I browse at various artworks in the Showcase Gallery, at the South Coast Plaza Village. It is the Open Reception for the Fall Group Show Exhibition, where many artists are displaying their paintings, digital art, photographs, drawings, sculptures, jewelry, and other art pieces. A band is playing in the background, as I check out each piece. Each art piece portrays a certain feeling, whether relaxation, drama, beauty, meditation, elegant, softness, sweetness, and, sometimes, the dark side, by the color choice as well as the composition of each scene. Some depicted scenes have bright and vibrant colors that make the scene come alive, inviting the viewer to join the picture, while other depicted scenes have dark colors that make the picture look more dramatic and mysterious.
Maria Elena Bicer paints different familiar scenes in watercolor and oil. I enjoyed checking out her Austrian Market, Rain Forest II, and Sunday Morning in Venice. These paintings reminded me of my weekend mornings, when I browse through the local farmers’ market before I stop at a local coffee shop to drink coffee and meditate on nature’s beauty. Her prices are $960, $1320, and $1950.
Jean Williams uses warm-toned colors to paint nature scenes in watercolor of Farming, Lavender Flowers, Hill House, Oprah Rose, Hydrangea, and Coconuts. These paintings looked soft, relaxing and peaceful of a secluded and quiet countryside area. The price for each painting ranges from $90 to $195.
Aster Hazelton paints Yellow Pot, Ocean II, and Ocean III in oil. She uses color in ways to bring out the beautiful colors of the ocean waves and sky as well as plants. The price for each of these paintings is either $350 or $500.
Piernicola Cocchiaro uses beautiful, vibrant, bright, bold, and rainbow colors to portray the beauty of various Orange County scenes in his oil paintings. In The Plants Beyond The Railing Were Shaken By The Wind painting, the beautiful green color of the plants really look like the plants are moving or swishing back and forth in the windy weather. You can almost see the wind in this painting. Towards The Ocean The Clouds Played With The Clouds, Evening’s Colors at Balboa Island, and The Dazzling Sunlight Filtered Through The Poles Of Newport Pier paintings have beautiful colors of sunset and the ocean scenes. His prices are $1200, $1300 and $1400.
Irene Engard portrays beautiful photographs of cheetahs relaxing in their natural habitat. Her nature scenes almost look like paintings. In Cheetah At Rest, Cheetah Brothers, and Lookin’ After My Brother, she portrays these beautiful wild cats as cute and sweet kitty cats being loving and playful together. You almost forget that these cats are wild. As I admired the beauty, elegance and sleekness of these cats, they reminded me of my housecat, but in a large and wild form. Darn! For a minute, I was considering on adopting one, someday. These photographs cost either $275 or $985.
George Kaczarmek’s photographs are also of beautiful and elegant wild cats relaxing and playing together in nature. The colors in these photographs tend to be warm-toned that the cats tend to blend well with the background, displaying how comfortable and happy these cats are in their own raw and natural environment that hasn’t been tampered with by humans. After Dinner, In Mother’s Shadow, Never Sleep, and My Mammy photographs display the loving, sweet and playful nature between the mother and cub relationship of lions, leopards and cheetahs. Each photograph costs $360.
Katy Brack paints On The Jetty and Wetlands in acrylic. She displays beautiful and vibrant colors in nature scenes with beautiful blue skies and water. These paintings each cost $350.
Annete Globits’ beautiful photographs of plants tend to look modern and artistic, but elegant. Playful Red Dahlia, Purple Pansy, The, Illumination, In The Pink, and Fuchsia are small photographs that are decorated with large, colorful and vibrant frames to bring out a particular color in the plant; and, therefore, these frames frame and display the photograph well. Each photograph costs either $150 or $175.
Ginny McNiell’s beautiful photographs of nature display the subject in the photograph in clear and vibrant colors as well as nice composition in order to bring out the true essence of each subject on display. She displays pretty and elegant subjects in the Red-Tail Deer, A Peacock Poses, Ladies in Fountain, The Destroyer, Orange Delight, and Pink Flair. The main focus is the beautiful colors of the peacock, the sweet and elegant deer, the antique-looking and historical-looking sculpture of the fountain, and the beautiful colors of plants and nature. The price of these photographs ranges from $175 to $195.
John H. Stewart photographs pretty birds in their resting scenes. Whether in a beach scene or on top of an interesting dome-shaped building, these birds look beautiful and elegant as they relax and enjoy their view and surroundings together. Two other photographs depict hungry birds. Hungry Hornbill is a photograph of a beautiful and elegant bird eating, while Hungry Baby Swallows is a photograph of three baby birds ready to be fed. Nest of Storks is a photograph of a nest on top of a dome building structure, where bunch of storks are enjoying their view, and Blue Footed Boobies is a photograph of bunch of birds hanging out at the beach together. Each photograph costs $300.
