No-theme, open-call exhibit to display range of styles

<strong>“Tree of Night Life,” acrylic on canvas, by Nairobi Tony</strong>

“Tree of Night Life,” acrylic on canvas, by Nairobi Tony

Gallery Expo will host the works of 17 artists, selected from a recent open call of no particular theme, in its group exhibit that opens Friday, Feb. 1. The art ranges from contemporary to Steam Punk and back to the old favorites of more traditional art.
New to Gallery Expo is Long Beach artist Connie DK Lane, with her larger-than-life, in-your-face, contemporary, three-dimensional statements constructed of foam, fabric, rope, nails, papier-mâché and found objects.
Another area artist new to Gallery Expo is Nash Bellows, a painter who uses bright colors and figurative work to represent many aspects of her personality. Her work deals with the various ways people create identities in life. Nash says that most people only see the external shell of one another and base their viewpoints on material aspects. Nash’s art shows what she personally deems excessive in her life, such as food, family influence and personal possessions.
Returning Long Beach artist Nairobi Tony was born and raised in Kenya and moved to California in 1965 at age 12. He draws with a fountain pen and describes himself as a self-taught, “outsider” artist whose subjects include cosmic energies and cats. He is influenced by the flow of the ink and the spur of the moment. Many of his works are done in a stipple fashion and have an African folk art look and feel.
Other new and returning artists in the exhibit are Peter Rameriz, Amaya Shannon, Douglas C. Orr, Vincent Mattina, Diane Modafferi, Kindle Lynn Reeder, Olga Teri Tyralla, David Rodriguez, Lori Ann Clark, Mike Schelly, Marcus Smith, Geoffrey Kieran, Kellie Thomas-Walker and Fernando Alvarez.
The exhibit will open to the public Friday, Feb. 1 between 6pm and 10pm and then be open Feb. 2, 8, 9, 15, 16 and 22 between 4pm and 8pm. Gallery Expo, which is free and open to the public, is located inside the Expo Arts Center at 4321 Atlantic Ave., with free public parking on the north side of the building or on the street. Strollers and dogs are not permitted in the gallery, and small children must be supervised by an adult.

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