Saturday, November 1, 2014

Craft Show 2014

Gallery at Marina Square Presents a Special Exhibit this November: “Craft Show 2014”

An Artist Reception will be held Friday, November 8th from 5-8pm at Gallery at Marina Square


Fourteen Central California Coast Crafters are collaborating together for Gallery at Marina Square Craft Show 2014: Rick Carter, Kathryn Thomas, Rod Baker, Thomas Brown, Gay McNeal, Don Kirkham, Lisa Kanofsky, Hope Myers, Carole McDonald, Bonnie Werring, Diane Miller, Alexandra Iorio, Carol Astaire, and Mari O’Brien. Crafters are showing beautiful works in wood, silk, fused glass, blown glass, jewelry in all media, pottery, fabric, and stone.

Food & Entertainment! Come and hear Music by Mike Swanberg and enjoy a wonderful array of refreshments on our Opening Reception Night.

Novembers’s Craft Show can be viewed at Gallery at Marina Square throughout the month of November, from the 1st through the 29th.

Gallery at Marina Square
601 Embarcadero #10, Morro Bay, CA 93442
Open Daily 10am - 6pm
805-772-1068
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Jarien de Ham—Featured Artist

Gallery at Marina Square Presents Our Featured Artist Exhibit for November 2014: “Brush Flying, Ink Dancing”

A Special Guest Artist Reception will be held Friday, November 14th from 5-8pm at Gallery at Marina Square

Jarien de Ham
    
In Jarien’s own words; “Brush Flying, Ink Dancing speaks to the spontaneous side of Chinese brush painting. When the brush touches the paper, that’s when the magic begins—watching the ink spread and blend. Taking the brush through calligraphy, landscapes, figures and bird and flower paintings is a delight and a torment. Trying to capture form, mood and essence is a continual challenge. If it is easy, why do it?

Living on the central coast for 40 years, I often marvel at how the landscape and atmosphere resemble a Chinese painting. Rather than paint China, I choose to paint what is here before me or in my imagination. Scrolls long ago were made to be unrolled a little at a time, taking a journey of the mind. It’s only ink and paper, maybe a little color, but it takes you places.”

Monolith © Jarien de Ham

Plum Branch © Jarien de Ham

Yellow Mums © Jarien de Ham

Food & Entertainment! Come and hear Music by Mike Swanberg and enjoy a wonderful array of refreshments on our Opening Reception Night.

Jarien de Ham’s Chinese brush watercolor and ink exhibition “Brush Flying, Ink Dancing” can be viewed at Gallery at Marina Square throughout the month of November, from the 1st through the 29th.

Gallery at Marina Square
601 Embarcadero #10, Morro Bay, CA 93442
Open Daily 10am - 6pm
805-772-1068
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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Mark Allen—Guest Artist

Gallery at Marina Square Presents Our Guest Artist Exhibit for October 2014: “ForesTREE”

A Special Guest Artist Reception will be held Friday, October 10th from 5-8pm at Gallery at Marina Square

Hazard Canyon Eucalyptus
© Mark Allen
I have always painted for myself. Painting is how I explore the world around me and express how I perceive it. Art and science may seem mutually exclusive in today’s world, but it wasn’t always thus, and I strive to revive art as a scientific instrument. I find painting and drawing to be powerful tools in teaching us to see what’s all around us – through the simple act of following an amazing line or pattern into infinity.

I’ve always viewed my paintings as entries in my journal—part of my reference library that reminds me of where I’ve been and how I’ve seen the world, which often leads to what’s next. I had never considered selling my art—until I discovered giclée reproductions. They can so precisely replicate the original, I feel I have as full-dimensional a “journal entry” as ever.

Mark Allen
I judge a painting by its ability to always please me, and, even better, to be an ongoing source of discovery and rediscovery.

I hope this is what you’ll find in my collection of paintings and giclée prints.

Mark Allen’s oil based enamel exhibition “ForesTREE” can be viewed at Gallery at Marina Square throughout the month of October, from the 1st through the 29th.

