Vicki McClay is set to show her art at Upper West in Santa Monica. The opening reception will take place on Sunday March 9th from 4-6pm. Gino Paino curated the show. He explains what inspires him.
good idea of what the community around them
looks for in their Art Work,” says Paino. “I gravitate to someone with a
good understanding of contemporary Art, with great technical qualities
and above all the passion for Fine Arts.”
The artist, Vicki
McClay met the owners of Upper West through an artist friend, Imelda
Healy. McClay was schooled at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the
Walker Art Center. She continued her studies at the University of
Minnesota and The College of Art and Design.
played an active role in fueling her desire to be an artist. “When I was
about 12 or 13 years old she gave me a small oil painting set which
came in a wooden box,” recalls the artist. “To this day, I always keep
in my studio. She was a single mom with two children, so it was quite
difficult for her to find the resources for classes and supplies, but
she saw how important it was to me and made it a priority.”
wish is to welcome her audience into the each painting. To allow them
the opportunity to explore the contrasting worlds that she creates. She
explains, “I've been very fortunate to see a great deal of the world
and each new environment has brought something different to my
paintings. Some experiences immediately impact my work and others
gestate for a considerable time, but everywhere I have gone I have
discovered we live in a world of such amazing color and light, which is
in constant flux. There are endless qualities to the elements that
surround us - the air, land and water - and I see these elements
impacting each other all the time. At times it seems as if we are unsure
where one element ends and the other begins.
She currently works out of her studio in Santa Monica. She also lives in Santa Monica with her husband and daughter.
opening reception will be held on Sunday, March 9th from 4:00pm to 7:00
pm at Upper West located at 3321 Pico Blvd. in Santa Monica. http://www.theupperwest.com/ http://vickimcclay.com/ To Find out about more art openings in the LA area, see www.LAArtParty.com
Written by guest writer, Libby Lancaster