Solmar Lee, 21, grew up in Orange County, California. Always having a passion for capturing the world, he began using his time taking any volunteer or paid jobs to gain experience and make new connections in the Art World. After shooting numerous family portraits and Marches, he began focusing on what he found more interesting. After posting some of his work on social media, he noticed he was receiving a lot of attention which lead to printing and distributing his work to friends and family. Many others around the area noticed his talent and invited him to local art showcases, art walks and placed his work in local coffee and ice cream shops. Solmar was also published in a book named “The Ear” and has shot for well-known non-profit organizations such as Young Life, A21, and The March of Dimes — giving his time and eye for a good cause. The more mentally and spiritually he grew, the more he began to recognize the art of the world that is all around us. And rather than tell you about his life, he would be more inclined to show you.
Mike Borchard is a professional photographer based out of Southern California. Born and raised in Newport Beach, Mike is heavily influenced by a strong connection with the ocean and natural world. Much of his work is landscape-centric and examines the ways that humans interact with their surrounding environments.
While much of his time is now dedicated to commercial projects, when home, you’ll likely find Mike up early or out late chasing light in the California Mountains and Oceans.
On display is a collection of images all made within last year or so. Some are from far-flung corners of the globe, while many are just right down the street at Blackies!
Skye Schmidt is a Southern California-based professional photographer and dancer. A recent graduate of the University of California, Irvine, Skye is excited to be pursuing two passions as her careers. She enjoys photographing for Festival Ballet Theatre, where she is also a company dancer, the Irvine Barclay Theater, Veggie Grill, Laguna Dance Festival, and private clients. What first sparked Skye’s love for photography was the nature in her own backyard, and after that, the challenge of capturing the perfect dance moment. In her March/April collection, you can expect to see exquisite outdoor dance moments and whimsical botanical photos, many of which are Skye’s personal favorites.
Born in 1961 in New York City, I was raised in the Bronx, but lived most of my life in Southern California. I've been married for 28 years and have two children. My art is primarily the result of my need to paint and is both a challenge and a cathartic outlet.
I do not confine myself to one medium in art. My latest passion has been working with watercolors. I read this quote that holds true for most artists: “When you buy something from an artist, you're buying more than an object, you're buying hundreds of hours of errors and experimentation. You're buying years of frustration and moments of pure joy. You're not buying one thing, you're buying a piece of a heart, a piece of the soul, a piece of someone else's life.”
For more information, contact Kim at firstname.lastname@example.org
Deborah Harold is a local artist whose paintings show her love for the California landscape and lifestyle. Using deliberate and painterly strokes, her work has a recognizable energy and her palette is fresh. Having painted for over 20 years, Deborah continues to push herself in new directions to communicate her story through her art.
"Before the After" is my most recent collection of work — photographs which reflect the process of responding to an image waiting to be made. These photos, which often appear out-of-focus, were made in the moment of intuition that occurs as I feel a subject or scene and lift my camera to respond. They are not meant to capture the thing itself, but rather the essence of what is drawing me to it. Every photographer knows this moment, which can never be planned or thought out — it is a moment of feeling, the irresistible draw to create. It is the shimmering instant when feeling moves to action.
This body of work is taken from my archives, twenty years of photographing around the world. As I searched for new themes and threads in the work, this is what emerged.
Amy Kawadler received her BFA in Photography from Massachusetts College of Art. She relocated to Newport Beach the day after graduation with $300, backpack and one camera. She worked as a photographer in a variety of industries and today Amy is overseeing strategic marketing, curatorial and event management for the photography and cinema communities at Canon Burbank. She sits on the advisory board of The Palm Springs Photo Festival, a preliminary judge for the PhotoBook Now contest and has taught photography at Julia Dean Workshop, Santa Fe Photographic Workshop, PhotoExperience.Net, and Fredric Roberts Photography Workshops among other institutions. She has been published in PDN, Glamour, SI, and NewsPhotographer Magazines. She continues to pursue her own photographic work within the world of corporate life.
Dolores Lusitana is a photographer, designer, and producer living in Venice Beach, CA. When not working on her own projects, she works collaboratively and administratively with other artists to help realize their creative visions via her professional moniker, Situation Book.
The WATERCOLORS series emerged from a late afternoon walk along the Venice Canals, seeking respite from too many hours behind a computer screen. The Canals are a car-free walkway connected by arched bridges and lined with homes that span an array of internationally influenced styles and colors — each of them reflected in endlessly shifting patterns in the waters below. Despite the static foundational elements that define the environment, the subtle, unpredictable forces of nature silently convene to create change. Combined with the given temporal state of mind, those seemingly invisible forces reshape the watery landscape to make each moment unique, fleeting and obsolete. These images are testament to our ever changing perception of reality, within and without, and to beauty sometimes only realized through reflection.
Ali Hartwig's photography is a reflection of her passions: exploration, adventure, and Southern California beach culture. Using photography as an excuse to travel and to document the world around her, Ali allows her creativity and zeal for the unexpected to shape her visual narrative style. Balancing an aesthetic of exploration and experimentation, her photography is an expression of wonder, an attempt to capture those elusive moments when you lose yourself.
