Exploring Colored Pencils with Betsy Holster
Sep
7
9:30 AM09:30

Exploring Colored Pencils with Betsy Holster

$75 ( + supply list); Ages 16+

In this course, students will learn all the skills needed to begin using colored pencils with instructor Betsy Holster. Using this versatile and fascinating medium, beginners will acquire foundational techniques and skills while those more experienced students will explore a range of new applications.

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FRESH {AIR}
Sep
7
to Sep 8

FRESH {AIR}

September 7 & 8, 2019

12pm - 5pm

An artist in residence program, the Brea Gallery invites you to join us in this immersive experience. We encourage all patrons to ask questions, learn something new, and experience the different processes of each artist and their work.

During our CPSA exhibition, Fresh {AIR} will feature:

Nancy Chiu

To learn more about this artist, visit their website here:

Nancy Chiu

Event is free with paid admission ($3); Free admission for Brea residents and children under 12!

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Painting Loosely in Watercolor with Keiko Tanabe
Sep
25
to Sep 28

Painting Loosely in Watercolor with Keiko Tanabe

Session 1 - September 25 & 26, 2019; 9am-4pm Daily

Session 2 - September 27 & 28, 2019; 9am-4pm Daily; Session FULL, wait list available

$275 (+supply list) per session; Ages 16+

Designed for painters who’d like to receive a well-rounded painting experience, we are offering 2 sessions with this year’s Watercolor West Juror, Keiko Tanabe:

Session 1 - Beginner/Intermediate (click to register)

Designed for beginner and early-intermediate level painters who'd like to refresh their skills, students will follow along with Keiko as she demonstrates her painting process from start to finish. This session will focus on fundamental techniques and concepts such as color mixing, value, composition, and use of edges. With guided instruction and one-on-one critique from Keiko, students will gain the insight to create a watercolor painting that is simple, yet strong.

Session 2 - Intermediate/Advanced (click to register for the waitlist)

For those more experienced painters who would like to push their skills to the next level, this session will strengthen watercolor fundamentals while focusing on composition, design, and intuitive painting techniques. Students will follow along with Keiko as she demonstrates her looser approach to painting representational subject matter. This course will be the key to developing a style that will produce emotive, simple, and well-designed watercolor paintings.

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Keiko Tanabe Watercolor Demonstration
Sep
29
10:00 AM10:00

Keiko Tanabe Watercolor Demonstration

$25, no supplies needed; All ages

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Register for all 5 demonstrations in the series here

About the Event

In her demo, Keiko will show her entire painting process as she thoroughly explains the technical and decision-making processes used in her “no fear” direct approach on how to keep watercolor simple, strong, and FUN. She will offer tips and guidance on how to capture the essence of the subject matter to convey a certain mood and atmosphere. She will also be presenting and discussing the exhibition selections.

About the Artist

Keiko was born in Kyoto, Japan and currently lives in San Diego, California, U.S.A. She embarked on a professional art career as a watercolor painter in 2005 after working in international relations and marketing. Since then, her work has earned many awards and recognitions on national and international level. Her work appears in private and corporate collections in many countries and has also been featured in numerous art publications. She is a sought-after workshop instructor, teaching watercolor courses both in the U.S. and abroad since 2011.

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Watercolor Demonstration Series
Sep
29
to Dec 15

Watercolor Demonstration Series

$25 each or $100 for the entire series.

This year’s Watercolor West Demonstration and Lecture Series has been announced! Join us to see five nationally-known watercolor masters discuss their work and careers. Watch as they paint live, ask them questions, and learn more about their techniques and styles in a lecture format with a digital presentation. No supplies needed, just bring a notebook and camera to enjoy a day of learning and observation with fellow watercolor enthusiasts. Click on a demonstrator to learn more about them and the event.

Keiko Tanabe, Watercolor West Juror

Sunday, September 29th 10am to 3pm                                              

Setsuko Okubo

Saturday, October 26th 10am to 3pm                                                             


John Dunn

Saturday, November 9th 10am to 3pm                                                          

Fr. Michael Tang

Saturday, November 23rd 10am to 3pm                                                                    

John Byram

Sunday, December 15th 1pm to 5pm

Register for the entire series here.

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Watercolor West Opening Reception
Oct
12
5:00 PM17:00

Watercolor West Opening Reception

Join us for the 51st Annual Watercolor West International Juried Exhibition opening reception!

This event is free to the public, live entertainment and light refreshments will be provided.

Watercolor West is back to present a bold collection of stunning transparent watercolors juried by Keiko Tanabe. Each year this show features one hundred captivating paintings from all over the world, highlighting the potential of this challenging medium. High quality programming including a multi-day juror workshop and the annual demonstration series will accompany the exhibit.

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Natural Soapmaking for Beginners
Oct
19
1:00 PM13:00

Natural Soapmaking for Beginners

$50 all materials provided; Ages 18+

Learn how to make your very own natural soap with instructor Felicia Ceballos-Marroquin from Spiffy Rebel. Students will learn all the necessary steps to create their very own soap at home for themselves or give as a beautiful handmade gift. This class will cover the cold-process technique of soap making including all necessary safety precautions and procedures. Pants, long sleeve shirts or sweaters and closed toe shoes are required for safety. All materials will be provided. 

