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Koplin Del Rio is p leased to announce the first of a series of three exhibitions in celebratio n of its 30th anniversary. This first exhibition titled "Sublime: Nature\, Science and the Divine" includes 15 KDR artists\, as well as\, invited gues t artists from the gallery's history in the past 30 years. Subsequent shows will include themes also reflective of the gallery's historic program.
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It is a great pleasure for Koplin Del Rio Gallery to announce its 30t h year in business.  Since Marti Koplin first opened Koplin Gallery  in January of 1982\, the gallery has continued to expand upon its original commitment of buildin g and nurturing artists' careers. The gallery's foundation was built upon e xhibiting influential artwork based on historical\, social and globally rel evant themes. 
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\nThe current KDR program includes esta blished artists from its early history in the 80's\, several mid-career art ists\, as well as a new generation of exciting\, emerging artists. The gall ery has weathered a variety of economic conditions since 1982\, including f our relocations in Los Angeles. The integrity of the program has hel d resolute throughout\, due to the support of a loyal and enthusiastic patr onage that continue to invigorate and inspire the exhibitions. \n
 
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Koplin Del Rio opened 2012 with a compr ehensive exhibition of paintings and drawings by mid-career artist Kenny Ha rris titled\, China. The artist spent seven weeks exploring the va st reaches of the China documenting his experience through on-site drawings and watercolors of landscapes and interiors. The exhibition was a complete overview of the artistic process featuring a sampling of the sketches\, oi l studies and finished paintings. 

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Long-time gallery artist Sandow Birk opened next with the seco nd installment of his epic American Qur'an project. The nearly 100 completed Qur'an pages are currently part of an extensive touring exhibiti on that originated at The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh\, PA\; Grinnell College\, IA and is continui ng on to additional locations. 

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Following Birk\, the gallery calendar featured cons ecutive solo shows by emerging artists: Melissa Cooke's monumental self-por trait drawings\; Michelle Muldrow's lush interiors of retail meccas and Sha y Bredimus's expressive portraits in tattoo ink on drafting film. Th ese exhibitions exemplify reoccurri ng themes in the program including ethnicity\, identity\, community\, envir onment and history. In addition\, to complement these viewpoints\, KDR is p leased to also introduce new artists: Eric Beltz\, Josh Dorman\, Suné Woods \, as well as\, a re-connection with an earlier friend\, sculptress Sarah P erry.

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In its 30th year\, KDR has also added a new and fitting component to the program\, Life Drawing at KDR. Drawing has always been a focus and fundamental backbone in the history of the gallery with the annual group Drawings I - VIII< /em> exhibitions. This salon format will function as a quarterly installation in the back room drawing gallery. The informal shows will feature selections of life model d rawings curated by Ron De Angelis\, KDR's Gallery Manager of eight years. The drawing group meets every two we eks at the gallery after hours to draw from a live model. This on-going series of exhibitions will display dra wings from the attendees of the uninstructed sessions\, which include a ran ge of established and unknown artis ts\, as well as artists who are represented by the gallery. 
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In addition to its exh ibition program\, KDR is also committed to providing a forum for dialogue\, with its ongoing series of lectures and panel discussions by visiti ng artists\, curators and critics that are open to the public. KDR recently hosted a riveting panel discussion moderated 
by Rabbi Sarah Bassin and featured panelists Will Deutsch\ ; a Jewish Six Points Fellow\, Ali Mir\, Director of Muslim Student Life at USC\, and artist\, Sandow Birk. Th e panel discussed at length American Muslim and Jewish identity in art.

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To conclude 2012 and celebrate KDR's 30th anniversary\, the gallery has planned a seri es of three invitational group shows beginning this summer and continuing through the end of the year.  The consecutive exhibitions are headlined with titles reflective of the gal lery's strongest themes over the ye ars. The titles provide an all-inclusive platform for creative expression i n support of the gallery's diverse program.  In addition\, as part of the gallery's history\, KDR will also ac knowledge the many artists it has had the privilege to exhibit over the yea rs by extending invitations to a se lect group of artists outside of the gallery. Please join KDR in celebratin g this milestone and pay homage to the artists\, patrons and curators that have contributed to the vision and legacy of Koplin Del Rio Gallery.
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