“Ordinary into Extraordinary” Opens at Blue 7 Gallery March 18th!

Blue 7 Gallery hosts a reception for “Ordinary into Extraordinary” on Sunday March 18th from 2:00pm to 5:00pm. The group exhibition will feature talented artists from the Blue 7 collective, in addition to guest artists. Special guest Ray Ford will be featured as part of this exhibition. An accomplished wood carver, Ford has been creating art for over 85 years. He received a pocket knife for his birthday at just 5 years old…the artist took to wood carving right away. Now at 90 years old, he is always looking for new ways to create outside-the-box. When asked which of the techniques he uses to create his work is his favorite, he replied, “I like to enhance wood turnings with burning techniques.” The artist looks for unusual ways to create the desired effect. He has now added the Lichtenberg technique to his arsenal. 
               Works by Ray Ford created using the Lichtenberg technique

Ford admits he does have limitations, such as not being able to stand too long. But he is not in a rush. He creates each work with patience and love. Each piece is completely original. Ford has exhibited in local galleries such as Fab-Gallery, the Santa Monica Art Studios and just last month at Ivan Gallery. For additional info about Ray Ford, visit his website at http://hrayford.com/

Artist Vicki Fisher-Lerer has been creating art most of her life…”I started at a young age, studied privately through high school, received a BA in Fine Art from Indiana University and haven’t stopped creating since.”  She has been exhibiting her work since the early 80’s in Northern California. “I have an interest in all mediums and find it exciting learning a new technique: creating and incorporating it into a new piece of work.”
          Vicki Fisher-Lerer, Encaustic by the Sea, Encaustic paint, 12" x 24"

Fisher-Lerer said she enjoyed creating her work Encaustic by the Sea, which was inspired by walks at the beach in Santa Monica. “I am fascinated with the movement and colors of the ocean and sky.”

"I was one of the first members of the Blue 7 Gallery," said artist Lisa Wald. She took her first art class ten years ago, and was hooked. She has been painting ever since. “I only work in oils and I typically paint on canvas or linen panels.” Wald will be exhibiting four pieces in the group show all animals. The works were inspired by a trip to an animal sanctuary.

Blue 7 Gallery hosts an opening reception for “Ordinary into Extraordinary” on Sunday March 18th. Artists will be in attendance for the event from 2:00pm to 5:00pm at Blue 7 Gallery (3129 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405). The group exhibition runs through April 21st; (310) 449-1444; http://blue7gallery.com/ http://blue7gallery.com/