The 2nd Story Gallery is located in the historic Walker House and is open to the public, free of charge, on the 2nd & 3rd Friday and Saturday evenings of each month from 5:30–8:30pm. Parking is also free.
Artist receptions with wine and hors d’oeuvres are held on Friday evenings.
Gallery Open September 12, 13 and 19, 20, from 5:30 to 8:30 pm
The 2nd Story Gallery announces three distinctly different local artists during September: Alan Krug, Kruti Shah and Bradford Smith. Their work reveals inspirations from love, flowers to plein air landscapes. Please join us at the show where you’ll have a chance to enjoy the art and chat with the artists within the historic Walker House. Parking and admission is free and all are welcome. The Historical Society Museum and gift shop will also be open. For more information call (909) 599-5374.
More info in About The Artists section below.
About the Artists
Alan Krug, Details in Paint
When Alan Krug was 10 years old he was inspired by the art of Van Gogh. This Impressionist Dutch master’s use of contrasting color, shapes, and impasto brush strokes continue to influence Krug’s work today.
Krug began oil painting in 2006. The first few years of his career he struggled to define himself. It was not until he began working en plein air did he begin to see how light, color, shape, and the depth of a scene interacted together in a landscape painting. His work changed from ‘dreamy California impressionism to a tighter, more detailed style.”
Krug’s oil painting technique is unique. By accident he learned to use contrasting acrylic colors as an undercoat that “poke or scratch through the oil paint.” He believes that his approach to the undercoat adds a new and vivid dimension to his work. Krug first attempted this style with his landscapes then he moved to painting interesting man-made structures. To date, his paintings have taken on a organic style with images of flowers and a series on cacti in which the focus is on color and form.
Krug hopes that the viewer will “fall into the scene, to see, even feel what it would be like to be there. There is beauty all around us that we often miss in our hectic lives. It is that moment of beauty, of recognition that I try to capture.”
Kruti Shah, Images of love
Kruti Shah speaks of her work as “my way of unleashing passion to create a spark of connection with the world.” With this notion in mind, she has looked to artists who inspired her the most, Antonio Gaudi and Frank Lloyd Wright, because of their archectural wonders, plus Louis Tiffany’s glass designs. Each have led Shah to explore intricate geometrical and abstract designs in her work.
The color play in Shah’s work is a complex interplay of lines and patterns. She uses mediums such as metallic inks and acrylics to achieve the look. But it is the totality of Shah’s work that reveals her philosophy on love and relationships. As Shah explains, “I truly believe that love and friendship are the foundation of all relationships. They are surrounded by colors (metallic inks) and patterns created organically. These patterns and colors represent the relationships by chance while the silhouettes represents our relationships by choice.”
Bradford James Smith, Experimental Work
Bradford Smith attended Cal State Fullerton with a BFA in Art and became a commercial artist designing toys and packaging for clients such as Crayola, Kohl’s, Burger King, and Kellogg’s. Soon after his love for film guided him as a production artist with an independent film company, The Juniper Sequence, where he developed original story concepts and storyboards.
While working commercially, Smith never forgot his love of fine art, drawing and painting. Because of this, Smith has moved to further his techniques and is currently working on his graduate degree at Laguna College of Art and Design.
Smith is an up-and-coming artist who works in most mediums, including electronic or digital art. His paintings are bold and dramatic and the subject matter he chooses are unique. Bradford Jame Smith is someone to watch!