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818 Opening

Posted in Art, art show, artists, Bring it, Clowns, create, eclectic, entertainment, excitement, fabulous, Friends, gallery, keeping positive, Music, Musicians, opening, Party, People, reception, studio, the story unfolds, Uncategorized, Whoo Hoo on March 9, 2009 by anuvuestudio

The 818 opening had a wonderful turnout. I’m very happy to see the younger crowd coming to appreciate the art and the music…and naturally…the FOOD!

I’m embarrassed to say that the day before, I had been playing with my white balance buttons…and well…my memory isn’t what it used to be. I didn’t even notice until I was importing into Lightroom…a tad late.
It took me a while to get anything at all to show you…please forgive the green, dark people…(not a word Jim).

The Artists all came out to say hello. I enjoyed speaking with them all. Jamie Oliff told me his ideas come from the famous old bar in Hollywood, The Dresden. He sits at the bar, orders cranberry juice and sketches all “The Players” on a napkin. Then he goes home, and with only black acrylic paint, he produces what you see. The white is actually the canvas surface! He said he would take me there to shoot anytime. I am definitely going to visit soon and with the proper settings!

Katie Chappell provided the music for the evening, and when she took her break, other friends entertained us. I was sorry not to get their names. Both young women have beautiful, resonating voices…and the young man…well, he actually played the box he was sitting on like a bongo. I was mesmerized by the sound. It reminded me so much of Ireland and the “In the bar and out” musicians. So wonderful to have so many talented people all together.

Jamie had kids all around her in an impromptu art class. Very fun to see Moms scattered around them. We were also joined for the first time by Cynthia Morehouse (flower in hair), who makes the most beautiful Latin-Catholic inspired jewelry and our newest Glass artist, Dominick Camera (Hat). A big welcome to both.

I dedicate this opening to the Homeless Gentleman (whom at the time, I didn’t know was homeless) that accosted me in the Hallway (2 hours prior to the party) over 8 Pacifico beers. I don’t drink, but I imagine they were worth it. And a very special thanks to no less than 7 of Huntington Beach’s finest, who responded within minutes, calming a very shook up woman and taking control after frantic calls from hair salon and pizza parlor witnesses… who saw my husband running down the middle of a very bust street… in hot pursuit after the much larger guy. His back pack was a bit weighted down, what with the frozen steaks, coffee, beer and all. 😉

My special thanks as always to Jamie, Susan and Micheal, who without their help and love…this would not be possible. Emma will do the lead in…with her favorite painting, The Lighthouse, by Tak Ioka.
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Katie Chappell

Posted in Art, artists, gallery, Music, Musicians, opening on February 27, 2009 by anuvuestudio

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Our music for the 818 show will be provided by the ever talented singer / songwriter Katie Chappell. I stole Katie for the night from her band Claire’s Daze. You can hear their music on “my space” so you must check them out. I met up with Katie on Tuesday night to show her the around and get to know her. She’s a strikingly beautiful girl with a melodic voice…with good reason… She’s a voice coach.

Katie said “When I was little I noticed that people would listen to me when I sang. It feels nice to be heard sometimes”. I can’t wait until you hear her sing and play her guitar.

Katie’s influences: “People I meet and places I visit”.

Treescapes Opening Night

Posted in Art, Bring it, Cool, create, excitement, fabulous, Famiiy, Friends, gallery, glorious food, Music, Musicians, neighbors, opening, Party on January 12, 2009 by anuvuestudio

We had a wonderful turn out for MaryBeth and her Treescapes show. I counted around 100 folks. She’s one popular gal! I developed as many photos as possible today before I realized I was actually asleep with my forehead flat on the keyboard! Truly… I haven’t seen that many attractive people in one room since my own family reunion! 😉 I am posting just a small portion of the 700 shots taken just to share with you some of the party.

Three of MaryBeth’s larger works inside the main gallery sold and I believe 3 smaller illustrations held in sleeves on easel. Fantastic supportive people. I’m so happy for her…and so very, very proud. And the crowd was a pleasure to meet.

Elleni did a beautiful job and played her heart out on that flute. Just beautiful… and her husband Mike was very good to make sure she had breaks and something to eat…and Jenny, oh Jenny! I’ve never seen so many people stuffing food in their mouths with a satisfied smile. The appetizer area was more popular than the beer and wine so I don’t have to say much more there! All in all, it was a terrific night and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. Fantastic!

A special thanks to Susan, Jamie and Leo for minding the store while I snuck around with my camera. I have never seen such a pro in handling people and their credit cards as our beautiful Susan. Never gets flustered and even sherlock’s peoples names for me (behind the scenes) when I can’t remember. How cool is that?.

But my greatest pleasure was watching our own little family of artists talking and laughing together. Kweli, Yumi, Laura, Jenny, Jamie and our newest teacher Jonathan…you guys are great to come out and support MaryBeth and it means the world to both her and myself. Without further adieu…the show Saturday night

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Opening Night…

Posted in art show, artists, create, entertainment, fabulous, Famiiy, Fat lady sings, Friends, gallery, neighbors, opening, Party, Uncategorized on January 10, 2009 by anuvuestudio

Tonight is MaryBeth Leonard’s opening with 23 works in the main gallery (22 featured here minus one on easel) and 4 in the classroom. Joining her will be Elleni Maureas playing Classical and Jazz flute and bringing up the rear, best kinda “art” I know, food extroidinare…We are happy to welcome a brand new member, our food artist (Yeah!) Jenny Walker. Certainly hope to see all of you there. Well, maybe not ALL of you. I want to sample the food too! Good time guaranteed for all. See you at 7pm… And yes, shoes can be worn with or without socks, but please, no USC fight songs. 😉

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