Book Signing with Ari Seth Cohen


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Please join us Sunday, November 20, from 5:00pm – 8:00pm for a delightful evening with famed photographer, author and creator of Advanced Style, a project devoted “to capturing the sartorial savvy of the senior set.” Resident artist and jewelry designer, Gretchen Schields is among the fabulous woman featured in his new book and we are thrilled to bring high-fashion to the gallery. In honor of the celebration, Gretchen is offering 20% off her entire line.

It will be an evening filled with fabulous art, tasty treats and an intimate opportunity to meet Ari Seth Cohen, converse with his lovely models and get your book signed!aricohenfinal




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Artist: Tim Talbert

“Newport Beach”

Waves Study: Archival Pigment Prints on Aluminum_dsc4089Photographed with long exposures to achieve the impressionistic effect on the waves rather than the use of Photoshop, Talbert turns his studies of waves into stunning artistic forms not often seen with the naked eye.

“I like to think of my work as a meditative study that comes from a feeling of oneness with the subject.”

Meet the Artists

Artist: Robert A. Hansen


Robert Hansen has been a commercial / fine art photographer for over 35 years. Graduating from Brooks Institute in 1978, Robert has made a living as a custom lab owner, an architectural photographer, conducting workshops and classes, and also exhibiting his fine art photography.

Robert has won many awards with his photography including the Theisen Scholarship award from Brooks Institute, and many architectural design awards for clients including The Gold Nuggett Grand award numerous times. Robert also has designed and produced custom portfolios and books for clients. His work with Wallace Neff Jr. was first published in 1987 and recently his large format portfolio on the architecture of Wallace Neff was presented at The Huntington Library.

Robert’s fine art photography is a part of numerous private and commercial collections throughout the United States, Germany and Mexico. His 10 year project photographing in Southern Mexico was published in 2004 by Laguna Wilderness press and a number of images from his recent portfolio on Los Angeles Trolley Cars was published internationally by Poems Fine Art. Robert’s portfolio from “Yucatan Passages” is a part of the collection of Museums in the Yucatan, Mexico, The Huntington Library in Pasadena, The Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and The Butler Museum of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio.

Artist: Wai-Sin Tong-Darbonne

“Awesome Serenity”


An internationally recognized and honored artist, Wai Sin’s work appears in collections in the United States, Canada, Korea, Taiwan, Japan and China. Born in Guangdong, China in perilous times, Wai Sin survived by looking beyond struggle and hunger to find moments of beauty, lessons in resilience and spirit from nature itself. Overcoming enormous obstacles, she has become a master of Chinese calligraphy and watercolor. She has extended that mastery to include Western figure and landscape. Each painting tells a beautiful story that delights the eye and ignites the heart.

Artist: Jean Marie Christian

“Memories of a Rare Occurrence”

memories-of-a-rare-occurrence21Three happy, eccentric little trees sprout mischievously atop a rolling hill. A sparkling dewdrop clings to the tender underside of a morning glory’s leaf. Soft, buttery light warms the interior of a beach boutique shop during a cool, California dusk.

The same hand that carefully coddles each tiny, loving detail delivers a powerful punch in message. Artist Jean Marie Christian’s purpose is not to reproduce or mimic, but to see life as filtered through a keen, intuitive lens and deliver her vision to canvas truthfully. For Ms. Christian, nature’s beauty transposed onto canvas is a celebration of God’s work. Her painted landscapes are not mere pretty pictures, rather, they whisper intimately of peace and tranquility, and invite the viewer inside for meditative introspection. Each painting is part of a spiritual journey, such as Step of Faith, which allegorically addresses the conflicts that result from the twists and turns of human experience. As her Christian faith grants, Jean Marie hopes her paintings will offer peace, embrace with compassion and uplift with hope.

The range of Ms. Christian’s expression is wide. The graceful sway of hollow reeds in the landscapes of her Newport Back Bay series evokes the peacefulness of a softy-hummed lullaby captured swiftly in space and time. Many of these landscapes are painted En Plein Air in the California Impressionist style. Jean Marie dances in the other direction with the surreal nature of her expressionistic pieces. The frenetic energy and motion of her quirky Dreams & Vision series shows off her talent for whimsy. Regardless of style, all of Ms. Christian’s pieces display careful attention to nuance and detail, as well as the freedom and enjoyment of experimentation characteristic of a well-rounded artist.