Gallery at Marina Square
601 Embarcadero #10, Morro Bay, CA 93442
Open Daily 10am - 6pm
805-772-1068
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Linda Loebs—Featured Artist

Gallery at Marina Square Presents Our Featured Artist Exhibit for October 2014: “Off the Road”

A Special Guest Artist Reception will be held Friday, October 10th from 5-8pm at Gallery at Marina Square

Linda Loebs
I’m lucky, my husband likes to drive and I like to look.  This fortunate circumstance allows me to photograph scenes that appeal to my artistic sense, if I capture it before it flies by my window.  Over the past year I’ve collected a fair amount of images, mostly from the highways and byways of California that have inspired my newest paintings.

This last year I’ve worked with my photos to recreate, in the studio, paintings that capture the beauty of nature.  Often the photos I work from are meant to refresh my memory as I’m not a slave to an image, but rather prefer to give my imagination free reign when I paint, sometimes, using my imagination alone to create paintings.

The Overlook © Linda Loebs

Linda Loeb’s multi-media exhibition “Off the Road” can be viewed at Gallery at Marina Square throughout the month of October, from the 1st through the 29th.

Gallery at Marina Square
601 Embarcadero #10, Morro Bay, CA 93442
Open Daily 10am - 6pm
805-772-1068
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Monday, September 1, 2014

Bob Helfert—Guest Artist

Gallery at Marina Square Presents Our Guest Artist Exhibit for September 2014: “Earth Tones”

A Special Guest Artist Reception will be held Friday, September 12th from 5-8pm at Gallery at Marina Square

Bob Helfert
In Bob’s own words: “I was born and raised in San Luis Obispo County, and have always appreciated the intensely photogenic character of this area. After a 30-year career in the neurosciences, during which much time was spent applying technical photography to my research, I now pursue photography as an artistic genre, translating perspectives gained as a scientist toward the abstract expression of nature’s offerings.

Being a detail-oriented person, I focus on the finer topographical, textural and tonal aspects of our planet in a manner similar to what I enjoyed while using microscopes to capture close-up images of the brain’s “landscape” and chemistry.

Please examine my work. As you do, relax and look beyond the image to view the underlying forms, textures and colors. There is much to enjoy here in terms of fine detail. This underlying “anatomy” is the essence of my art, and is what I refer to as the Tones of the Earth. I hope you enjoy the experience!”

Contrails Con Sol © Bob Helfert

Bob Helfert’s photography exhibition “Earth Tones” can be viewed at Gallery at Marina Square throughout the month of September, from the 1st through the 29th.

Gallery at Marina Square
601 Embarcadero #10, Morro Bay, CA 93442
Open Daily 10am - 6pm
805-772-1068
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Linda Bench and Hope Myers—Featured Artists

Gallery at Marina Square Presents Our Featured Artist Exhibit for September 2014: “Colorful Nature”

A Special Guest Artist Reception will be held Friday, September 12th from 5-8pm at Gallery at Marina Square


Hope Myers
   
Hope Myers is an award-winning artist who paints watercolors and makes one-of-a-kind jewelry in her “An Artist’s Garden” studio in Los Osos, California. She began to work with art forms as a child and continued her interests through a B.A. degree in Wisconsin with a minor in Art History. Her primary medium is transparent watercolor but she also is proficient in other media such as acrylic and oil. Using vibrant colors in sometimes unusual combinations, in clean, and at times simple settings, she emphasizes her love for the beauty of living things and outdoor scenes that can brighten our lives.

Flowers © Hope Myers



Linda Bench
Linda Bench, in her own words says: “I like to draw inspiring natural scenes—coastal panoramas, oak covered hillsides, flowers and wildlife. While I’ve always enjoyed drawing and art, I learned to draw well while studying landscape architecture in college. In 1998, I began focusing my artistic efforts on colored pencil drawing, and have slowly built up my portfolio. Each picture takes about 20 to 25 hours to complete, depending on the complexity of the background. I start with a line drawing, slowly building up multiple layers of color to achieve the depth and intensity I’m looking for. I live with my family in the mountains between Morro Bay and Atascadero.”

Let’s Dance © Linda Bench



Hope Myers’ and Linda Bench’s watercolor and colored pencil exhibition “Colorful Nature” can be viewed at Gallery at Marina Square throughout the month of September, from the 1st through the 29th.

