GDCA is pleased to announce our January, 2022 Group Exhibition, "Current"

Painting & Mixed Media Collage - Figurative, abstract, bold, hidden, fearless, brave, timeless and still. We connect to the pulse of our times through an internal journey that takes us outside of ourselves. Feelings and truths, given shape and form and color, can no longer be contained. We must share them. 

Featured Artists: Richard Bell,  Marlene Capell, Teri Dryden, Siri France, Dave Graham, Karen Hansen, Suki Kuss, Kathe Madrigal,  Stephen Schubert & Linda Stelling.

JOIN US FOR AN IN-PERSON GALLERY RECEPTION - Saturday, January 22nd from 6pm - 10pm.

Exhibition Dates: January 5th - January 31st, 2022.

Feel free to contact us anytime with questions or to arrange for a masked & socially distanced in person appointment during our temporary business hours: Wednesday through Sunday from 12noon - 5pm!!

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GDCA is pleased to announce our January, 2022 Solo Exhibition:

Cynthia Ann Swan:  "Tapestries"


The Final Installation of Cynthia Ann Swan's year-long residency at the Delson Lounge offers a debut her most personal, revealing and autobiographical works to date, combining the artist's poetry, images and woven metals in individual kiln-formed glass.


JOIN US FOR AN IN-PERSON GALLERY RECEPTION - Saturday, January 22nd from 6pm - 10pm.

Exhibition Dates: January 5th - January 31st, 2022.


Feel free to contact us anytime with questions or to arrange for a masked & socially distanced in person appointment during our temporary business hours: Wednesday through Sunday from 12noon - 5pm!! 😷

EXHIBITION CATALOGUE

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Richard Bell

“Kind of Blue”

“During this global pandemic, I’ve been feeling extremely unmotivated. While listening to the “Kind of Blue” album by Miles Davis, I started to reflect on Picasso’s blue period. During this period of his life, he used monochromatic shades of blue and blue-green, occasionally warmed by other colors to depict the hardships that he and his subjects were experiencing.

In this series I’ve painted some of the Jazz musicians who helped me cope with feelings of isolation and also some of the friends that I miss and love to paint. In my series however, I strictly only used monochromatic shades of blue devoid of any other colors to express the deep hopelessness and desolation that the whole world is feeling, yet preserves the beauty from before as a reminder for a post pandemic life.” - Richard Bell

Richard Bell, "Aycil in Blue", Oil on Canvas, (40" x 30"). $7,500.

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Richard Bell, "Chi", Oil on Canvas, (40" x 30"). $7,500.

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Richard Bell, "Unmasked", Oil on Canvas, (40" x 30"). $7,500.

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Richard Bell, "Maria in Blue", Oil on Canvas, (40" x 30"). $7,500.

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Marlene Capell

"These paintings start with the image of a portal which is the dominant motif. They often evolve over a period of several years. I may paint over old paintings leaving some parts exposed because it goes with my attitude towards life; not to obscure what has gone before. This painting process is one of covering, scraping and redrawing in order to challenge the existing state of the work as multiple layers are built up and then partially obscured. This leaves evidence of what went before in the process of creating a rich and textured surface. Comparing my art to music, I visualize interweaving and overlaying abstract elements in the composition of my work.

I visualize these paintings as a reflection of life as well as a connection to our earliest beginnings and to other cultures. I begin by building abstract architectonic forms, which evolve from my fascination with Stonehenge and the Lion Gate of Mycenae. I use this specific kind of formal structure to help establish order out of the vast multitude of available choices. I derive a sense of stability from these post and lintel structures, which grounds me so that I can then speculate and explore non-objectively. From that, I hope for something unexpected to emerge for both the viewer and myself.

Just as each civilization is built upon the structures of previous ones, I believe our lives are a process of building one experience upon another. As many of these paintings are painted over previous ones, revealing the history of themselves, they become a metaphor for growth and evolution. For me this is also the exchange between the careful rational mind and the desire for spontaneity and a measure of surprise. The challenge becomes just how much freedom I can allow myself." - MC

Marlene Capell, "Portal XI, 2008", Oil / Acrylic on Canvas, (40" x 40"). $2,900.

