Expression Session: The Surf Gallery At AR4T

by The Editors on May 21, 2013

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“Makaha Surf” Mixed-Media Original Painting, by John Severson

The Artist Republic 4 Tomorrow, in conjunction with Surfline, Thalia Surf Shop and Vans, is hosting the opening reception for The Surf Gallery retrospective Expression Session on Saturday, June 1, 2013. The show features art from some great surf artists and photographers including: Art Brewer, Ben Brough, Thomas Campbell, Joe Curren, Harry Daily, Andy Davis, Ned Evans, Julie Goldstein, Andrew Holder, David Lloyd, Jason Murray, John Severson, Kevin Short, Pat Tobin, Patrick Trefz, Tyler Warren, and Alex Weinstein. And it’s all currated by The Surf Gallery’s Will Pennartz.

When The Surf Gallery opened its doors in 2001, it was the only gallery in the world dedicated to surf-related art and photography. Will’s mission was to blend contemporary art and more traditional surf imagery – a reflection of the changing modern surf culture. And he did it. The Surf Gallery, tucked between Thalia Street Surf Shop and Goko Cafe, just up the steps from the famous Thalia Street Surf break made waves – large ones. “There was a movement happening in surf culture,” explains Will Pennartz says. “It just needed a home, and The Surf Gallery was my way to share it with the world.”

The opening begins at 6 PM, Saturday, June 1, 2013. AR4T is located at 210 North PCH in Laguna Beach, California. For the official word from AR4T, follow the jump.


EXPRESSION SESSION
The Surf Gallery Retrospective

OPENING RECEPTION
Saturday, June 1st
6 to 9 pm

Special Musical Guests : The Matson 2

Artists Republic 4 Tomorrow
210 North Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach CA

“Makaha Surf” Mixed-Media Original Painting, by John Severson

Artists Republic 4 Tomorrow, in conjunction with Surfline, Thalia Surf Shop and Vans, cordially invite you to the artists reception of Expression Session : The Surf Gallery Retrospective.

The exhibition features works from 16 of the most influential contemporary artists in surf culture during the past decade, through the eyes of guest curator Will Pennartz, founder and owner of The Surf Gallery (2001-2010).

When The Surf Gallery opened its doors in 2001, it was the only gallery in the world dedicated to surf-related art and photography. Will’s mission was to blend contemporary art and more traditional surf imagery – a reflection of the changing modern surf culture. And he did it. The Surf Gallery, tucked between Thalia Street Surf Shop and Goko Cafe, just up the steps from the famous Thalia Street Surf break made waves – large ones. “There was a movement happening in surf culture,” explains Will Pennartz says. “It just needed a home, and The Surf Gallery was my way to share it with the world.”

The artists that Will Pennartz brought to Laguna were avid watermen and artists, using their talents to express their love for the ocean while at the same time making very large dents to the front door of the fine art world. “The Surf Gallery was my favorite gallery in Laguna,” says Nick Cocores, Thalia Surf Shop owner. “Young or old, there was something for everyone. Will brought the fun of art shows back into Laguna and we all hung out there every day. The Surf Gallery inspired a new direction of art and culture that has helped surfing stand out from the rest.”

Having closed in 2010, there remains a huge hole in the Laguna Beach Art Community. AR4T owner Torrey Cook said, “The Surf Gallery was not just an inspiration but a brother in art. Though our gallery also focuses on contemporary art – we feature young, emerging artists from a realm of land – skateboarding, snowboarding, music. Will created a incubator for the most innovative artists in surfing and nothing can take its place. We are honored and excited to have Will bring The Surf Gallery back to Laguna – even if only for a short time. It will be a well-needed recharge of the batteries.”

EXPRESSION SESSION: The Surf Gallery Retrospective @ Artists Republic 4 Tomorrow
features new and iconic paintings, prints and photographs from:

Art Brewer
Ben Brough
Thomas Campbell
Joe Curren
Harry Daily
Andy Davis
Ned Evans
Julie Goldstein
Andrew Holder
David Lloyd
Jason Murray
John Severson
Kevin Short
Pat Tobin
Patrick Trefz
Tyler Warren
Alex Weinstein

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