"Bright Lights at UBS" Art Exhibit in Westlake Village through October 30th

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The Arts Council of the Conejo Valley presents Bright Lights at UBS, an arts exhibit with paintings by six artists. The show will hang through October 30, 2019 at the UBS Offices located at 3011 Townsgate Road on the 3rd Floor, in Westlake Village. There will be a free Artists’ Reception on Thursday, September 19, 2019 from 5 – 7 pm at UBS. The title of the show, Bright Lights, brings to mind bold and vivid colors with reflection from nature’s light of the sun, the fun and brighter side of life.

Wendy Gordin is known primarily for her figurative oil paintings. Having traveled extensively, Wendy has photographed people from all over the world in their native costumes, and daily lives and then recreates the scenes on canvas. Wendy grew up on the east coast and made the move to California in 1985. Wendy has had the opportunity to study with many talented artists, and has won several awards through the Westlake Village Art Guild shows, including Best of Show and First place in Oil/Acrylic. In 2013 Wendy had a solo show of over 40 paintings at the Good Life Academy in Los Angeles. She was a finalist in the Artistic Excellence Competition in the December issue 2013 of Southwest Art magazine. She is a member of the Westlake Village Art Guild and American Women Artists.

Carmen Lamp discovered her passion for painting when her mother passed away, and she was given her mother’s paints, brushes and canvases. Recently she’s discovered the immediacy of pastels. Her paintings are inspired by personal photographs or the vision of those who commission her to create a painting that contains elements meaningful to them.

Award-winning artist Anette Power, grew up on an island off the Swedish coast, and began her career in the United States in animation. She spent more than a decade fine-tuning her sense of light, color and setting a mood, working as a background painter for studios like Disney, Warner Bros., Cartoon Network and Universal. Anette now dedicates her time to painting in oils both outdoor and in her studio. “I find myself drawn to subject matters with light and color that celebrate life's fleeting moments,” says Anette.

Renowned contemporary artist, Roland Roy, credits drawing as the foundation for his art. A native of Hawaii now living in Newbury Park, Roland’s work expands the boundaries of composition, color and texture, appealing to knowledgeable curators and collectors worldwide.

Eugenie Spirito has been carving in stone for over two decades. She started her career in New York City, where she apprenticed with world-renowned abstract expressionist sculptor Philip Pavia, a friend and contemporary of Willem DeKooning, Jackson Pollock and Franz Kline. After moving to California, she continued her training with the late Nino Russo and with Robert Cunningham at his studio in Culver City. Eugenie has executed commissions for private collectors in New York City, Los Angeles and Europe. Her patrons include, Harry Hamlin and Lisa Rinna, Kenny G, Lyndie Benson, Brett and Miranda Tollman, James and Blanche Blatt, the family of B. Wayne Hughes, and Carl and Roberta Deutsch.

Debbie Martin is a plein air artist who works in oils, and is a member of the Monday Morning Painters group, meeting weekly at ART TREK. Debbie has created commissioned pieces and often paints landmarks such as Bob’s Big Boy and the Malibu Pier.

Curators are Pamela Fong and Kimberly Wright, who is a member of the Arts Council of the Conejo Valley Board of Directors.

In 2011 the Arts Council of the Conejo Valley partnered with UBS, a Swiss investment bank, to provide continuous arts exhibits at the UBS office in Westlake Village. The partnership continues with themed exhibits that include paintings, photographs and sculptures created by local artists. Each exhibit is launched with a reception where food is provided by one of Westlake’s top restaurants. Visitors may view the art in the reception and conference areas any time during business hours.

The Arts Council for the Conejo Valley (ACCV) was established in 1969. During its over four decade span, the ACCV has gone through extensive changes in its programs and services. Established as a regional Federation of Arts organization that was formed to promote the community’s cultural development, the ACCV has evolved into a membership support agency that also delivers and co-sponsors many cultural programs. The “voice of the arts”, the ACCV provides services to its member organizations that include marketing, technical assistance workshops, and lowered rent at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts. The ACCV has a history of successful partnership in the community. It has joined forces and worked toward a common goal with three major partners – the City of Thousand Oaks, the Conejo Recreation and Park District, and the Conejo Valley Unified School District. The ACCV, in collaboration with Art Trek, created the Conejo Cottontail Project to promote public art throughout the community.

UBS is open during business hours and is free to the public. The Artists Reception is also a free event. For information visit www.conejoarts.com.

Marion Wood Contemporary Art Gallery Opens in Westlake Village

"Tipsy Summer" (Marion Wood)

"Tipsy Summer" (Marion Wood)

Artist Marion Wood, a Thousand Oaks resident originally from England, announces the Opening of her Fine Art Gallery in the County Line Shopping Center in Westlake Village with an Opening reception Friday, February 3, from 6 – 8 pm. The Gallery, Marion Wood Contemporary Art, showcases Wood’s abstract paintings on canvas.   

Wood’s current works offer a strong visual impact with an underlying story to tell. In the current body of original paintings now in her Gallery she has used a careful balance of chance, spontaneity, and deliberate movement to express her vision. “Motions that make the paint appear as if it has grown where it lies, with no apparent brushstrokes, create a sense of organic narrative to characterize each location,” says Wood. Components including architectural form, the sweep of history, and the coexistence of chaos and orderliness are all elements the artist uses to develop her compositions.

Wood chose to open her Gallery in the County Line Shopping Center because it has a “neighborhood” ambience, is close to the Stonehaus Winery, and includes the Regency Twin Theatres, all of which bring an artistic patronage to the area. The space is a quirky, trapezoidal shape which works in an interesting way with Wood’s abstract art. The Gallery also features the hand built ceramic works of artist Mary McGill. Through symbolism and story- telling, McGill’s work evolves around struggles, joys, and journeys of life - often with a wry sense of humor!

One of the series featured in the Gallery is “White Noise.”  Wood says, “It explores the silence and stillness of winter.” Her paint is applied using palette knives and brushes, pressed on, scraped back and sometimes allowed to slide down the canvas in icy sheets. There are many layers of paint, bringing texture to the surface.”

Wood grew up in the English countryside where she attended the Oxted School in Surrey. She moved to California in 1985 and continued her studies at California Art Institute and Moorpark College. She is an Artist in Residence at Studio Channel Islands in Camarillo, and regularly shows her work across the United States, earning numerous awards in juried shows.

“The physical act of painting, a messy and explorative undertaking,” she emphasizes, “is at the core of my connection to each piece. I inhabit my paintings and move within them the way you would a location in the more traditional sense-- by wandering, searching, reveling, taking risks, failing, feeling the natural flow, getting messy. I want my collectors to wander through these pieces, and establish their own connections.” 

 Marion Wood Art Gallery is Open Wednesdays – Saturdays, 11am - 5pm, and by appointment, until March 16, 2017.

The Gallery is located at County Line Shopping Center - 4609 Lakeview Canyon Rd., Westlake Village.