Steve Gilb’s photographs are of a large and interesting tree, depicted in a different season., Henderson Road, West Fork of Oak Creek, and Manzanita each display one of the four seasons as well as the beauty of each season in nature, whether the white snow of winter, colorful orange leaves of autumn, bright and vibrant colors of flowers in spring, and the warm colors of summer. The price for his photographs is either $640 or $1400.
Yoko Mazza paints Preparation in acrylic. This painting is of a Japanese woman, wearing a Japanese costume and sitting on the floor. In front of her is a Japanese mask. She seems distant from the mask as she looks straight ahead with a sad face. This painting costs $1200.
Paul Kelly’s pictures are in pastel. Giclee, The Poet, The Teacher, The Artist, and The Preacher are all black and white close-up drawings of a man. Four of them are of a man’s head, while the fifth picture is of a silhouette of a man playing an instrument. These pictures portray men performing their passion. The price for these pictures range from $274 to $400.
Evelyn Morris displays a variety of artwork in this art exhibition. Her work is artistic, focusing on a particular subject, whether in a photograph, digital art, or mixed media form. Birch Trees In Sunset and Ring The Bell Please are photographs. Magic Dragon and Flowers In The Swing are digital manipulation of a drawing, and these pictures appear artistic and playful. Elephant In Parade looks like a picture of a circus elephant that has been decorated with various shiny and metallic sequins as well as interesting designs. The prices for these pictures range from $425 to $650.
Marilou Hogeboom displays a variety of her artwork, which includes mixed media, collage and oil paintings. The Tell Me picture is a mixed media collage of photographs, drawings, writing and painting. I think it looks interesting because all of the little pieces in the artwork look vintage; and these pieces appear to be taken from someone’s past. If one connects all of these pieces together, it will tell a story about the person, similar to fortune telling. Untitled #1 and Untitled #2 are mixed media artworks of paint blotches and blots splattered artistically to create a form of modern art. Vase & Flowers and Tides Out are oil paintings. The prices range from $300 to $525.
L. Rice Robinson’s oil paintings of elegant nature scenes include Clouded Glory, By The Sea, Oven Tree Of Life Nursery, and Do Not Enter. Also, the ornate frame on each painting adds to the elegant look of the depicted picture, making these paintings look like expensive antique paintings. These oil paintings cost from $350 to $450.
Victoria Kortz paints Orange County nature scenes in oil. Back Bay Canoes, Long & Winding Road, Back Bay Rest Stop, and Back Bay Solitude are oil paintings of nature scenes with water. The warm, earthy-toned colors with a yellow cast, secluded area, and the ornate frames give the overall depicted picture an elegant and antique-looking appearance. These oil paintings cost from $500 to $750.
Marie Taggart’s oil paintings depict detailed nature scenes in warm-toned colors in order to give the paintings an antique and elegant appearance. The ornate gold frames add to the elegant appearance. Fall Green Belt, Indian Summer, and Nature Center cost either $275 or $375.
Ferial Nassirzadeh displays oil paintings that have vibrant colors in a still life arrangement, which includes fruits and tea set pieces. Deft Teapot, Spring In The Air, Silver Sugar Bowl, Blue Pot And Apples, Pink Orchid And White Vessel, and Red Plums paintings each depict the bright colors of the fruits and the inanimate object arranged with the fruit, making them appear three-dimensional because of the dramatic shading and the lighting. These oil paintings cost from $550 to $800.
Mark Farmer displays various artworks, which include oil paintings, watercolor, pastel, charcoal, photographs, and pencil drawings. His artworks depict various Orange County scenes and settings as well as there are lots of portraits. Such artworks include Mission Bell Capistrano, Laguna Canyon, Old Salt, OC Fair, Cannery Broadwalk, Lady With A Mission, Newburyport Harbor, Portrait At Sunset, Pensive, Shades Of Mt. Tamalpais, Mt. Tamalpais With Clouds, San Rafael Bridge, Girl In A Red Hat, Susan’s Jacket, Susan Sketch, Susan Grid, Susan A La Holbein, Susan Pastel, Art Student League Faculty, Nick’s Kitchen, and Mark Farmer Self-Portrait. The prices range from $25 to $1000, and two of his oil paintings are Not For Sale. His artwork tends to be meditative, serene and detailed, but with a vintage appearance because of the warm-toned colors or the yellow cast in the paintings.
Other artworks on display include various sculptures in clay, earthenware, low fired, bronze/steel, stone, clay/paint, ceramic, clay/anthracite, bronze, and walnut. These sculptures are in various shapes and styles, whether modern, artsy, pop art, vintage, antique-like sculptures, or pottery. There were also some artistic jewelry, books and greeting cards.