John and Linda Friend Art Gallery
Art Exhibitions and Lectures 2014-2015
Please contact the gallery director, Niclas Kruger at [email protected] for additional information.
Inspired by God's Creation
Representational Impressionism: Original Paintings in Oil
by Daryle Lynn Cornelison
January 21 - February 12, 2015
Artist’s reception and lecture: Wednesday January 28, at 6:30 pm in the John and Linda Friend Art Gallery in Grimm Hall.
Living in Laguna Beach for 25 years has been an incredible inspiration for me. My heart and mind are always exploring art in the beauty of God’s creation. That beauty surrounds me on the coast, across our country, and around the world. When I am painting, I lose track of time and just enjoy the design, light, space, and color.
My subjects vary from seascapes, landscapes, still life, and figures. As an artist, I experience the joy of falling in love with each new subject. I take my camera everywhere. There is no lack of visual surprises in the landscapes that become the subjects of my paintings. The mission trips my husband and I have taken to Kenya have provided much stimulation, and many inspirational people as subjects.
Here in the U.S., my husband and I love to pack up the car and head into the countryside on back roads, no matter the season. When I see a scene that I can't resist, we pull over and I snap a photo. I want my paintings to provide viewers with an experience of what I see in the landscape and in the subjects I choose. Every painting is a new challenge.
When I sell a painting, it is like losing a piece of myself. At the same time, it is always a joy when one of my paintings appeals to someone and they want it to become a part of their home or business.
Geomancy / Paint, Mark, and Meaning
An exhibition of artworks in mixed media
by Hedy Buzan
December 11, 2014 - January 20, 2015
Artist’s reception and lecture: Wednesday January 14, at 6:30 pm in the John and Linda Friend Art Gallery in Grimm Hall.
I titled this exhibit Geomancy after an ancient method of divination in which an inquirer tosses handfuls of rocks or sand on the ground and then, looking for marks and symbols, foretells the future.
Art making is another type of divination in which the artist develops meaning through the process of exploring and mark making. I work in several media: printmaking, painting, and drawing; often combining media or borrowing a technique from one discipline and carrying it to another as when I combine printmaking and collage or draw on a monotype.
My process is built on intuition, decision, chance, editing, and leaving traces of earlier moments of exploration. I often reference the horizon in my work, however, I’m not depicting an actual landscape but instead suggesting an archetypal one, a stage on which design elements play.
On this stage the visual elements interact: fiery reds respond to cool blues, lines counter shapes, brush strokes grab our eyes: each visual note creates an emotional response. The elements of the artwork become actors with dominant and supportive roles, creating a composition with its own dynamic yet balanced identity.
Hedy Buzan was born in Laguna Beach and, except for sojourns to the Bay Area and Jamaica, has always lived next to the Southern California coast. She teaches drawing, printmaking, collage, and design courses as an adjunct at Saddleback Community College and maintains a studio in Laguna Beach.
Peace by Piece
Sulpture, Painting, and glass Mosaic
by Mia Tavonatti and Nicholas Hernandez
October 22 - December 3, 2014
Artists' reception and lecture: Wednesday November 5 at 6:30 pm in the John and Linda Friend Art Gallery in Grimm Hall.
Artist Statement by Mia Tavonatti:
Remove a veil or covering. Reveal.
Throughout my life, only one thing has remained constant, my conversation with the Divine. This dialog has written itself into my work since I picked up my first crayon. Over the years, my spirit has been developed, explored and revealed through my content and my craft. It is here that I reach for the Ideal…where I seek perfection and marry above with below, male with female, light with shadow…here where I adventure beyond the veil to discover the beauty that lies beyond the illusion. Material and spirit dance and romance in my work, fall in love, divide and depart, build up and tear down and forge the alchemical fires that enable and create a fertile ground where transformation occurs and a greater, higher love is discovered. The soul, once lost but now found, is liberated after lying dormant for years beneath the surface of emotional waters too deep to tread. Through the reunion of body and spirit, the veil is transformed from cocoon, shield and armor to wings, the vehicle for flight, empowered by the flow of running waters that pull me back to my Self…
Artist Statement by Nicholas Hernandez:
"The wind does not sing because it has an answer, the wind sings because it has a song." I have been given a bundle of skill sets directly from the Impressionists. I feel a responsibility to use these gifts with the best of my ability. At times I feel the presence of these great Artists in my Studio, it's as if they are saying, "It's your turn now, for a while". I make beautiful things, it would be a sad place indeed if people did not make or do beautiful things. I sing because I have a song.
