“Off the Wall”
“Figures in Motion”
“Beverly Bigwood, “Portraits and Paintings”
September 26 – November 1, 2008
Opening Reception:  Friday, September 26, 5-8pm

5504 West Crestridge Road, Rancho Palos Verdes, California 90275-4998
Contact:  Scott Canty, Exhibitions Director
310.541.2479, FAX (310) 541-9520
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Public hours, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays; and 1 – 4 p.m. Sundays.

Beverly Bigwood, “Exactly What I Wanted”, oil on canvas, 36 x 36 inches.

Three exhibitions that taken together pretty much cover the world of visual art open September 26, 2008, at the Palos Verdes Art Center, 5504 W. Crestridge Rd., Rancho Palos Verdes. The free exhibitions, which run through November 1, are open from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 1 – 4 p.m. Sundays.

There will be a free reception honoring the artists from 5 – 8 p.m. Friday, September 26.

Figures in Motion in the Art Center’s Norris Gallery brings together photographs, paintings and prints. According to Scott Canty, the Art Center’s exhibitions director and curator of the show, fascination with the human form, particularly in motion, is the common bond in the work of photographer Mark Berndt, painter Yvette Brown and printmaker Nguyen Ly.

Berndt’s environmental photos celebrate the interaction of people where they live and work. His documentary narrative style, honed during his 20 years in advertising, both captures and touches the human spirit. He currently teaches digital techniques at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and creates large format fine art digital prints for other photographers and artists.

Brown’s inspiration is Southern California’s kinetic culture, “the way we’re so eager to uproot everything to realize out dreams, knowing that, at any moment the whole place could literally shake itself apart.” Her large oil paintings suspend figures in motion, often breaking up the image on multi-canvas constructions of varying depths that distort and push the plane of perspective. Her fashion design background is apparent in the figures’ flowing costumes, which accentuate the movement and articulation of their forms.

Ly creates limited edition dry point prints of dynamic, abstract black and white figures, many of which seem to be struggling to break free of the bounds of the paper. A graduate of California State Polytechnic University and California State Fullerton, he has been part of numerous group exhibitions throughout southern California.

In her Portraits and Paintings exhibition in the Walker Gallery, Beverly Bigwood looks at the human face or figure as “a vessel which contains abundant variety and ingenuity and allows me, through my expressions, to communicate different ideas and philosophies I have and wish to share with the world.”

Her portraits of famous artists—collages using French Canson papers—are recognizable by either face or signature technique. Her paintings go beyond the individual to explore relationships: “the life long dance between families and friends; the passion and intensity of lovers; those rare moments when a single word or deed can reverse the polarity from friend to enemy; that energy that attracts and entices us into a communication to reveal and to trust; or disgusts us, repulses us, humiliates us, degrades us or demoralizes us.”

Bigwood is an accomplished artist whose work has appeared in more than 100 solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States and Europe. Her work is in many private and corporate collections.

Finally, see the art that artists themselves choose to show, unmediated by a juror or curator, in Off the Wall, an annual Palos Verdes Art Center Exhibitions Committee fundraiser. For a nominal fee, artists have rented wall or pedestal space in the Beckstrand Gallery. Any art in good taste was accepted, resulting in an eclectic mélange of mostly excellent work in all mediums and styles.

These exhibitions, like all at the Palos Verdes Art Center, are funded in part by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission

The Palos Verdes Art Center,  a non-profit community organization, has served southwestern Los Angeles County with visual arts exhibition, education and outreach programs since 1931. For more information about current or future exhibitions and other Art Center programs, call (310) 541-2479 or visit

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