2013 Exhibitions

San Diego Art Fair

57 Underground will be participating in the San Diego Art Fair, November 8-10. Two of our newest artists, Lisa Brugger and Karen Duckles, will be participating. Lisa creates highly textured acrylics on canvas, incorporating positive words and found objects within layers of color. Karen creates flowing gestural abstractions which are influenced by nature and the world around her.

Complementary tickets for the three days are available at the gallery. We hope to see you there!

57 UNDERGROUND FALL EXHIBITION

 

Gallery 57 Underground, a non profit contemporary art gallery in the Pomona Arts Colony, downstairs at 300 South Thomas Street, will present an exhibition entitled “Spiritual Journeys” by artists Jeanne Andersen, Georga Garside, and Sharon Algozer from September 14 through October 26.  Artist receptions take place on two Saturdays, September 14 and October 12 from 6-9 p.m.  Regular gallery hours are Friday through Sunday from 12-4.

 

Jeanne Andersen, who painted and taught in Kenya for many years, creates large scale mixed media canvases.  Inspired by the music of George Frideric Handel’s Messiah  (1741), she uses abstract imagery to suggest what might happen if this magnificent music could be viewed through the lens of ballet movements.

 

In her linoleum prints on a textile background, art teacher and MFA candidate Georga Garside takes her inspiration from medieval Byzantine icons, which are noted for their extensive use of gold leaf.  She transforms these images by connecting them to contemporary issues, such as societal greed and corporate domination of the media.

 

Sharon Algozer, Claremont fiber artist, a retired professor of design from Chaffey College, integrates a variety of materials to examine the relationship of humanity’s spiritual history and of nature’s influence on our inner lives. Pieces from her Goddess series (one even incorporates cast off jewelry from her family and friends) and her Nature’s Movement series will be featured.

 

57underground.com       300 South Thomas Street, Pomona , 91766    909-397-0218


 

PRESS RELEASE FOR GALLERY 57 UNDERGROUND FALL EXHIBITION

 

Gallery 57 Underground, a non profit contemporary art gallery in the Pomona Arts Colony, downstairs at 300 South Thomas Street, will present an exhibition entitled “Spiritual Journeys” by artists Jeanne Andersen, Georga Garside, and Sharon Algozer from September 14 through October 26.  Artist receptions take place on two Saturdays, September 14 and October 12 from 6-9 p.m.  Regular gallery hours are Friday through Sunday from 12-4.

 

Jeanne Andersen, who painted and taught in Kenya for many years, creates large scale mixed media canvases.  Inspired by the music of George Frideric Handel’s Messiah  (1741), she uses abstract imagery to suggest what might happen if this magnificent music could be viewed through the lens of ballet movements.

 

In her linoleum prints on a textile background, art teacher and MFA candidate Georga Garside takes her inspiration from medieval Byzantine icons, which are noted for their extensive use of gold leaf.  She transforms these images by connecting them to contemporary issues, such as societal greed and corporate domination of the media.

 

Claremont fiber artist, a retired professor of design from Chaffey College, integrates a variety of materials to examine the relationship of humanity’s spiritual history and of nature’s influence on our inner lives. Pieces from her Goddess series (one even incorporates cast off jewelry from her family and friends) and her Nature’s Movement series will be featured.

 

57underground.com       300 South Thomas Street, Pomona , 91766    909-397-0218


Pomona/Demeter
Group Exhibition by Members of Gallery 57 Underground
Friday July 12 through Saturday, August 31

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Press Release
07/05/2013 

As part of Pomona's Annual Summer Arts Festival, ten member artists of 57 Underground, working in diverse media, have organized a July/August exhibition showcasing the Pomona/Demeter fertility/harvest story.  Each artist is interpreting the meaning of abundance and fruitfulness in a personal way, in keeping with the American July 4th theme of independence. 


57 Underground is a nonprofit, artists' gallery with a focus on contemporary fine art.  It is celebrating its fifteenth anniversary in Pomona in 2013 and is an active participant in the Pomona Arts Colony.

Exhibition dates: July12 through August 31; gallery hours: Friday through Sunday, Noon to 4 p.m.; receptions: July 13 and August 10, 5 to 9 p.m.; last Saturday art walks: July 27 and August 31, 5 to 9 p.m.

Exhibitors are nine member artists: Sharon Algozer, Caesar D. Alzate, Jr., Jeanne Andersen, Lisa Burgger, Karen Duckles, Desiree Engel, Georga Garside, Ken Johnson, Mervyn Seldon, and one guest artist Susie Ilsley.