Rita’s Excellent Adventure – a tale told in tapestry
Written by Nicki Bair
Tapestries by Nicki Bair, Margie Fine, Judi Freed,
Carollee Howes, Karen Leckart, Merna Strauch
October 1 - October 22, 2014
Artists' reception and lecture: Wednesday October 15 at 6:30 pm in the John and Linda Friend Art Gallery in Grimm Hall.
Rita’s Excellent Adventure is a whimsical tale of a sand crab named Rita
that loves purple plankton. Her adventures in search of the best plankton
in Santa Monica Bay are told in verse and illustrated with twenty
Whether the story is read out loud or silently, one can only smile while
learning of the habits, predators, habitats and adventures of this small
sand crab named Rita.
For the art lover, there is the discovery of how six artists with different
styles can come together and create twenty tapestries, which coalesce into
one look for the story. View other work by each of the artists and try to
guess who wove which tapestry.
And for the child within each of us, there is the occasional discovery of
two eyes peeking back at us from a tapestry here and there.
About the Artist
Nicki Bair is an artist who enjoys weaving with both words and weft.
Once upon a time, Nicki saw a small sand crab while walking barefoot
through the surf. She named it Rita and later created the story of Rita’s
adventure in search of the best purple plankton in Santa Monica Bay.
With the help of Merna Strauch, Karen Leckart, Judi Freed, Margie Fine and
Carollee Howes, Nicki illustrated the story with tapestries.
Each artist incorporated their own unique style while using a common
palette of yarns and basic parameters.
Rita’s Excellent Adventure was completed in June of 2012 and its initial
showing was at the Society Gallery on Pine Avenue during Convergence 2012
– Long Beach.
Last year, Rita was exhibited at the Morris Graves Museum of Art in
Eureka California and the Long Beach Public Library.
All six artists are members of the Seaside Tapestry Group, a group that has
a long rich history in tapestry starting in the early 80’s.
Its members include both award winning artists who exhibit nationwide and
some who only exhibit as part of a collaborative Seaside project. The group
has a reputation for creating challenging, often whimsical collaborative
Rita’s Excellent Adventure is such a project. The story itself has been
published and illustrated with photos of each tapestry.
It is available at
www.nickibair.com as well as from Amazon.
Mixed Media Painting Exhibition
By: Roza Ouladi
Wednesday Sept 3 - Monday Sept 29, 2014
Artist's reception and lecture: Wednesday Sept. 10, 2014, at 6:30 pm in the John and Linda Friend Art Gallery in Grimm Hall.
Roza Ouladi is an artist and designer. She started taking art lessons from
the early age of 12 with master Armaitie Fitzgerald. She has been
professionally painting with acrylic and oil paint for the past 18 years.
Her passion for art and design led her to study Architecture at Ryerson
polytechnic University in Toronto, Canada, where she earned her bachelor’s
degree in Architecture.
For Roza painting is a spiritual journey and she wants to capture life’s
moment and express every loving thought in her paintings through use of
bright colors. She creates happy mood and energy in her artwork.
Her abstract paintings are colorful, lively, and they deliver the message
Roza has had more than 15 solo exhibitions in Toronto, Vancouver, and
She is currently in the MBA program at Concordia University Irvine. She
also resides in southern California where she continues to follow her
passion and create Art.