Heublein, go https://www.
About the Pacific Grove Art Center
The purpose of the Pacific Grove Art Center is to cultivate the arts within the Monterey Peninsula area by providing creative experiences that inspire and engage us, touch our hearts, challenge our minds and enrich our lives.
The Pacific Grove Art Center has four Exhibit Galleries: Nadine Annand, David Henry Gill, Elmarie Dyke and Louise Cardeiro Boyer. It features a variety of art forms including Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Encaustic, Fabric Arts, Mixed Media and more. Exhibits change every other month celebrated with a First Friday New Exhibit Opening and a First Friday Gallery Night (pre-COVID).
The Pacific Grove Art Center also features seventeen Professional Artist Studios, Art and Movement classes for adults, After School, Summer, Weekend and art classes for kids 8 – 17 (including some scholarship opportunities), creative opportunities for teens, and music, food and cultural events are held throughout the year. PGAC is also the home of the Peninsula Ballet Center. The beautiful historic galleries are available to rent for a special occasion.
Since 1969, Pacific Grove Art Center has been a community-based nonprofit seeking to enhance art appreciation and encourage the creation of art. With the desire to have art available to everyone, PGAC has held low-cost classes, free exhibits, and offered reduced rent for artist’s studios for over 50 years. Both emerging and established artists are professionally shown in their historic galleries, and large group shows can provide the first step into the art world for many. Through generous donations, grants, and hundreds of volunteer hours, the Pacific Grove Art Center continues its mission today.
All donations are deeply appreciated, especially during these continued challenging times. Become a member and receive the informative newsletter keeping you in the loop of all the community events, exhibit openings and cultural offerings they have to share.
The Pacific Grove Art Center, located at 568 Lighthouse in Pacific Grove, is open Wednesday – Friday from Noon to 5 pm and Saturday from Noon to 4 pm. For more information, call 831-375-2208, email generalinfopgac@gmail.