Sunday, February 15, 2015

LOTERIA! Group Show and 10 Year Anniversary!




LOTERIA! Group Show
March 14 - April 8
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 14, 2015 * 6p-10p

 Cactus Gallery is pleased to present our first exhibit of 2015 -- LOTERIA!

La Loteria is a game of chance played like Bingo, only with pictures instead of numbers. The Loteria deck uses 54 images, including characters, instruments, flora, animalia, and objects which have become iconic and synonymous with Mexican culture.

Our LOTERIA! exhibit will feature 54 paintings and mixed media works by 50 artists who used their assigned card as a springboard for their modern interpretation and the results are delightful. For context, displayed alongside the interpretations, will be the most commonly recognized standard deck by Pasatiempos Gallo, S.A.

Pasatiempos Gallo, (Don Clemente, Inc. in the US), began publishing the game in 1887. The game originated in Italy in the 15th century and was brought to Mexico in 1769. In the beginning, Loteria was a hobby of the upper classes, but eventually it became a tradition at Mexican fairs.

Please join us for this charming show and play La Loteria with us during the reception
for a chance to win a signed original from one of the participating artists!

Works by artists Miriam Martinez, Gabriela Zapata, Holly Wood, Alea Bone, and Joe Bravo.

Works by artists Joshua Coffy, Sarah Stone, Angela Maria Ortiz S., Bill Wheeler, and PECA.

Works by Andie Bogdan, Lacey Bryant, Sarah Polzin, Lea Barozzi, and Janet Olenik.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

9th Annual Tiny Treasures Exhibit at Cactus Gallery


From L to R: Johnny Quintanilla, Lea Barozzi, Encarni Diaz, and Andie Bogdan.

From L to R: Lacey Bryant, Kit Cameo, Mavis Leahy, Terri Berman, and Nichol Norman.

From L to R: Elisa Belloni, Jen Musatto, Michele Lynch, and Denise Bledsoe.

Please join us at Cactus Gallery for our 9th annual small works exhibit. The show will feature more than 30 artists and includes acrylics on canvas and wood, watercolors, handmade ornaments, pendants and cameos, art dolls, paper mache, paper cut outs, graphite on paper, sculpture, and more!

This is a cash and carry show and all artwork can go home on the day of the exhibit. New works will be coming in throughout the 5 week run of the show, so check our Facebook and Pinterest pages often for new works. Once again, Walt Hall has prepared his special wall of minis just for Cactus Gallery. All works in the show $10-100!

For more on the show, to visit the gallery, or for purchases, contact Sandra at semastroianni70@yahoo.com. If you're not in Los Angeles, you can still order art and ornaments, as we will ship both nationally and internationally. We accept all forms of payment and the gallery is open to installment plans to help you grow your collection.

Many of the small works are already available on-line at:
https://www.pinterest.com/cactusgallery/tiny-treasures-2014-at-cactus-gallery/

Follow Cactus Gallery's board Tiny Treasures 2014 at Cactus Gallery on Pinterest.


Cactus Gallery, 3001 North Coolidge Avenue, Los Angeles (Elysian Valley AKA Frogtown), CA 90039 -- 323.801.8669
Gallery hours: Monday - Friday, by appointment, Saturdays 11a-5p, and Sundays 11a-2p

Thanks again for your continued support of the arts and for choosing Cactus Gallery and the artists we believe in!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Digital Gallery for Dollmakers III


Follow Cactus Gallery's board DOLLMAKERS III on Pinterest.


Adopt a doll today!

"Dollmakers III" will showcase numerous doll makers from different parts of the U.S. and Canada, alongside works from several of our Cactus family members. This exhibit features painstakingly handcrafted works; some cute, some hauntingly beautiful, and others slightly twisted. True mixed media wonders.


For detail images of a doll or for purchase info, contact Sandra at semastroianni70@yahoo.com.




Opening Reception: Saturday, October 18, 2014 * 3p-7p

Dollmakers III will showcase numerous doll makers from different parts of the U.S. and Canada, alongside works from several of our Cactus family members. This exhibit features painstakingly handcrafted works; some cute, some hauntingly beautiful, and others slightly twisted. The styles are as diverse as the artists who created them, each full of quirky personality - true mixed media wonders. 

Digital gallery for Dia de los Muertos IX Exhibit

Follow Cactus Gallery's board Dia de los Muertos IX on Pinterest.

