Cambrian: Arts & Events

L'heure Bleu Galerie plans Oct. 10 grand opening on Bridge St.

L’heure Bleu Galerie, featuring 13 artists from across the country, will have its grand opening celebration Saturday, Oct. 10. 

The gallery at 4210 Bridge St. opened July 3 and features artists painting in a variety of styles, including plein air, contemporary realism and abstract expressionism, as well as photographers.

“My vision was to open a small works gallery, which would feature paintings generally under 16 by 20,” said gallery owner Lisa Harpel. 

“Smaller size paintings are easier for people to take with them if they are traveling, or can be grouped together for a more prominent display.”

Harpel moved from Carmel to Cambria in March 2013. A member of the Cambria Writers Workshop, she saw her work “January Paperwhite” published under her pen name, Annie Harpel, in The Tribune’s 15th annual celebration of National Poetry Month this spring.

“The name of the gallery translates as ‘The Blue Hour,’ which is the magical time of day after the sun sets and before the moon rises,” Harpel said. 

“It is very special to me, as my brother, who was developmentally disabled, didn’t walk or talk, had cerebral palsy and epilepsy, passed away in November 2013, and I got a phone call about his passing during the blue hour. My gallery is dedicated to him.”

The grand opening celebration will feature a painting demonstration by gallery artist Elizabeth Jackson from about 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Harmony Café in the Pewter Plough. Jackson’s paintings feature treats such as cookies, cakes and pies, along with colorful floral subjects.

An opening celebration will be from 5 to 7 p.m. at the gallery, and will feature wine along music by Mary Schwalbe and Ron Perry.

Harpel has already had one Art Talk event at the gallery, given by Tess Write, and she hopes to have more events in the future.