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.
Group Show at 2nd Story Gallery
Gallery Open November 13-14 & 20-21, from 5:30 to 8:30 pm
PLUS Saturday, December 5, from 1pm – 4pm
This month we will feature artwork from the Ikeda’s, a husband and wife painting team who have been residents of San Dimas for over 28 years. They met in college while attending California State Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo and were married in 1970. Neither painted seriously until later in life yet both have unique and distinct styles that complement each other.
Minoru “Ike” Ikeda
Ike completed his undergraduate work in architectural engineering in 1971, then worked as a structural engineer at one of the leading engineering firms in Los Angeles.
He first began painting as a hobby; but when Ike retired in 2008, he painted with the dedication and commitment of a seasoned artist. Part of his commitment to art came with volunteering for local art organizations and working as a board member of Mid-Valley Art League and the Pomona Valley Art Association. As a result of his work, Ike is a juried member of Watercolor West, and has demonstrated his painting techniques at Millard Sheets Art Center during the LA County Fair.
According to Ike, “Painting is a lifelong learning process and, just as in life, there are failures and successes. It does demand an inspiration, patience, discipline and problem solving.”
During the last decade, Ike has studied with well-known artists such as Tom Fong, Chris Van Winkle, Henry Fukuhara, Brenda Swenson, Dale Laitnen, Ratindra Das, Frank Eber, Fealing Lin, Gerald Brommer, Jerry Stitts, and Joan McKesson. Some of these exceptional mentors continue to exhibit their work during the San Dimas Festival of Arts.
Michi Ikeda was born in Osaka, Japan. When she was about three months old, her family moved to a small village in Wakayama prefecture where she spent her childhood until 1958. When her family immigrated to the United States they settled in Santa Maria, California.
Though Michi began painting in watercolor after she was married, the demands of family life forced her to set her creative interests aside. After the tragic death of her son, Michi needed an outlet and with the urging of her family, turned to art.
Michi began her art classes at Citrus College and studied with George Hanft, followed by classes wtih Tom Fong and Chris Van Winkle. She has this to say about those who guided her. “I have taken workshops from various watercolor painters, but the most inspirational and encouraging was Mr. Henry Fukuhara. Mr. Milford Zornes was by far the best instructor; his workshop was full of applicable painting points and lots of anecdotes from his exciting life.”
Michi believes that these instructors have been instrumental in her development as a watercolor painter. They inspired her to keep pressing forward in creating a picture from her memories and of God’s creations. Lastly, but not the least, her strongest supporters have been her husband Minoru (Ike), children and friends.
Join the Festival of Arts, 2nd Story Gallery members and artists on November 13–14 & 20–21 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm, as well as Saturday, December 5, 1–4pm. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served on Friday evenings. This event is open to the public at no charge. Please bring your friends, mingle with the artists and enjoy their work. The gallery is located at the Walker House, 121 N. San Dimas Avenue. For more information call (909) 599-5374.