Gallery at Marina Square
601 Embarcadero #10, Morro Bay, CA 93442
Open Daily 10am - 6pm
805-772-1068

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Friday, August 1, 2014

Patricia Newton—Guest Artist

Gallery at Marina Square Presents Our Guest Artist Exhibit for August 2014: “Coastal California”

A Special Guest Artist Reception will be held Friday, August 8th from 5 to 8 pm at Gallery at Marina Square

Patricia Newton
“I feel so fortunate to live along the Central Coast of California, where I draw most of my ideas for each work of art. I love getting out with my camera, taking lots of photos for the next subject. The Central Coast is full of amazing color, which I try to capture and express with every oil painting.”
Patricia Newton


© Patricia Newton
© Patricia Newton
www.artbypatricia.com

Patricia Newton’s oil painting exhibition “Coastal California” can be viewed at Gallery at Marina Square throughout the month of August, from July 31st through August 29th.

Gallery at Marina Square
601 Embarcadero #10, Morro Bay, CA 93442
Open Daily 10am - 6pm
805-772-1068
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Beth Sargent—Featured Artist

Gallery at Marina Square Presents Our Featured Artist Exhibit for August 2014: “Sharing Nature’s Story”

A Special Guest Artist Reception will be held Friday, August 8th from 5 to 8 pm at Gallery at Marina Square

Beth Sargent
Nature’s gift to us is the deep connection to it’s beauty and mystery, and capturing moments of wonder is Beth Sargent’s passion... whether it is a shimmering sunset or the majesty of an owl in flight. Beth wants to share these beautiful moments with you and sincerely hopes that you enjoy what you see.

Beth loves to photograph the natural world and grand vistas to capture a stunning moment in time—one that will elicit a strong emotion in your heart. She knows that you are drawn to photography for a reason because you believe (as she does) that photography is powerful. It can add deep meaning to one’s life that transcends time.

Majestic Flight © Beth Sargent

It is Beth’s aspiration that you will experience a spectacular moment through her passion for photography, and she invites everyone to view her photography. She believes that you may find a powerful moment or beautiful scene that evokes emotion within you.

Blue © Beth Sargent

Beth’s photography has earned awards and has been in juried photography exhibitions.

“It may be my vision, but it is your feelings that give my photography meaning”
Beth Sargent
www.bethsargentimages.com
www.facebook.com/beth.sargent.images

Beth Sargent’s photography exhibition “Sharing Nature’s Story” can be viewed at Gallery at Marina Square throughout the month of August, from July 31st through the August 29th.

Gallery at Marina Square
601 Embarcadero #10, Morro Bay, CA 93442
Open Daily 10am - 6pm
805-772-1068
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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Chuck Jennings—Guest Artist


Gallery at Marina Square Presents Our Guest Artist Exhibit for July 2014: “Illumination”

A Special Guest Artist Reception will be held Friday, July 11th from 5-8pm at Gallery at Marina Square

Chuck Jennings

Most all of my photographs are ultimately about the light on the subject. Whether I am adapting to the ambient or controlling the artificial in my studio, light is my playmate, my partner. It transforms the atmosphere. It mirrors the water. It burns or caresses everything in its path. There is no such thing as the absence of it. Just varying degrees of its presence, its influence. Although the moon may do it better than I; my eye, my camera, my computer, and my printer conspire to capture the light and expose it as best we can.

Bird Rock Sunset © Chuck Jennings
Pismo Pier Sunset © Chuck Jennings

Chuck Jennings’ photography exhibition “Illumination” can be viewed at Gallery at Marina Square throughout the month of July, from the 1st through the 29th.