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Marlene Capell, "Portal V, 1991", Oil / Sand on Canvas, (72" x 54"). $4,800.

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Marlene Capell, "Portal XXII 2009-10-12", Oil / Acrylic on Canvas, (40" x 40"). $2,900.

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Teri Dryden


'California Sojourn' Series


“By manipulating found in prepared papers, I use spatial relationships, color and form to explore connections, memory and sense place. The pieces I created for “crescent moon” were inspired by my annual sojourn to Los Angeles Where I visit dear friends and the place I used to call home” - Teri Dryden

Teri Dryden, "Catch A Wave", Artist painted paper Collage on Panel, (20" x 24"). $1,200.

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Teri Dryden, "Ocean Park A" (Diptych right), Artist painted paper Collage on Panel, (12" x 32" total). $1,400.

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Teri Dryden, "Ocean Park b" (Diptych left), Artist painted paper Collage on Panel, (12" x 32" total). $1,400.

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Teri Dryden, "DTLA", Artist painted paper Collage on Panel, (20" x 24"). $1,200.

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Teri Dryden, "Strawberry Fields", Artist painted paper Collage on Panel, (20" x 24"). $1,200.

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Siri France


"This view from my studio is very familiar to me, and every time I paint it, it changes. I feel as if painting is a way to articulate the very process of looking, which can be so loaded with feeling, association and memory." - Siri France

Siri France, "Studio View Silverlake", Oil on Canvas, (48" x 36"). $3,200.

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Dave Graham

"Each painting is a mirror of nature which I have been blessed to have spent my life studying with all of its astounding mix of patterns and colors. I have also noticed that any time I have approached a canvas with a set idea in mind, it inevitably gets thrown out as the piece takes on a life of its own and evolves into something far more interesting than any ideas I may have had to begin with. This approach for me means letting go of my ego and simply being true to the painting as it is evolving and to myself as an artist..." - Dave Graham

Dave Graham, "Journey", Acrylic on Canvas, (33" x 52"). $4,200.

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Dave Graham, "Chase", Acrylic on canvas, (62" x 50"). $5,000.

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Dave Graham, "Inner Circle",  Acrylic on Canvas, (31" x 50"). $3,800.

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Dave Graham, "Wildfire",  Acrylic on Canvas, (38" x 50"). $4,000.

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Dave Graham, "Tempest",  Acrylic on Canvas, (48" x 48"). $5,000.

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Karen Hansen 

"In 1982, the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries created the term shinrin-yoku, which translates to “forest bathing” or “absorbing the forest atmosphere.” The practice encourages people to simply spend time in nature — no actual bathing required. And it need not take place in a forest. Any natural setting outdoors is good, like a local park, your favorite nearby trail, the beach, a lake. Time spent in nature is good for both physical and mental wellbeing. It is proven to reduce stress hormone production, improve feelings of happiness, free up creativity, lower heart rate and blood pressure, boost the immune system and accelerate recovery from illness. And any amount of time you can spend outdoors enjoying fresh air and sunshine is good.

Once you’ve arrived at your destination, take a few deep breaths and center yourself. Spend a few moments simply observing your surroundings. You could sit and watch how the trees sway in the wind or you could walk around. If you decide to walk, go at a leisurely pace and without a specific destination in mind. It’s important to let your mind and senses wander, explore, and indulge. Focus on what your senses are taking in — whether it’s the scent of clean ocean air or a chorus of chirping birds. The goal of forest bathing is to live in the present moment while immersing your senses in the sights and sounds of a natural setting.... These paintings are are reflections of my own forest bathing experiences." - Karen Hansen

Karen Hansen, "Shirin Yoku: Forest Bathing 1", (48" x 24"). Acrylic on Cradled Wood Panel. $2,400.

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Karen Hansen, "Priorita Mutevoli", (40" x 40"). Acrylic on Cradled Wood Panel. $3,300.

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Karen Hansen, "Shinrin-yoku: Ephemera" (48" x 24"), Acrylic on Cradled Wood Panel. $2,400.

