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Current Exhibition.

Figments: Caia Koopman Solo Show

October 2014

 

Press Statement

ArtHatch and Distinction Gallery are thrilled to present a solo exhibition featuring the art of Caia Koopman. This exhibit will showcase Koopman's most current paintings focusing on figurative and pop surrealist subjects presented in an urban-illustrative style. The Opening Reception will be held on Saturday, October 11, 2014 from 6-10pm with Live Music. Koopman will be in attendance at the Opening Reception to meet, greet, and answer questions. Local artists within the ArtHatch building will have their studios open to the public as well. Complimentary Stone beer and wine will be served to guests.

Caia Koopman is a preeminent pop surrealism artist who has been featured in prominent galleries from California to Canada and France. Over the years, her paintings have graced the walls of Thinkspace, Spacejunk, and La Luz De Jesus Galleries as well as the pages of numerous books and magazines. The appealing symbols in her work evoke fundamental human emotions in exquisite, surreal detail making them well received in the action sports industry as well as the fine art world. Signature series Oakley sunglasses and goggles are adorned with her designs while her illustrations gild designer Rossignol snowboards, skis and more.

While attaining her BA in Fine Arts from the University of California in Santa Cruz, Caia was a skateboard enthusiast immersed in the punk rock scene of the '80s. She continues to live in Santa Cruz where the youthful vitality of a college town is an ever-present, pulsating force. Her professional career began by creating designs for skateboards and snowboards. Enchantingly beautiful female characters in her paintings are imbued with this fearless sense of defiance. As a second-generation conservationist, loving the environment and acutely aware that humanity is dangling our planet over a dangerous flame of pollution, nature is often woven into the haunting fabric of her images. Birds, flowers, plants, butterflies, animals and mythical creatures are interlaced with iconic symbols of love, mystery, soul searching and timeless values. Lurking throughout these visual fantasies are "Dia de los Muertos" skulls, cute yet macabre reminders of the interlocking yin and yang of life and death.

Koopman's popularity stems from the dazzling, intricate dreamscapes that depict deeply-rooted subconscious themes flavored with contemporary culture. Feminine energy infused with power and daring is blended with delicate elegance. An edgy juxtaposition of seemingly contrary ideas and emotions is persistent, and reflects the uneasy balance we maintain with our 21st century lifestyles. Technology coexisting with nature. Vulnerability accompanied by strength. Streetwise sensibility embodied in dainty, tattooed nymphs. Whimsy in spite of pathos. Vibrant life hand in hand with death. These fundamental aspects of the human condition, surrounded by the elements of modern life, all flowing through gorgeous imagery, are the essence of Koopman's masterpieces.

The exhibition will run from October 7th - November 1st, 2014

 

 






Caia Koopman

"Lucky 13"

Acrylic on Wood Panel

24 x 20 inches



 
 

Upcoming Exhibition.

A Few Small Nips A Tribute to Frida Kahlo Curated by June Leeloo

Nov 8 - Dec 6

 
 


 
 

Previous Exhibitions.

 
 

 
 

Press Statement

ArtHatch and Distinction Gallery are excited to present a debut solo exhibition featuring the art of Victor Roman. This exhibit will showcase Roman's most current paintings focusing on figurative subjects presented with a mix of classical perspective and urban technique. The Opening Reception will be held on Saturday, September 13, 2014 from 6-10pm with Live Music by Viva Apollo. Roman will be in attendance at the Opening Reception to meet, greet, and answer questions. Local artists within the ArtHatch building will have their studios open to the public as well. Complimentary Stone beer and wine will be served to guests.

Victor Roman's passion for expressing himself through art motivates him to sketch and paint whenever he can. Sometimes, you can find him sketching people on the train or in a casino but on most days, you will find him painting in his studio until the early hours of the morning. Painting in the night after work, shows dedication and after 3 years of study at Palomar College, Victor's talent has grown exponentially. The emotions that his art evoke have developed in complexity and because of this, the viewer must think twice about what they are looking at to figure out their own interpretation of his art. Art pieces include depictions of artillery, child soldiers and portraits of mankind in various states of mind. The art is masterfully painted on wood, a feat accomplished by few artists. Victor draws from life with swift and graceful movements, to witness this phenomenon for yourself just stop by his studio in the ArtHatch building. He will be happy to turn up the bass for you on his sound system or play a timeless record on his record player.

The exhibition will run from September 9th - October 4th, 2014.

 

 






Victor Roman

"Spirit Guide"

Oil on Canvas

36 x 24 inches

 



 
 

 
 

Press Statement

ArtHatch and Distinction Gallery are pleased to announce their 4th annual art exhibit devoted to hot rods and customs of distinction, "IMMORTALIZED: Timeless Idols: Pinups and Pin Stripes", an art exhibit and auction that will feature a group of nationally recognized artists. All Artworks will be auctioned off starting at only $100, with a portion of the proceeds going to Distinction's annual art scholarship donation for Palomar College students. In conjunction, Escondido's famous "Cruisin Grand" will have an incredible line-up of the finest and most unique customs and hot rods covered with pin stripes, flames, and similar exciting elements. Cars that will be on display have been invited by Chick Kosziz and Steve Waldron. This event is free to the public, but a suggested donation of $5 to benefit Cruisin Grand would be appreciated. The Opening Reception will be held on Friday, August 8, 2014 from 6-9pm with Live Music by Gino and the Lone Gunmen. Pre-Party tickets ($25) from 4-6pm include Stone Beer, wine and food from Vinz Wine Bar, treats from EscoGelato and conversation with the artists, sponsors and car owners. We encourage ladies to come dressed in PinUp style. There will be a contest judged by the owners of Grand Ave's newest clothing store Pin-Up Culture. They will be giving two $125 gift certificates for "best dressed" and "most authentic".

This year's Sponsors include Ford of Escondido, Hyundai of Escondido, Mercedes-Benz of Escondido, King's Pawn, Hot Rods & Customs Stuff, Vinz Wine Bar, EscoGelato, Cruisin Grand, Valley View Casino, Joseph Bellows Gallery, JD Built, Cuties for a Cause, Stone Brewery, Pin-Up Culture, Brandy Sebastian, and Lauren Kwapis. Additional sponsorships are still available.

The exhibition will run from August 6th - September 6th, 2014 The Silent Auction will end September 6th at 2pm sharp, PST

 

 






Sharif I. Carter

"Jill Masterson: Queen of Spades"

Opaque Watercolor on Birch Panel

48 x 32 inches

 



 
 

 
 

Press Statement

ArtHatch and Distinction Gallery are excited to present a Studio Artists Exhibition, featuring the collective art of their very own in-house ArtHatch Studio Artists. Highlighting a wide range of work from original paintings, photography, and other mixed media, this exhibit is a representation of the broad spectrum of current local San Diego artists. Including artwork by professional artists such as Victor Roman, Cathrine Edlinger-Kunze, and more. Side by side emerging and accomplished artists come together to present their artistic voices and inspirations, giving rise to a diverse and creative show; representing over 30 artists total. The Opening Reception with Live Music will be held on Saturday, July 12, 2014 from 6-10pm. Studio artists within the ArtHatch building will have their studios open to the public as well. Complimentary Beer and Wine will be served to guests.

The exhibition will run from July 9 - August 2, 2014

 

 






Elena Karavodin

"Fisticuffs"

Oil on Canvas

16 x 12 inches

 



 
 

 
 

Press Statement

We are thrilled to reach our 10 year anniversary this year! To celebrate we will present an extraordinary exhibition featuring the artwork of 25 influential Artists from Distinction's Past, Present, and Future. This exhibit will highlight current artwork focusing on figurative and urban art. The Opening Reception with Super Sonic Samba School performing will be held on Saturday, June 14 from 6-10pm. Local artists within the building will have their studios open to the public as well. Complimentary Stone beer and wine will be served to guests.

The exhibition will run from June 11 - July 3, 2014.

 

 






Shay Davis

"A Slippery Slope"

Oil on Canvas

11 x 14 inches

 



 
 

 
 

Press Statement

We are excited to present an extraordinary solo exhibition featuring the artwork of Linda Herzog. This exhibit titled "Beyond Reality Lies Reason" will highlight Herzog's most current paintings, which are meticulously painted with a single hair brush. Herzog will be in attendance at the Opening Reception to meet, greet and answer questions. The Opening Reception with Live Music will be held on Saturday, May 10 from 6-10pm. Local artists within the ArtHatch building will have their studios open to the public as well. Complimentary Stone beer and wine will be served to guests.

The exhibition will run from May 8 - June 7, 2014.

 

 






Linda Herzog

"The Sheep and The Cub"

Oil on Canvas

40 x 30 inches

 



 
 

 
 

Press Statement

We are excited to present an extraordinary solo exhibition featuring the artwork of Casey Weldon. This exhibit titled "Subnatural" will highlight Weldon's most current paintings. Weldon will be in attendance at the Opening Reception to meet, greet and answer questions. The Opening Reception with Live Music will be held on Saturday, April 12 from 6-10pm. Local artists within the ArtHatch building will have their studios open to the public as well. Complimentary Stone beer and wine will be served to guests.


Born in Southern California, Casey Weldon spent the majority of his formative years there graduating from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. After operating a studio out of Las Vegas, Weldon relocated to New York, then California, and now Portland where he works as a full time artist. His fine art, imbued with a sumptuous illustrative quality, is indicative of his profession. Weldon mixes iconography of today and the past to evoke a sense of humor, nostalgia, fantasy and even melancholy within the viewer. His pallet and haunting subjects recall the Surrealist masters like Breton and de Chirico.


Weldon has exhibited and sold his work in galleries across the United States and his pieces now reside in collections across the world.


The exhibition will run from April 9 - May 3, 2014.


 

 






Casey Weldon

"Homingbird"

Acrylic on Wood

16 x 16

 



 
 

 
 

Press Statement

We are thrilled to be hosting an exhibition of one of Escondido's most beloved artists, Kelly Vivanco. This exhibit titled "Curious Gardens" will feature Vivanco's newest creations typically revolving around young, innocent girls, boys, and animals in "Curious" settings. Vivanco will be in attendance at the Opening Reception to meet, greet and answer questions. The Opening Reception with Live Music will be held on Saturday, March 8 from 6-10pm. Complimentary Stone beer and wine will be served to guests.


Kelly Vivanco, a native to Southern California, earned her BFA from Laguna College of Art and Design. She works with a variety of media to create art with whimsy, nostalgia and a sense of child-like wonder.


Vivanco draws from the real and imagined world to populate her works with a host of playful and curious characters. She takes inspiration from vintage photographs, children's literature and the oddness of her dreams. Vivanco has exhibited in solo and group shows across the U.S. including California Center for the Arts Museum, The Portsmouth Museum of Art, Thinkspace, SURU, Gallery 1988, Subtext, Rotofugi, Flatcolor, 323 East, London Miles, Art Basel and Orange County Center for Contemporary Arts. Her work is collected in the U.S. and abroad; and her daily comic, Patches, has a world-wide following. Kelly's first illustrated children's book Snow White & Rose Red was just released. She currently resides in Escondido, California.


The exhibition will run from March 5 - April 5, 2014.