Curator: Caesar D. Alzate, Jr.

Media Contact: Caesar D. Alzate, Jr.; email:czajr@yahoo.com; cell: 818-314-9203


Mary Hughes - Yi-li Chin Ward
March 8 - April 27, 2013

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Opening Reception: Saturday, March 9, 2013 5-9 PM

Closing Reception:Saturday, April 27, 2013 5-9 PM

Pomona Arts Colony Art Walks: March 9, March 30, April 13, April 27, 2013 5-9 PM

Regular (non Art Walk) Gallery Hours: Friday - Sunday, noon to 4:00 PM

 

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Two mid-career women artists from the inland empire brought together at Gallery 57 Underground for the first time.

Mary Hughes has exhibited all over the region, establishing herself as painter of darkened and elusive dreamscapes, in which forms appear and disappear from behind seemingly arbitrary and random patterns of paint, and recognizable objects move from background to foreground depending on the viewer's focus.

  

Yi-li Chin Ward: also mid-career, has had a career notable for her consistent and persistent interpretations of the female form. Ms. Chin's paintings are economical of line, and seem not at all that particular. Yet, if one spends the time with them, one sees that they are very particular, and very specific about thought and emotion.

Yet, for all the divergence in their careers, both artists share a sensibility: creating an art of objects that are both familiar and yet unfamiliar. Forms that appears to float in front of the viewers' eyes. Cloudy forms that reward the viewer's attention by becoming more and more specific. Each artist paints from the inward, to the outward and then forward and on towards the viewer. Such artwork aims to gather us in, and include us all within her own particular distinctive way of dreaming...

  

Artist Statements:

 

Mary Hughes:

 

Mary Hughes attended Chatham College, a women's college in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she was born. Her MFA is from
California State College, Long Beach. She has taught at several colleges in California and Ohio. She has resided for many years in Claremont where she is active with the art community.

 

Mary is interested in using bold linear marks which connect abstracted figures with their background environments. Inner and
outer worlds connect through relationships of pattern and texture with marbled paint flows which imply natural harmony. She has done a series of women in woven hammocks which explore the evolving feelings connected with resting, dreaming, memories and growing insight. These feelings are tempered by the human struggle to understand life.

 

Yi-li Chin Ward:

 

Yi-li Chin Ward is a long time resident of Southern California, and a Fine Arts graduate of Mount St. Mary's College in Brentwood, California. She was born in Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China in 1954, and came to the United States after English High School in the Phillipines, where her father was stationed with the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization.

 

For the past 18 years as an artist, Ms. Chin-Ward has been primarily drawing and painting the human female figure. Her focus is not to particularize a model, but merely to provide a point of departure to explore her own experience of "what it feels to be female". As the long series progresses, Ms.Chin has gradually begun to include face, foreground. Her latest efforts, point to interior conflicts, and bi-polar feelings, hinted in expressions, but solidified in her use of deft lines and in acrylic washes and swirls of color.



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Lisa Brugger

&
Karen Duckles

Present 

"Textures in Motion"

Show Dates:
January 11 - February 24

Opening: January 12 Hrs. 4-9pm
Artist Reception: February 9 Hrs. 4-9pm
Artwalks: January 12 & 26 and February 9 & 23 
 

Gallery 57 Underground is pleased to present two of its new members, Lisa Brugger and Karen Duckles.  Both are abstract painters.

Lisa Brugger offers highly textural 3-D paintings.  She uses thick acrylic paint and embeds found objects in it.  The thickness of the paint and the many textures and objects within it create a visceral quality that transcends paint on canvas.  The thick areas of paint are surrounded by more thinly painted areas which serve to contain and define them.

Lisa’s focus in this series is positive growth.  She believes that if you change someone’s outlook optimistically through art, even for a moment, they in turn will do the same for others.

Lisa has taken her arts education, travels, and life experiences to create positive energy through art.  Since moving back to L.A. she has participated in many group shows, curated a Pop Up gallery called Black and White Gallery in downtown L.A., and started a website to help other artists.

Karen Duckles paints flowing abstractions in a gestural manner, often using her hands directly on the canvas.  This imparts a sensuous quality of touch.  The paintings have a great deal of movement relating directly to the scale of the human body, as in the arc a hand might make across an expanse of canvas.

Karen’s work has been influenced by the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi.  One of its precepts, that truth can be found in nature, has informed her work for many years.  Her subjects derive from natural phenomena such as wind, water, and plants.

Karen has been showing in the Los Angeles area for the past three years.