“Energies of the California Coast” opens at Lu Martin Galleries, Thursday, April 2nd as part of the Laguna Beach First Thursdays Artwalk.
Image - Brooke Harker paints Heart of the City
The gallery was opened in 1988, by Lu Martin and is housed in a converted cottage on Historic Gallery Row in North Laguna, where the earliest galleries in town were centered. Featuring a balanced mix of contemporary and traditional styles by various local, regional, and international artists, Greg Martin (son of Lu Martin) also works the gallery.
“Brooke Harker's art boasts a strength of substance and style,” said Martin. “More than faithful renderings of the places she has traveled and spent time, her paintings are imbued with the mood, energy and character of the place and its inhabitants.” Martin said he was happy to feature Harker’s work once again but now in a solo exhibit. “The use of color and detail, and the select absence of either, are her primary tools for transmuting the essence of any locale onto canvas.”
Harker said she was fond of both Greg and Lu and the gallery, “What I appreciate most about Lu Martin Galleries is the feeling of family they extend in to their visitors in the gallery. There is a unique rustic décor that feels warmly old fashion and adds to the spirit of how they take time to talk to everybody.”
image -Liberated Waters by Brooke Harker 35" x 68" ink, oil & acrylic on canvas
Don’t miss the opening reception of “Energies of the California Coast” on April 2nd 6-9pm as part of the First Thursday’s Artwalk. Lu Martin Galleries is located at 372 N Pacific Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651; (949) 494-8074; http://lumartingalleries.com/
Harker’s paintings will also be part of a group exhibition at FABstudio in Santa Monica on Thursday, April 9th. For more info about the artist, see her website at http://www.brookeharker.com/