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July 20, 2011 Posted by | antelope valley art, antelope valley artists, antelope valley Events, art, art gallery, art in the av, art on the BLVD, av art, av artist showcase, City of Lancater, lancaster blvd art | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Multi-talented artist Dennis Calaba

Striking a note between Impressionism and Realism, Dennis Calaba’s style is difficult to categorize. His influences range from Homer to Wyeth. Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, CA., he studied art at Cal State, Northridge and the Art Center of Design, Pasadena. He has been a commercial artist since 1977. Having worked in the entertainment, advertising, and aerospace worlds, it has expanded his talents and interests. He paints portraits, landscapes, seascapes, automotive art, murals, and animal subjects. Dennis chooses whether he will work in oil, watercolor, pastels, acrylic, guache, or pen & ink, depending on what will best suit the subject matter.

His inspiration is found in nature’s bountiful compositions. Underlying in each of his artistic works is a mood that he hopes will be communicated to the viewer. Location is not as paramount to this artist as capturing that “mood”. He believes that a successful work of art invites people to enter, bringing their own feelings into it. Dennis is comfortable working in his studio or outdoors. Both of these methods have advantages that he likes to incorporate in his work. It is this mixture of “capturing the moment” and “creating a mood” that give his art their dynamics.

He has gained wide-spread recognition from many awards in juried art shows, exhibitions and several galleries that range from Carmel Valley to Wrightwood to Lake Hughes. His works also hang in businesses and numerous private collections.
He has a wife and two daughters and resides in the far eastern Antelope Valley, where there are gorgeous sunrises and sunsets visible from his home everyday !
We, at the Graphic Experience are pleased to have his artwork hang here in our gallery. Come see it.
http://www.graphic-experience.com

 

June 13, 2011 Posted by | antelope valley art, antelope valley artists, art, art gallery, art in the av, art on the BLVD, av art, graphic experience | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

BLVD Piano Painting Project

An upright piano was given to us by the City of Lancaster for one purpose-TO PAINT IT ! Upon completion, the piano will be put on the BLVD for anyone to play at any time ! What a fun idea for any visitor of Lancaster BLVD!!
So, we at the Graphic Experience rounded up a few of the very talented artists to do just that.
Last night, Oct.22, we all gathered to have fun watching the artists put forth their ideas & figure out where they were going to put them on this very unusual canvas! We had munchies, pizza from the Lemon Leaf, and wine that was enjoyed by all.
So far, Edwin Vasquez, Dennis Calaba, Todd Cooper, and Donna Weil have contributed their time, paints, tile, stones, creative energy and talent to this project. Other local A..V. artists will be making their contributions to this fun project soon.
Come by the store to see the various ideas this fab piano !!

October 24, 2010 Posted by | antelope valley artists, av art, city of lancaster, local av artists, piano painting | , , , , | Leave a comment

Feeling Blessed !

I haven’t written a blog for some time now and I don’t know if anyone would even be interested in reading this BUT- here goes….
My life is so rich and blessed in many ways, most of all being surrounded by talented and great people. From my family members, my artist friends, my musician friends, and just the many friends and great people that have come into my life over the years. How did I get so LUCKY ?
I am lucky to have found the right guy that I know I will be spending the rest of my life with.
I am lucky to have two great kids that have grown into wonderful people, respectful and fun loving !
I am lucky to be surrounded by beautiful art every day here in the Graphic Experience.

I am lucky to be able to go on daily sunrise hikes on the Lovejoy Buttes.
I am lucky to love the animals I have and have had in the past.
I am lucky that certain individuals (you know who are ! ) are in my daily life.

I could go on with many more, but it would get boring to you all. My main point, I guess, is this:
COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS !!!

Chris Calaba

October 21, 2010 Posted by | av art, av local artists, av music, blessings, chris calaba | , , , , | Leave a comment