“7 Extraordinary Artists” Debuts at FABstudio, Thursday, April 9th!

By Libby Lancaster

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Thursday, April 9th, FABStudio Gallery owner Flavio Bisciotti, and Flower & Hewes gallerist Brekelle Lavee’ Long and have partnered to present “7 Extraordinary Artists.”

Brooke Harker is set to be the featured artist for this eclectic exhibition. The group show additionally features talented contemporary artists: Anyes Galleani, Doug Henders, Barbara Kosoff, Charlie Patton, Walter Redondo and Jennifer Verge.

Harker will be showing her “Urban Citiscapes” at FABstudio. The artist is just about to embark on a four-month trip to Italy. “Alfio Borghese has selected my artwork for a solo exhibition in Italy from August 24-Sept 6 2015 at the Villa Comunale di Frosinone in the vicinity of Rome as part of the Festival of Contemporary Visual Arts.

FAB-gallery - Brooke Harker

Brooke Harker, Vacation in the City, 48” x 48” ” ink, oil & acrylic on canvas

“This solo exhibition will take me to Italy to paint for several months in preparation for the event,” explained Harker. “It is part of several exchanges between American and Italian artists to take place in galleries in Los Angeles in 2015.” The name of the exhibition is “An Eclectic Perspective/ Una Prospettiva Eclettica” and will be curated by Borghese. Harker’s paintings (that she has yet to create) will feature urban views from Los Angeles and other US cities.

Harker is looking forward to her exhibition and working with Borghese, who recently curated another exhibition that Harker participated in at the Oceanside Museum of Art. The busy artist continues to show locally as well as internationally. “One of my paintings, Venice Town inspired by the boardwalk in Venice, CA will debut in Dubai at the Fann-Porter-Gallery in early May 2015 as part of a charity auction ‘The Kids of Syria’ which features works of 100 artists from around the world rallied by art dealer and founder of artforumae, Peter Gressman. As advocating for children is an important part of my life, I am glad to be part of supporting this event. It is also exciting for me to have a painting exhibiting in Dubai!” http://www.brookeharker.com/

The mixed media art of Jennifer Verge will also be included in this eclectic show. She said she was excited to be part of the exhibition; she loved the gallery since she had attended another show there. Jennifer explained that she wants her art to “affect people at the gut level”. This is what she feels makes the whole art experience exciting. She cited that the teachers that most affected her were the ones that inspired her to “think differently…outside the box.”

FAB-gallery - Jennifer Verge

Jennifer Verge, NO 1 Mixed Media 24×24

Verge said she was re-inspired by Jean Michel Basquiat and Frank Gehry…particularly, the use of materials in his architecture. Like most artists she takes in exhibitions at galleries and museums alike. She also said she was a fan of the nudes of Nelina Trubach-Moshnikova.

For this exhibition she will be showing works on wood, created with stain, metal, plaster, found objects, and words. Verge has shown in several galleries in Santa Monica and most recently at Gabba Gallery. For more information about the artists, see her website at http://jenniferverge.com/

Italian Born artist Anyes Galleani, currently lives in Los Angeles. She is actively engaged in LA’s art world.

FAB-gallery - Anyes Galleani

Anyes Galleani , Detail of Bloody Tempting 24×24” Mixed Media on Canvas

The artist started in the fashion industry when she first arrived in Los Angeles in the 80s. She soon established herself as a photographer/art director for fashion and celebrity shoots. In the 90’s, Anyes started working with photo-montage, opening the door to an array of new opportunities, from gallery shows to video projects. She resumed shooting photography in 2006 but did not enjoy printing her photographs with conventional printing methods, so, in 2011 she began experimenting with mixed media and has been working full time as an artist ever since. http://www.galleani-art.com/

Barbara Kosoff began her career as a graphic designer and art director working in both the US and abroad. Her interest in getting back to creating art (sans the computer) led her to create mixed-media and assemblage works on paper. Ever the traditionalist, she works by cutting and pasting photographic images found in magazines and pop culture publications, paper bags, and other random sources, then combines them with drawing and painting with oil bars.

“What interests me in making art are the absurd connections I make thru the juxtaposition of seemingly unrelated objects and elements: combining the real to create the surreal,” said Kosoff. “The results of which are to make thought-provoking and intriguing narratives that are at times whimsical and other times, wistful. I invite the viewer into my world and let them decide and perceive their own meaning.” BarbaraKosoff.com

FAB-gallery - Barbara Kosoff

Barbara Kosoff, Typeface, 13.25 x 12”, Mixed-media on wood

Artist Charlie Patton will also be part of the show. He began his art studies at Laguna Institute of the Arts and then had the chance to study at the Florence Academy of Art. As an artist, he has experimented in Mixed Media, Abstractionism, Impressionism and Contemporary Art. Charlie now resides in both Santa Monica and Santa Barbara, CA. http://www.cpattonart.com/

Founder of barcito, Andrea Borgen will be on hand at opening serving samples from her new restaurant. Barcito is an Argentine-inspired shareable plates bar, serving a seasonal menu of locally sourced food and drink, consistently providing guests with exceptional value. Borgen’s goal with barcito is to transport her customers to Buenos Aires. Borgen is set to create a special dinner in conjunction with this exhibition at FABstudio with guest chef (and Argentinean) Augustin Mallmann on April 18. http://www.barcitola.com/

Don’t miss the opening reception for “7 Extraordinary Artists” this Thursday, April 9th from 6:00pm-9:00pm. Appetizers provided by barcito! FABstudio, 2001 Main Street in Santa Monica 90405; 424-744-8156; http://fabstudiola.com/

Published on Apr 06, 2015