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 August 8, 9 and 15, 16, from 5:30 to 8:30 pm
Join us at the 2nd Story Gallery for artists Marianne Galleon and Lisa Kermode. The San Dimas Historical Society will have their museum and gift shop open in the newly repainted Walker House. Both parking and admission are free. Read more about the artists below:
Artists Unified by California Images
At the 2nd Story Gallery two artists, Marianne Galleon and Lisa Kermode, are unified in their approach to create California images on canvas and in clay. Their unique works of art featured at 2nd Story Gallery on August 8th & 9th, following August 15th &16th.
Marianne Galleon, Ceramic Artist
Marianne Galleon discovered ceramics after finding her sister’s clay working tools and has been passionate about the medium ever since. She began her creative journey at Citrus College under the direction Bob Bullock. His philosophy of ‘function over form’ has inspired Marianne’s own ceramics.
Marianne’s ceramics hint at arts and crafts movement with natural colors, stylized shapes and earthiness. Her charming clay figures are elegant and simple. Marianne begins her work by first getting a sense of the raw clay and slowly visualizes the finished piece. Her main goal is to create a functional vessel that has its own unique design but also enhances any room décor. “I aspire to create pottery not for the shelf but as part of daily life” Marianne states. She believes that taking a raw ball of clay and transforming it into a piece of pottery is as rewarding as it is humbling.
At the potter’s wheel, Marianne allows the clay to dictate its own life through a kind of metamorphosis. For example, imagine a ball of clay as it is slowly shaped into a bottle; then it is worked into a small corked vessel. Suddenly the shape evolves into a small vase, and finally, the clay finds its true meaning as a flask. Allowing the clay to transform is Marianne’s Zen-like philosophy of life, “Creating decorative and functional pottery allows me to explore what matters to me, to slow down and escape from the everyday routine of daily life. I create shapes with clay, but the clay shapes me.”
Marianne’s has used her craft to benefit various philanthropic efforts which include the Empty Bowls project to fight hunger; donating her work to nonprofit fundraisers, and teaching ceramics at the Los Angeles County Fair. Her work is currently on display at the Colonnade Art Gallery in Pasadena, CA, Gallery Soho in Pomona, CA, and Kindred Spirit in Claremont, CA.
See more of Marianne’s work on her website: mariannesclaycreations.com
Lisa Kermond, Painter
Having grown up in Orange County, Lisa Kermond’s images reflect her love of nature and California scenes of orange groves, horse ranches, and its beaches. She paints in both oil and watercolor with wet-on-wet techniques in both mediums. In keeping with the California images theme, Lisa ventures out into the hills, canyons, and highways to paint in the tradition of the plein air artists with most of her paintings completed on site.
Environments inform Lisa’s process and she spends a great deal of time taking photos of her travels along the coast while seeking out the perfect picture to paint. Abandoned bee boxes, old Chevy trucks, or an American Flag sticking out of a windshield become the focal points of her paintings.
Lisa’s bold brush strokes splash colors of gray for sage, purple for atmospheric mountains, lush greens for eucalyptus and Sycamore trees, golden hues and reds for poppies. These landscapes are powerful statements of the California’s beauty. Hereto, Lisa’s cityscapes with pink sunsets reflecting in the streets and palm trees dotting the sky, allow the viewer to become a strolling pedestrian gazing at the huge ferris wheel at sunset.
Join the artists and their supporters at the 2nd Story gallery, August 8, 9 and 15, 16, from 5:30-8:30. Wine and hors d’oeuvres are served on Friday evenings and you’ll have a chance to enjoy the art and chat with the artists within a casual setting. 2nd Story Gallery is located at the Walker House, 121 N. San Dimas Avenue.
This event is free to the public, and the Historical Society Museum and Gift Shop will also be open. For more information call (909) 599-5374 or go to www.sandimasarts.org.