THE RITZ-CARLTON, LAGUNA NIGUEL

One Ritz-Carlton Drive, Dana Point, California 92629 USA
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The resort is proud to present a collection of artwork throughout the property featuring numerous amazing artists.

"Unmasking the Artist"
A Photo Exhibition by Artist Charley Akers and the works of a select group of Festival of Arts Artists

For the third consecutive year, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel will proudly feature a selection of Charley Aker’s portrait photographs, complemented by an original piece of artwork created by the Festival of Arts artist depicted in the portrait.

Aker’s unique black and white portraits capture the essence of each artist, while also highlighting their craft. This year’s exhibit includes portraits of southern California artists Ron Azevedo, Marlo Bartels, Paul Bond, Antje Campbell, Hannah Harris, Russell Jacques, Susan Jarecky, Christopher Jefferies, Murray Kruger, Tom Swimm, and Rachel Young, each of whom have also been selected to showcase their art at the 2014 Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach. The exhibit will be on display from May 8 to August 30, 2014.

Unmasking the Artist: A Photo Exhibition by Artist Charley Akers will be available for public viewing in the resort’s Art Exhibit Space from May 9 through August 30, 2014.

“Papier Coupes”
Exclusive Matisse Exhibit
On display Exclusively on The Ritz-Carlton Club Level through February 10, 2014
Twelve original stone lithographs are featured and are the only Matisse Cut-Outs on display in the U.S. The other venue for viewing any of the Cut-Outs is the Tate Modern in London which is featuring the largest retrospective ever assembled through September 2014.

The genius of Matisse’s work is captured in twelve iconic compositions from his momentous cut-outs series. Matisse would fondly describe his newfound medium of collage as “painting with scissors;” this was the primary form of expression in the latter part of his career. In the early 1950’s, Henri-Émile-Benoît Matisse worked out of the Mourlot Studios in Paris, to recreate this celebrated edition in a series of traditional hand-pulled stone-lithographs, which capture the vibrant collection of his larger than life paper cut-outs. The artist was a master of multiple disciplines including painting, drawing, collage, original printmaking and sculpture. As Michel Anthonioz, director of the Musee d'Orsay, writes, the Cut-Outs allowed Matisse to "bridge the gap between his paintings and drawings, between color and line." Although the technique of cutting out pieces of paper and gluing them together might sound elementary, the results can be breathtaking. Some works in this collection are beautifully simple, such as Décoration Masques, which graphically combines a colorful palette of floral shapes and contour drawing. Each piece, however, exudes a sensation of sheer joy, the vibrant colors and playful designs leaping off every composition.

“Water N Waves”
Photographer Russ Sanders
On display throughout the resort

Born and raised a "water-baby" in southern California, Russ grew up in the Southern California surf with a love for the ocean and respect for its power. Years of competitive swimming and water polo has helped him to better interact with the shore-break as it can be a physically demanding place to work in. Having the ability to hold his breath a long while after having it knocked out of him by a large wave has its advantages. He started his photography in the medical field, documenting the human body. This lead him to a career in medicine, but the love for photography and capturing life's moments has always been his true passion. Now, he wants to share his shore-break moments for all to see. View Russ Sanders’ website.

“Waves”
Photographer Clark Little
On display throughout the resort

Images of big waves captured by award-winning photographer Clark Little are on display and include a wide variety of open and limited editions. Comprised of underwater seascapes and Little’s signature shorebreak waves, the photos are displayed on mediums including giclee canvas, plexiglass, and aluminum.

Clark Little was born in Napa, California in 1968. Two years later, a move to the North Shore of Oahu (Hawaii) dramatically changed his future. In the 80’s and 90’s he made his name as a pioneer of surfing at the Waimea Bay shorebreak. Clark had a unique talent for taking off on hopeless closeout shorebreak waves and surviving in one piece. In 2007, Clark discovered his ability and passion to capture the extraordinary beauty of the shorebreak when his wife asked him for a picture of the ocean to decorate a bedroom wall. With the confidence of an experienced surfer, Clark jumped in the ocean, and started snapping away, recording the beauty and power of Hawaiian waves. “Clark’s view” is a unique and often dangerous perspective of waves from the inside out, captured in photos for all to enjoy from the safety of dry land.

Sandra Jones Campbell
On display in enoSTEAK

Sandra describes her paintings as composites of social sightings portraying evocative associations from a voyeuristic perspective, often at moments of personal apprehensions or sociological attitudes. Her visual narratives achieve effects that are simultaneously playful and sophisticated.

Sandra’s depiction of social and political scenes reflect both her professional respect for the 30′s style German Expressionists Max Beckman, George Grosz and Otto Dix, and her uniquely gentle wit. Multiple figures populate lively acrylics on paper or canvas images that blend Sandra’s optimism and candor, along with her keen visual skill: balancing color, form composition, humor and subject matter. Sandra’s provocative paintings have been shown in over 50 one and two person exhibits, and at museum shows in California, Oregon, Massachusetts and Arizona. Paintings by Sandra Campbell Jones are included in permanent collections both nationally and around the world. She is a regular exhibitor at the Festival of the Arts in Laguna Beach.