Wendt Gallery Announces its New Exhibition - Champions of Realism

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Red Oil On Canvas 16 X 20
Liberty 48 X 71
Gold Velvet Sofa 24 X 30
Wendt Gallery Announces its New Exhibition - Champions of Realism
Curated by: Serina Manqueros

1278 Glenneyre #180
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
December 2nd, 2010 - January 4th, 2011
Opening: December 2nd, 2010 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

orange county
(949) 497-4292
By Appointment Only
landscape, figurative


Exhibition to run December 2nd through January 4th. Opening reception - December 2nd from 6 to 9 pm. Laguna Beach, CA - November 20, 2010

Wendt Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of their new exhibition, Champions of Realism, a survey of contemporary realism paintings. This west coast exhibition is on view at the Wendt Gallery Laguna Beach location from December 2nd through January 4th.

Curated by Serina Manqueros, Champions of Realism features over 40 works by over a dozen artists. Mrs. Manqueros is a specialist in contemporary American Painting, and has procured select landscape, figurative and still life works; representing some of the finest examples by each artist.

The opening reception will be hosted by gallery founders Joseph and Serina Manqueros on Thursday, December 2nd, from 6 to 9 PM. Guests will be treated to cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. The reception will take place in conjunction with the Laguna Beach First Thursday’s Art walk.

The exhibition will feature works by notable artists Casey Baugh, Glenn Harrington, Jeff Hein, Juliette Aristides, David Gray, Patrick Devonas, Bryan Larsen, Cesar Santos, Joshua Langstaff, and George Gonzalez, to name a few.

One of the highlights of the exhibitions, Red is a 16 X 20 oil on canvas by Casey Baugh. A composition motivated by Baugh’s interest in pop-culture perception, Baugh’s work reveals a very conscious decision to compose pictures in a way that references the cultural influence that pop culture impresses on our society’s cultural sensitivities.

Further works featured in Champions of Realism are by Juliette Aristides. Liberty, a 48 X 71 oil on canvas, is a large narrative composition portraying a woman and man walking. The woman in the picture, who leads the way, represents eternal faith. As an homage to survivors, Liberty encapsulates the concept of the survival of humanity, in that instinctually it must flee so that it may endure.

Gold Velvet Sofa, by Glenn Harrington, is another key work to be exhibited. Of his work the artist notes, “It’s those that I am painting that are telling the story, I am only trying to capture it. It’s necessary to observe and decide when that moment or pose or mood appears that strikes you as real, as a characteristic that makes that person unique from everyone else. I’m continuously amazed at the variety of faces on our planet.”

The exhibition is available for viewing 7 days a week, from 10 am to 6 pm, or by appointment.

The gallery is located near the corner of Bluebird Canyon Drive and Pacific Coast Highway, across the street from the Surf and Sand Hotel.

For more information, please e-mail, or phone 877-936-3838, or visit

Written by Serina Manqueros