FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SUSANNE BELCHER
SANDRA COOPER
DARLENE MELLEIN
“Connections”
– Works on Paper, Canvas, Board and Transparencies
January 17-February 12, 2006
Reception: Sunday, January 29, 2-5pm, with live Celtic Flute Music by Susan Craig Winsberg

Abbot Kinney Art Gallery
1301 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291
(310) 664-9030, fax (310) 664-9040
Email:
art@abbotkinneyartgallery.com
Web site, http://www.abbotkinneyartgallery.com
Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 11am – 6pm
 


ABBOT KINNEY ART GALLERY FINDS ‘CONNECTIONS’ IN THE WORKS OF THREE AWARD WINNING ARTISTS – SUSANNE BELCHER, SANDRA COOPER AND DARLENE MELLEIN

Award Winning artists Susanne Belcher, Sandra Cooper and Darlene Mellein are featured at Abbot Kinney Art Gallery (Venice, CA), January 17th through February 12th.  The artists' reception will be on Sunday afternoon, January 29th from 2-5pm with live Celtic Flute Music by Susan Craig Winsberg.
 
Three distinctly different styles and approaches manage to take the real and bring it into the realm of the symbolic. Susanne Belcher combines her graphic skills with symbology and mixed media to create her own unique architecture - intricate, complex - often surreal and mysterious. Her recent 3-D work on transparency film takes her work to another level - sophisticated and thought provoking. She plays with the idea of choices – man against nature, and spiritual awakening.  “My work reflects aspects of the collective unconscious and man’s relationship to his environment – mental, physical and spiritual.”
 
Sandra Cooper’s distinctive style of painting celebrates the randomness of abstract expressionism.  Her abstract and figurative paintings and drawings are organic and bold –human landscapes that embrace both the masculine and feminine. Cooper likes the intrigue of the “What if’s”.  She says, “If I wanted to recreate exactly what I saw, I would use my camera.  Instead, I have a vision and passion for the truth…I want my work to evoke an emotional response and encourage questions related to love and life.”

Darlene Mellein’s bold and spontaneous paintings are dominated by urban/primitive themes. She transforms the real into symbol with her hallmark whimsical, funky, idiosyncratic style.  Mellein’s use of texture and color suggest the aging and imperfection of peoples and materials.  “My paintings are my voice to reflect various cultures – from primitive man and our relationship to him, to the alienation of the modern. Humor infuses my view of life and informs my art.”  

The three artists are also connected by friendship and their involvement with and dedication to Abbot Kinney Art Gallery, which, due to the sale of the property and subsequent loss of lease, will close March 15.  But the connection will continue—both as a web-gallery and a gallery-at-large, with the group, very experienced at presenting beautiful, professional shows, hanging in various venues until another location is found.  The gallery is a pleasure to see, a true labor of love, and everyone is encouraged to visit while they still can.

Abbot Kinney Art Gallery currently represents a select group of 17 established and award winning contemporary artists from the greater LA area.  The gallery’s entire collection is eclectic and exciting with works on paper and canvas in a variety of media including 3-dimensional wall art, ceramics, glass and sculpture. Represented artists include: Susanne Belcher, Sandra Cooper, Linley Eathorne, Marylyn English, Myles Freedman, Susan Gesundheit, Dafna Gilboa,  Sarah Willman Grote, Karen Hansen, Cynthia Kagan, Yolanda Klappert, Mary McGill, Camey McGilvray, Darlene Mellein, m. Rheuban,  Rachel Ross and Avidan Ross.




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