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Suki Kuss


"My new series, Strings Attached, came to me quickly. The work includes yarns and fine threads is
very satisfying. I’ve played with the idea of working with fibers before but this time the
wrapping of threads around various objects was clearly where I wanted to be.
An element that I didn’t realize would occur is the shadow play that the threads make. This visual happened unexpectedly and
naturally was an added surprise within the series."


"The series, “CleanSlate”,

is quite different for me. Seemingly void of detail...a departure in style...the true work lies below the surface of each piece. Hidden thoughts and detailed composition are there to be found and interpreted by the viewer. ...

The single piece, “Writer’s Block”, does not belong in a series but stands on its own as an individual statement. Each artist, from time to time, suffers from doubt and fear. I found this piece to be peaceful and restorative... a statement of my resolve to search within my self doubting and present a piece of quiet dignity." - Suki Kuss

Suki Kuss, "Clean Slate IV", Mixed Media on Canvas (40" x 12"). $2,100.

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Suki Kuss, "Clean Slate II", Mixed Media on Canvas (40" x 12"). $2,100.

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Suki Kuss, "Writers Block", Mixed Media on Canvas (40" x 12"). $2,100.

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Suki Kuss, "Strings Attached V", Mixed Media on Canvas (12" x 12"). $750.

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Suki Kuss, "Strings Attached III", Mixed Media on Canvas (12" x 12"). $750.

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Suki Kuss, "Strings Attached I", Mixed Media on Canvas (24" x 18"). $1,400.

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Suki Kuss, "Strings Attached II", Mixed Media on Canvas (12" x 12"). $750.

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Suki Kuss, "Strings Attached IV", Mixed Media on Canvas (12" x 12"). $750.

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Suki Kuss, "Strings Attached XI", Mixed Media on Canvas (12" x 12"). $750.

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Suki Kuss, "Strings Attached VIII", Mixed Media on Canvas (6" x 6"). $500.

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Suki Kuss, "Strings Attached IX", Mixed Media on Canvas (6" x 6").

$500.
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Suki Kuss, "Strings Attached X", Mixed Media on Canvas (6" x 6"). $500.

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Suki Kuss, "Clean Slate III", Mixed Media on Canvas (24" x 6"). $1,200.

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Suki Kuss, "Clean Slate I", Mixed Media on Canvas (36" x 24"). $2,600.

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Kathe Madrigal

"The meeting of energy and matter is creation. I bring them together as they tell me. 

Applying paint and editing back is one of my favorite techniques. Layers of structure and color are revealed through razors, blowtorch and hot wax. It’s a process of searching within our Psyche to discover our complex selves.“ - Kathe Madrigal

Kathe Madrigal, "Pensando", Oil / Mixed Media on Canvas, (49" x 37"). $4,950.

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Stephen Schubert


"Kitchen tools, foam, rags, boards and anything from Home Depot can make interesting painting mates, although primarily, I use a spackle knife. Dragging, spraying, dripping, smearing and scraping are all part of the process. Varying amounts of pressure applied with my spackle knife enables me to create some control over the haphazard nature of my approach." - Stephen Schubert

Stephen Schubert, "Winter Pane", Acrylic on Canvas, (36" x 81"). $10,800.

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Linda Stelling

“I see art as one avenue to changing our world. It is received by most to reflect our opinions, emotions and desires. This permission is granted to everyone for beauty, peace and transcendence into a more wonderful world. These works are a direct offering for that desire for calm." - Linda Stelling

Linda Stelling, "The Virgin", (72" x 48"). Mixed Media on Canvas. $5,500.

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EXHIBITION CATALOGUE

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Exhibition Statement


“Tapestries”

Cynthia Ann Swan


"Tapestries have been woven since ancient times, honoring the dead, preserving history, and warming the walls of noblemen. Single threads tell colorful tales, nimbly crossing the steady warp that gives their dance stability. The warp cords run the length of the tapestry, while the darting weft threads are here and there, then gone again, as new threads join the party.


These tapestries tell my story. They serve as allegories of my life. Literal weaving is the unifying element across the collection. The presentations are the warp, the foundation, the wood grain of symbolic planks, the trees that stand as solemn sentinels, the nature of my core. The weft is the color, the glass, the metal, the cloth, the changing textures, the stops, the starts, beginnings and ends, that join to be my life.


