Saturday, April 26, 2008

Reception to Raise Profile of SP Artists, Fund ‘Taste in SP’ Booth

Spectrum Blue by Norm Zareski ($220).

A new gallery is campaigning to increase the visibility of San Pedro artists and establish an artistic presence at the annual Taste in San Pedro food festival.

D & D Gallery is holding a reception on Wednesday, April 30 to raise funds for an “artists pavilion,” a large booth to showcase local artists at this year’s 20th annual Taste.

The 5-7 p.m. reception will feature a preview of the gallery’s new photographic exhibit of San Pedro and South Bay images. Tickets are $15.

Guests will view the Shuttered Images exhibit a day before its formal First Thursday opening, while tasting Italian and California wines from Off the Vine Wines and appetizers from the San Pedro Brewing Company.

The exhibit will illustrate scenes “iconic to San Pedro but with an artist’s perspective,” said D & D co-owner David Buchanan.

Artwork will be available for purchase, with 10% of proceeds going towards the Taste booth fundraiser.

D & D Gallery is dedicated to highlighting local artists and pricing works affordably.

“We opened with the express business mission statement to showcase local artists in the San Pedro area,” said Buchanan, whose co-owner, Diane Strack, represents the other D. “A logical extension of our mission is to promote local artists through San Pedro’s major annual event, the Taste.”

Europa by Norm Zareski ($220).

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