 

 






Kelly Vivanco

"On The Bridge"

Acrylic on Canvas

36 x 48 inches

 



 
 

 
 

Press Statement

We are excited to present an extraordinary solo exhibition featuring the artwork of Scott Rohlfs. This exhibit will highlight Rohlfs' most current paintings focusing on surreal imagery and the female figure. Rohlfs will be in attendance at the Opening Reception to meet, greet and answer questions. The Opening Reception with Live Music will be held on Saturday, February 8 from 6-10pm. Local artists within the ArtHatch building will have their studios open to the public as well. Complimentary Stone beer and wine will be served to guests.


The women who populate Scott Rohlfs' acrylic paintings are a fusion of the artist's personal experiences and influences. His women exist in a realm of moody atmospheres, tattoo-inspired couture and pop cultural elements. Rohlfs combines classic realism with an element of distortion when painting, resulting in surreal imagery. The eyes of his subjects are often the focal points of his work, imbued with an arresting quality. Rohlfs describes his figures as, "a reflection of myself and whatever mood I am in at the time." Rohlfs produces a great amount of work and has sold hundreds of paintings throughout the US and abroad.


The exhibition will run from February 4 - March 1, 2013.

 

 






Scott Rohlfs

"Where the Lines Overlap"

Acrylic on Wood Panel

20 x 20 inches

 



 
 

 
 

Press Statement

ArtHatch is excited to announce their Third Annual Art-A-Thon, a marathon of artistic creation to benefit the non-profit art center's teen program. 20+ artists from San Diego County will seek donations to create artwork for up to 24 straight hours. As works are finished, they will be added to the ArtHatch gallery space and auctioned off for a one-month period following the event. Proceeds from donations and art sales will be divided between the artists and ArtHatch to help support the center's free art education program for local teens. There will also be prizes for the artist who raises the most in donations and for the artists that make it through the full 24 hours. The Opening Reception for the exhibition with the artists in attendance, will be held the weekend after the event on Saturday, January 11th, 2014 from 6-10 pm with beer, compliments of Stone Brewery, wine and live music.

Art-A-Thon is as much a performance piece as it is an exercise in creativity and endurance. This is a unique opportunity for patrons to experience the creative process of the art they collect first-hand. Painting, drawing, collage, print and photography will be among the featured media, with participating artists ranging from emerging to seasoned professionals.

Art-A-Thon will be held at ArtHatch gallery and studios from 2pm on Saturday, January 4 through Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 2pm. The public is invited to come and watch artists create during the entire 24 hours live or online via Livestream. The Opening Reception will be held the following weekend after the event on Saturday, January 11 from 6-10pm. The artwork will be available for viewing and bidding through February 1, 2013 at 2pm. All artworks will start at $50 for the bidding.

All donors will receive a tax receipt. Donors with donations over $500 will have a permanent plaque on display in the gallery.

Exhibition and Auction will run from January 11, 2014 - February 1, 2014. Auction ends at 2pm pst on Saturday, February 1, 2014.

 

 






Victor Roman

"Woman with Roses"

Oil on Canvas

36 x 24 inches

 



 
 

 
 

Press Statement

"Home" Featuring the Art of Cathrine Edlinger-Kunze

December 11, 2013 - January 4, 2014
Reception: Saturday, December 14, 2013 from 6-10pm

ArtHatch is excited to present a stunning Solo Exhibition featuring the artwork of Cathrine Edlinger-Kunze. This exhibit will highlight Cathrine's most current paintings focused on the human figure and images of fairground scenes. Cathrine will be in attendance at the Opening Reception to meet, greet and answer questions. The Opening Reception with Live Music will be held on Saturday, December 14 from 6-10pm. Complimentary Stone beer and wine will be served to guests.

Born and raised in Germany, Cathrine Edlinger-Kunze moved to the United States in 1994 where she works as a full time artist. She credits her father for inspiring her love of painting. "Sitting side by side with my father, I learned very early what painting meant to me, and it became a special bond to my father and me."

Edlinger-Kunze devotes most of her time to sketching and painting the figure, explaining "the human face and body always fascinated me...the body is the perfection of form, movement and nature." Much of the artist's recent subject matter revolves around performers and dancers, recalling the delicacy of Degas' ballerinas and the quietude of Picasso's saltimbanques.

Edlinger-Kunze has shown her work since 1985 and has exhibited in Germany, Italy and the United States; and counts collectors from Europe, North America, Asia and Africa. She currently resides in Carlsbad, California.

The exhibition will run from December 11 - January 4, 2013

 

 






Cathrine Edlinger-Kunze

"Holding On"

Acrylic on Linen

54 x 48 inches

 



 
 

 
 

Press Statement

"Put A Bird On It" Curated by Aaron Jasinski

November 6 - December 7
Reception: Saturday, November 9 from 6-10pm

ArtHatch is delighted to present "Put A Bird On It", curated by Aaron Jasinski, featuring a collection of art by 30 artists from around the globe. Artists include Edith Lebeau, Dave MacDowell, Matt Linares, JoKa, Aaron Jasinski and more. Using the ever popular and comical expression "Put A Bird on It" a spin-off of IFC's Portlandia episode, artists will interpret this theme in their own style of art. The Opening Reception with Live Music will be held on Saturday, November 9 from 6-10pm. Complimentary Stone beer and wine will be served to guests.

See the "Put A Bird On It" skit from Portlandia here: http://youtu.be/0XM3vWJmpfo

Aaron Jasinski's (artist and curator) paintings have shown across the US, and internationally. He also illustrates children's books, album covers, and creates electronic music. Aaron grew up in in a family of musicians and the love of music is a major influence in his visual art. His paintings often features musical, pop-culture, and nostalgic references peppered with social commentary and whimsical creatures (think morose hipsters mingling with monkeys in space suits), utilizing a Technicolor palette. Aaron resides near Seattle Washington with his wife and 4 children.

The exhibition will run from November 6 - December 7, 2013

ArtHatch is a 7000 square foot building which houses the front gallery: exhibitions changing monthly, "The Alley," featuring new and previous works from over 75 artists, the teen room featuring artwork by 6 local teens, 14 artist studios, ranging in size from 150 to 800 square feet, featuring the work of over 28 local artists, and "The Lounge", containing 8 walls featuring local artists. The front gallery features contemporary and cutting edge artwork.

A variety of art books, prints, and collectors dolls are now available as well as an in-house art supply store.

ArtHatch
317 East Grand Avenue
Escondido, CA 92025
(760) 781-5779

http://distinctionart.com
http://arthatch.org

 

 






Kari-Lise Alexander

"Bianca"

Acrylic & Oil on Canvas

12 x 9 inches

 



 
 
Gabe Leonard: LUCK

October 2013

 
 

Press Statement

"Luck"
Worldwide Premier with Gabe Leonard


Leonard's LUCK series will consist of 20 original oil paintings and 10 sketches comprised of dramatic, slice-of-life captures of games of chance, and the tempting of fortune. Says Leonard, "The Oxford Dictionary states that 'luck is success or failure apparently brought by chance rather than through one's own actions.' In this collection I would like viewers to draw their own conclusions." He adds that LUCK is the most exciting series he has produced to date.

Gabe Leonard spent his early years in rural Wyoming, sketching wildlife and selling his drawings for one dollar. After earning his BFA from Columbus College in Ohio, Leonard honed his talents on the ultra-competitive Venice Beach boardwalk.

Described as "Johnny Cash meets Quentin Tarantino", Leonard's work possesses an intense cinematic quality combining the gestural brushwork of expressionism with the expert lighting and framing of a Hollywood cinematographer. His oils are cinematic, atmospheric and moody, revolving around outlaws and rugged noir characters to create narratives full of dramatic possibility.

While his subjects and compositions belie a heavy influence of modern and contemporary cinema, Leonard's artistic style is rooted firmly in a European tradition. While he often breaks from academic restrictions with his loose brushwork and characteristic drips, he counts Rembrandt, Mucha, Klimt and Schiele as amongst his influences.

Following a string of sell-out shows and acquisitions by high profile collectors, Leonard has quickly become one of the most sought-after artists in the world. Recent celebrity collectors include Quentin Tarantino, John Travolta, Arnold Shwarzenegger, and Eli Broad-whose painted portrait appeared on the cover of C-Suite Quarterly. Leonard currently resides in Los Angeles.

The reception will be held following Escondido's Wedge event on Saturday, October 12, 2013 from 6-9pm. The show will then continue from October 16 - November 2. For more information, high res images, or to set up an interview with the artist, contact Melissa Walker or Beth Kwapis at 760-781-5779

 

 






Gabe Leonard

"It Takes More Than Talent"

Hand Embellished Giclee on Canvas from an edition of 125

22.5 x 36 inches

 



 
 

 
 

Press Statement

ArtHatch is pleased to present an exciting new exhibition featuring new collaboration works from the PRISMA Artist Collective. PRISMA is an international artist collective founded by painter and curator Kaspian Shore in November 2011. The group currently supports 30 talented creatives, working in the fields of traditional and digital painting, drawing, illustration, sculpting, and collage. Artists include, Kelly Vivanco, Sarah Joncas, Casey Weldon, Edith Lebaeu, and more. The Opening Reception with Live Music will be held on Saturday, September 14 from 6-10pm. Complimentary Stone beer and wine will be served to guests, and Ciao Cupcake Truck will be parked out front to satisfy guest's sweet cravings.

The exhibition will run from September 11 - October 5, 2013

 

 






Alex Louisa | Bec Winnel

"Drifters"

PanPastel and Pastel Pencil on Pastelmat

27.5 x 19.7 inches

 



 
 

 
 

Press Statement

ArtHatch is pleased to announce their 3rd annual art exhibit devoted to hot rods and customs of Distinction, "IMMORTALIZED: Together Forever: Hot Rods, Pinups, and Body Art", an art exhibit and auction that will feature artists from around the globe.

All Artworks will be auctioned off starting at only $100, with proceeds going to Distinction's annual art scholarship donation for Palomar College students. In conjunction with Escondido's famous "Cruisin' Grand" our block will be closed off and an incredible line-up of the finest and most unique rat rods and customs from all over the So Cal region. Cars that will be on display have been invited by Chick Kosziz, Steve Waldron, Hot Rods and Custom Stuff, and Super Rides by Jordan.

This event is free to the public, but a suggested donation of $5 to benefit Crusin Grand would be appreciated.

The Opening Reception will be held on Friday, August 9, 2013 from 6-9pm with Live Music by Johnny and the Deadly Trio. VIP tickets are $25 and include Stone Beer, wine, food from Vinz Wine Bar, treats from EscoGelato and conversation with the artists, sponsors and car owners. There will be awards for featured artists and also a Pinup contest. Winners will be awarded trophies chosen and handed out by the infamous Natalia Fabia, Los Angeles CA artist. Awards to be handed out at 8pm

This year's Sponsors include Heller Ford, King's Pawn, DeJa Vu Photo Services, JD Built, Lauren Kwapis, Vinz Wine Bar, EscoGelato and Kurt Lightfoot (Co-Conceptural Producer).

The exhibition will run from August 7 - September 7, 2013. Bidding ends at 2pm pst on September 7.

