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ART EXHIBIT SPACE
Exclusive Art Exhibit on Loan from Laguna Gallery of Contemporary Art

LGOCA is a unique contemporary gallery showcasing top regional and international artists. The Galleries emphasis is on emerging and mid-career artists working with a variety of mediums. Many of the artists have philanthropic causes creating a combination of caring hearts and cutting edge art. LGOCA offers a diverse mixture of paintings, sculpture, bronze, fused glass and metal creations. Not your typical white walled gallery affair, LGOCA promises to engage you in an experience you won’t find anywhere else.  Featured artists include Iris Bourne, Derek Gores, Becky Black, Jessica Osborne, Robin Hiers, Sergio Armando, Joseph Moscoso, Greg Stogner, Kym De Los Reyes, Tania Alcala, Ian Bryan, Diana Carey, Jessica Wachter, Vladimir Prodanovich, and Adolfo Girala.

THE RITZ-CARLTON CLUB LOUNGE EXHIBIT

Exclusive Art Exhibit on Loan from Dawson Cole Fine Art

Artists Carolyn Reynolds and Jian Wang
Carolyn Reynolds
has been painting, drawing and sculpting since she was a child. World renowned for her luminous landscapes on gold and silver leaf, Carolyn is claiming her corner of the art market as master and creator of a technique known only to her.  Graduating from University of California Irvine with a BFA Fine Art and Art History, Carolyn believes her nature themed pieces bring a healing quality, as well as a sense of wellbeing, harmony, and tranquility through her subject matter and use of color. Having been commissioned to do an Asian themed art piece Carolyn fell in love with gold and silver leaf as a medium. She now works almost exclusively with the medium. The physical process begins with coating and sanding the canvas until it becomes a silky surface. A terra-cotta clay or red paint is painted underneath to give a warm feel to the gold. Once this is complete, the artist lays the gold or silver leaf, and coats it with layers of varnish.  Using the finest quality sable brushes, Carolyn paints layer upon layer of paint and varnish developing the image until it culminates in a moment of light. Reynolds has been exhibited in California museums, featured in many one-man shows throughout the United States and is in the permanent collections of corporations worldwide including The Ritz-Carlton, Comerica Bank, and the Marriott Corporation.

If Jian Wang is to claim a style, it lies in his approach to painting. Distinguished by his ability to reconfigure the elements of a composition to his own vision, he virtually sculpts the image using energetic brush strokes and thick, buttery oil paint. He says his style involves tremendous physicality and emotion. He has a simple palette of eight colors, which he combines right on the canvas. He is also careful with his gestures as he carries many colors in a single brush stroke. His work, influenced significantly by realism with an impressionist inference, is influenced both by the landscape and by contemporary artists such as Fred Dalkey, Wayne Thiebaud and Oliver Jackson. Long before he came to the United States to pursue of Masters of Fine Arts at California State University, Jian Wang dreamed of a life of painting. A child of the Cultural Revolution in China, he experienced limited opportunities for painting and exhibition, which led him to pursue the field of engineering. And yet, he did not lack background or training in art. Upon arrival in America, his work already exhibited a serious investment in the western conventions of drawing and painting. What he lacked, was the venue this country could provide.

THE RITZ-CARLTON SPA ART DISPLAY

On Loan from Dawson Cole Fine Art

“Male Allonge” Third Life and “Female Allonge” Third Life by Artist Richard MacDonald
Both timeless and futuristic, Allonge Male and Female are Richard MacDonald’s exquisite homage to classical ballet. Working at the Royal Opera House in London’s Convent Garden, Richard immersed himself in the world of The Royal Ballet. There he found inspiration in the world’s most celebrated dancers. The graceful figures were created in the artist’s studio in London.  Poised en pointe in an elegant sous-sus fifth position - a ballet posture that looks deceptively simple, Allonge Female and Male symbolize a young dancer’s aspiration for beauty, elegance, and perfection.  Meaning to “elongate” or “reach” the poses embody the progression from talented student to accomplished professional.

MacDonald is considered by many to be the world’s preeminent living figurative sculptor. A leading advocate of the neo-figurative movement in the arts, his work has been featured in hundreds of solo and group exhibitions and is represented in important collections worldwide. His art is collected by people from all walks of life – from aspiring aficionados to celebrities and heads of state.

