Thursday, May 1, 2014

George Asdel—Guest Artist

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

A 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”

Featured 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 2 © 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