Gallery at Marina Square
601 Embarcadero #10, Morro Bay, CA 93442
Open Daily 10am - 6pm
805-772-1068
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Sarah DeLong—Featured Artist

Gallery at Marina Square Presents Our Featured Artist Exhibit for July 2014: “California Inspired Watercolors”

A Special Guest Artist Reception will be held Friday, July 11th from 5-8pm at Gallery at Marina Square

Sarah DeLong
In Sarah's own words, "I moved to Morro Bay at the end of 2011 from Grinnell Iowa. I have worked in watercolors for over 27 years and I am in my element painting outside near a rushing stream or sitting on a dock in a harbor. I’m mainly a landscape painter but have painted people, animals and flowers. Watercolor has allowed me to have a loose realistic interpretation of a subject. I love the transparent and glowing colors one can create with watercolor when they are mixed on paper."

Sarah DeLong is a signature member of the Iowa Watercolor Society and has won a 1st, 3rd and two 5th place ribbons in their Annual Jury Show. She has exhibited in many shows in Minnesota and Iowa, including the Heritage Gallery in Des Moines. In 2010 the National Transparent Watercolor Society accepted her “Oaxaca Basket Weaver” painting into their annual jury show. Currently, Sarah is also a member of the Central Coast Watercolor Society.

Morro Bay Fish Company © Sarah DeLong
Evening Dance © Sarah DeLong

Sarah DeLong’s watercolor exhibition “California Inspired Watercolors” can be viewed at Gallery at Marina Square throughout the month of July, from the 1st through the 29th.

Gallery at Marina Square
601 Embarcadero #10, Morro Bay, CA 93442
Open Daily 10am - 6pm
805-772-1068

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Alice Cahill—Featured Artist

Gallery at Marina Square Presents Our Featured Artist Exhibit for June 2014: “Light Journeys”

A Special Guest Artist Reception will be held Friday, June 13th from 5-8pm at Gallery at Marina Square

Alice Cahill
In my photography I strive to see with the eyes of my heart, to find the essence of my photographic subjects. With a sense of wonder I explore Nature's wild places, her textures and designs. My images convey a deep spiritual connection with Nature. I believe the natural world is a healing force and a refuge from the chaos of daily life. When we are quiet and listen, we can find peace and discover our own inner voice of wisdom.

Peru Weaver © Alice Cahill
I have been honored to receive numerous awards for my photography. Most recently I was the Grand Prize winner of Audubon Magazine’s 2012 contest and my photo of a Northern Red-shafted Flicker was published on the cover of the January/February issue of the magazine in 2013. I won a trip to Peru as part of my award. My journey to South America opened my eyes to a vast new land filled with fascinating people and animals. I had the privilege of visiting Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley, and the Amazon jungle on this trip.

I am a member of the North American Nature Photography Association and the National Association of Photoshop Professionals. My photography is also represented by Getty Images.

Machu Picchu © Alice Cahill

www.alicecahill.com

Alice Cahill’s photography exhibition “Light Journeys” can be viewed at Gallery at Marina Square throughout the month of June, from the 1st through the 29th.

Gallery at Marina Square
601 Embarcadero #10, Morro Bay, CA 93442
Open Daily 10am - 6pm
805-772-1068

Jeff Odell—Guest Artist

Gallery at Marina Square Presents Our Guest Artist Exhibit for June 2014: “35 Years of Plein Air”

A Special Guest Artist Reception will be held Friday, June 13th from 5-8pm at Gallery at Marina Square

Jeff Odell
Jeff Odell has pursued the “truth of color” for more than 30 years on the Central California Coast, painting rural/urban landscapes, seascapes, portraits and figures, interior studies, and “anything that will sit long enough to serve as a subject.” He has created public artwork within the City of Morro Bay, including two “Art Cans” (large concrete trash cans turned into murals); one is located at the top of the Centennial Stairway, next to Dorn’s Breakers Café, the other is at 845 Embarcadero. He has a large mural on the north wall of the Backstage Salon, located at 960 Main Street, and he has also worked with school children to create a large painting on canvas, which hangs in the multi-purpose room at Del Mar Elementary School in north Morro Bay.

A major influence for Jeff was his experience in the painting studio of nationally recognized painter and Professor Emeritus Wilbur Niewald, who taught that the only way to get at the visual truth of color is to work directly from nature.

Los Osos Oaks © Jeff Odell
Lyon House © Jeff Odell

Jeff Odell’s oil painting exhibition “35 Years of Plein Air” can be viewed at Gallery at Marina Square throughout the month of June, from the 1st through the 29th.

