Forest & Ocean is pleased to announce the second installment of the new popular Artists Spotlight Series in the recent expansion of their gallery in downtown Laguna Beach.
The space allows Forest & Ocean Gallery to include an area dedicated to a new monthly exhibit showcasing the talent of their artists. This upcoming spotlight will display the talents of Ceramic Artist Stuart Hack and photographers Ron Azevedo and Allard Van der Graaf. The exhibition will run from January 13 – February 9 with artwork available for purchase. The public is invited to a reception with the artists on Saturday, January 18, 2014 from 6 – 9pm for unveiling of new artwork, discussion, and refreshments.
About the Artists
CBS-LA recently named Ron Azevedo as one of the ‘Most Artistic Photographers in Orange County’ for his worldwide approach to photography. From the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone in Ukraine to the abandoned sanitarium Beelitz-Heilstätten of Berlin, Ron strives to waken viewers to the diversity of the world and to cultures so different from our own.
Born in Southern California, Ron spent his youth in the mountains of Big Bear Lake before moving to the San Clemente beach community where he & his family have resided for the past 30 years. Taking up photography at the age of 9, Ron pursued his passion for photography throughout his youth before delving into world cinematography at Columbia College of Motion Pictures & Television Arts & Sciences. Ron worked for an NBC affiliate as a video tape editor & cameraman. Ron has been published numerous times and he received recognition from National Geographic for his Aspen, Colorado work.
Having been juried for a third consecutive year, Ron will exhibit his work at the prestigious Laguna Beach Festival of Arts in the Summer of 2014.
Allard Van der Graaf, a resident of Laguna Beach California who devotes his time to taking photographic images both above and below the water. He has managed to combine his passion for diving with photography and most of his work deals with underwater subject matter. Allard’s images have appeared in local magazine, Asian dive magazines and have also been used for advertising purposes.
Prior to moving to Laguna Beach in 2011, Allard was an international investment banker working in London, Hong Kong, India, Singapore and Japan. Along the way Allard has also become a Rescue Diver, Master Scuba Diver and an Open Water Scuba Instructor with specialty instructor ratings in Deep Diving, Night Diving, Underwater Naturalist, Drift Diving and Enriched Air Diving. Allard is also qualified to teach Emergency First Response courses.
Stuart Hack studied ceramics at the Potters’ Guild in Baltimore, Maryland and the Baltimore Museum of Art under Olin Russum, a Maryland ceramics icon. Life altering events brought Stuart to Southern California where, at the Irvine Fine Arts Center, he found the freedom to explore creating large hand-built ceramic sculptures. The California mountains, canyons, landscapes and native history have influenced Stuart’s clay canvas. In each handcrafted vessel, the play of the sun on the deserts, hills and valleys; the ever changing vistas; and the emotions that Stuart experiences can be felt as his art work is carefully studied. His sculptures invite viewers to touch, feel the form and texture and explore how they are constructed.
Stuart’s one-of-a-kind art has been juried into exhibits at Irvine Fine Arts Center, Orange County Fair, Norco Southwestern Art Show and Long Beach Arts Show.”