Dia de los muertos is a traditional Mexican holiday that focuses on gatherings of family and friends to remember those who have died. Altars, marigolds, offerings, skulls, and Monarch butterflies are commonplace during this time and it is reflected in the art created for the show. More than 20 artists - acrylics on canvas and wood, art dolls, paper mache, paper cut outs, graphite on paper, sculpture, and mixed media works.

For purchase, contact Sandra at semastroianni70@yahoo.com.


Opening Reception: Saturday, October 18, 2014 * 3p-7p

Please join us in giving thanks for own lives and for those of who are no longer on Earth. Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a traditional Mexican holiday that brings the advent of death to light, making the concept of "the end" less scary, and helping people feel a strong, healthy connection to the spirits of their loved ones.

In order to honor and remember those who have died, we welcome you to bring your photographs and "ofrendas" (offerings) to add to our community altar. "Ofrendas" can be any thing that was important or special to the deceased, such as tools, awards, hats, etc... including favorite refreshments and foods. In Mexico, it is believed that the long hard journey from the afterlife back to Earth should rewarded with nourishment and refreshments for the returning souls.


Our altar will include the presence of the four elements: water, earth, wind, and fire.  No offering can be complete if one of those elements is missing, and their symbolic representation is a fundamental part of the offering. In addition, many cempazuchitl (marigold), called the flower of death, will be included, as the Aztecs believed that the strong scent could wake the souls of the dead and help guide them back for the celebration.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Dia de los muertos IX and Dollmakers III at Cactus Gallery






Cactus Gallery is pleased to present two of our most popular shows, the 9th Annual Dia de los muertos exhibit and Dollmakers III!



Both receptions are Saturday, October 18, 2014 * 3p-7p
Scheduled to run October 18 - November 9, 2014

Cactus Gallery, 3001 N. Coolidge Avenue, Los Angeles (Elysian Valley - Frogtown), CA 90039, 323.801.8669
 Gallery hours: Saturdays 11a-5p, Sundays 11a-2p and by appointment

Email Sandra at semastroianni70@yahoo.com or call 323.801.8669 for a visit or for purchase information.
We accept all forms of payment and the gallery is open to installment plans to help you grow your collection.

  
Thanks again for your continued support of the arts and for choosing
Cactus Gallery and the artists we believe in!


Dia de los muertos is a traditional Mexican holiday that focuses on gatherings of family and friends to remember those who have died. Altars, marigolds, offerings, skulls, and Monarch butterflies are commonly seen during this time and it is reflected in the art created for the show.


The exhibit will feature more than 20 artists and media include acrylics on canvas and wood, art dolls, paper mache, paper cut outs, graphite on paper, sculpture, and mixed media works.

Artwork above by Simona Candini, Rasa Jadzeviciene, Janet Olenik, Jessica Ward, and Rosie Garcia. For more on the show, to visit the gallery, or for pre-sale info, contact Sandra at semastroianni70@yahoo.com.

Adopt a doll.

Dollmakers III will showcase numerous doll makers from different parts of the U.S. and Canada, alongside works from several of our Cactus family members. This exhibit features painstakingly handcrafted works; some cute, some hauntingly beautiful, and others slightly twisted. The styles are as diverse as the artists who created them, each full of quirky personality - true mixed media wonders.

Art dolls above by Christine Benjamin, Loopyboopy, Michelle Di Pinto, Jen Musatto, and Sheri De Bow. For more on the show, to visit the gallery, or for pre-sale info, contact Sandra at semastroianni70@yahoo.com.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Patricia Krebs at Cactus Gallery


Cactus Gallery is pleased to present "Romance of the Residual Realm," an exhibit featuring new paintings, hand sculpted pendants, and a few mixed media works by artist Patricia Krebs. This show, Patricia's 7th solo show for Cactus Gallery, is bittersweet as she will be leaving the US next week to live in Argentina once again.

Opening reception: Saturday, September 13, 2014 * 4p-10p
Show runs: September 13 - October 12, 2014
Gallery hours: Saturday and Sunday 11a-5p and by appointment.

Romance is not necessarily tied to a love story. In fact, it may refer to a literary genre of epic stories, often filled with fantasy creatures, where perhaps a hero goes on a quest. Romance may also refer to an artistic movement, one arising from a reaction against the scientific rationalization of nature. This movement, which validated intense emotion and spontaneity as an authentic source of the aesthetic experience, also harnessed the power of the imagination to escape the confines of industrialization.

