FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SEBASTIANO CIARCIA, MICHELLE CARMEN GOMEZ & STEVEN WEBB
Through November 30, 2007
Artist Reception:  Thursday, November 15, 6pm-9pm



Left Coast Galleries
12324 Ventura Boulevard, Studio City, CA. 91604
Gallery Director, Cathy White
Tel, 818.760.7010, Fax, 818.760.4164
E-mail, info@leftcoastgalleries.com
Web site, http://www.leftcoastgalleries.com
Hours, Monday – Saturday, 11am-6pm Sunday, 12-6pm; and by appointment
Additional Images available


Left: SEBASTIANO CIARCIA, "Empire Fallen", 84" x 60", Acrylic/Chalk/Oil on Canvas, 2007.
Middle: STEVEN WEBB, "Barcelona", 21" x 17" , Silver Gelatin Image, 1989.
Right: MICHELLE CARMEN GOMEZ, "The End In Red", 48" x 36", Acrylic & Silkscreen on Canvas.

Left Coast Galleries will host a reception showcasing the work of three artists Ciarcia, Webb & Gomez at their Studio City location, 12324 Ventura Boulevard, Thursday, November 15th from 6-9pm.

SEBASTIANO CIARCIA
Sebastiano Ciarcia is a world renowned Sicilian artist whose moving large scale works in oil, acrylic and chalk on canvas weave classicism with abstraction.

The artist was born in March, 1948 in a small Sicilian town called Avola. At the young age 8 or 9 Sebastiano already knew that he was destined to be an Artist. His thirst for experience and knowledge lead him to Germany at the age of 15 where he took a room in the prominent Artist's home, Theo Zellar in Berlin. Thus was the start of his art education and development of his style.

During his many years of traveling and living in Europe, the Middle East, Canada, and finally settling in America, he has achieved a solid following of art collectors for his unique style of painting. His work displays an artistic interplay between abstract, classical and impressionism.  They reveal human forms (often women), Italian Architecture, and images of his homeland creating a one-of-a-kind visual experience.

STEVEN WEBB
For over twenty years Stephen has documented the social and aesthetic climate of Latin America, complemented with extensive travels in Europe, Africa, and Asia. His working method in these areas could best be described as 'street style' in approach. The American West offers a more meditative approach to visualization. What results are un-peopled images, although the hand of man is often evident. By attempting to frame (re-frame) the world in his own way, Steven is able to reveal it in a unique and truthful spirit. Steven Webb studied at the prestigious Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, Arizona where he received a BFA in graphic design with an emphasis in photography.

He has traveled the world extensively documenting the rituals, cultures, and rites of passages of humanity, from the couture runways of Paris to the aftermath of the Zapatista uprising in Chiapas, Mexico. Mr. Webb's photography has been exhibited at the Alla Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the University of Arizona Museum in Tucson, Arizona, the H. Herry Gallery in San Diego, the Caruso-Woods Gallery in Santa Barbara, the Soho Gallery in Studio City, the Cotungo / Amour Gallery in Pasadena, the Couturier Gallery in Los Angeles, the Lacy Primitive Fine-Art Gallery in Beverly Hills, and the Focus on Aids benefit show at Barneys of Beverly Hills.

MICHELLE GOMEZ
Notable photographer & artist Michelle Carmen Gomez is infinitely fascinated by the profundity of ordinary movements. Her art, a kinetic blend of her serigraphs and freehand brushwork using vibrant acrylic on canvas, juxtaposes her classic photographic images against a more pop medium. Critics have commented that Michelle's work is 'Warhol, without the cynicism".

"The notion that any one of my photographs that connects with a viewer can translate to a work on canvas is expansive and inspiring to me," says Gomez.

Her paintings heighten the mythological components in her photographs, "Figurative images are mysterious, open to individual interpretation, often eliciting deep-rooted values. I hope my work does this for people and is also hopeful and fun because, after all, life should be celebrated." This show features the artist's photography from her renowned New York Series, and original screen prints.



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