 

 






Mike Bell

"Hot Rod Lily"

Acrylic on Canvas

18 x 18 inches

 



 
 

 
 

Press Statement

ArtHatch is celebrating their 9th Anniversary with a Studio Artists Exhibition, featuring the collective art of their very own in-house Studio Artists. Highlighting a wide range of work from original paintings, photography, and other mixed media, this exhibit is a representation of the broad spectrum of current local San Diego artists. Including artwork by professional artists such as Victor Roman, Cathrine Edlinger-Kunze, and more. Side by side emerging and accomplished artists come together to present their artistic voices and inspirations, giving rise to a diverse and creative show; representing over 30 artists total. The Opening Reception with Live Music will be held on Saturday, July 13, 2013 from 6-10pm. Complimentary Beer and Wine will be served to guests 21 years of age or older.
The exhibition will run from July 10 - August 3, 2013

 

 






Kelly Vivanco

"Just One More"

Acrylic on Panel

12 x 12 inches

 



 
 

 
 

Press Statement


ArtHatch is pleased to present a debut Solo Exhibition featuring the artwork of San Diego artist Nicole Wazsak. This exhibit will highlight Waszak's most current paintings and drawings. She will also be there to meet, greet and answer questions. The Opening Reception with live music will be held on Saturday, June 8, 2013 from 6-10pm. Complimentary Stone Brewery Beer and Wine will be served to guests 21 years of age or older.


The exhibition will run from June 5 - July 6, 2013


ArtHatch is a 7000 square foot building which houses the front gallery: exhibitions changing monthly, "The Alley," featuring new and previous works from over 75 artists, the teen room featuring artwork by 12 local teens, 14 artist studios, ranging in size from 150 to 800 square feet, featuring the work of over 28 local artists, and "The Lounge", containing 8 walls featuring local artists. The front gallery features contemporary and cutting edge artwork.


 

 






Nicole Waszak

"41 Months (Bunny)"

Acrylic on Panel

14 x 11 inches

 



 
 
Songs of Purity

May 2013

 
 

Press Statement

ArtHatch is thrilled to present an exciting Solo Exhibition featuring the artwork of Latvian artist Jana Brike. This exhibit will highlight Brike's most current paintings and drawings. Jana Brike will be traveling all the way from Lativia to attend the show's Opening Reception. She will also be there to meet, greet and answer questions. The Opening Reception with live music will be held on Saturday, May 11, 2013 from 6-10pm. Complimentary Stone Brewery Beer and Wine will be served to guests 21 years of age or older.

Jana Brike was born in Latvia in 1980. Growing up under Soviet occupation had a profound effect on everything from Brike's work ethic to her subject matter and aesthetic sensibilities. A self-described "reclusive and dreamy child," Brike showed burgeoning talent at a very young age. At ten she was enrolled in Latvia's most prestigious arts elementary school where she spent at least 5 hours of each day painting. By 15 years old she was participating in international exhibitions.

Brike's surreal and haunting imagery is informed by everything from Russian Realism and Soviet animation to her grandmother's religious postcards featuring biblical works of the European masters. Her subject matter is culled from folklore, fairytales and children's book illustrations. The subjects of her oil paintings embody a fantastical quality, illustrating what Brike viewed as the "forbidden...imagery of Western pop culture" which took on a "mystical, almost religious tone for Soviet children."

Brike has exhibited and sold her work in the United Kingdom, Belgium, Germany, Italy, France, Russia, Finland, Belorussia, Switzerland, Australia and several parts of the United States. She currently lives in Riga, Latvia.

The exhibition will run from May 8 - June 1, 2013

 

 






Jana Brike

"The pool of the innocent at the edge of the world"

Oil on Canvas

33.5 x 33.5 inches

 



 
 

 
 

Press Statement

ArtHatch is pleased to present an exciting Group Exhibition featuring cellphone photography entitled "The Prodigy Show: Hipstamatic Addict Insane" curated and juried by the notable Joseph Bellows. This exhibit features cellphone photographs, some of these photographs using filters from Apps such as Instagram and Hipstamatic. The show highlights the evolving and accessible new craft of cellphone photography as a serious art form. The Opening Reception with live music will be held on Saturday, April 13, 2013 from 6-10pm. Complimentary Stone Brewery Beer and Wine will be served to guests 21 years of age or older. This exhibit is juried by Joseph Bellows whose gallery was established in 1998. The Gallery features rotating exhibitions of both historic and contemporary works drawn from the gallery's collection, with a special emphasis on American work. Joseph Bellows is a member of the Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD), and served on the Board of Directors from 2005 until 2012.The exhibition will run from April 10 - May 4, 2013.

 

 






Kim Hirsch

"Paper Umbrellas"

Black & White Inkjet Print on Brushed Aluminum

10.5" x 14"

 



 
 

 
 

Press Statement

ArtHatch is pleased to present an exciting Group Exhibition entitled "One Plus Six Equals Seven" curated by artist Christopher Polentz. This exhibit features the collective art of current emerging artists: Nathan DeYoung, Heather Hogan, Michael Lockwood, Joseph Gerges, Michelle Gerich, Victor Roman, and Christopher Polentz. Highlighting a wide range of original art, this exhibit is a representation of the students of Christopher Polentz who learned his masterful technique of rendering. All original artwork with be rendered pieces influenced by Polentz's technique. The Opening Reception with live music by Nick & Mel will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2013 from 6-10pm. Complimentary Stone Brewery Beer and Wine will be served to guests 21 years of age or older.The exhibition will run from March 9 - April 6, 2013.

 

 






Christopher Polentz

"Pinky"

Acrylic on Wood Panel

16 x 13 inches

 



 
 

 
 

Press Statement

ArtHatch is excited to present an irresistible new show featuring the stunning work of Santa Barbara based artist Pamela Wilson, entitled "Electric Sugar". The Opening Reception will be held on Saturday, February 9, 2013 from 6-10pm with the Artist, Pamela Wilson, present to meet, greet, and answer questions. Live Music, complimentary Wine and Stone Brewery Beer for guests 21 of age or older will be included at the Opening Reception.Pamela Wilson has built a reputation for works of art that transcend the commonplace to enter the realm of the sublime and otherworldly. She develops haunting images that evoke moods, dreams, and memories inspired by real life, and which create a remarkably compelling narrative. The physical and emotional isolation of her characters has emerged as a hallmark of her work. She explores the great chasm of the unknown, the abyss that opens when you seek to understand the place of the human in modernity. The people in her paintings are often called "lost, odd, mad," or similar terms denoting something out of alignment with ordinary reality. She believes that letting ourselves explore the inherent "distortions" in reality is part of what gives us heart, and balance. Addressing "beauty" in a painting feels too passive, and what she is seeking is a psychological moment, a different kind of beauty. She has much to say of the dark and hilarious absurdities we must often endure... while we are creating ourselves.The exhibition will run from February 9 - March 2, 2013

 

 






Pamela Wilson

"As Enchantments Fade"

Oil on Canvas

20 x 16 inches

 



 
 
Art-A-Thon

January 2013

 
 

Press Statement

ArtHatch is excited to announce their second annual Art-A-Thon, a marathon of artistic creation to benefit the non-profit art center's teen program. 25 artists from San Diego County will seek pledges to create artwork for up to 24 straight hours. As works are finished, they will be added to the ArtHatch gallery space and auctioned off for a one month period following the event. Proceeds from pledges and art sales will be divided between the artists and ArtHatch to help support the center's free art education program for local teens. There will also be prizes for the artist who raises the most and for the artists who make it the full 24 hours The reception for the exhibition with the artists will be held at the end of the event on January 12th, 2013 from 6-10 pm with beer, compliments of Stone Brewery.Art-A-Thon is as much a performance piece as it is an exercise in creativity and endurance. Coinciding with Escondido's Second Saturday art walk on Grand Avenue. This is a unique opportunity for patrons to experience the creative process of the art they collect first-hand. Painting, drawing, collage, print and photography will be among the featured media, with participating artists ranging from emerging to seasoned professionals. In addition we will be featuring live music.Art-A-Thon will be held at ArtHatch gallery and studios from 6pm on Friday, January 11 through Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 6pm. The public is invited to come and watch artists create during the entire 24 hours live or online via Livestream. The Opening Reception will be held following the event on Saturday, January 12 from 6-10pm. The artwork will be available for viewing and bidding through February 2, 2013 at 3pm. All artworks will start at $100 for the bidding.ArtHatch was created in 2004 both to fill a void in the community and to fulfill the dream of a vital arena for Urban and Contemporary Figurative Art in the North County of San Diego. ArtHatch employs its 7,000 sq ft of space to focus on cutting-edge artwork by over 50 national and international emerging artists, featuring 35 local artists - over 20 of whom work in studios within the gallery. Resident artists are a combination of college arts professors, emerging and mid-career artists, and fine-artists with arts-related day jobs looking for a stimulating, community-based environment in which to create. ArtHatch has an ambitious schedule of 12 exhibits per year. CEO and Founder, Melissa Inez Walker, curates the gallery bringing in over 100 emerging artists from around the world annually.Since 2010, ArtHatch has been providing art supplies, mentorships, and exhibition space to teen artists -most of them underserved and at-risk youths - free of charge. The teen program focuses on the development of talent and skill in the visual arts; and the teens are introduced to a wide variety of media such as oil, acrylic, spray paint, digital arts, and metals. Local and international artists work directly with students to provide lessons that develop visual awareness along with a functional art vocabulary, hold discussions on art throughout history, teach them to analyze and to recognize a good composition, and provide instruction for skill development and practice. The goals are to promote the fine arts by giving young artists the opportunity to discover, create, and display their unique style, elegance, and technique. The mentorship of emerging and established artists is absolutely critical for the success of the teen program. Our teen artists hope to become professional artists, designers, curators, registrars and teachers themselves one day; and the guidance of successful art world adults is invaluable to these teens in terms of instruction and networking.All donors will receive a tax receipt and their names will be included on the ArtHatch donor wall.Exhibition and Auction will run from January 12, 2012 - February 2, 2013. Auction ends at 3pm pst.

 

 






Jennifer Anichowski

"Rocking Horse"

Mixed Media on Wood Panel

8 x 8 inches

 



 
 

 
 

Press Statement

"From Figment to Fruition" a solo show by long time exhibiting artist, Denise Bledsoe. Denise brings her characters to life through clay and mixed media and viewers cannot help but react strongly upon seeing them. Whether the reaction is to laugh, oo and ah, or cry Denise's figures are never ignored. The opening reception with the artist will be on Saturday Dec 8th from 6-10 pm and will be accompanied by live music, open studios, and Stone beer and wine for those 21+. Denise has been involved in various forms of art since she was a child, but she has always found that her true calling was working with sculpture and mixed media to create three three-dimensional artworks. In the artist's words " I feel that being able to experience a piece by holding it in one's hand is more fulfilling. In the case of my figurative pieces, it becomes an interaction...with eye contact" Denise's works have been collected and exhibited throughout the world and her collectors include several notable celebrities. The exhibition will run from December 8 - January 5, 2012

 

 






Denise Bledsoe

"Pugsley"

Mixed Media

7 inches tall

 



 
 

 
 

Press Statement

ArtHatch is pleased to present a new exhibit featuring the art of Casey Weldon and Andrew Shondrick, entitled "In the Fold". The Opening Reception will be held on Saturday, November 10, 2012 from 6-10pm with complimentary Wine and Stone Brewery Beer for guests 21 of age or older. Casey Weldon was born in southern California, where he spent the majority of his life up to his graduation from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. After a brief time running his own studio in Las Vegas, Nevada, He relocated to Brooklyn, New York, where he now lives and works as an illustrator and fine artist. By using to the iconography of today and yesterday's popular culture, his work aims to awaken a feelings of nostalgia within the viewer, though often along with a sense humor, melancholy, and longing for times lost. Andrew R Shondrick is an artist currently working in Cleveland, Ohio. In 2008 he received a BFA in Painting and Drawing [Bunnies] from The University of Akron. Constantly in fear of animals higher than him on the food chain, he's sparse to be seen in large wooded areas or southern wetlands. Always allured to warm summer breezes and all things drifting in space he spends most of his time randomly falling asleep and floating away. The exhibition will run from November 10 - December 1, 2012

 

 






Andrew Shondrick

"Times Gone By"

Oil on Panel

24 x 14 inches

 



 
 

 
 

Press Statement

We all have our own unique hopes and fears, dreams and pains, talents and experiences. Those near and close to us, our family and friends, know where we've been, accept what we've become and, still, gently allow us to grow. Such growing space provides the unique opportunity for the extraordinary, based upon my time honored belief that ....NO ONE IS ORDINARY. A combination of psychological intuition, observation and experience has inspired me to craft visual interpretations of peoples' environments thru the medium of modern technology and materials. My experiences have lead me to create energetic dreamscapes portraying an odd mixture of human composition, emotional experience, and surreal motion that focuses on the idea that people are connected to themselves, their experiences, and to the world in such a way that we are not apart from our reality but a part of it. The evolution of my work incorporates the use of ink, photography, and my knowledge of comic book art to produce images that focus on a panoply of experience(s) while using a build up of brush strokes and bold colors. Inspiration is often found by looking to past artists like Caravaggio for his use of light and expression, the Furturists for the use of movement, the Impressionists for the use of color and brush strokes, and Bennett for his use of color and detail to transform portraiture to a vibrant array of color. -Anthony Dortch Jr.