“Aqua Mist”

aquamist-dt-2Our art is collaborative. We bring to it our individual vision and aesthetic influences; a different element of art, principal of design and unique sensibilities. We create our art with materials both static and re-active so something almost magical happens in the translation. It’s about interacting with natural processes and then reacting to what those natural processes do. Our painting techniques incorporate chemical reactions, viscosity interference, and gravity dispersion to create elaborate compositions mimicking nature. The result is a melding of organic, fluid and highly original work in abstract art on steel – exhibiting both delicacy and strength. In our recent series, the saturated color palette is striking, evoking one of those hard-to-believe California sunsets or the crystal clear waters in a cove.

Meet the Artists—October


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Please join us Saturday, October 22, from 5:00pm – 8:00pm for our Meet the Artists reception featuring the works of painters, Wai-Sin Tong-Darbonne and Jean Marie Christian, photographer, Robert A. Hansen and mixed media artists, YOUNG + EATON. It will be a fun evening filled with fabulous art, tasty hors d’oeuvres and libations and an intimate opportunity to meet and converse with the featured artists. See you then!oct-meettheartists



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Work: Aqua Mist Diptych

Art on Steel—Original works in stains, oxides, acrylic and epoxy resin on cold pressed steel.


Artists Tracy Young and Phil Eaton have combined their mutual love of working with the natural aspects and experimental qualities of metal, particularly with cold pressed steel, to bring a collaborative effort that is both unique in it’s technique and final result.

According to the artists, “We create our art with materials both static and re-active so something almost magical happens in the translation…The result is a melding of organic, fluid and highly organic work in abstract art on steel—exhibiting both delicacy and strength.”

Stop by the gallery to see for yourself: It’s nearly impossible to convey the beauty and texture of these pieces in a photograph.

“Meet the Artists” Reception with Marianne van der Veer and Gretchen Schields


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We had a lovely reception this past weekend for painter, Marianne van der Veer and jewelry designer, Gretchen Schields. These two ladies are class-acts, and they bring grace and flair of style to both their mediums. Thank you to everyone that came out to support the gallery and our talented artists. We appreciate all of you!


Three Lovely Ladies: “Fan-Tastic”, “Sublime”, and “Navigation” by Marianne van der Veer


“Four Shells” by Marianne van der Veer


The artist poses in front of her exhibited work.


Jewelry Designer and stunner, Gretchen Schields, in front of her display of exotic treasures.


A closer look at Gretchen’s work.

Meet the Artists: Marianne van der Veer and Gretchen Schields


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Marianne van der Veer was born in the Netherlands.

She began her art training at the age of sixteen at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. There she was taught everything from fine art painting, graphics and interior design. In the United States she attended Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles CA and received instruction in illustration.

As a portrait artist and muralist, she spent six years in the Emirates, four years in France and now lives and works in Laguna Beach, California.

Marianne’s work has been shown in locations around the world including Switzerland, France, the Middle East and throughout the United States.


A former San Franciscan, Gretchen Schields moved her jewelry studio to Laguna Niguel in 2007 and was immediately juried into the prestigious Festival of Arts/Pageant of the Masters. For her most recent Festival exhibit, Gretchen showcased her jewelry in wall-hanging collector’s cases displayed as fine art, enhancing the viewer’s experience of the artist’s “hand” in her work.

Born in Japan, Gretchen spent a fairy tale childhood traveling the world and draws upon those experiences of exotic cultures to design her creations.  Gretchen graduated from the Art Center College of Design, and was an award-winning  fashion, editorial and advertising artist.  Her enchanting  pictures illustrated the popular children’s books created with novelist Amy Tan. Their collaboration resulted in the production of The Chinese Siamese Cat, which was adapted into the Emmy Award-winning animated children’s TV series Sagwa.

Having achieved these hallmarks of an illustration career, Gretchen decided to pursue her passion for decorative and ethnic art, and began creating  her dramatic jewelry in 2000.

Gretchen Schields is a regular exhibitor at Laguna’s summer Art A Fair where she was voted “Best Jeweler”.  She is represented by galleries in Park City Utah, and Oakland CA and maintains an extensive year-round collection of her jewelry designs and collector’s case-mounted work at Forest and Ocean Gallery in Laguna Beach.