"Brought to Life" Features Artworks Inspired by the Beauty of the Human Form

Artist reception is Oct. 28, 6 to 8 p.m.

Brought2Life-JamieOCTOBER 28, 2013 -- Jamie Chestnut, Susan Connors, Garrett Kaida, Teresa Pardini and Leslie Parsons share a passion for rendering the human form.  The five are currently exhibiting their paintings and drawings in a group show called “Brought to Life,” now on view in Allan Hancock College’s Ann Foxworthy Gallery through Dec. 8.  A reception for the artists will be held in the gallery Monday, Oct. 28, from 6  to 8 p.m.

Gallery Director Marti Fast, who curated the group show, brought together accomplished artists with strong artistic voices and unique creative approaches to the human form.  Connors is an art teacher and painter who recently renewed her love of color and drawing in a series of energetically rendered pastels.  Kaida, a digital painter and children’s book illustrator, renders quick gesture sketches that capture fleeting moments in time as a way to comprehend and appreciate his world.  Chestnut is a photographer and illustrator who employs metal leaf patterns in his work, and has recently begun creating time-lapse videos that capture his process when rendering a portrait.  Parsons, a former Hollywood set designer, experiments with plasticized papers and some of the colorful media sold in toy stores in her elegantly simple gesture drawings.  Pardini, an art therapist, is a prolific artist and painter whose expressive work is notable for its large scale and voluptuous forms.Brought2Life-Leslie

“Drawing from life is incredibly challenging, and has traditionally been the most effective vehicle for artists to master essential elements of drawing, artistic anatomy, design and proportion,” said Fast.  “Capturing the vitality of the human form in poses and portraits only comes after study and extended practice working from the live model.”  Fast, who has taught figure drawing for more than 30 years, emphasizes the time, concentration and dedication these five artists have invested in mastering this art form. 

“Life drawing is not for sissies,” she added.  “It takes full concentration and physical stamina, along with a willingness to look with fresh eyes and a clear mind.  Every model, every pose, every face has a unique energy and personality that challenges the artist in the attempt to capture the essence of another human being.”

Brought2Life-GarrettThe Ann Foxworthy Gallery is located in the Academic Resource Center, Bldg. L-South, in the heart of the Santa Maria campus.  Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-7:45 p.m., and Friday, 9 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.; closed weekends and college holidays. 

For more information, contact the fine arts department at 922-6966 ext. 3252.

NOTE: Art works shown are by Jamie Chestnut (top left), Leslie Parsons (middle right) and Garrett Kaida (bottom left).

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