Some of the pieces are impressionistic images suggesting generalized experiences. Other pieces document my memories of specific, personal events. The poems embedded in each of them add language to the idea.


I had no master plan prior to starting this collection, only the concept of designing the fabric of my life. The titles of each series represent major aspects of my life, that qualify my character, and combine to make me whole."


- CynthiaAnnSwan

Cynthia Ann Swan, "Depression" (10" x 48" x 5"). Freestanding Individual Kilnformed Glass in Copper Housings on Metal and Glass base. Secrets Series, Tapestries Collection. $3,500.


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Cynthia Ann Swan "Shades of Grey", Riverspeak Series.(35" x 21"). Individually Kilnformed Glass and Woven Copper / Mixed Media on Custom Painted Aluminum Presentation Panel. $4,300.

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Cynthia Ann Swan "Diamonds in the Sky", Riverspeak Series.(35" x 21"). Individually Kilnformed Glass and Woven Copper / Mixed Media on Custom Painted Aluminum Presentation Panel. $4,500.

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Cynthia Ann Swan "Riverbank", Riverspeak Series.(15" x 23"). Individually Kilnformed Glass and Woven Copper / Mixed Media on Custom Painted Aluminum Presentation Panel. $1,200.

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Cynthia Ann Swan "Thin Ice", Riverspeak Series.(35" x 21"). Individually Kilnformed Glass and Woven Copper / Mixed Media on Custom Painted Aluminum Presentation Panel. $2,900.

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Cynthia Ann Swan "Early Spring", Riverspeak Series.(35" x 21"). Individually Kilnformed Glass and Woven Copper / Mixed Media on Custom Painted Aluminum Presentation Panel. $4,300.

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Cynthia Ann Swan, "Transitions", Seasons Series. Individually Kilnformed Glass in Copper Base, (14" x 24"). $3,200.

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Cynthia Ann Swan, "Reading Tree Leaves Triptych", Seasons Series.

"Moon of the Falling Leaves" (left), "Full Circle" (center) & "Seasons Change" (right). Individually Kilnformed Glass in Copper base, (29" x 5")  / each. $3,000.

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Cynthia Ann Swan, "White Magic", Seasons Series.

 Individually Kilnformed Glass in Copper base, (30" x 17"). $3,200.

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Cynthia Ann Swan "Early Spring" - Detail 1, River Series.

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Cynthia Ann Swan "Diamonds in the Sky", Riverspeak Series, (35" x 21"). Individually Kilnformed Glass and Woven Copper / Mixed Media on Custom Painted Aluminum Presentation Panel. $4,500.

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Cynthia Ann Swan,"Rough Ride". Secrets Series, Tapestries Collection. Individual Kilnformed Glass on Painted Aluminum Presentation Panel, (33". 27"). $2,700.

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Cynthia Ann Swan, "Eulogy for One". Secrets Series, Tapestries Collection. Individual Kilnformed Glass on painted Aluminum Panel. (35" x 17"). $2,700.

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Cynthia Ann Swan, "Testimony". Secrets Series, Tapestries Collection. Individual Kilnformed Glass on painted Aluminum Panel. (35" x 17"). $2,700.

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Cynthia Ann Swan, "Molasses Cookies". Secrets Series, Tapestries Collection. Individual Kilnformed Glass on painted Aluminum Panel. (35" x 17"). $2,700.

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Cynthia Ann Swan,"Confetti Rain". Secrets Series, Tapestries Collection. Individual Kilnformed Glass on Painted Aluminum Presentation Panel, (33". 27"). $2,950.

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Cynthia Ann Swan,"Half-Truths", Lunar Muse Series, Tapestries Collection. Individual Kilnformed Glass on Painted Aluminum Presentation Panel, (38" x 25"). $4,500.

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Cynthia Ann Swan,"Lunar Eclipse", Lunar Muse Series, Tapestries Collection. Individual Kilnformed Glass on Painted Aluminum Presentation Panel, (38" x 20"). $3,000.

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Cynthia Ann Swan,"Chanson de la Lune", Lunar Muse Series, Tapestries Collection. Individual Kilnformed Glass on Painted Aluminum Presentation Panel, (38" x 20"). $3,000.

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