‘When Pigs Fly’ Introduces New Gallery Space, New Artists

The Canyon ChronicleBy The Canyon Chronicle      October 15, 2021

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‘When Pigs Fly’ Introduces New Gallery Space, New Artists
June Kim’s sculptures of red thread on plexiglass structures are inspired by an ancient Asian belief.
Artists from Topanga and neighboring communities have come together to create a new venue for art in Topanga. The new location of Topanga Canyon Gallery is 137 S. Topanga Canyon Blvd., across from the south entrance to Pine Tree Circle. The opening reception and celebration will be on October 23 from 4-7 p.m. The opening show, “When Pigs Fly,” is a whimsical re-imagining of the axiom that turns the concept of the impossible on its head, celebrating the bohemian joie de vivre that exemplifies Topanga Canyon. The beauty of the natural surroundings of the canyon, have also long nurtured creative expression and attracted artists and art enthusiasts alike to this “place above.” This premier group art exhibition celebrates the gallery’s move and re-branding as a salient contemporary art gallery, representing emerging and established artists in LA County. We welcome you to visit Topanga’s art gallery with deep roots here and celebrate creative freedom in a relaxed atmosphere. One of the newly participating artists showing in “When Pigs Fly” is June Kim. Ms. Kim builds her sculptures and installations by fabricating red thread on plexiglass structures. Her materials and hand sewing process are inspired by the red thread concept from ancient Asian belief, that we are all destined to meet with our significant others with invisible red thread connection. Ms. Kim was born in South Korea and raised in the U.S. where she obtained her art training and continued on to win recognition and show in museums and galleries around the country. Another new participant, Debbi Green, has a long history in the Topanga art community and is now presenting a new evolution in her work. As she describes it, “In the past year or so, I have been honing my craft so that I can have better color combinations, use freer brush strokes, trust myself and play more! New work, new experiences will be different but definitely evidence of me, same humor and same love of color.” Ms. Green followed a successful career in fashion design and film costuming with years of fine art education, which has led to her recognition today as a fine artist. Future shows will exhibit a comprehensive body of work by two artists, each in a separate gallery space. Every three weeks a new artist’s work will occupy each space, to give art lovers the opportunity to immerse themselves in the work of a number of artists each season. The build-out of the new space has been accomplished by the artists themselves. Walls have been removed and new walls built in order to create two gallery spaces, occupying half of the downstairs of the former Abuelita’s restaurant. A large sliding door has been added to the entry of the gallery spaces to welcome art collectors and large works of art. “Our intent is for the gallery itself to make a statement focused on new contemporary works of art, as we move through this first year at our new location,” states Creative Director Lisa Baldwin. “When Pigs Fly” will present new works by 15 participating artists from October 22 through November 7. The Gallery is open Fridays, 2–7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from noon–5 p.m. Please join us to welcome the new gallery at the opening reception, October 23, 4– 7 p.m.
Debbi Green’s art continues to evolve with “The Modern G,”
The Canyon Chronicle
      October 15, 2021

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