In "Romance of the Residual Realm," our heroine finds herself in a world destroyed, on a quest to create and give new meaning to whatever is left. In the same way as the narrative, Krebs created the works for this exhibit with remnants and abandoned elements, including canvases and paint that other artists discarded. Please join us to celebrate Patricia's journey!

Facebook users: this folder houses images from the showroom featuring all the works in the show -https://www.facebook.com/pkrebsart/media_set?set=a.10152349120125509.1073741841.686835508&type=1

For purchase, contact Sandra at semastroianni70@yahoo.com.


Main showroom at Cactus Gallery

You and Whose Army?
Collage and oil on canvas, 20" x 40"
$770 - SOLD




Abandoning the Battle
Collage and oil on canvas, 48” x 36”
$990 - SOLD

Carry-on
Collage and oil on canvas, 15.5” x 15.5”
$440 - AVAILABLE

Dancing with an Armor
Collage and oil on canvas, Diptych, 14” x 36” total
$660 - AVAILABLE

Here at the Edge of It All
Collage and oil on canvas, 14” x 5” 
$220 - SOLD


Hope
Collage and oil on canvas, 30” x 40” 
$880 - AVAILABLE

Memories of a Blue Sky
Collage and oil on canvas, Diptych, 16” x 40” total
$770 - AVAILABLE

No Land in Sight
Collage and oil on canvas, 12” x 12” 
$330 - SOLD

Nothing Else to Hold On To
Collage and oil on canvas, 16” x 8” 
$300 - SOLD

Resting Place
Collage and oil on canvas, 10” x 10”
$250 - SOLD

Self-Watering
Paperclay, natural and found objects, painted with oil, 15” H x 6” diameter 
$330 - AVAILABLE

Signal
Collage and oil on canvas, 11” x 11”
$275 - SOLD

Something You Caught on the Surface
Collage and oil on canvas, 16.5” x 31.5”
$660 - SOLD 

Stories That Will Keep You Warm in Cold Nights
Collage and oil on wood, 19” diameter
$440 - SOLD

Thinking You
Collage and oil on canvas, framed to 18” x 33”
$550 - AVAILABLE

You Won’t Eat Us
Collage and oil on wood, 31.5” x 55” 
$990 - AVAILABLE

Working Hard Not To Forget
Collage and oil on canvas, Diptych, 11” x 28” total
$550 - AVAILABLE

Underground Resistance
Collage and oil on canvas, 12” x 15” 
$330 - SOLD
An Idea Grew Overnight
Paperclay, natural elements, painted with oil, 21”H x 4”diameter 
$330 - AVAILABLE
I Can See You
Camera parts, paper clay, 6"W x 8"H x 3.5"D
$220 - SOLD
My Heart is Open
Camera parts, paper clay, 5"W x 7.5"H x 2"D
$220 - SOLD
A Little Help?
Collage and oil on wood, 8" x 10"
$220 - SOLD 

Lens Pendant 1 - camera parts, $55 - AVAILABLE
My Head is Trapped - metal and paper-clay, $55 - AVAILABLE
See Through Me - camera parts and paper-clay, $55 - SOLD
Golden Hat - machine parts and paper-clay, $55 - SOLD
Lens Pendant 2 - camera parts, $55 - AVAILABLE
The Dude - machine parts and paper-clay, $55 - SOLD
Copper Hair - camera parts and paper-clay, $55 - AVAILABLE
The One - machine parts, $55 - SOLD
Big Head Butterfly - beads, paper-clay, $75 - SOLD










Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Frogtown Art at Cactus Gallery: Saturday, September 13th






Frogtown 9th Annual Artwalk - Frog Themed Exhibit - Group Show 
Scheduled to run from September 13 - October 5, 2014
RECEPTION: Saturday, September 13 :: 4p-10p

For map/info: www.frogtownarts.com


For September 2014, we are pleased to be part of the 9th Annual Frogtown Artwalk and celebrate one year at this new location.  This is our third year participating in this lively community event.

We have prepared a group show featuring frogs! Frogs and their symbolism are popular in fairy tales, folklore, and are commonly associated with rebirth, renewal, transformation, and even fertility. Please join us to celebrate their powerful symbolism as seen through the eyes of 40+ artists.