Wednesday, February 1, 2012

George Asdel and Philip Carey—Featured Artists

Gallery at Marina Square Presents Our Featured Artists’ Exhibit for February 2012: “Capturing Dreams”

A Featured Artist Reception will be held Friday, February 10th from 5-8pm at Gallery at Marina Square

George Asdel

George Asdel has had studios and galleries in Newfoundland, Canada, and in Shell Beach, Morro Bay, and Atascadero, California. His work is in public and private collections around the world. His work has appeared in numerous publications, radio and on television. He has thirty-five books of his art completed and has illustrated several books for other writers. He is writing poems for many of his drawings.

Much of George’s art is a whimsical narrative between humans and other creatures, in pen and ink, acrylic paints, and lino prints. George has taught art at the Charles Paddock Zoo in Atascadero. He also paints on location with plein air landscape groups. George studied art at three universities.

George advises utilizing the very best materials. Cheap or student grade materials can be very frustrating and give poor results. Start with small pieces, especially with pencils or pen and ink. Miniatures can give you confidence to try larger pieces.

George was influenced by Albrecht Durer, an amazing German painter, printmaker and draughtsman. Other influences were Rockwell Kent, who did the woodcuts for Paul Bunyan and many other old books, and M. C. Escher's wild and crazy drawings. George had a studio/gallery in Brigus, Newfoundland, where Kent also had a studio during the 1920's.

Black Cat © George Asdel


Philip Carey was born in a humble log cabin in Long Beach, California during WWII.

Philip Carey
“I’m still amazed that my subconscious sends me on these weird 4AM journeys. Unfortunately, some times they’re the best part of my day.”

After failing at being a surfer-dude, Philip toured the country and Europe as a choral singer, and sang on 3 Grammy-award-winning record albums for Columbia Records. After working as an exhibit designer for California State Parks—creating exhibits and graphics for over 100 state parks, he had the rare and challenging opportunity of being Maria Shriver’s “exhibit guy” for several years—he retired at last after 20 years.

After retiring from California State Parks in 2008, Philip moved to Morro Bay and began creating drawings of his vivid dreams. He published three Dream Books (the third is available at Gallery at Marina Square), designed and built a cactus garden, and a 30 foot desert mural behind his cottage, and started his inevitable dialysis—having not only inherited his Mom’s lively spirit, but also her bum kidneys. He hopes to continue living and creating artwork along California’s amazing Central Coast.

Dream October 9, 2009 © Philip Carey

George Asdel’s and Philip Carey’s exhibition “Capturing Dreams” can be viewed at Gallery at Marina Square throughout the month of February, from the 1st through the 28th.

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

David Johnson—Guest Artist

Gallery at Marina Square Presents Our Guest Artist Exhibit for February 2012: “Abandoned and Forgotten”

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

Dave Johnson’s love affair with photography started when his neighbor gave him his first Kodak 35mm camera in the early 1960’s. He began to experiment with black and white work and his interest in photography blossomed. In the early 1970’s he began working with a professional photographer and assisted his night class at University High School in Los Angeles. During this time, Dave started working with his Calumat large format 4x5 camera, and was inspired by the landscape work of Ansel Adams. Further expanding his hobby, he built his first darkroom in his garage in 1975. As a heavy machinery mechanic by trade, Dave was able to travel around to different job sites, always with his camera in tow. In the 1980’s he began participating in co-op art shows and selling his work to various private collectors.

Don't Worry, It Will Be Ready By Morning © David Johnson

While Dave still maintains a love of film and old cameras, he is now fully entrenched in the digital age. Beginning in the year 2000, he traded his darkroom for a computer and his 4x5 for a Nikon DLSR camera. In October of 2008 Dave retired from his day job and was able to turn his hobby into a full time adventure. This new free time allowed him to join various photo groups further expanding his knowledge and creativity. Dave is proud to be involved with groups such as the San Luis Obispo Camera Club, PhotoMorroBay, and the Photo Society at the San Luis Obispo Art Museum.

Dave’s current work shows his keen interest in HDR (high-dynamic-range imaging) and post-processing work using software such as Photoshop, Topaz, Photomatix, and Nix. Dave’s use of the HDR technique allows him to increase the level of intensity found in real scenes such as a landscape or sunset. His most recent work is heavily influenced by “Urbex” photography, also referred to as “urban exploration.” His work involves the examination of the normally unseen or off-limits parts of urban areas or industrial facilities. The unusual environments Dave seeks out, combined with his HDR and post-processing work, make for extremely powerful images. His most recent photography allows the viewer to see that decay of an uninhabited space can be, in fact, profoundly beautiful.

David Johnson’s exhibition of photography “Abandoned and Forgotten” can be viewed at Gallery at Marina Square throughout the month of February, from the 1st through the 28th.

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