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 July 10, 11 and July 17, 18, from 5:30 to 8:30 pm
Washes of colorful images created by local artists Eric M. Davis and Jennifer McCartney are featured this month at the 2nd Story Gallery. The artists will be at the gallery to answer questions during the evenings of July 10, 11 and July 17, 18 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Read more About the Artists below.
Parking and admission to the Historic Walker House is free and all are welcome. The Historical Society Museum and gift shop will also be open. For more information call (909) 599-5374.
About the Artists
Eric M. Davis
“Manhattan Beach Pier”, watercolor by Eric M. Davis.
Influenced by the native landscapes and colors of California, Eric M. Davis looks to capture naturalistic images by incorporating complex compositions. His artistic projects have included a broad range of work from paintings, textiles, designing hardscapes, to public art in downtown La Verne.
Davis began a series of ‘Pier Paintings’ in 2014 that are highlighted in this 2nd Story Gallery show. These paintings are from a larger series of plein air work that he painted during the mornings and afternoon hours. It is important to note that for each ‘Pier Painting’, there are critical elements that Davis focused on. These elements are: The climate, the wave breaks & the pier.
Davis’ interest in art began at an early age where he recognized the intricate beauty and details found in simple plants, flowers and other elements in nature. Nurtured by his artistic, creative parents, Davis chose to become an innovative artist and experimented with many different mediums such as paintings in oils, acrylics and watercolor; and, works in a variety of formats such as graphic design, printmaking and photography.
In 1983, he attended a summer session at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in Providence, Rhode Island, where he studied anatomy and printmaking. A year later, he earned his bachelor’s degree in fine art from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado.
See more of Eric’s work on his website.
La Verne resistant, Jennifer McCartney has been passionate about art as long as she can remember. Being a self-taught artist she began working in watercolor and quickly graduated to acrylic and oil. McCartney is certain that her styles and methods break the classical art rules but she is always on the lookout for what works best in each painting. Her favorite subjects are landscapes but she also enjoys painting scenes from every day life. McCartney is inspired by the stark beauty of the American Southwest, the rolling hills of Ireland, and the linear qualities of architecture that she enjoys adding to her paintings.
Just recently McCartney stumbled into the world of pet portraits and has been commissioned to paint the pets of animal lovers and enjoys working with repeat customers. McCartney is delighted when someone sends her a vacation picture, a family portrait or even the photo of hairless cats. When they ask, “Can you paint this?” McCartney is always willing to at least try her hand at interpreting a new image because she enjoys the challenge of painting a subject that she would never have thought of on her own.
Join the Festival of Arts, 2nd Story Gallery members and artists on of July 10, 11 and July 17, 18 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. 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.