EarthWE Gallery Announces First Solo Exhibit for Celebrity Artist Betsy Clark

 

EarthWE Gallery Betsy Clark exhibition installation view

EarthWE Gallery Betsy Clark exhibition installation view

We love that EarthWe thought to send us their latest press release and we are happy to share the details with you. Plus they included the wonderful photo, above, of their Betsy Clark exhibit in their gallery space. EarthWE has an interesting website for you to check out here.

Here is their latest art exhibition news—

EarthWE Gallery of Bergamot Station, Santa Monica is pleased to announce the opening of the first solo exhibit for Celebrity Artist Betsy Clark

“The Exiles” opens January 30 with an artist reception from 6-10 pm, and will run for 6 weeks. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 11-6 pm.

Born in Seattle, Washington, current Venice resident, Betsy Clark is an actress, painter and mother with a flair for color and a love of elegance. As a child she was enamored of the acting world and the high fashion, style and elegant lifestyles of the Hollywood movie stars. She knew at an early age she wanted to live a glamorous life, and held multiple jobs while in high school, earning her own money to spend on clothing and social activities. While working in the mailroom of a bank, a teller suggested she try modeling, a moment that changed her life forever. Soon she was traveling around the world on high fashion modeling assignments that gave her a taste of that special life she had always envisioned. Once she began acting classes her natural talent was discovered, and national commercials soon followed. While in Paris working she met her soon-to-be husband, Philippe Caland, a film producer, who began casting her in his films, including the cult classic Boxing Helena. Her dreams becoming a reality, she began experimenting with other creative outlets, and painting became her next obsession.

Working in mixed media for the past 15 years, Clark has shown in various group exhibits in Santa Monica, but this will be her first solo show. This series, called “The Exiles” is comprised of 30 portraits from her imagination – predominantly well-dressed women, who look as if they are from another country and era. Says Clark, “I imagine these women have had really hard times, yet they are all so proud and dignified, and have put their best outfit on for some special occasion or party, where they may not really fit in…”

In a style reminiscent of Modigliani, the works are vividly painted in simple poses, stylized with elongated necks, proud features, and dressed in bits of fabric that Clark has collected from her travels. There are no smiles on any of them, yet the work has a decidedly optimistic feeling. Clark reflects, ”I am most proud of putting a smile on peoples faces. My mom and dad use to say to me “”Bets, you are a shining light in the room.” If I can show that through my paintings and have my light shine till the day I die, then I am a happy, grateful woman!”  Come see this exhibit  – and smile – for yourself!

EarthWE is located at 2525 Michigan Avenue, Building D5, Santa Monica, California USA 90404

City of Santa Monica Purchasing Existing Artworks for Sustainable Street Project

Santa Monica Pier, Beach, and city - Southern ...

Santa Monica Pier, Beach, and city – Southern California. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Even if you are not a California artist, it’s good to know that art is being purchased:
City of Santa Monica
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
Existing Artwork for the Longfellow Sustainable Living Street Project
 
Deadline for Submissions: Thursday, August 23, 2012 (rec’d by 5:00pm)
The City of Santa Monica Arts Commission, through its peer panel selection process, is seeking proposals from Los Angeles County-based artists for existing artwork for the Longfellow Sustainable Living Street Project.  The City of Santa Monica would like to purchase existing artwork that would complement the Longfellow Sustainable Living Street Project.
Proposals for site-specific commissioned artwork will only be accepted if the artwork can be produced within the project timeline and for a budget of $35,000 that covers the artist fee and design and fabrication costs.  Installation will be done by City contractors.
  
ELIGIBILITY
This competition is open to artists living and/or working in Los Angeles County.  The selected artist must be available to meet with City staff, the project team and City advisory boards and commissions.
BUDGET
The budget for existing artwork is $35,000. Artists may submit proposals for site-specific commissioned artwork that meets the project goals and the budget of $35,000 that includes artist fees, design, fabrication, delivery, insurance and any other costs.  The artwork will be installed by the City.
PROJECT TIMELINE
RFQ Released                             July 17, 2012 
Submission Due                            August 23 2012 (in office by 5:00pm)
Artist Proposal Selection               Week of September 10, 2012
Installation                                    Late Fall/Winter 2012**
The detailed REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS is available on the Cultural Affairs website: http://www.smgov.net/Portals/Culture/Public_Art_Program/Artist_Opportunities.aspx
For more information, please contact Malina Moore at (310) 458-8350 or at malina.moore@smgov.net .

GLOW: Art in the Public Realm

Primal Source for Glow 2008 by Usman Haque

Glow is a dusk-to-dawn art event on the beach and adjacent areas in Santa Monica, California.  The first Glow premiered on July 19, 2008 and attracted over 200,000 people.  Over 100 artists participated in 27 projects that spanned genres, technology and content–all with some orientation toward engaged participation with the diverse audience, from the most seasoned art world members to the general public, local residents, and international tourists.  The context of Santa Monica’s fabled beach, the power and allure of the Pacific Ocean and compelling contemporary art, all savored during the hours when museums and galleries sleep, made for a clamorous poetic experience.

 shapednoise for Glow 2010 by Céleste Boursier-Mougenot
Glow 2010 occurred on September 25 and attracted 150,000 people to the Santa Monica beach.  Projects by internationally renown artists (Céleste Boursier-Mougenot, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer and Yoshua Okón) and a strong contingent of Los Angeles-based artists included everything from highly advanced technological installations providing for intense audience interactive, to the purely accoustical pleasures of an accordion orchestra playing while riding the historic Santa Monica Pier Carousel.  The twenty projects included approximately 100 artists, with 50 musicians and dancers alone participating in a procession and music circle on the beach.

Glow 2011 received a salute from Americans for the Arts.

Glow is produced by the City of Santa Monica and the Santa Monica Arts Foundation.  www.glowsantamonica.org

ArtLA International Art Student Competition Prizes

santa monica beach

santa monica beach (Photo credit: young grasshopper)

ArtLA has a contest open to both US and International art students to win $10,000 in cash and prizes such as Apple MacBooks, Adobe Creative Suite, Epson Photo Printer, an Exhibition at Bergamot Station Art Center in Santa Monica, California, and a $500 Blick Art Package.

Here is the link for full details to enter: http://www.artlastudents.com/index.cfm/contestant