 

 






Anthony Dortch Jr.

"My World - My Rules"

Mixed Media

10 x 8 inches

 



 
 

 
 

Press Statement

ArtHatch is pleased to present a new exhibition, co-curated by David Vecchiato of MondoPOP and Dan Barry entitled, "Taetrum et Dulce: Lux in Tenebris". Drawing from his own experience as Art Director at Italy's premier urban art gallery (MondoPOP), David Vecchiato with accomplished artist Dan Barry, bring together a number of prevalent Pop-Surrealist and Lowbrow artists from around the globe. This exhibit first opened at MondoPOP in Rome, Italy and now has made it's way to ArtHatch. This will be the only showing of "Taetrum et Dulce: Lux in Tenebris" in the U.S. This collection of art will include a whirlpool of surrealism from the likes of Ana Bagayan, Jana Brike, Richard Frost, Chris Mars and many more. The opening reception will be held on Saturday, Sept 8, 2012 from 6-10pm in the newly renovated gallery made possible by a generous grant from San Diego County based on recommendation from Supervisor Pam Slater-Price. Complimentary Stone Brewery Beer and Wine will be served to guests 21 years of age or older.

 

 






Charlie Immer (USA)

"Warrior"

Oil on Panel

18 x 16 inches

 



 
 

 
 

Press Statement

ArtHatch presents the 2nd Annual art exhibit devoted to hot rods and customs of distinction, "IMMORTALIZED: Then and Now", an art exhibit and auction that will feature some of the most prominent car artists to date including Big Toe, Sara Ray, Squindo, Chris Froggert, and more. All artworks will be auctioned of starting at only $100, the auction will last through the month ending on September 1st and proceeds will benefit Palomar College Scholarships. In conjunction, there will be 24 incredible cars parked out front by invitation from Chick Koszis, Hot Rods & Custom Stuff, and Escondido's famous "Cruisin' Grand". The event will draw custom car owners from around the country including many who have invested over $500,000 into their cars. In addition there will be new cars from Heller Ford and Mercedes-Benz of Escondido to satisfy the "Now" portion of the matches. Sales people will be available for questions and on site purchases. The Opening Reception will be held on Friday, August 10th, 2012 from 6-10pm highlighted with pin up girls from Cuties for a Cause passing out goodies, STONE beer provided by Stone Brewing Co., catered food and wine provided by Vinz Wine Bar, gelato courtesy of EscoGelato, and live music by Gino and the Lone Gunmen. Cost will be $15 for the event, with proceeds to benefit ArtHatch (501(c)(3) organization) and Cruisin Grand. Find out more info at http://arthatch.org/autoshow/.The exhibition will run from August 10 - September 1, 2012. The auction will end both online and in the gallery at 2:00pm PST on September 1.ArtHatch is a 7000 square foot building which houses the front gallery: exhibitions changing monthly, "The Alley," featuring new and previous works from over 75 artists, the teen room featuring artwork by 6 local teens, 14 artist studios, ranging in size from 150 to 800 square feet, featuring the work of over 40 local artists, and "The Lounge", containing local artists and ArtHatch's teen studio, a program that gives free studio space, exhibition space, mentorship, and art supplies to teens age 15-19. The front gallery features contemporary and cutting edge artwork.A variety of art books, prints, and gift items are now available as well as an in house art supply store.

 

 






Shawn Dickinson

"Gonna Brawl"

Watercolor and Ink

11 x 17 inches

 



 
 

 
 

Press Statement

ArtHatch is celebrating their 8th Anniversary with a Studio Artists Exhibition, featuring the collective art of their very own in-house Studio Artists. Highlighting a wide range of work from original paintings, photography, and other mixed media, this exhibit is a representation of the broad spectrum of local San Diego artists today. Including artwork by professional artists such as Cathrine Edlinger-Kunze, Victor Roman, Nicole Waszak and more. Side by side emerging and accomplished artists come together to present their artistic voices and inspirations, giving rise to a diverse and creative show; representing over 40 local artists. The opening reception will be held on Saturday, July 14, 2012 from 6-10pm in the newly renovated ArtHatch gallery made possible by a generous grant from San Diego County based on recommendation from Supervisor Pam Slater-Price. Complimentary Stone Brewery Beer and Wine will be servered to guests 21 years of age or older.ArtHatch is a 7000 square foot building which houses the front gallery: exhibitions changing monthly, "The Alley," featuring juried local artists, the teen lounge featuring artwork by 12 local teens and 14 artist studios, ranging in size from 150 to 800 square feet, featuring the work of over 30 local artists.The exhibition will run from July 10 - August 4, 2012

 

 






Gini Walker

"Insight"

Ink on Canary Wood

8 x 8 inches

 



 
 

 
 

Press Statement

ArtHatch and Distinction Gallery are pleased to present a new show featuring the art of Aaron Jasinski and Matt Linares, entitled "It All Comes Rushing In". Creating whimsical and surreal imagery, these artists approach their art with a layered and dreamlike quality. The Opening Reception will be held on Saturday, May 12, 2012 from 6-10pm with Live Music by Nick and Mel, complimentary Wine and Stone Brewery Beer for guests 21 of age or older.Aaron Jasinski grew up in a family of musicians and the love of music is a major influence in his visual art. His paintings often feature musical and nostalgic themes peppered with social commentary and whimsical creatures utilizing a Technicolor palette. Jasinski's paintings have shown across the United States and Europe. He also illustrates children's books, album covers, and creates electronic music.Born and raised in Southern California, Matt Linares spent most of his childhood near the beach, soaking up the sun and drawing everywhere he went. With the help of a turquoise crayon and many sheets of paper, Matt's journey into the world of art had begun. Years later he moved to San Francisco to live and study Visual Effects at the Academy of Art University. Here he fell into the painting world. Today he has shown all over the United States, Europe, Asia, and Canada. He currently lives and works in Portland Oregon.The exhibition will run from May 12 - June 2, 2012ArtHatch is a 7000 square foot building which houses the front gallery: exhibitions changing monthly, "The Alley," featuring new and previous works from over 75 artists, the teen room featuring artwork by 6 local teens, 14 artist studios, ranging in size from 150 to 800 square feet, featuring the work of over 28 local artists, and "The Lounge", containing 8 walls featuring local artists. The front gallery features contemporary and cutting edge artwork.

 

 






Matt Linares

"Reverto Ut Terra"

Acrylic on Wood

24 x 24 inches

 



 
 

 
 

Press Statement

This body of work is a culmination of years of experiences, memories and triggers to what ultimately is a bridge to freedom for me both as a woman and as an artist. It includes mixed media works with pencil, acrylic and oil, and a handful of original sketches. It also includes copper plate etchings completed with master printmaker, Struan Hamilton of Belfast Print Workshop in 2009, along with the artist proofs which have never been shown before.For me, this work portrays the challenges of crossing racial, familial and cultural divides in my life in San Francisco and fragments of my war torn British family and now my extended family in the Philippines. Much like piecing together an old worn out puzzle, these scattered familial stories didn't seem to make sense until given a definite future when choreographed into a body of artwork.My creative process continues to be one of self discovery which informs my work. Though I continue to long for a traditional artistic method with which to create, i typically want to break free of that which has been expected, imposed, and requested. This has been a three year process of building bridges with myself, my family's past, and the future ahead. This show concludes works ranging from 2009 - 2012.

 

 






Jenn Porreca

"Crossing the Divide"

Acrylic, Ink and Graphite on Wood Panel

60 x 47 inches

 



 
 

 
 

Press Statement

ArtHatch is excited to present a compelling new show featuring the artwork of JoKa, Dan Barry and Mike Bell, entitled "Irresistibly Idiosyncratic". Drawing from nostalgic and popular imagery these three skilled artists approach their art with meticulous techniques and craftsmanship. The Opening Reception will be held on Saturday, March 10, 2012 from 6-10pm with Live Music, complimentary Wine and Stone Brewery Beer for guests 21 of age or older.Using a technique called Hyperpointillism, JoKa methodically spends hours dotting his canvases using toothpicks to create his images. JoKa creates his art with different layers of meaning, some absurd, some serious but usually based on humor. JoKa's surreal works remind us that a singularity of meaning isn't always possible in the world we inhabit.Lowbrow artist, Mike Bell is influenced by a number of cultural forces such as Japanese cartoons, vintage toys and classic monsters. Bell paints illusionistic as well as cartoony, sometimes with a hazy distinction. The outcome is a world where the weird is wonderful and the inhuman is alive.Using collected imagery, found objects and meticulous drawing techniques, the artist Dan Barry creates layers of images set in a world of humor and at times fragile vulnerability. With a background in Liberal Arts, this now Texan artist is successfully exploring his talents as a modern visual artist.The exhibition will run from March 10 - April 7, 2012ArtHatch is a 7000 square foot building which houses the front gallery: exhibitions changing monthly, "The Alley," featuring new and previous works from over 75 artists, the teen room featuring artwork by 6 local teens, 14 artist studios, ranging in size from 150 to 800 square feet, featuring the work of over 28 local artists, and "The Lounge", containing 8 walls featuring local artists. The front gallery features contemporary and cutting edge artwork.

