One of my favorite things to do on the weekends is to peruse various local art shows and craft fairs with my family. I think it’s a great way to expose your kids to art and culture. My family and I attended the Beverly Hills Art Show, Affaire in the Gardens. The Affaire in the Gardens takes place over four blocks off of Santa Monica Boulevard from Rodeo Drive to Rexford Drive. It is a free event filled with approximately 250 exceptional artists and entertainment. Oh, and don’t forget about the wine garden AND the beer garden.
It was a gorgeous day… not too hot, not too cold. It was so beautiful that parking was horrendous. I didn’t mind, however because I was just excited to explore my way through the white tented displays of fine art. Exhibits showcased talent including mediums in ceramics, drawing, printmaking, jewelry, glass, mixed media, painting, and sculpture.
Before long I stumbled upon food truck row on the Park Way. It smelled fabulous, by the way, and I had to stop for a loaded Philly cheese steak sandwich! Out of the 250 artists, there were four painters that really stood out to me. All, I assume, are quite well established, however I wanted to share their work as they served some inspiration to me. Here they are… truly amazing.
Steven M. O’Conner – Honored “Best in Show” at the Beverly Hills Affaire in the Gardens Fall 2009. A “blend of street art and Neo Expressionism” Steven’s paintings are one of a kind and not reprinted or reproduced. They are coated in a high gloss, which requires no frame.
Anja Van Herle – Anja paints in large scale portraiture, beautiful women of high fashion.
Kris Cunz – Inspired by the art of Graffiti, he captures industrial and commercial areas as they are enhanced by graffiti as a “part of a rich visual texture”.
Andy Anh Ha – “His work runs the gamut between Modern-Contemporary, to Dada-Mixed Media.” This includes materials such as metals, texts, acrylics, and spray paint to name a few.