This retrospective exhibition provided a rare look into the largest compilation of silent movie posters and memorabilia, kicking off Brea’s centennial celebration with works on loan from the private collection of Brea’s own Dwight Manley. Featuring exquisite, never before shown silent movie posters, and actual ‘silent Oscar.' Original posters from Brea’s centennial year, 1917, Academy Award winning film posters, and movie memorabilia; this show was comprehensive and delightful. Silent films were screened in the Gallery throughout the exhibition and an exhibit catalog was available for sale.
Diverse and extraordinary, this annual juried exhibition highlighted work from artists all over California. In its thirty-second year, Made in California continued to invite artists in all stages of their careers to illustrate their talents and compete for a number of awards, including the much sought-after solo show opportunity. This regional show featured artwork from an extensive variety of mediums and explores creative movements happening here in the Golden State.
Clay and glass melded together beautifully in this exhibition co-sponsored by the Association of Clay and Glass Artists of California. In its fourth appearance here, this biennial exhibit continued to astound viewers with the creativity and craftsmanship utilized by these artists working in the third dimension. Juror Suzanne Isken, Executive Director of the Craft and Folk Art Museum, selected works ranging from blown, fused, and stained glass to hand-built and wheel-thrown ceramics. A small selection of invited artists displayed bodies of work for viewers to get a true sense of their passion for working with these materials.
Masters of transparent watercolor, Watercolor West once again brought a stunning collection of paintings to the Brea Gallery. This yearly juried exhibition featured one hundred of the most captivating contemporary watercolors from across the globe. Ranging immensely in style and subject, these pieces represented the vast potential of this enchanting medium. Juror John Salminen taught an exclusive multi-day workshop, in addition to the lecture and demonstration series and one day classes led by renowned watercolor artists.