 

 






Mike Bell

"Jimi"

Graphite on Matchbook

4 x 2 inches

 



 
 

 
 

Press Statement

ArtHatch is excited to present a highly anticipated new show featuring the extraordinary work of Southern California artist Gabe Leonard, entitled "Black Magic Method". Drawing inspiration from the lifestyles of mobsters, Gabe Leonard will be exhibiting brand new paintings and drawings created specifically for this show. Using figurative, cinematic inspired images, Leonard achieves an expressive and magical symbolism of iconic characters and personas. Gabe Leonard will be present for a meet and greet during the evening of the reception. The opening reception will be held on Saturday, February 11, 2011 from 6-10pm with Live Music, complimentary Stone Brewery Beer and wine for guests 21 years of age or older.Originally starting out as a street artist on the boardwalk of Venice Beach, Gabe Leonard has gone on to participate in many of the country's top art festivals and his work has been in gallery exhibits in New York, Los Angels, New Orleans, and Atlantic City. Leonard's art can be found in private collections all over the U.S., Europe, New Zealand, Australia and parts of China. Leonard's continues to live in Los Angeles and is often in his studio painting until the sun rises.The exhibition will be held from February 11 - March 3, 2012.ArtHatch is a 7000 square foot building which houses the front gallery: exhibitions changing monthly, "The Alley," featuring new and previous works from over 75 artists, the teen room featuring artwork by 10 local teens, 14 artist studios, ranging in size from 150 to 800 square feet, featuring the work of over 30 local artists, and "The Lounge", containing 8 walls featuring local artists. The front gallery features contemporary and cutting edge artwork.Since 2010, ArtHatch has been providing art supplies, mentorships, and exhibition space to teen artists -most of them underserved and at-risk youths - free of charge. The teen program focuses on the development of talent and skill in the visual arts; and the teens are introduced to a wide variety of media such as oil, acrylic, spray paint, digital arts, and metals. Local and international artists work directly with students to provide lessons that develop visual awareness along with a functional art vocabulary, hold discussions on art throughout history, teach them to analyze and to recognize a good composition, and provide instruction for skill development and practice. The goals are to promote the fine arts by giving young artists the opportunity to discover, create, and display their unique style, elegance, and technique. The mentorship of emerging and established artists is absolutely critical for the success of the teen program. Our teen artists hope to become professional artists, designers, curators, registrars and teachers themselves one day; and the guidance of successful art world adults is invaluable to these teens in terms of instruction and networking.

 

 






Gabe Leonard

"You Know Me To Well"

Hand Embellished Giclee on Canvas from an edition of 100

20 x 15 inches

 



 
 

 
 

Press Statement

ArtHatch is excited to announce the very first annual ArtHatch Art-A-Thon, a veritable marathon of artistic creation to benefit the non-profit art center. 25 artists from San Diego County will seek pledges of $ 1.00/per hour and up to create artwork for up to 24 straight hours. As works are finished, they will be added to the ArtHatch gallery space and auctioned off for a one month period following the event. Proceeds from pledges and art sales will be divided between the artists and ArtHatch to help support the center's free art education program for local teens. There will also be prizes for the artist who raises the most and for the artists who make it the full 24 hours The reception for the exhibition will be held at the end of the event on January 14th from 6-10 pm with the artists and beer compliments of Stone Brewery.ArtHatch Art-A-Thon is as much a performance piece as it is an exercise in creativity and endurance. Coinciding with Escondido's Second Saturday art walk on Grand Avenue. This is a unique opportunity for patrons to experience the creative process of the art they collect first-hand. Painting, drawing, collage, print and photography will be among the featured media, with participating artists ranging from emerging to seasoned professionals. In addition we will be featuring live music.ArtHatch Art-A-Thon will be held at ArtHatch gallery and studios from 8pm on Friday, January 13 to 8 pm on Saturday, January 14, 2012. The Opening Reception will be held following the event on Saturday, January 14 from 6-10pm. This will allow the public to see the final two hours of creation and interact with the lovely, tired artists. The artwork will be available for viewing and bidding through February 4, 2012 at 3pm. ArtHatch was created in 2004 both to fill a void in the community and to fulfill the dream of a vital arena for Urban and Contemporary Figurative Art in the North County of San Diego. ArtHatch employs its 7,000 sq ft of space to focus on cutting-edge artwork by over 50 national and international emerging artists, featuring 35 local artists - over 20 of whom work in studios within the gallery. Resident artists are a combination of college arts professors, emerging and mid-career artists, and fine-artists with arts-related day jobs looking for a stimulating, community-based environment in which to create. ArtHatch has an ambitious schedule of 12 exhibits per year. CEO and Founder, Melissa Inez Walker, curates the gallery bringing in over 100 emerging artists from around the world annually.Since 2010, ArtHatch has been providing art supplies, mentorships, and exhibition space to teen artists -most of them underserved and at-risk youths - free of charge. The teen program focuses on the development of talent and skill in the visual arts; and the teens are introduced to a wide variety of media such as oil, acrylic, spray paint, digital arts, and metals. Local and international artists work directly with students to provide lessons that develop visual awareness along with a functional art vocabulary, hold discussions on art throughout history, teach them to analyze and to recognize a good composition, and provide instruction for skill development and practice. The goals are to promote the fine arts by giving young artists the opportunity to discover, create, and display their unique style, elegance, and technique. The mentorship of emerging and established artists is absolutely critical for the success of the teen program. Our teen artists hope to become professional artists, designers, curators, registrars and teachers themselves one day; and the guidance of successful art world adults is invaluable to these teens in terms of instruction and networking.All donors will receive a tax receipt and their names will be included on the ArtHatch teen wall cap (as a fun little bonus).Exhibition and Auction will run from January 14, 2012 - February 4, 2012. Auction ends at 3pm pst.

 

 






Eusebio Travis Sevilla

"The Untitled Purple Robot With Flower"

Acrylic on panel

16 x 12 inches

 



 
 
Urbana

December 2011

 
 

Press Statement

ArtHatch is pleased to present Major Morris "Urbana". A stunning display of black and white photographs by ninety-year-old Morris, many of which have never been printed. The exhibit will open at the gallery on December 10th, from 6-10 pm and will be on display through January 7, 2012. Morris will be present for a meet and greet and booksigning from 6-8pm. In addition we will have dancers from Orange Glen Dance Company performing in the gallery at 7pm and 8pm. This event will be highlighted with special discounts throughout our 14 studios and art supply store featuring over 30 local artists and beer compliments of Stone Brewery for those 21+.A few of Morris's significant life events include being drafted into the army after being denied volunteer entry due to the fact that he is African American- Major ended up being part of the 92nd Infantry Division- (aka Buffalo Soldiers the only segregated unit to see combat during World War ll), surviving through the great depression, and after never finishing high school at the age of 52 he attended and graduated from Harvard University and later become a professor.In Major's words "I have always been drawn to capturing images of what life was for me as I groped my way through an underprivileged youthful existence; what life continues to be for so many young people living in circumstances similar to those of my early childhood, and in capturing those images, expressing what I feel about the strength and beauty of those children who refuse to be victims. What I see is the reality of the physical circumstances into which these youngsters have been brought to life. What I see is the indomitable spirit that feeds the imagination, the curiosity, the need for doing that is natural to these and all youngsters during their formative years. I see the possibilities for growth, for the excitement of learning, for the formation of dreams that will take them up and out into productive, contributive lives. What I see is the need for the dreams to be nurtured. That is what my photographs are about."In a city where racial tension is a part of daily life this exhibit will serve as a reminder that we are all the same underneath; what truly sets us apart is how we choose to treat others in our daily lives.The exhibit will consist of 23 of Major's most significant black and white photographs created primarily in the sixties and early seventies, including many never before seen works and several exhibited large scale.During the past 7 years Walker has curated and presented 65 exhibitions that have been hosted at ArtHatch (formerly Distinction). Walker first met Morris in 2006. The two have been close friends ever since.Exhibition will be held from December 10, 2011 - January 7, 2012.This exhibition would not be possible without our generous in kind sponsors Stone Brewery, Will Gibson, Kurt Lightfoot, Digital One, Ridout Plastics, South Frames, and Distinction Gallery.ArtHatch is a 7000 square foot building which houses the front gallery: exhibitions changing monthly, "The Alley," featuring new and previous works from over 75 artists, the teen room featuring artwork by 6 local teens, 14 artist studios, ranging in size from 150 to 800 square feet, featuring the work of over 28 local artists, and "The Lounge", containing 8 walls featuring local artists. The front gallery features contemporary and cutting edge artwork.

 

 






Major Morris

"Margot"

Black & White Photograph

23 x 15.5 inches

 



 
 

 
 

Press Statement

ArtHatch presents two distinctive new exhibits entitled "Labours of the Months" by Tim Vermeulen and "Vignettes" by Ivan Unwin. These two extraordinary artists will display inspired works that provoke surreal visions and complex imagination, by captivating the viewer with their profound intellect.Drawing inspiration from the popular Medieval and Renaissance theme of "Labours of the Months", Tim Vermeulen takes the traditional labours as a springboard for investigating a contemporary world of contradictions, polarities, and paradox. Vermeulen says, "My work is part of a process of wrestling for self-discovery through autobiographical narratives, in many cases involving self-portraiture."Using the human form, patterns that echo M.C. Escher, and a touch of political theory, Ivan Unwin has created a masterpiece with his new series of paintings. With a broad artistic background in the British Art Scene, this now Canadian artist is successfully exploring his talents as a traditional visual artist.The Opening Reception will be held on Saturday, November 12, 2011 from 6-10pm with Live Music, complimentary Stone Brewery Beer for guests 21 of age or older.ArtHatch is a 7000 square foot building which houses the front gallery: exhibitions changing monthly, "The Alley," featuring new and previous works from over 75 artists, the teen room featuring artwork by 6 local teens, 14 artist studios, ranging in size from 150 to 800 square feet, featuring the work of over 28 local artists, and "The Lounge", containing 8 walls featuring local artists. The front gallery features contemporary and cutting edge artwork.

 

 






Ivan Unwin

"The Gathering of Flowers"

Acrylic on Canvas

36 x 36 inches

 



 
 

 
 

Press Statement

ArtHatch presents a momentous new show "IMMORTALIZED: Rods and Customs of Distinction", a custom and hot rod car show that will feature some of the most prominent car artists to date including Tom Fritz, The Pizz, Sara Ray, Chris Froggert, Steve Waldron, Kurt Lightfoot & Will Gibson, Victor Roman, BigToe (aka Tom Laura), Lawrence Garinier, Sharif Carter and the infamous Robert Williams who along with the featured artists will be attending and jurying the event. In addition Pinup works by artists Susan Heidi, Heather M, and Skip Middleton will also be available. The event will draw custom car owners, artists, and builders from around the region. The Opening Reception will be held on Friday, September 9th, 2011 from 7-11pm highlighted with 22 classic custom cars and hot rods as organized by Sponsor Hot Rods and Custom Stuff, Cuties for a Cause pin up girls passing out goodies, STONE beer, catered food and wine provided by VINZ Wine Bar, live music by Gino and the Lone Gunmen and awards for artists and sexist pinup girls. The street will be closed for the event. Cost will be $25 for the event with proceeds to benefit ArtHatch (501(c)(3) organization) and Cruisin Grand of Escondido, CA. Find out more info at http://arthatch.org/autoshow/. Art Commissions and Sponsorship opportunities are available.Awards will be given out by Hot Rod Artist and founder of Juxtapoz magazine, Robert Williams, the night of September 9th at 9pm for his choices of Best in Show, Best Car Kulture, Best Car, and Most Unique along with awards for Sexiest and Best Dressed Pinup Girls. Pioneering the "Lowbrow" alternative art movement in California, Robert Williams, is a household name within the underground art community. Know as the "artist's artist", Williams joined the studio of Ed "Big Daddy" Roth, and eventually linked up to the infamous San Francisco art group Zap Comix in the late 1960s. With his landmark publication, JUXTAPOZ magazine and popular manifesto, Robert Williams influence on alternative art is immeasurable.ArtHatch is a 7000 square foot building which houses the front gallery: exhibitions changing monthly, "The Alley," featuring new and previous works from over 75 artists, the teen room featuring artwork by 6 local teens, 14 artist studios, ranging in size from 150 to 800 square feet, featuring the work of over 28 local artists, and "The Lounge", containing 8 walls featuring local artists. The front gallery features contemporary and cutting edge artwork.