To learn more about Felicia and Spiffy Rebel, visit their website at www.spiffyrebel.com. Check out Spiffy Rebel soaps in the Brea Gallery gift shop!

Spaces are very limited, make sure to register early!

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Setsuko Okubo Watercolor Demonstration
Oct
26
10:00 AM10:00

Setsuko Okubo Watercolor Demonstration

$25, no supplies needed; All ages

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Register for all 5 demonstrations in the series here

About the Event

Join us in watching Setsuko paint live, ask her questions, and learn more about her technique and style in lecture format. Enjoy a day of learning and observation with fellow watercolor enthusiasts, no supplies needed.

Setsuko's demonstration will focus on her process of taking abstract ideas and random photographic references, developing sketches, and then transforming them into paintings with a keen sense of design and balance of color.

About the Artist

Setsuko was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan where she studied at the Tokyo College of Music. She then traveled to the U.S. where she was contracted as a pianist and singer. Setsuko has been painting in the U.S. for over 30 years in various mediums including watercolor, oil, and acrylic. She has studied with Robert Hallet, Chris Van Winkle, Elaine Moore, and Tom Fong, among other painters. Since 1989, she has been giving private painting lessons, had multiple solo shows, and has participated in numerous exhibitions. She has been a Watercolor West Signature Member since 2015.


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John Dunn Watercolor Demonstration
Nov
9
10:00 AM10:00

John Dunn Watercolor Demonstration

$25, no supplies needed; All ages

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Register for all 5 demonstrations in the series here

About the Event

Join us in watching John paint live, ask him questions, and learn more about his technique and style in lecture format. Enjoy a day of learning and observation with fellow watercolor enthusiasts, no supplies needed.

John will share his fun loving, direct, and enjoyable painting method with stories, concepts, and demonstration. Simplifying the process of watercolor painting with unique and recognizable results that anyone can easily duplicate and master.

About the Artist

John Dunn’s painting style is known for its natural method of artistically describing the visual beauty of the state he loves. Born and raised a California Beach Boy, he began painting as an off-shoot of his surfboard glassing occupation. John now paints original watercolors of local Southern California scenery, painted in the style of such notable artists as Rex Brandt, George, post, Dong Kingman, and Robert E. Wood.

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Capturing California Cityscapes with Eileen McCullough
Nov
16
9:30 AM09:30

Capturing California Cityscapes with Eileen McCullough

$95 (+ Supply List); Ages 16+

Eileen McCullough is recognized for the vibrant, fluid watercolor painting style that she uses to capture the sensation of California beach cities. In this class, she will illustrate the importance of planning your painting and knowing your subject before you even pick up the brush. Eileen will also share how she is able to ‘get her brush to do all the work’ by utilizing minimal brushstrokes to create people, palm trees, signage, and street lamps.

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Michael Tang Watercolor Demonstration
Nov
23
10:00 AM10:00

Michael Tang Watercolor Demonstration

$25, no supplies needed; All ages

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Register for all 5 demonstrations in the series here

About the Event

Join us in watching Micheal paint live, ask him questions, and learn more about his technique and style in lecture format. Enjoy a day of learning and observation with fellow watercolor enthusiasts, no supplies needed.

Father Michael Tang will focus on exploring the importance of color transitions and color theory. Through layering washes, utilizing the wet into wet technique, and varying colors within value shapes, Michael will demonstrate how to create beautiful and luminous watercolors.

About the Artist

Father Michael Tang has been a professor of Art and Art History at Loyola Marymount University for the past 29 years. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Loyola Marymount University and his Master of Fine Arts Degree from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Known especially for his brilliant sporting art, Tang produced the original watercolor paintings for the Capital Challenge Horse Show for 20 years. Fr. Tang’s works are included in public and private collections nationwide.


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John Byram Watercolor Demonstration
Dec
15
1:00 PM13:00

John Byram Watercolor Demonstration

$25, no supplies needed; All ages

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Register for all 5 demonstrations in the series here

About the Event

Join us in watching John paint live, ask him questions, and learn more about his technique and style in lecture format. Enjoy a day of learning and observation with fellow watercolor enthusiasts, no supplies needed.

Through his energetic teaching style and ability to clearly explain visual concepts, John will provide an exposition on pigment choices and compositional principles. Come and explore how to break free from careful, timid painting techniques to create stronger, more effective artistic statements.

About the Artist

John Byram is an award-winning architect and has been painting in transparent watercolor for over twenty-five years. He particularly enjoys the balance between accurate representation and the wonderful chaos of the medium; between tight and loose brushwork; between what's deliberate and what almost paints itself.

