Artists Take Many Paths to Reach Celebration of the Arts, April 30-May 1

April 19, 2011
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A powerful artistic current runs through this water color by Dr. Lorane Dick, who will feature six works at the Celebration of the Arts.

A powerful artistic current runs through this water color by Dr. Lorane Dick, who will feature six works at the Celebration of the Arts.

Art isn’t just the passion or the possession of the artist; it’s also the obsession of the osteopath and the ardor of the antique dealer.

 

On April 30 – May 1 at 4th annual Celebration of the Arts (COTA) hosted by the La Verne Church of the Brethren in downtown La Verne, you’ll be able to walk through a gallery of oils, water colors, mixed media and other art forms displayed by full-time artists as well as those who use art more as a fleeting form of human expression than as a nine-to-five, punch-the-clock profession.

 

Take COTA exhibitor Lorane Dick. She has been an osteopathic physician in private practice in San Dimas for 30 years. About 10 years ago, she gave herself a self-imposed sabbatical and began learning the art of water colors. Now she gives herself every Friday off to explore nature and paint what she sees. Last week, she immersed herself in a field of red lilies whose buds swelled with an intense chartreuse glow. Another canvas capurturing her artistic focus holds an olive tree silhouetted against the shape of an architecturally significant house.

 

Why does she choose to paint? “We’re in a cultural crisis,” she explained. “We’re losing our ways to express our feelings about recession, depression, joy!”

 

In her water color, “Rowing the Harbor,” you can’t tell whether the rower is rowing with the tide or against it. Regardless, nature looms in her every brush stroke.

 

Josh Langner, who will also be exhibiting at the Celebration of the Arts, is a Renaissance man, who has owned his own Manhattan gallery and worked at various times as a photographer, filmmaker, screenwriter, behavioral therapist, teacher, antique dealer and a few other vocations that have probably dropped off his busy resume.

 

Not surprisingly, his COTA entry is a collage, “Fall Leaves.” The placement of those precious fall leaves is the culmination and interplay of his awareness of fashion, design, photography and life experience, both revealed and concealed. “The challenge was to display it with an interesting design,” he said.

 

The next time you step on a leaf, wonder if you might be crushing an irreplaceable piece of art.

The next time you step on a leaf, wonder if you might be crushing an irreplaceable piece of art.

The exhibits are mere windows into the souls of real human beings. Take time out from your busy lives to visit the Celebration of the Arts, April 30-May 1, to not only view the art, but also meet the artist who has traveled an indirect and imprecise path to the great Celebration of the Arts.

 

To view the full weekend schedule of artists and performers, please visit http://www.arts-laverne.org.

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