 

 






Lawrence Gardinier

"32 Ford Coupe"

Acrylic on Illustration Board

17 x 11 inches

 



 
 
Break a Leg

August 2011

 
 

Press Statement

ArtHatch presents a sensational new group show entitled "Break A Leg: Homage to Theater", a group show featuring the art of John Purlia, Holly Wood, Jenn Porreca, Jana Brike, Casey Weldon, Aaron Jasinski, Joka, Dan Barry, Ursula Young, Edward Robin Coronel, Jessica Ward, Pamela Jaeger, Denise Bledsoe, Bonnie Durham, Josh Taylor, Brett Hess, Arabella Proffer, Vahge, Elliot Greenwald, Matthew Price, and Alex Boston. This talented group of artists draws inspiration from Theater, through their own artistic and personal interpretations, creating a witty and intelligent collection of unforgettable images. All pieces will be sold auction style beginning at $100, and all profits will directly benefit art scholarships at Palomar College in loving memory of Charles "Chuck" Leslie Walker. The exhibit will be on display from August 9th - 27th. Preview and bidding at distinctionart.com will begin August 9th.The Opening Reception will be held on Saturday, August 13th, 2011 from 6-10pm with Live Music, complimentary Stone Brewery Beer for guests 21 years of age or older. Auction will end at 9pm on August 13th. In addition our artists studios will be open including studio #3, which will highlight the works of Will Gibson's Alternative Processes Palomar college class. We will also be highlighting the music of Palomar Students out front.ArtHatch is a 7000 square foot building which houses the front gallery: exhibitions changing monthly, "The Alley," featuring new and previous works from over 75 artists, the teen wall featuring artwork by 6 local teens, 14 artist studios, ranging in size from 150 to 800 square feet, featuring the work of over 28 local artists, "The Lounge", containing 8 walls featuring local artists, and our newest addition, an art supply store, which focuses on painting and drawing supplies. The front gallery features contemporary and cutting edge artwork.

 

 






Edward Robin Coronel

"Gus (The Theater Cat)"

Acrylic on Canvas Board

10 x 8 inches

 



 
 

 
 

Press Statement

ArtHatch presents a compelling new group show entitled "Anicomically Correct" in honor of San Diego's Annual Comic-Con. Highlighting the art of Chris Umana, N.C. Winters, David Talbott, Greg Evans (creator of Luann), David Lozeau, Mike Bell, Chris White, Josh Taylor, Eric Richardson, Nicole Waszak, Tim Vermeulen, Scott Rohlfs, Brett Hess, Ivan Unwin, Scott Hatt, Bonnie Durham, John Purlia, Peter Adamyan, Phresha, Cory Benhatzel, and Matthew Couper. This talented group of artists draws inspiration from Comics of all kind, through their own artistic and personal interpretations, creating a clever and entertaining collection of extraordinary images. The exhibit will be open from July 9th - August 6th.The Opening Reception will be held on Saturday, July 9th, 2011 from 6-10pm with Live Music, complimentary Stone Brewery Beer for guests 21 years of age or older. A Second Reception will be held during the weekend of Comic-Con on Saturday, July 23rd, 2011 from 7-10pm.ArtHatch is a 7000 square foot building which houses the front gallery: exhibitions changing monthly, "The Alley," featuring new and previous works from over 75 artists, the teen room featuring artwork by 6 local teens, 14 artist studios, ranging in size from 150 to 800 square feet, featuring the work of over 28 local artists, and "The Lounge", containing 8 walls featuring local artists. The front gallery features contemporary and cutting edge artwork.

 

 






Chris White

"Sitting In The Waiting Room"

Ink & Gouache

22 x 12 inches

 



 
 

 
 

Press Statement

ArtHatch presents an exciting new show featuring the innovative and collective art of their very own in-house Studio Artists. Highlighting a wide range of artwork from original paintings, photography, and other mixed media, this exhibit is a true representation of the spectrum of local San Diego artists today. Including art by prominent artists such as Philipp Scholz Rittermann, Kelly Vivanco, Igor Koutsenko and more. Side by side emerging and professional artists come together to present their artistic voices and inspirations giving rise to a diverse and creative show; representing over 28 artists total. The opening reception will be held on Saturday, June 11, 2011 from 6-10pm with Live Music, complimentary Stone Brewery Beer for guests 21 years of age or older.Distinction is an online gallery. ArtHatch is a 7000 square foot building which houses the front gallery: exhibitions changing monthly, "The Alley," featuring new and previous works from over 75 artists, the teen room featuring artwork by 6 local teens, 14 artist studios, ranging in size from 150 to 800 square feet, featuring the work of over 28 local artists, and "The Lounge", containing 8 walls featuring local artists. The front gallery features contemporary and cutting edge artwork.

 

 






Judith Preston

"Bailey's Window"

Digital Photograph

10.5 x 7.5 inches

 



 
 
Book of Taboo

May 2011

 
 

Press Statement

ArtHatch presents a compelling new show featuring the extraordinary work of Latvian artist Jana Brike, entitled "Book of Taboo". Drawing inspiration from children's books, Soviet animation, Russian realism, and Renaissance masters, Jana Brike will be exhibiting brand new paintings and drawings created specifically for this show. Using haunting, dream-like, subtle images, Brike achieves a poetic and magical symbolism of the bizarre and complicated world that surrounds us. Jana Brike will be attending the show with combined support from ArtHatch and the government of Latvia who is extremely impressed with her art. Coinciding with the show, Jana Brike will be participating in a Q&A Session the evening of the reception on Saturday May 14, 2011 from 6-7 pm at *ArtHatch, formerly Distinction. The opening reception will be held on Saturday, May14, 2011 from 6-10pm with Live Music, complimentary Stone Brewery Beer and wine for guests 21 years of age or older.ArtHatch is a 7000 square foot building which houses the front gallery: exhibitions changing monthly, "The Alley," featuring new and previous works from over 75 artists, the teen room featuring artwork by 6 local teens, 14 artist studios, ranging in size from 150 to 800 square feet, featuring the work of over 28 local artists, and "The Lounge", containing 8 walls featuring local artists. The front gallery features contemporary and cutting edge art work.A variety of art books, prints, and collectors dolls are now available for purchase.

 

 






Jana Brike

"Sticky Little Song in Lily's Head"

Mixed media on canvas

19.75 x 15.75 inches

 



 
 
Shay's Inferno

April 2011

 
 

Press Statement

ArtHatch presents innovative artworks by remarkably talented artists to the Southern California region, with a compelling new show featuring the art of Shay Davis entitled "Shay's Inferno: The Sins and Virtues of Modern Man". This accomplished San Diegan artist uses his imagination, playfulness, and his own internal challenges to provide powerful emotional responses to a world of real and fantasy stimuli. Winning numerous awards including the Gold Medal at the New York Art Show in 1992, his original works grace the homes of well-know personalities such as Tony Hawk, Halle Berry, Jayne Seymour and Greg Allman. Coinciding with the show is the premier screening of Shay Vision, a new film documenting Shay Davis, his art, inspiration, and process, at Birch North Park Theatre. Distinction's opening reception will be held on Saturday, April 9, 2011 from 6-10pm with Live Music by Paul Cannon, complimentary Stone Brewery Beer and Wiens Family Cellars Wine for guests 21 years of age or older.Attend the Premier of Shay Vision, April 8, 2011 at Birch North Park Theater. Visit Shayvisionmovie.comArtHatch is a 501(c)(3) organization consisting of a 7000 square foot building which houses the front gallery: exhibitions changing monthly, "The Alley," featuring new and previous works from over 75 artists, the ArtHatch teen room featuring 6 local teens, 14 artist studios, ranging in size from 150 to 800 square feet, featuring the work of over 28 local artists, and "The Lounge", containing 8 walls featuring local artists. The front gallery features contemporary and cutting edge art work with a soft focus on Urban Surrealism.

 

 






Shay Davis

"Fortitude"

Oil on canvas

12 x 16 inches

 



 
 

 
 

Press Statement

ArtHatch continues its tradition of exhibiting the innovative artworks by exceptionally talented artists to the Southern California region, with an exciting new group show entitled "The Pillars of the Earth: A Tribute to the Masters" featuring the art of Sean Chappell, Jeff Christensen, Nathaniel Clark, Jon Jaylo, Jason John, Dan Lydersen, Macsorro, Pedro Matos, Joey Remmers, Ivan Unwin, Timothy Vermeulen, Beau White, and Pamela Wilson. This talented group of artists draws inspiration from the theme of "Masters", through their own artistic, historical, and personal interpretation, creating a captivating collection of mind-blowing and striking images. The opening reception will be held on Saturday, March 12, 2011 from 6-10pm with Live Music by Kera and the Lesbians, complimentary Stone Brewery Beer and Wiens Family Cellars Wine for guests 21 years of age or older.The exhibition will be held at ArtHatch a 7000 square foot building which houses the front gallery: exhibitions changing monthly, "The Alley," featuring new and previous works from over 75 artists, work from 5 teenage artists from the San Diego community, 14 artist studios, ranging in size from 150 to 800 square feet, featuring the work of over 28 local artists, and "The Lounge", containing 8 walls featuring local artists. The front gallery features contemporary and cutting edge art work with a soft focus on Urban Surrealism. Distinction exhibits work by emerging and internationally acclaimed artists.

 

 






Ivan Unwin

"The Den of Thieves"

Mixed media

30.5 x 54.5

 



 
 
Macrocosm

February 2011

 
 

Press Statement

ArtHatch continues its tradition of exhibiting the innovative artworks by exceptionally talented artists to the Southern California region, with an exciting new show entitled "Macrocosm" featuring the art of Casey Weldon and Edith Lebeau. These two extraordinary artists will display inspired works that provoke whimsical imagination and surreal vision, captivating the viewer into their fanciful realm. The opening reception will be held on Saturday, February 12, 2011 from 6-10pm with Live Music, complimentary Stone Brewery Beer and Wiens Family Cellars Wine for guests 21 years of age or older.Distinction Gallery is a 7000 square foot building which houses the front gallery: which changes monthly, "The Alley," featuring new and previous works from over 75 artists, ArtHatch, a non-profit focusing on work from teenage artists from the San Diego community, 14 artist studios, ranging in size from 150 to 800 square feet, featuring the work of over 28 local artists, and "The Lounge", containing 8 walls featuring local artists. The front gallery features contemporary and cutting edge art work with a soft focus on Urban Surrealism. Distinction exhibits work by emerging andA variety of art books, prints, and collectors dolls are now available for purchase.

 

 






Casey Weldon

"Safe Passage"

Acrylic on wood

24 x 30 inches

 



 
 
Exuberance Found

January 2011

 
 

Press Statement

ArtHatch continues its tradition of exhibiting the freshest artworks by exceptionally talented artists to the Southern California region. The New Year will begin with an excellent multi-artist show entitled, "Exuberance Found". Artists Mike Maxwell, Daryll Peirce, and Chris B. Murray will have on display profound works that seamlessly combine exquisite technique and true imagination. The opening reception, as well as, live entertainment and live painting throughout the building will be held on Saturday, January 8, 2011 from 6-10 PM with Stone Brewery Beer and complimentary wine for guests 21 years of age. In addition a mural created by Peirce and Maxwell will be on display.Distinction Gallery is located within ArtHatch a 7000 square foot building which houses a gallery: which changes monthly, "The Alley," featuring new and previous works from over 75 artists, 14 artist studios, ranging in size from 150 to 800 square feet, featuring the work of over 28 local artists, and "The Lounge", containing 8 walls featuring local artists. The front gallery features contemporary and cutting edge art work with a soft focus on Urban Surrealism. Distinction exhibits work by emerging and internationally acclaimed artists.

