Tag: The Gallery

Dancer/Painter Combines Art Forms at Month-Long Exhibit

July 21, 2014, Big Bear Lake, CA – The Gallery in the Village is brimming with talent, with this month’s Featured Artist George Gootson–a respected local landscape painter–and Guest Artist Elizabeth Szymczak on display through August 13. The public is invited to a free reception to meet them and discuss their work on Saturday, July 26th from 4:00 to 8:00 pm, or to view their installations any time during normal business hours. As both a dancer and an artist, Szymczak combines her expertise in both disciplines to produce dramatic, hyper-realistic images with symbolic undertones. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Art Education with a minor in Dance from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and an MFA in Representational Drawing and Painting from the Academy of Art University. She later studied plein air landscape painting in Italy and added video and live painting to her repertoire. Originally from Chicago but now based in Los Angeles, Szymczak teaches AP Art History at Granada Hills Public Charter High School, and is currently showing her work in L.A. and Laguna Beach. The Gallery’s “4th Saturday” receptions include wine, hors d’oeuvres and live music. The Gallery is located at 40750 Village Drive in Big Bear Lake, and is operated by The Arts Council of Big Bear Valley....

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Is Meeting a Pointillist on Your Bucket List?

Big Bear Lake, CA, January 21, 2014 – It’s time for another Fourth Friday at The Gallery—-and this month’s featured artist is Jessica Sandek.  Sandek uses pointillism, a painstaking style of applying paint in tiny dots instead of continuous lines. She also burns into wood, which is an example of pyrography,  or “writing with fire”, a technique that has been practiced across the world as traditional folk art for millennia. The Big Bear resident is a native New Yorker who earned a BFA at the Art Institute of Chicago. She has taught art to children and adults, illustrated a book, and sold her sculpture and painting through bicoastal gallery shows, art fairs and commissions. Sandek has exhibited her work both locally–at United Wood Craftsmen, Equada Outfitters, Art on the Lake and ArtWalk in Big Bear Lake–and further afield, at Lucha’s Walking Store in Pasadena; at Artwalk 2007 in Escondido; and in several New York venues.  She explains poetically what her creative outlet means to her: “When I’m doing my art there are no words, only the noise of feeling. Part of being a person is being in a state of constant motion. We are pushed and pulled, hurled and tossed, spun, lifted, dropped, grabbed, released. It is a vortex of churning, volatile beauty. I hope that the viewer can catch a glimpse of this life the way I do. And maybe even relate…”  The public is...

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