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Join us on Thursday, September 6th from 6 to 9 p.m.
Laguna Beach 1st Thursday's Art Walk is one of Orange County's best kept "secrets".

Every month there are complimentary beverages to sip and hors d'oeuvres to nibble on while enjoying the Cove Gallery's art.

Meet the artists and view their outstanding works.

Thursday, September 6, 2012


JoAnne Unger

JoAnne has studied art for many years beginning with an Art History degree from California State University Northridge. She continued her studies with the California Art Institute and the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art. She is a member of LPAPA (Laguna Beach Plein Air Painters), California Art Club, Oil Painters of America, Allied Artists of the Santa Monica Mountains and Seashore, and the West Coast Pastel Society.

JoAnne has worked extensively in watercolor, acrylics, pastels and oils. She paints landscapes, portraits, figures and still lifes. She is currently working on a series of still lifes showcasing the beauty and simplicity of everyday items in combination with the organic shapes of flowers and fruit. She is most interested in capturing the effect of light as it passes over these shapes and disappears.

She combines bright colors with colorless backgrounds and rougher, agitated areas with smooth, peaceful passages to increase the intensity of the painting. She utilizes stylized, impressionistic brushwork and palette knife techniques to add interest and visual excitement to the surface of the painting.

As JoAnne's Artist Statement says, "It is my goal to lead the viewer on a voyage of discovery throughout the painting with the hope that they will be drawn in by the contrasting elements of light and dark, color and colorlessness, impasto and smooth, vertical and horizontal, large and small, geometric and organic, shiny and dull, soft and hard."

For contact information and more examples of JoAnne's artwork, please visit her web page HERE.


JoAnne Unger





by Mary Lehner

I recently was commissioned to do a substantial project. The request involved creating 110 unique 6"x6" paintings of varying orchid varieties. The client saw my last show that was on display at Merriman's Restaurant on the Big Island of Hawaii and wanted to give these pieces as gifts for a corporate travel incentive for the top producers of their company when they attended their event at the Four Seasons Hualalai to commemorate their time there. Wow, what a blessing this project became! Each piece took on its own unique personality and expression.

The woman who found my artwork at this painting exhibit, and commissioned me, was impressed with my "vibrant" use of color and loose interpretive technique. I would have to say that I pride myself on painting "straight out of the tube" color. I love the vibrancy of pigments and like to embellish and portray what I see before me with a sense of the exotic. Tropical scenery and flora have such rich colors of their own. With the beautiful play of light in the Islands, and the heady fragrances, it simply inspires me to interpret them passionately.

Even with the use of bright pigments in both my acrylics and watercolors, it is still valuable to me to create subtle transitions by letting the pigments blend either on the canvas or paper. This helps enhance the vibrancy of the piece. The silky feel of the heavy body acrylics smooth easily onto the canvas, picking up "shared" colors through my stroke patterns. With watercolor, it has a beautiful mind of its own! Keeping the colors fresh and not over blended keeps them as vibrant and lush as the pure colors on my palette.

With so many colors to choose from in each medium, I rarely mix colors as some artists do. Instead I fill my paint boxes with new and exciting colors or brands as they become available and experiment with fresh color compositions.

I have pictured here a few images from my recent foray into the world of orchids! My next project that will soon be on display at the Cove Gallery will include a series of vibrant interpretations of California Flora on heavy uncoated canvas. This manner of painting takes on properties of both acrylic and watercolor, my two favorite mediums!

To see more examples of Mary's artwork, please visit her web page HERE.

"Painting Vibrantly"

Thursday, September 6, 2012
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
1492 South Coast Highway #8 • Laguna Beach, CA 92651 • 949.494.1878
In The Art Center across from the Surf and Sand Resort.
Convenient Parking along PCH, Calliope and Glenneyre Streets.