 

 






Chris B. Murray

"Radio Dead"

Acrylic on Paper

12 x 8.5 inches

 



 
 
Fairy Tales v2

December 2010

 
 

Press Statement

Distinction Gallery continues its efforts in showing the freshest artworks by exceptionally talented artists to the Southern California region by featuring, "Fairy Tales v2", with artworks exclusively by San Diegan, Brenda York. Her ability to re-imagine the human landscape with abstract deconstructions enlivens the viewer and makes perceivable ulterior perspectives when viewing life. The opening reception, as well as, live music will be held on Saturday, December 11, 2010 from 6-10 PM with Stone Brewery Beer and complimentary wine for guests of 21 years of age.Distinction Gallery is a 7000 square foot building which houses the front gallery: which changes monthly, "The Alley," featuring new and previous works from over 75 artists, ArtHatch, our partner non-profit, 14 artist studios, ranging in size from 150 to 800 square feet, featuring the work of over 28 local artists, and "The Lounge", containing 8 walls featuring local artists. The front gallery features contemporary and cutting edge art work with a soft focus on Urban Surrealism. Distinction exhibits work by emerging and internationally acclaimed artists.

 

 






Brenda York

"Harley Likes Head Games"

Giclee on Paper

8 x 10 inches

 



 
 

 
 

Press Statement

A solo exhibition, auctioning the works of Neil Simon Poyuzina, will run from November 13, 2010 to November 20, 2010. All pieces start at 10% of retail price. Auction ends at 9:00pm sharp on November 13th. Proceeds to benefit Neil's family.Neil's works will be sold auction style, with bids beginning at 10% of retail price. Pieces will also be available to be purchased for the "buy it now" retail price. Auction ends at 9pm during the reception.In addition to the gallery showing our studios will be open featuring 35 local artists, ArtHatch, featuring 5 local teen artists, and 50+ international artists works will be on display.Distinction Gallery is a 7000 square foot building which houses the front gallery: which changes monthly, "The Alley," featuring new and previous works from over 75 artists, ArtHatch, a non-profit focusing on work from teenage artists from the San Diego community, 14 artist studios, ranging in size from 150 to 800 square feet, featuring the work of over 28 local artists, and "The Lounge", containing 8 walls featuring local artists. The front gallery features contemporary and cutting edge art work with a soft focus on Urban Surrealism. Distinction exhibits work by emerging and internationally acclaimed artists.

 

 






Neil Poyuzina

"Nonplus"

Acrylic, Silk Screen, and Photo Transfers on Canvas

29 x 24 inches

 



 
 
Under The Influence

October 2010

 
 

Press Statement

The opening reception, including live music will be held on Saturday, October 9th, 2010 from 6-11 PM. Beer courtesty of Stone Brewery and wine will be provided for those over 21. In addition our studios featuring the work of 35 local artists will be open as well as over 50 international artists on view in "The Alley". Distinction Gallery hopes you will join us in celebrating this exceptional show.Distinction Gallery is a 7000 square foot building which houses the front gallery: which changes monthly, "The Alley," featuring new and previous works from over 75 artists, ArtHatch, a non-profit focusing on work from teenage artists from the San Diego community, 14 artist studios, ranging in size from 150 to 800 square feet, featuring the work of over 28 local artists, and "The Lounge", containing 8 walls featuring local artists. The front gallery features contemporary and cutting edge art work with a soft focus on Urban Surrealism. Distinction exhibits work by emerging and internationally acclaimed artists.A variety of art books and prints are now available for purchase.

 

 






Scott Rohlfs

"Reflection Eternal"

Acrylic and Pencil on Canvas

22 x 28 inches

 



 
 

 
 

Press Statement

Distinction Gallery retains its ritual of exhibiting highly skilled artists by focusing September's show on Los Angeles based artist, Andy Haynes. Haynes is a favorite of the gallery and his new works are nothing short of breath taking. His works presented in "Quiet Homes Await an Indian Summer" evoke ideas of spiritual guidance, innocence, growing, learning, and finding patience all surrounded by contemporary American Traditions. The artist reveals his dedication to depicting the journey of life and capturing the moments of which life is comprised.The opening reception with the artist, as well as, live music will be held on Saturday, September 11th, 2010 from 6-11 PM. Complimentary wine and beer will be provided for those over 21. In addition our studios featuring the work of 35 local artists will be open as well as over 50 international artists on view in "The Alley". Distinction Gallery hopes you will join us in celebrating this exceptional show.Andy Haynes will also be giving a demonstration at Distinction on September 12th (The following day) from 10am-Noon on alla prema portrait painting and palette mixing. The cost is free for teenagers and $5 for the general public. Reservations are required via email to melissa@distinctionart.comDistinction Gallery is a 7000 square foot building which houses the front gallery: which changes monthly, "The Alley," featuring new and previous works from over 75 artists, ArtHatch, a non-profit focusing on work from teenage artists from the San Diego community, 14 artist studios, ranging in size from 150 to 800 square feet, featuring the work of over 28 local artists, and "The Lounge", containing 8 walls featuring local artists. The front gallery features contemporary and cutting edge art work with a soft focus on Urban Surrealism. Distinction exhibits work by emerging and internationally acclaimed artists.A variety of art books and prints are now available for purchase.

 

 






Andy Haynes

"Surprise Guest"

Oil on Canvas

24 x 48 inches

 



 
 

 
 

Press Statement

Distinction Gallery preserves its custom of exhibiting immense talent found all over the world to the Southern California region by featuring a multi-artist showing entitled, "The Spice Cabinet" The artists all contain a penchant for depicting jaded innocence in a pure light, with evocative subjects and varying, yet strong, techniques. The opening reception with the artists and live music will be held on Saturday, July 10th, 2010 from 6-11 PM. All four artists will be in attendance. Complimentary Wine and Karl Strauss beer will be provided for those over 21.Distinction Gallery hopes you will join us in unveiling this exceptional showing.Distinction is a 7000 square foot building which houses the front gallery: which changes monthly, "The Alley," featuring new and previous works from over 75 artists, 14 artist studios, ranging in size from 150 to 800 square feet, featuring the work of over 35 local artists, and "The Lounge", containing 8 walls featuring local artists. The front gallery features contemporary and cutting edge art work with a soft focus on Urban Surrealism. Distinction exhibits work by emerging and internationally acclaimed artists and is located at: 317 E. Grand Ave, Escondido, CA, 92025.A variety of art books and prints are now available for purchase.

 

 






Gene Guynn

"The Rite of Spring"

Oil, Spray Paint on Wood

17.5 x 23 inches

 



 
 

 
 

Press Statement

Distinction Gallery is delighted to present "Distinction Studio Artists": 34 Local Artist Works on Display, a show featuring work from our plethora of highly talented, local artists. With various styles and methods, Distinction Gallery's resident artists host a wide range of emotions and directions, though all with a commonality of the unconventional. Included artists are Kelly Vivanco, Roel Jovellanos, Phillip Scholz Rittermann, Martita, Nick Mikesell, James Ivey, Major Morris, Julie Arroyo, Brady Beard, Lindy Ivey, Tracy Mikesell, Will Gibson, Judith Preston, Kim Zuill, Velvet De Oro, Darrel McPherson, Kendra Binney, Diane Hattula, Rosemary Valente, Norma Brinker, Jamie Kanes, Jamie Kaufhold, Jennifer Anichowski, Gloria Muriel, Igor Koutsenko, Martin Nasim, Neil Simon Poyuzina, Sharif Carter, David Flynn, Desiree Fleck, Skye Walker, Marco Chavez, Becky Siminou, and Luis Castello. The opening with the artists and live music will be held on Saturday June 12th from 6-11pm with complimentary Karl Strauss Beer and wine. The exhibition will run through July 3, 2010.The entire "In addition to the exhibition the "Alley" will be packed with an additional 75+ artworks, featuring pieces by internationally acclaimed artists from around the globe, as well as "The Lounge", containing 8 walls featuring local artists. Our 14 studios featuring more than 35 local artists will also be open, displaying paintings, photography, sculpture, jewelry, fashion, and much more.Distinction is a 7000 square foot building which houses a gallery and 14 artist studios ranging in size from 150 to 800 square feet. The Gallery features contemporary and cutting edge art work with a soft focus on Urban Surrealism. Distinction exhibits work by emerging and internationally acclaimed artists and is located at: 317 East Grand Avenue, Escondido, CA 92025.Please contact the gallery at (760) 781-5779 if you would like high res images or to set a possible interview with any of the artists.

 

 






Sharif I. Carter

"Dama de la Guitarra"

Opaque Watercolor on Wood Canvas

25 x 17 inches Framed

 



 
 

 
 

Press Statement

About the exhibit:The "Lost Children" started as an idea about particular forceful archetypal symbols which evolved from the notion of human versus nature. "It has several shades of meaning," comments Brike. It is a reference to Never Never Land, an imagery world where 'Lost' boys move if incapable of accepting the strange terms of so called grownup life, and a darker reference to the French movie 'City of the Lost Children' (which is about a mad scientist who cannot dream and kidnaps children to steal their dreams, but as the children are afraid of him, he gets only their nightmares).It is dark in a forest, and you don't see your way clearly, there are secrets and mysteries, and you can get lost easily. There are also sunlit meads to play in. Different creatures dwell in forest. Birdies, bunnies and butterflies stay in the alight places. The monsters, predators and witches lurk deep in the woods. But there are also wonderful secrets within the darkest places - forgotten castles, buried treasure and a virgin in need of salvage. Forest is a place where the boundaries between reality and fantasy become blurred, enabling intuitive perceptions and collective cognition, opening the unwitting, deepest part of our consciousness. The children are being taken over by this forest every other hour, although we ask them to be neat tidy and lovely, wash of the dirt every day, sit calmly hands in lap, not to stain their trappings.By this I mean that this forest is more like the archetypal (uncultivated, mysterious, instinctive) part of a man, not so much the forest that is found in suburbs of a city. The children (maybe also just as a definite inner state of a man, not simply underage persons) stand for the most na?ve, innocent and also instinctive part of the consciousness. The clean empty rooms, the neat outfit - this all stand for the culture, for the mind which sometimes wrestles against the soul, but sometimes acts together with it to create wonders...About the process:Though Jana has created traditionally for many years in recent years she incorporated a computer as a new tool. When asked her response to people who view the computer as an easier method Jana replied "Actually the computer also is just a tool, the same way as paints and brush, and the way you use it to materialize the vision and to put a soul in the artwork, doesn't vary that much.. it's all just about what and how you want to express.." Further explaining her process " At first comes the idea. Then I build a three-dimensional scene using several computer software programs, just the shape and proportions. Then I search for the right color chord. And then comes the background - I often use some photo references for it, and also build a 3d computer landscape. The amount and manner of work that I do on computer actually varies from piece to piece. Then I choose the material on which to print, and then I paint with oil, to get hazier, patinated look." All images are rendered within the programs using only artist created images. They are then printed directly onto wood bases, onto canvas, or onto paper and then mounted to wood. Then the pieces are spot painted and finally coated with many layers of opaque paints and thick varnish. Each mixed media piece is one of kind and signed and numbered 1/1. The drawings are created traditionally with graphite on paper.

