For Immediate Release

Exhibition: Astrid Preston, Recent Paintings

Dates: December 12 , 1998 - January 10, 1999

Reception: Saturday, December 12, 6-9pm

Location: Peter Blake Gallery, 326 N. Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Gallery Hours: Wednesday - Sunday, 11:00 - 5:00 or by appointment

The Peter Blake Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibit of recent landscape paintings by L.A. artist Astric Preston. Preston's work combines vivid images of slightly altered fruit trees and evergreens with backdrops of hazy and sometimes indecipherable plant life. Much of the vegetation in her landscapes is incompatible, thereby adding to the fictitious nature of her work. As a California native, Preston has developed an obsession with the conflict between civilization and nature, as best represented by the justaposition of cultivated gardens and mazes with unrestrained wilderness. Her work will be on display at Peter Blake Gallery beginning December 12, with an opening reception and annual Christmas party from 6-9pm. The exhibit will run through January 10 at 326 North Coast Highway, Laguna Beach. 949.376.9994

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