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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

Equine and Fine Artist Sal Vasquez

Sal, a native of Southern California, grew up in the shadows of the Arrroyo Seco in Alhambra, also known as “artists alley” because of the artists who lived and painted there. Those artists included Sam Hyde Harris, Don Miles, Karl Albert, Jimmy Swinnerton, Frank Tenny Johnson, and in the summer months, Norman Rockwell.
Sal grew up in San Gabriel, a city next to Alhambra. In his mid twenties, he met and struck up a lifelong friendship with Sam Hyde Harris and accompanied Harris, Miles, and Albert on painting trips.
From his three friends, Sal developed the tools needed to be a plein air artist and today still looks forward to painting the surrounding area of the high desert of Southern California.
Formal education included the Art Center of Design in Pasadena, Ca. where Sal met movie poster artist Reynold Brown and western artist Don “Putt” Putman. Tom Putman, “Putt”s brother and Sal’s high school coach encouraged Sal to enroll at the Art Center and through these artists, Sal became interested in Western art.
Deciding to take up his brushes and paints, Sal started a new challenge to complete unfulfilled goals. He considers himself privileged to be given the opportunity to express himself through his paintings.
For the past few years, Sal has been painting commission paintings of horses. “I enjoy the challenge of painting horses, they are incredible animals – very strong, regal, and intelligent”. Sal also enjoys painting the fast fading lifestyle of the ranchers, cowboys, and cowgirls of the high desert.
” I have a feeling when I paint and want others to feel it when they are viewing the paintings. It’s just something that comes from within. I can’t describe the feeling, but it’s there in each painting”.

Come to our gallery at the Graphic Experience for a closer look at his gorgeous works !


June 9, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

LVAG 7th Annual Juried Art Exhibition

Lake and Valleys Art Guild 7th Annual Juried Art Exhibition opens this Saturday, Nov.13th at the Gallery in Lake Hughes. The address is 43751 Lake Hughes Road. There is a great and wonderful display of all of our local talent for everyone’s enjoyment. The opening reception is from 1:00 to 5:00 . Cash prizes are going to be awarded to the “Best of Show’ winners, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and artist’s choice awards. The exhibit runs through Sunday, Dec. 5th.
The drive up is always a nice one, the colors are changing on the trees right now, making it more beautiful than ever. Come up to enjoy fine art, good munchies, and fun company!

November 14, 2010 Posted by | art, lakes and valleys art guild, local a.v. art, local a.v. artists, LVAG | , , , , | Leave a comment