 

 






Jana Brike

"Honeydew Eater"

Digital and oil on paper mounted to wood, 1/1

8 x 10 inches

 



 
 
Self Preservation

April 2010

 
 

Press Statement

Distinction Gallery continues its reputation of exposing the most brilliant artists to the Southern California region by featuring a two artist showing entitled, "Self Preservation." The artists have created a show of paintings centered on the theme of solidarity, which are executed through incredible detail. A highly involved exploration into the fantastical, "Self Preservation" ignites emotion with vivid subject matter. The opening reception with the artists and live music will be held on Saturday, April 10th, 2010 from 6-11 PM. Wine and Karl Strauss beer will be provided for those over 21. We hope you will join us in celebrating this extraordinary showing.Distinction is a 7000 square foot building which houses the front gallery; which changes monthly; "The Alley", featuring new and previous works from over 75 artists; 14 artist studios, ranging in size from 150 to 800 square feet, which feature the work of local artists and "The Lounge", containing 8 walls featuring local artists. The front gallery features contemporary and cutting edge art work with a soft focus on Urban Surrealism. Distinction exhibits work by emerging and internationally acclaimed artists.A variety of art books are now available for purchase.

 

 






Jacub Gagnon

"Can-munication"

Acrylic on Canvas

12 x 16 x 1.5 inches

 



 
 

 
 

Press Statement

Distinction Gallery continues its exquisite tradition of exposing the most talented artists to the Southern California region by featuring a two artist showing entitled, "Curious Reminiscence." The two artists share a common theme of fantastical illustrations, but are differentiated by varying styles and techniques. The opening reception with the artists and live music will be held on Saturday, March 13th, 2010 from 6-11 PM. Wine and Karl Strauss beer will be provided for those over 21, and live music will be preformed by "Templates," so we hope you will join us in celebrating this exceptional showing.Distinction is a 7000 square foot building which houses the front gallery:which changes monthly, "The Alley" featuring new and previous works from over 75 artists, 14 artist studios ranging in size from 150 to 800 square feet, which feature the work of local artists and "The Lounge", containing 8 walls featuring local artists. The front gallery features contemporary and cutting edge art work with a soft focus on Urban Surrealism. Distinction exhibits work by emerging and internationally acclaimed artists and is located at: 317 East Grand Avenue, Escondido, CA 92025.A wide variety of art books and toys are now available for purchase.

 

 






Aaron Jasinski

"On Isolationism"

Acrylic on Wood Panel

36 x 24 inches

 



 
 

 
 

Press Statement

ArtHatch continues its renowned reputation for bringing the freshest and brightest talents to the Southern California region. This February will feature a showing by artist Gabe Leonard (Los Angeles, CA) entitled: "On The Right Side Of The Dirt". This exhibition will be filled with brand new paintings centered around westerns, mobsters, gun slingers, and notable historical figures. Highlighted by an opening reception February 13th, from 6-11 pm, attendees will have the opportunity to meet the artist Gabe Leonard in person. The event will be accented with live music by "old long since" and beer and wine for those over 21.We hope you will join us in this celebration of art, music, and drinks.

 

 






Gabe Leonard

"Battle of Little Big Horn"

Oil on Canvas

48 x 60 inches

 



 
 
SUB 1K: CA STYLE

December 2009

 
 

Press Statement

Distinction Gallery is pleased to present ?Sub 1K: California Style?. The special focus this year will be ?Sub 1K: California Style? featuring works from CA based artists all priced under $1000. Featured artists include Mike Maxwell, Caia Koopman, Elizabeth Caffey, Richard Salcido, Mary Syring, David Russell Talbott, Paul Torres, Brett Hess, Jasmine Worth, Dark Vomit, Shay Davis, Jennifer Springman, Shaunna Peterson, Walt Hall, and Saratoga Sake. The opening reception and holiday party with live music by Escondido based ?Templates? will be held on Saturday December 12th from 5-10pm. This is a great time to get a special, one of a kind holiday gift or to splurge on something special for yourself. The exhibition will run through February 6th.In addition to the exhibition the ?Alley? will be packed with an additional 100+ artworks and 50+ artworks in the ?Sub 1K Lounge? featuring artwork by artists from around the world. Our 14 studios featuring 16 local artists will also be open featuring paintings, photography, sculpture, jewelry, fashion, and much more.Distinction is a 7000 square foot building which houses a gallery and 14 artist studios ranging in size from 150 to 800 square feet. The Gallery features contemporary and cutting edge art work with a soft focus on Urban Surrealism. Distinction exhibits work by emerging and internationally acclaimed artists and is located at: 317 East Grand Avenue, Escondido, CA 92025.

 

 






Richard Salcido

"Domestic"

Mixed media on wood

12 x 12 x 3 inches

 



 
 
Striptease:

October 2009

 
 

Press Statement

Distinction is pleased to present "Striptease" featuring artists Brian Viveros, Susan Heidi, Angelique Houtkamp, Scott Rohlfs, N.C. Winters, Molly Crabapple, Saratoga Sake. The opening reception will be held on Saturday October 10th from 6-11pm with live music by Escondido based "Rumblers". Several artists will be in attendance. Don't miss the enticing event complete with burlesque models handing out goodies and a contest for the "best dressed in burlesque". The winner will receive a $100 gift certificate to X's and O's Lingerie. All in addition to most of our 14 studios will be open along with 100+ works on display in the "Alley" and the "Sub 1K Lounge".Distinction is a 7000 square foot building which houses a gallery and 14 artist studios ranging in size from 150 to 800 square feet. The Gallery features contemporary and cutting edge art work with a soft focus on Urban Surrealism. Distinction exhibits work by emerging and internationally acclaimed artists and is located at: 317 East Grand Avenue, Escondido, CA 92025.

 

 






N.C. Winters

"Angel in Red"

Acrylic on panel

16 x 10 inches

 



 
 
Chasing Fantasies

September 2009

 
 

Press Statement

Distinction is pleased to present "Chasing Fantasies" featuring artists Leslie Ditto, Luis Lorenzana, and Denise Bledsoe. The opening reception will be held on Saturday September 12th from 6-11pm with live music by Escondido based "Lo Card". The event will be sure to impress all and in addition to the exhibit most of our 14 studios will be open along with 100+ works on display in the "Alley" and the "Sub 1K Lounge".Distinction is a 7000 square foot building which houses a gallery and 14 artist studios ranging in size from 150 to 800 square feet. The Gallery features contemporary and cutting edge art work with a soft focus on Urban Surrealism. Distinction exhibits work by emerging and internationally acclaimed artists and is located at: 317 East Grand Avenue, Escondido, CA 92025.

 

 






Denise Bledsoe

"Capital Vice"

Mixed media

6 x 11 x 10 inches

 



 
 

 
 

Press Statement

Distinction Gallery is thrilled to announce the opening reception of the much anticipated "Scientific Evolution" on Saturday August 8 from 6 - 11pm. The gallery will be donating 10% of commissions to benefit Stem Cell Research through UCSD, in honor of Charles Leslie Walker, and several artists are doing the same. We are very excited to have UCSD's Larry Goldstein, Professor of Cellular and Molecular Medicine at UCSD in attendance to answer questions from 6-8 pm. To find out more about this important cause please visit UCSD's stem cell website. There is a suggested minimum donation of $5 for opening night, which will include live music by "Kera and the Lesbians" and "Pea". Beer and wine will be available for those over 21. We will also be accepting donation checks made out UCSD Gift Processing.Participating artists are Roland Tamayo, Mark Bryan, Sean Christopher, Andy Haynes, Linda Herzog, Brett Hess, Jasmine Worth, Sean Chapple, Gene Guynn, Joka, Jake Waldron, Christian Van Minnen, Ursula Young, Dan Lydersen, Holly Wood, JW Miller, Dennis Larkins, Augie Pagan, Joseph Borzotta, and Dave Macdowell.Each of the artists was given the following statement as inspiration for the show.Art is a distinctly human expression. And as humans, our artistic creativities are limited by the fragile nature that is life. To live, is to inherently be at risk. It is through this struggle that art is born, nurtured and evolved. It is this tenuous grasp on life that pushes mankind to look to science to help us where nature seems to fail us. To celebrate this connection between art and science, Distinction Gallery is hosting a group showing entitled, "Scientific Evolution". This unique showing will be centered on the theme of how science is allowing humankind to live longer and directly affect our own evolution. The gallery will be donating 10% of the galleries commission to UCSD to further stem cell research. Artists also have the option to donate 10% of their commission to further this most worthy scientific endeavor. Many lives can be saved through this important research, and in turn, so will many artists.Artist Joka on his piece for the showDo Humans Dream of Organic Peace?Better dying through science. As is inherent the human need to create (or just "produce"), so is the need to destroy. Science progresses our ability to live, but also our efficiency to kill. Humanity's ever-increasing power to cure ills and sustain longer lives teeter in balance with its ever-increasing power to eradicate life en masse through biomedical and advanced warfares. As soldiers are sacrificed in war, birth rates sway in time. Scientific evolution helps us progress each side of the coin of life.All in addition to our 14 artist studios and 100+ artists in the "Alley" and the "Sub 1K Lounge". New pieces are added to our inventory every month. Visit here to see the latest additions.Distinction is a 7000 square foot building which houses a gallery and 14 artist studios ranging in size from 150 to 800 square feet. The Gallery features contemporary and cutting edge art work with a soft focus on Pop and Urban Surrealism. Distinction exhibits work by emerging and internationally acclaimed artists and is located at: 317 East Grand Avenue, Escondido, CA 92025."Scientific Evolution" shows August 8 through September 5th.

 

 






Dan Lydersen

"Charles Darwin and the Death of Dytiscus"

Oil on panel

18 x 24 inches

 



 
 
Mind Machine

July 2009

 
 

Press Statement

Distinction is pleased to announce our July show "Mind Machine" featuring a group of 7 artists working in Concept Art curated by studio artist Roel Jovellanos. This show is sure to impress all the area art lovers. We will be hosting our usual second Saturday reception on Saturday July 11th from 6-11pm with music by Steven Juarez and a second reception during Comic Con on July 25th from 7-10pm. Both receptions will be have several artists in attendance as well as live music and beer/wine provided by local venues.Participating artists are Android Jones, Donato Giancola, Nate Wragg, Edwin Rosell, Joseph Watson, Thomas Sincich, and Roel Jovellanos-who curated the exhibtion.Also on display will be sculptures of and jewelry by Catherine Lanzl and Denise Bledoe and part of SDVAN's "Little and Large" exhibtion, which is taking place in galleries accross San Diego County. Visit here to find out more about SDVAN and the exhibits in participating galleries.All in addition to our 14 artist studios and 100+ artists in the "Alley" and the "Sub 1K Lounge". New pieces are added to our inventory every month. Visit here to see the latest additions.Distinction is a 7000 square foot building which houses a gallery and 14 artist studios ranging in size from 150 to 800 square feet. The Gallery features contemporary and cutting edge art work with a soft focus on Urban Surrealism. Distinction exhibits work by emerging and internationally acclaimed artists and is located at: 317 East Grand Avenue, Escondido, CA 92025."Mind Machine" shows July 11th through August 1st.

 

 






Joseph Watson

"The Construction of W.J.S."

Acrylic on velum

19.5 x 25.5 inches

 



 

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Second Saturday Receptions with open studios, live music, Stone Beer and wine 6-10.
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