Art veterans Walfrido Garcia and Steve Barton celebrated their 19th Annual Anniversary Show at EC Seaport Village Gallery. The artists have built a strong following for their masterful oil paintings in the Aloha style. Beautiful seascape paintings that provide deep feelings of summer beaches and crisp sky’s were on display over the weekend for public viewing. Seaport Village patrons frequented the free gallery throughout the day and soaked up some of San Diego’s cultural benefits.
Garcia and Barton have a natural love of the sea and sky and can blend colors to create masterpieces that express the essence of a moment. Garcia begins by painting layer upon layer in an effort to build up his painting to a final perceptual conclusion. He uses the Hawaiian theme to display a side of life that most mainlanders are not accustomed with.
Even though Barton has the same love for seascapes there is more of a three dimensional aspect to his work. Many of his paintings include a cottage or dwelling which helps provide a “lived in” image of coastal life. Using long brushstrokes to unify the picture he is capable of transforming plain canvas into something colorfully dynamic.
Professional art pieces can provide natural aesthetic benefits for homes and businesses. Art patrons purchase fine works of art to provide better space management of lobbies, living rooms and offices. Profound pieces can change the entire perception and genre of a room. Consider how a colorful surfboard over your fireplace or a picture of skyscrapers in your office changes the room’s impression to visitors.
Art also has an impact on the local economy as people view and appreciate the cultural benefits of artistic productions that build social capital. There are natural links between employment, government revenue, and tourism in the arts industry (Harper & Cohen, 2008). Local San Diegans and tourists enjoy the positive impressions offered by art shows, galleries and art sales that build their own art economy.
If you are looking to expand your cultural horizons or want to add a little spice to your house or office you may want to visit some of the offerings at Exclusive Collections Gallery in Seaport Village. You can browse their website and read their magazine to find out when the next exhibit is offered.
835 West Harbor Drive,
San Diego, CA 92101
Harper, G. & Cohen, R. (2008). A summary of the Americans for the arts economic impact on America’s non-profit arts and cultural Industry. Creative Industries Journal, 1 (1).