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May 24th, bG Gallery Hosts Grand Opening at Bergamot Station!

By Leslie Reed

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This Saturday, May 24th bG Gallery hosts a grand opening exhibition entitled “Three-Winged Chrysalis” featuring an eclectic mix of artists. Curated by Om Bleicher the group show with include various mediums.  Bleicher talks about the exhibition…“This show includes most of our gallery artists that we have been working with for years, some new artists that made a splash during our Bergamot preview shows before the space became permanent as well as a few artists like Burton Gray that we sought out specifically because their work delves deep into metamorphic subject matter.”  

Pix: by Hadiya Finley, Rower, bronze, wood, 9” x 18” x 4” 

Stephanie Visser, "New Work" Untitled #1 : Acrylic on Raw Linen : 36 x 24



Sculptor Hadiya Finley has worked with Bleicher before and is excited to show her work once again. She recently created a sculpture for a public space in China. It was for a residential/business complex in Guangzhou, which kept her in China for a while.  This was a happy excuse to stay as the artist frequently spends time there to visit her son and his family. She enjoys interacting with the locals and has found that bronze casting is financially very reasonable to do in China. She will be here in LA for opening of “Three-Winged Chrysalis” then will return to China. “I have a show scheduled for 2015 in a gallery in Guangzhou, China.” She has also been accepted for a temporary project with LA Airports. See Hadiya Finley's website.

Stephanie Visser is another accomplished artist who is happy to be included in “Three-Winged Chrysalis.”

Pix: Stephanie Visser, "New Work" Untitled #1 : Acrylic on Raw Linen : 36 x 24 

Stephanie Visser, "New Work" Untitled #1 : Acrylic on Raw Linen : 36 x 24

“I have been drawing and painting since I was a child but took my first actual class as a senior in high school,” recalls Visser. She continued to pursue her dream and attended an art school at age eighteen. She is an active painter, working on her art almost everyday. She has big goals for her art and professes, “As grandiose as this might sound, I want to be viewed as one of American's best painters…and have that happen in my lifetime….not after I die.” The work of Stephanie Visser will be on view at FABstudio in June as part of a group show. For more info on Stephanie Visser’s art, see her website.

Another participating artist, Gay Summer Rick has been working with gallerist Om Bleicher for the past five years. “Om is a thoughtful and creative curator. I think that he inspires and engages visitors to his galleries with his selection and placement of diverse works of art, and his ability to communicate about each piece, whether it is regarding emotional or conceptual interpretation, or from a purely technical perspective.”

Pix: by Gay Summer Rick, Moon Ahead, 12"x12", palette knife painting, Oil on Canvas 

Gay Summer Rick, Moon Ahead, 12"x12", palette knife painting, Oil on Canvas

“As a painter of iconic LA and the urban coast,” explains Gay, “I find endless beauty on my frequent travels along the Santa Monica Bay. I paint the images that stay with me - images that make an impression as I pull over along PCH to take it all in - in night and day, fog and sun.” Be sure to visit the artist's website.

A couple of works by Airom, aka Om Bleicher (curator), will also be on view. Originally from Australia, Airom has been painting since he was young.

Pix: Airom, Mirage Potentiality, oil and ink on canvas, 40 x 30in  

Airom, Mirage Potentiality, oil and ink on canvas, 40 x 30in

The artist works in several mediums…oil, ink, installation, sound works and sculptural elements as well. For more info about Airom see his website.

This Saturday, May 24, enjoy an opening reception from 6:30pm-10pm, for “Three-Winged Chrysalis” at bG Gallery, Bergamot Station, G-8A 2525 Michigan Ave SM, 90404. On view through June 16. (310) 906 4211; Visit the gallery's website.

Published on May 21, 2014

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