July 7, 2022 The Best Source of News, Culture, Lifestyle for Culver City, Mar Vista, Del Rey, Palms and West Los Angeles

Ordinary into Extraordinary: New Exhibit Opens March 18 at Blue 7 Gallery

By Tina Lynch

 

Blue 7 Gallery in Santa Monica is celebrating the “Ordinary into Extraordinary” with a group show featuring various media opening March 18.

Ray Ford is a local wood sculptor and one of the artists to be featured in the show. He just happens to be 90 years old and continues to create one-of-a-kind works of art. Ford enjoys finding new ways to produce his sculptures. He recently learned the Lichtenberg technique which uses electricity. Perhaps this is what keeps him so young at heart.

Artworks are like children to many artists and most cannot pick a favorite. However, Ford has certain revered ones. “The one with leaves is my overall favorite, but I fall in love with each one I make,” said Ford. The leaf bowl was one of his most detailed works. “First it was just a bowl. The inspiration for the decoration was my love of nature and in this case leaves.” When asked how long it took to make, he replied, “An artist never keeps track of time or takes measurements. Gallery owner Randy Ball said he was happy to include his sculptures in the exhibition, commenting “Ray Ford’s boot is amazing.”

Lisa Wald was one of the first members of the Blue 7 Gallery collective. “I took my first art class about ten years ago, and have been painting ever since.” Wald will be showing four of her artworks in the group show. One work features a goat, another some pigeons and two other works offer cows as the subject. She explained that she was inspired to paint the animals after visiting an animal sanctuary in Santa Clarita called The Gentle Barn.

Artist Bruce Sanders said he is inspired by the great work of the early 20th Century Expressionists who believed that a painting should reflect the painter’s inner feelings rather than the external environment. He strives to do just that. As an author of several art books, he explained his first book titled “Introspection” featured paintings that were inspired by his own attempt to look inward. “I try to use color, texture, line, and form as vehicles for the expression of my feelings and emotions.”

“I think Blue 7 Gallery is a hidden gem, said Vicki Fisher-Lerer, who will be exhibiting works in the show. “Randy and Lucius (owner and director) are nice, supportive and generous and care about their artists,” She has been a part of the Blue 7 Gallery collective since 2016 and will be showing her encaustic paintings. A few years ago the artist started researching encaustic which is similar to oil painting. It is now her main medium. “Last year I started working in encaustics and fell in love. I like the medium because it is so versatile: you can paint with it, collage with it, sculpt with it.”

“Ordinary into Extraordinary” opens at Blue 7 Gallery on Sunday March 18 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Blue 7 Gallery, 3129 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405 and runs until April 21. For more information, visit blue7gallery.com.

Artist Ray Ford with his work.
Lisa Wald, Good Morning,
16” x 20” Oil on Canvas Panel.
Vicki Fisher-Lerer, Encaustic by the Sea, Encaustic paint, 12″ x 24″

Photos courtesy of the artists.

Related Posts

Culver City Stormwater Capture Project Celebrated as a Regional Model

July 7, 2022

July 7, 2022

City’s infrastructure can prevent 19 acre-feet of water per storm from overflowing to Ballona Creek and Santa Monica Bay At...

Culver City Ice Cream Shop Launching Ice Cream Perfumes

July 7, 2022

July 7, 2022

Salt & Straw will release three new ice cream perfumes on July 17 By Dolores Quintana Tyler Malek, who is...

Esteemed Parisian Pastry Chef Opening Culver City Bakery

July 6, 2022

July 6, 2022

Sweet Lily Bakery opening Culver City location  By Dolores Quintana Culver City is getting a new bakery in the form...

Newsom Signs Sen. Ben Allen’s Pollution Bill That Places Recycling Costs on Producers Rather Than Municipalities

July 6, 2022

July 6, 2022

Senate Bill 54 calls on the producers of specific materials to form a Producer Responsibility Organization  By Sam Catanzaro California...

LA City Council Approves Emblem Program to Identify Legal Cannabis Business

July 6, 2022

July 6, 2022

Placards will serve as notice to the public and enforcement agencies that the business is licensed Last week, Los Angeles...

Del Rey Home Under Construction Catches Fire

July 6, 2022

July 6, 2022

No injuries reported in Monday night fire LAFD crews put out a fire that broke out at a Del Rey...

79-Year-Old Culver City Woman Robbed at Gunpoint While Walking Dog

July 6, 2022

July 6, 2022

Phone, fanny pack stolen in July 3 incident By Sam Catanzaro A 79-year-old Culver City woman was robbed at gunpoint...

Construction Begins on Mixed-Use Development at Former Coco’s Restaurant Space

July 2, 2022

July 2, 2022

$210 Million development will bring 230 units and 11,450 square feet of retail to Culver City By Dolores Quintana 3MR...

LaTerra Development Buys Marina del Rey Office Complex, Plans to Build 200 Apartments

July 2, 2022

July 2, 2022

33,550 square feet of space purchased by developer By Dolores Quintana LaTerra Development has made an additional purchase in Marina...

State Officials Approve LA’s Updated Housing Element

July 1, 2022

July 1, 2022

255,000 new units to be built under new plan By Dolores Quintana  As of June 30, the City of Los...

Bel Air Real Estate Developer Guilty of Fraud, Bribery and Obstruction for Paying $500,000 in Cash to City Officials

July 1, 2022

July 1, 2022

David Lee charged in connection to José Huizar bribes A real estate developer and one of his companies were found...

Los Angeles City Attorney Says His Office Is Cracking Down on Illegal Fireworks

June 30, 2022

June 30, 2022

Fines up to $1,000 for violaters, City Attorney says ​​Amid historically dry conditions brought on by California’s severe drought, Los...

LA City Council Approves $25 Per Hour Wage Hike for Certain Healthcare Workers

June 30, 2022

June 30, 2022

Law would apply only to workers at privately owned facilities By Sam Catanzaro Los Angeles City Council this week approved...

Culver City Traffic Stop Yields Loaded Firearm, Cocaine and More

June 30, 2022

June 30, 2022

Three suspects arrested by Culver City Police Department After being pulled over for a traffic violation, three suspects were arrested...

Central Coast Brewery Makes Westside Acquisitions

June 29, 2022

June 29, 2022

Figueroa Mountain Brewing acquires Broxton Brewery, The Stalking Horse and more. Staff, current beer taps to remain on board at...