Salt Lake City based artist, Paige Kershaw, creates paintings inspired by her native West Coast roots. Paige’s art is created by blending small strokes to create a smooth blend of bright hues. By adding water between the layers, she is able to transition the colors seamlessly. Her creations are inspired by the sea, so adding water to her creative process is crucial. By doing this, drips are formed along the uppermost layer of the canvas to make the paintings feel as if they were fished right out of the ocean.
The paintings are all abstract resembling different elements of the deep sea. Whether it be the seashells tucked underneath the jetties, the deepest blues of the water, or the magnificent citrus hues of the sunsets, these paintings will instantly create a coastal feeling in your home, no matter where you are. Paige’s pieces are bound to turn any house into a beach bungalow by highlighting the unrecognized beauties of where the land meets the sea.
Nicholas Pasqua is a self-taught photographer based out of Newport Beach. With no formal training, his photography has taken a path of its own. He believes everything in life, whether alive or not, moving or still, has a special moment and it’s those moments he strives to capture. Nicholas feels photography is a medium which opens one’s eyes with an awareness to rediscover the world around them, and with that gift he hopes to impact you as much as the art form has impacted him.
Brad Dugan is a native SoCal artist and musician exploring the depths and curiosity of the primitive circle. Entranced by the beauty of its simplicity, Brad tends to delve into the subconscious rhythms of stream of consciousness creation. A lot of his work is very free flowing using geometric shapes and vortices as his guide. The genesis of this concept is derived from meditation visuals he has experienced and the idea that our entire existence is fractal.
Chapman Hamborg grew up in Huntington Beach, California, practicing art at a young age. Much of his early inspiration flowed from his deep connection with nature and his love of the ocean.
Classically trained under Kim Frassett of Terra Arts Foundation, at the age of 16 he earned a scholarship for a summer course at Laguna College of Art and Design, which cultivated a desire to study realism. He moved to Florence, Italy, where he studied classic realist drawing and painting for 3 years at Angel Academy of Art, spending a year there teaching Artistic Anatomy.
Chapman enjoys working from life — drawing, sculpting, and painting landscapes, portraits, still life and figures. He travels often with his wife, painting landscapes and people along the way.
Chapman is adamant about working from life; his relationship with God and His creation is a primary source of inspiration. Rather than simply replicating what he sees, the experience with the environment and the model is integral to expressing the art. It is what makes the art alive.
Camille Collett grew up in Newport Beach, biking to the ocean to surf and snowboarding in the California mountains. These two things fostered her initial connection to the natural world. Her passion blossomed after majoring in Geology at UC Santa Barbara where she began hiking and camping in the California and Nevada wilderness.
Photography has been a way of artistic expression for Camille from an early age. It is a means of capturing the beauty and grandeur that nature holds for her and all of humanity. She photographs unique perspectives and moments which humble her and often go unnoticed. The photos on display are from the past year of adventures she took while road tripping, rock climbing and back packing around the western U.S., Nepal and beyond after finishing her Masters in Geology at the University of Washington, Seattle.
Elise Debes was born in Toronto, Canada and completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Laguna College of Art and Design. Her latest watercolor series entitled “Geometrics” are now featured in this exhibit. Debes has participated in the annual Sawdust Festival in Orange County and displayed work at the Laguna Gallery of Contemporary Art.
Deborah Harold is an award-winning artist who paints daily and what she translates is a loose, fresh, distinctive style that is her own. Using a keen sense of color enables her to capture the essence of impressionism and abstraction using oils. Her work is in juried shows, galleries, home interior shops, charity events and hangs in countless homes across the country and abroad. Painting is a life-long journey, and through years of studying art Deborah will continue to find her voice, further her abilities, and tell her story through her paintings.
Seeking to venerate the essence of the human experience, Alrik Yuill explores his own identity and adaptive perceptions. Alrik sees art as participating in the creation of our realities. His art is a representation of his internal odyssey and spiritual journey through a material experience. His art is a meditative process that enables him to emote his psyche as well as present a symposium for reflection through sculpture, paintings, and other two-dimensional works.
His style is characterized by the conscious interaction between the raw and the defined, chaos and order, within the expanse of space. Abstract, inner personal, and existential concepts are explored in his figurative sculpture and painting. Many of his abstract paintings are inspired by the ocean, horizon, sky and sun.
Sometimes life’s most simple pleasures make the strongest statement, like shopping at an outdoor market or sipping coffee at a street café. Wendy Johnson creates her artwork precisely this way. Simple subjects, shapes and colors to create the essence of the “joie de vie.” Time spent in Provence Tuscany has enabled her to readily transport the viewer to the lands of quaint villages with fragrances of lavender and flowering thyme in the air. In 1990, she opened an atelier and gallery, “The South of France,” in the burgeoning artist colony of Newport Beach, California. Wendy’s paintings are in private and corporate collections throughout the U.S. and Europe.
Wendy’s paintings will be on display at Alta April 1st – May 31st.