Gallery at Marina Square
601 Embarcadero #10, Morro Bay, CA 93442
Open Daily 10am - 6pm
805-772-1068

Thursday, May 1, 2014

George Asdel—Guest Artist

Gallery at Marina Square Presents Our Guest Artist Exhibit for May 2014: “Paintings, Poems, & Whimsy”

A Special Guest Artist Reception will be held Friday, May 9th from 5-8pm at Gallery at Marina Square

George Asdel & friend
“Paintings, Poems, & Whimsy” is a gallery show of the drawings, paintings, and ekphrastic poetry (poems describing the art) of George Asdel. He is a poet and lifelong artist. Much of his art and poetry is whimsical but often dealing with serious subject matter—mostly animals and foolish humans. Asdel’s art media is pen and ink, pencil, watercolor, and acrylic. His poems range from haiku and limericks to ballads and free verse.

Magic Fish © George Asdel

George has been represented in many galleries and has owned studios in Newfoundland, Canada; Pismo and Shell Beach. Asdel’s art is in collections around the world, and his poems have won awards. He now lives in Atascadero, California with his wife Kathie.

 
Birdbath Weather Report © George Asdel

George Asdel’s drawings, paintings, and ekphrastic poetry exhibition “Paintings, Poems, & Whimsy” can be viewed at Gallery at Marina Square throughout the month of May, from the 1st through the 29th.

Gallery at Marina Square
601 Embarcadero #10, Morro Bay, CA 93442
Open Daily 10am - 6pm
805-772-1068

Virginia Mack and Ardella Swanberg—Featured Artists

Gallery at Marina Square Presents Our Featured Artist Exhibit for May 2014: “In the Moment”

A Special Guest Artist Reception will be held Friday, May 9th from 5-8pm at Gallery at Marina Square

Virginia Mack has been exploring the Central Coast for decades capturing aspects of the land and sea that intrigue her.

Virginia Mack
Virginia’s recent passion is kayaking in the bay, and she has developed many pieces based on studies she initiated from her kayak. She works primarily in watercolors and mixed media and is a colorist at heart. Her series of bird studies, each done within two minutes, before the bird flies, swims, or walks away and her studio pieces based on her kayak work are her primary subjects at present.

Coots © Virginia Mack

Virginia received her education in Fine Arts at the University of California, Berkeley and teaches at Cuesta College and Allan Hancock College in the Fine Arts departments.

Winter Light Back Bay © Virginia Mack





Ardella Swanberg
Ardella (Jo) Swanberg loves watercolor best—of all the media she has studied. She started using watercolor when she was a freshman in high school and her art teacher told the class, “Well, it takes twenty years to become proficient with watercolor.” At that moment, she thought, “I better get started!” Watercolor intrigues her because of the brightness of the colors and the way they mix on the paper which is an entirely different effect from any other medium.

River’s Dance © Ardella Swanberg
River’s Dance © Ardella Swanberg

In the time since she graduated from college, Ardella has experimented with print making, oil and acrylic painting, and weaving but she always comes back to watercolor. She was astounded when she took her first watercolor workshop in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She had been painting all her life but never knew anything about quality paper and paint. It is amazing how much better one can paint with fine quality supplies. Now she is careful to select the most permanent paints, the most stable paper and archival matting and framing.



Ardella Swanberg’s and Virgina Macks’ watercolor exhibition “In the Moment” can be viewed at Gallery at Marina Square throughout the month of May, from the 1st through the 29th.

Gallery at Marina Square
601 Embarcadero #10, Morro Bay, CA 93442
Open Daily 10am - 6pm
805-772-1068

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Bill Rumbler—Guest Artist

Gallery at Marina Square Presents Our Guest Artist Exhibit for April 2014: “A Window to Fly Through”

A Special Guest Artist Reception will be held Friday, April 11th from 5-8pm at Gallery at Marina Square

Bill Rumbler
When I was growing up in Chicago we lived in a ground-level flat. The window shades in the living room were always pulled down, lest passers-by on the sidewalk see all the way through the house. My bedroom had a window, but all I could see for the first 18 years of my life was the brick wall of the neighboring building three feet away. That perhaps explains my interest in “space”:  vistas, views and panoramas.  So as a photographer I seek images with windows you can fly through, trees you can glide over and mountains you can soar above.

