Dance with the dead in San Luis Obispo, drive yourself to abstraction in Pismo Beach, and support books through the purchase of book plates in Paso Robles.
Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead was Nov. 1, but the art celebrating it will be at Frame Works in San Luis Obispo through Jan. 14.
The show is a group exhibition of elaborate altars, skulls, and memorabilia to welcome spirits home, by artists Larry Le Brane, Jerry Scott, Mary Ann Statler, Cecily Willis, Kabe Russell, Leslie Stafford, Meryl Perloff, Megan Lorraine Debin, Carol Mortensen, Richard Mortensen, George Jercich, Ann Bonestell, Ursula Black, and Julie Frankel.
“This year, Frame Works’ show challenged me on several levels,” said artist Larry Le Brane. “Usually, I have a vague idea that starts me, but I never know where the journey will take me. I’m always inspired working with fused glass and found objects to combine me chanical engineering and my aesthetic vision for designs. Frame Works’ ‘Día de los Muertos’ exhibition motivated me to play with new ideas, like with my ‘Skeleton Crew’ sculpture.”
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In Paso Robles on Nov. 22, there’s a special Paso Robles City Library fundraiser, the third annual BookPlates!, which features multimedia plates donated by artists nationwide. Library manager Karen Christiansen said specific artists were invited to contribute, ensuring “an elite and beautiful variety of expressions” with artists represented from throughout the state and United States.
“From hand-painted book plates to sculpted paper creations, mosaic to fused glass, the book plates featured in this year’s event are truly amazing, one-of a kind creations,” she said.
There are too many to mention, but Bryn Bridenthal’s plate stands out in that it was inspired by her time in rock performer Freddie Mercury’s entourage. Bridenthal headed publicity for years at top recording companies.
“Using coldworking and fusing techniques to manipulate dichroic glass is a thrill for me,” Bridenthal said in a press release. “My work is a reflection of the klieg lights and flash bulbs that were my daily fare in music.”
To see an all-abstract show, visit Expressive Abstractions, which runs through November in Pismo Beach at the Seaside Gallery.
Seven artists are featured: Brenda Allison, Jayne Behman, Pamela Benham, Jack N. Mohr, Gayle Rappaport-Weiland, Clara Blalock and Leon Oks.
The Seaside press release described an abstract painting as one that “uses line, color and form to communicate an idea or emotion in a composition that references nothing recognizable. However, just because there is nothing identifiable does not mean that the art is without value, meaning, or message or that it lacks cohesive unity and artistic vision.”
Artistic vision is everywhere this season across the county. Wherever you’re headed, you’ll find it.