Thursday, September 1, 2011

James Crawford, Laura Dienzo and Robert Taylor—Featured Artists

Gallery at Marina Square Presents Our Featured Artists’ Exhibit for September 2011: “Trapping the Light Fantastic”

A Featured Artist Reception will be held Friday, September 9th from 5-8pm at Gallery at Marina Square


James Crawford

Laura Dienzo


Robert Taylor

James Crawford’s interest in art began in high school and further developed at Orange Coast College where he majored in Architecture and minored in History and Art.

I Heart You © James Crawford

James is the recipient of first place ribbons and Best of Show awards in several photography shows and publications and has been displayed locally and in many other locations, and it hangs in many private collections. James has been a winner in the first 6 years of participation in the New Times Photography Contest including 5 winning images in 1999 and 4 winning images in 2001.

Crawford believes there is more to photography than looking through the camera and pressing the shutter. He says, “ The camera is only part of the process. It’s where your creativity leads on the computer, or the darkroom. It is not a mere image, it is an extension of your whole self, your whole being, the sum of all your experiences and the influences of great artists you admire.” James continues to further his photographic education through yearly workshops with varied Master Photographers.

Laura Dienzo was born and raised on the east coast, and moved to San Luis Obispo in the early 80’s for summer vacation. She soon fell in love with her new surroundings, which ignited a flame of passion for capturing it’s beauty through photography. Laura continues to be inspired by the splendor of it all—from the rolling vineyards to the unspoiled coastline to the oak-studded, golden hills.

Morro Bay Canoes © Laura Dienzo

Laura also creates Fine Art editions of a special location or an artistic portrait of you and your favorite people: www.DienzoDesigns.com.

Robert Taylor’s earliest recollections of photography are of his grandfather taking him on photo shoots at the age of four.  He let Robert shoot his own images while all along teaching him about cameras, light and composition. In school, Robert’s studies were always centered around art and light, earning him degrees and certificates in B&W/Color Photography, Graphic Art/Design, Medical Imaging, Radiography and Landscape Design/Installation.

Sweet Dreams © Robert Taylor

One of Robert’s earliest jobs was Forest-Land-Structure restoration along the coast and mountains. While there, he developed a great appreciation of nature and an everlasting love for nature/landscape photography. Some of Robert’s ongoing projects are landscape and nature photography of Tulare, Kern and San Luis Obispo Counties, the 2011 Wildflower Season and Farm and Ranch images.

Photography: 35mm film, Digital-SLR natural-light images. www.flickr.com/photos/slo_exposures
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Crawford’s, Dienzo’s and Taylor’s exhibition “Trapping the Light Fantastic” 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

Virginia Mack and (posthumously) John Mack—Guest Artists

Gallery at Marina Square Presents Our Guest Artists’ Exhibit for September 2011: “Quiet Moments”

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

Virginia Mack is a native Californian. She has been exploring and savoring the wild lands of the state throughout her life. She has been living on the Central Coast for 10 years. She is a part-time instructor at both Allan Hancock College and Cuesta College in the fine arts departments.

Virginia works primarily in watercolors and mixed media and is a colorist at heart. She builds most of her pieces in a wet-on-wet process (wet watercolor paints on wet watercolor paper) resolving the pieces as the paper slowly dries. She creates the forms with rich colors that she plays off against contrasting colors thereby subduing them while preserving their presence in layers of color. She often mixes the watercolor process with work using colored pencils, pastel, charcoal, and pencil.

Virginia received her education in fine arts at the University of California, Berkeley. She has taken additional classes at The California College of Arts and Crafts and in independent workshops.

Rocks and Twigs © Virginia Mack

John Mack’s work is being shown posthumously along with his wife Virginia’s work. John died in his home on July 3, 2011, after struggling to recover from extensive heart surgery. John’s interest in art began quite early, certainly in full by his freshman year in high school and interrupted only by World War II for two and a half years. He was influenced by many schools of art expression then coming to the forefront in the S.F. Bay Area and being taught in the schools and colleges. These included Abstract Expressionism, Surrealism, Action Painting, and Realism. John was an award winning artist and a member of several Central Coast art associations and his work has been exhibited in many one-man and group shows and purchased by individuals and business enterprises.

Boats © John Mack

Virginia and John Mack’s exhibition “Quiet Moments” 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