I also like shooting rusty junk. I don’t know why.

Peek-a-Boo Sunset © Bill Rumbler


Most of my images are HDR, high dynamic range. It’s a process of taking several photos of the same scene from the exact same spot but using different camera exposures for each click of the shutter. This results in images with greater depth and a wider range of colors, making it perfect for capturing the rocky morros, dramatic coastline and foggy harbors of the Central Coast.

Bill Rumber’s photography exhibition “A Window to Fly Through” can be viewed at Gallery at Marina Square throughout the month of April, from the 1st through the 29th.

Gallery at Marina Square
601 Embarcadero #10, Morro Bay, CA 93442
Open Daily 10am - 6pm
805-772-1068

Susan McKee, Carole McDonald, Janice Lucier—Featured Artists

Gallery at Marina Square Presents Our Featured Artist Exhibit for April 2014: “Three Points of View”

A Special Guest Artist Reception will be held Friday, April 11th from 5-8pm at Gallery at Marina Square

Susan McKee
Susan McKee studied art at the Corcoran Art Gallery in Washington, D.C., the University of California, Berkeley, with various artists in Germany, where her family lived for several years, and she took every art course offered at Cuesta College (!) when she moved to San Luis Obispo. 

Sue found it gratifying that one of her paintings was recognized as Best Of Show (professional category) at the Mid-State Fair years ago. More recently (April 2012) one of her collages was chosen as Best Of Show at the Beacon Art Show in San Luis Obispo. Her paintings have received several awards at the Central Coast Watercolor Society’s Aquarius shows; they’ve been accepted in numerous shows throughout the county; She’s been honored to have one-woman shows as well at the Paso Robles and Santa Maria libraries. Her work was available at the Cambria Coast Gallery, Sycamore Mineral Springs Hotel/Resort, and Spaces Gallery in San Luis Obispo. 

Sunlight Lady © Susan McKee

Sue and her husband served in China for almost two years teaching English to university students. From this experience her work has evolved using more and more collage. She even wrote a book about this life-changing time (published by Oak Leaf Impressions Press). The book’s entitled Days Like Floating Water, A Story of Modern China, and it includes some of her artwork.




Carole McDonald
Carole McDonald is a native Californian and self taught oil and acrylic artist. She has been painting landscapes and seascapes about 40 years. She moved to the Central Coast in 2009.

As a former script supervisor in the film industry and Disney Imagineer, working where art was everywhere and discussed on a daily basis, Carole’s imagination soared. More vibrant colors came to mind along with a general tranquil feeling... just working at the happiest place on earth. Little did she know she would retire in the happiest city in America. Small World.

Lately Carole has been using acrylics for the fast drying time. Next she’s going to try water mixable oils.

© Carole McDonald

Carole says, “I'll keep on painting as long as inspiration comes from real life not dreams of a wonderful life, just life as it is... my experiences, my visions, my past loves, the inner beauty of nature and how it appears to only me. I think painting becomes part of your soul because it’s a part of me that will live on long after I’m gone.”



Janice Lucier
Janice Lucier is a painter and mixed media artist from Grover Beach. She’s found her retreat from the chaos in the world by creating art. Art is a practice and a form of meditation for her. Janice’s intention as an artist is to enjoy the process, continue to learn, and improve. 

Janice paints her subjects using traditional oil paint or water media but sometimes she challenges herself by incorporating mixed media. She also loves to draw and keep several sketchbooks and art journals going at the same time.

Bird at My Window © Janice Lucier
Drawings and sketches: www.lucierjanice.blogspot.com


Susan McKee’s, Carole McDonald’s, and Janice Lucier’s mixed media and painting exhibition “Three Points of View” can be viewed at Gallery at Marina Square throughout the month of April, from the 1st through the 29th.

Gallery at Marina Square
601 Embarcadero #10, Morro Bay, CA 93442
Open Daily 10am - 6pm
805-772-1068