Committed to inspiring future generations of artists, MacDonald is involved with numerous philanthropic pursuits and the development of the arts through mentoring programs and art education in schools and universities. A member of major international social and art associations, MacDonald has received countless awards, honors, and professorships, including recognition by the United States Olympic Committee. He has the privilege of working with some of the greatest dancers and performers in the world, including those from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, American Ballet Theatre, The Royal Ballet, and Cirque du Soleil.

MacDonald believes that beauty connects people and lifts their spirits to a higher level. He has dedicated his career to creating passionate works of art that dramatically enrich the lives of others.

ON DISPLAY OUTSIDE BAR RAYA

“Paddle Hard Number 4” By Artist Derek McDonald
Paddle Hard No. 4 is the next life-size surfboard in a series built from recycled metal and other found objects. It was given an industrial feel with polished refinement. The design of this board is very different from my usual art style. Typically, Derek tries to hide the welds so the piece conveys an unforced organic feel; contrary, this sculpture openly displays every single weld becoming part of the rhythmic beauty of the board. The rough and rugged product was then covered in a high quality automotive clear coat, giving it that “wet” look. The end result allows the board to have a deep and translucent appearance that creates a mesmerizing draw.  The unseen structure was built from recycled scrap metal made into the close dimensions of a “California Gun” surfboard. It was then covered with more than 520 hand cut pieces of recycled sheet metal that were given a chemical and torch patina before they were secured to the board. Each piece was arranged in a definitive non-symmetrical fashion as to not have any detectable pattern. Just like chess; most of the layout required 10 to 15 steps ahead before figuring out which piece was to be secured first. Each piece was then “tack” welded into place. The board is almost entirely made from recycled materials. Even the base is a thick piece of abused scrap metal that was cut into shape to form the anchor for the sculpture.

A self-taught artist, Derek McDonald was born in Orange County, California where he began to explore his artistic side at a very young age. He owns a collection of “napkin drawings” his mother saved for him, as he would draw for hours on coffee shop napkins when his family dined out.  He also got plenty of drawing practice during school hours when his teacher was busy teaching. Derek was curious about all things mechanical. He would take apart anything he could get his hands on, even if it was in good working condition (a tradition that he still honors today).

In his freshman year of high school, 1982, Derek took metal shop. It was then that he was exposed to a whole new world which included welding; his artistic focus was found, and metal became his passion.

As a young man, Derek’s family was far from rich, so to make art, he turned to the open road (mostly the side of the road) collecting pieces of metal and other nonsense. He grew fascinated with the challenge of what could be made from his collection of junk. Nowadays, he has become a regular at a few scrap yards and visits weekly for new finds. That might be why his friends and family refer to him as “Sanford." And even though Derek’s work is mostly recycled, he is perfectly capable of creating with new material too.  He started making small primitive sculptures for his family and friends in 1985. That evolved, and in 1989 he began selling his art locally.

In 1995 his long time love of water and metal sculpture led him to combining the two into a beautiful fountain that quickly rusted. At that point, he realized the only option was to learn to work with other media such as granite, marble and concrete. To date Derek has made more than a dozen fountains, from small tabletop versions to freestanding 7’ high water walls.

Pacific Artworks was formed in 1997 when Derek decided to dedicate more time to art and sculpture. Eventually with that decision came the overwhelming task of building a 900 square foot studio behind his house. After years of personal dedication and labor, not to mention supporting his wife, three kids, a dog and a day job (Derek has been a land surveyor since 1988), the studio was designed and completed within the span of five years (2003 – 2008).  Every artist needs his creative space, and Derek finally has his.

As he looks to the future, Derek says, “My mind is always moving faster than my hands, so it seems as though I’m constantly a few projects behind. Trying to catch up has been the very thing that keeps me motivated and neurotic at the same time. I’m genuinely inspired by other artists, and their accomplishments push me to perfection…I’ll let you know when I get close.”

enoSTEAK ART EXHIBIT

Artist Sandra Jones Campbell
On display in enoSTEAK, Sandra Jones Campbell’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 the artist’s keen visual skill: balancing color, form composition, humor and subject matter.

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