Show Preview | Beverly Hills Art Show

Beverly Hills, CA
Beverly Gardens Park, May 20-21

James Randle, Check Out, oil, 18 x 36.

James Randle, Check Out, oil, 18 x 36.

This story was featured in the May 2017 issue of Southwest Art magazine. Get the Southwest Art  May 2017 print issue or digital download now–then subscribe to Southwest Art and never miss another story.

The Beverly Hills Art Show is a festival full of painting, drawing, sculpture, and more set against the idyllic backdrop of Beverly Gardens Park. The show opens on Saturday, May 20, at 10 a.m., and continues throughout the weekend with artists from across the nation displaying work that runs the gamut from traditional representation to contemporary abstraction.

According to show coordinator Karen McLean, over 240 artists have been juried into the event in various categories, with two-dimensional being the largest. The painting, drawing, printmaking, and mixed-media categories feature artists working in various styles and mediums. Artists are available to discuss their work during the weekend, and some artists, including plein-air painters John Kilduff and Carol Steinberg, hold demonstrations. Other participants include Raymond Logan, David Palmer, and Hans Kegler.

This year, the event features previous Best of Show winners James Randle and Brian Blackham. Both are representational artists from Salt Lake City, UT, where many other participating artists also work. McLean says that while many artists come from southwestern states, there are also a few from the East Coast and abroad.

The mixed-media category continues to grow this year as artists experiment with collage and draw inspiration from illustration and animation. For example, Minas Halaj brings new works in which he experimented with less traditional materials including textiles and tar. Japanese painter Sui Yumeshima, a newcomer, shows paintings that draw from lowbrow, pop, and surrealist art. Others include Desarae Lee, Mark Brunner, John Ha, Karen Fisher, and Mark Allen.

Attendees can also enjoy abstract painting and three-dimensional works including glass, ceramics, and jewelry. As it closes in on its 45th anniversary with more than 40,000 attendees each year, the Beverly Hills Art Show continues to offer an eclectic mix of fine art for enthusiasts of all ages. “We’re family-friendly, and we want children to visit and get acquainted with the art,” McLean says. “Some of those kids have grown up with this show and are now collecting work here.” —Mackenzie McCreary

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www.beverlyhills.org

This story was featured in the May 2017 issue of Southwest Art magazine. Get the Southwest Art  May 2017 print issue or digital download now–then subscribe to Southwest Art and never miss another story.

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