Urban Legends and Country Tales

An Exhibition at the Bonita Museum International art show, running Oct 4 to Nov 15
A large exhibition showing the work of some forty-two artists from around the world opens on the 4th of October, 2008 at the Bonita Museum, Bonita, California.
The Digital Art Guild brings an international print exhibit to the San Diego area. Fifty outstanding prints demonstrate the multiple directions art has taken in the contemporary art world – both in pluralism of styles and the hybridism of technique and media.

The opening and public reception for Urban Legends and Country Tales will be 6 to 8:30 pm on Saturday, Oct. 4th.  Admission is free to the Bonita Museum, 4355 Bonita Road, Bonita CA 91902.  Hours are 10:00am – 4:00pm – Wednesday through Saturday. For museum information, contact Vicky DeLong, Museum Director, 619-267-5141.

The Digital Art Guild has been running for five years in San Deigo. It worked closely with the San Diego Art Institute in its first International Digital Fine Art Exhibit in 2006. The Guild’s members include authors of digital art, including Joe Nalven (The Practice and Vision of Digital Artists), Jack Davis (How to Wow: Photoshop CS3 for Photography), Stephen Burns (Advanced Photoshop CS3 Trickery & FX (Graphics Series), and Cher Threinen Pendarvis (The Photoshop and Painter Artist Tablet Book).

Urban Legends exhibition

An educational display will join the print exhibit, including digital media on metal, canvas and duratran prints in backlit boxes. The educational display is being organized by Jim Respess. For more information on the education exhibit, contact Jim at [email protected].

Artists represented in Urban Legends and Country Tales are from San Diego, Los Angeles, Sacramento, Hawaii, New York, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, Florida, England and Canada.

For more information, visit the DAG web site: http://www.digitalartguild.com

The jurors for this exhibit included Don Archer, the founder in 1993 of the world’s largest online computer art museum – MOCA [http://moca.virtual.museum/]  ; Andrew Darlow, photographer and author of 301 Inkjet Tips and Techniques, and editor of imagingbuffet.com and inkjettips.com ; and Mel Strawn an artist for over six decades; published in Going Digital: The Practice and Vision of Digital Artists.

Instead of picking a best of show and risking a compromise choice, the jurors opted to pick their own personal favorite.

Mel Strawn picked Urban Totelm Poles by Fred Marinello. Mel observed that “the image is both graphic and effective in the color/space language of painting. The luminous, overall tonality, play of textures and color and complex organization of space, including integration and contrast of the near and far structures (poles, wires and buildings) all create a symphonic transformation of a common, even grubby reality we’ve all seen around us.”

Andrew Darlow was drawn to Room With a View by Pete Axcell. This is a beautiful image that almost looks as though it was photographed without any human intervention. This image conjures up so many different thoughts about how man and nature interact (and are affected by) one another. Urban legends and country tales often center on relationships between nature and people, and this masterfully produced image achieves that, despite the fact that there are no people in the image. Is this a warning about global warming? Maybe it’s simply an illustration of the artist’s ideal living room. The viewer can decide for him or herself what it means, and that’s the power of great art.

Don Archer picked Marie Otero’s Robotic Stepford Wife – Version 2060.
For more information, contact  [email protected] 

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