He conducts workshops and currently teaches classes through the City of Glendale’s Lifelong Learning Program.  See his work at www.johnbyram.com

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Exciting Approaches to Painting Landscapes with Chris Sullivan
Aug
17
9:30 AM09:30

Exciting Approaches to Painting Landscapes with Chris Sullivan

$95 (+ Supply List); Ages 15+

Learn how to utilize and integrate a variety of mixed and water-based media to create a unique landscape painting in this new and exciting workshop from Chris Sullivan! Through guided instruction and live demonstration, students will learn elements of design, composition, and application techniques to achieve exciting color, shapes, and unexpected textures from their paintings. Join Chris as she demonstrates her method of combining these different mediums, letting the media work together, to produce a well-designed and cohesive landscape painting.

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Brea Fest 2019
Aug
16
6:30 PM18:30

Brea Fest 2019

Visit the gallery during Brea Fest for our current show, The 27th Annual Colored Pencil Society of America International Juried Exhibition, along with artist demonstrations featuring Aimee Aul, Kym De Los Reyes, and Robert Schultz. Admission to the gallery is FREE during this event.

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The 33rd annual Brea Fest tradition and community favorite returns! The free event is a food, drink, music and art festival not to be missed! Brea Fest draws thousands of attendees each year at the Brea Civic & Cultural Center with talented live bands, outdoor dancing, a gallery exhibit and artist demonstrations, along with theatre performances. Over 30 area restaurants will provide food and beverage samples with taste tickets being sold for only $3 each. The event also supports the arts in Brea, including Curtis Theatre productions, Brea Gallery exhibits, Concerts in the Park, and arts education programs.

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Fine Silver Wire Earrings with Michelle Gharibian
Aug
10
1:00 PM13:00

Fine Silver Wire Earrings with Michelle Gharibian

$90, All materials provided; Ages 14+

New at the Brea Gallery, join instructor Michelle Gharibian in this exciting Jewelry workshop! Students will learn how to work with fine silver wire and beads to create their own one-of-a-kind earring designs. Michelle will teach students shaping and texturing techniques along with proper tool usage and safety so that they may continue to design outside of the classroom. Students may also create a silver link bracelet once they’ve established comfort with the medium.

**This class is currently being rescheduled, keep an eye out for the new date!

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CPSA Opening Reception
Aug
3
5:00 PM17:00

CPSA Opening Reception

Free Reception

Join us for an evening of live entertainment during the opening of the 27th Annual Colored Pencil Society of America International Juried Exhibition. Light refreshments will be provided, along with beer and wine, for a small donation.

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FRESH {AIR}
Jun
22
to Jun 23

FRESH {AIR}

June 22 & 23, 2019

12pm-5pm

Free with paid admission ($3); Brea residents and children under 12 FREE!

The Brea Gallery invites you to join us for this immersive artist in residence program. Featuring two artists during each exhibit, these artist in residence weekends are a unique opportunity to watch artwork being created live, spend time with talented artists, ask questions, and learn something new.

Featuring 2019 MICA Artists:

The Happy Joy and Alyssa Arney from Threadwinners

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Macrame Air Plant Hangers with Stacy Wong
Jun
15
1:00 PM13:00

Macrame Air Plant Hangers with Stacy Wong

$48, all materials provided; Ages 18+

Add a little living greenery to your home, office, or gallery wall with this new workshop from Stacy Wong! Students will learn four basic macramé knots to create a hanging planter with tillandsia “air plants”. All materials and proper plant care instructions will be provided. Please note that this class requires you to stand for long periods of time while making your macramé hanger.

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Luminous Faces in Watercolor with Fealing Lin
May
18
9:30 AM09:30

Luminous Faces in Watercolor with Fealing Lin

$95 (+ Supply List); Ages 18+

Learn to relax and enjoy the painting process as you discover the spontaneity and uniqueness of watercolor. Through guided lecture and demonstration, plus one-on-one assistance and critique, you will learn essential watercolor techniques while working at your own pace. Topics will include how value and temperature change across the planes of the face, how to use transparent glazes to allow the glow of the paper to shine through, and how to balance colors, lights, and darks to achieve painterly and successful portraits.

Click here to learn more about Fealing Lin!

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FRESH {AIR}
Mar
30
to Mar 31

FRESH {AIR}

March 30 & 31, 2019 12pm - 5pm

An artist in residence program, the Brea Gallery invites you to join us in this immersive experience. We encourage all patrons to ask questions, learn something new, and experience the different processes of each artist and their work.

During our Immersion exhibition, Fresh {AIR} will feature:

Olga Lah March, 30 &31

Amanda Yamashita, March 31

To learn more about these artists, visit their websites here:

Olga Lah

Amanda Yamashita

Event is free with paid admission ($3); Free admission for Brea residents and children under 12!

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Natural Soapmaking for Beginners
Mar
24
1:00 PM13:00

Natural Soapmaking for Beginners

$50 all materials provided; Ages 18+

Learn how to make your very own natural soap with instructor Felicia Ceballos-Marroquin from Spiffy Rebel. Students will learn all the necessary steps to create their very own soap at home for themselves or give as a beautiful handmade gift. This class will cover the cold-process technique of soap making including all necessary safety precautions and procedures. Pants, long sleeve shirts or sweaters and close toe shoes are required for safety. All materials will be provided. 

To learn more about Felicia and Spiffy Rebel, visit their website at www.spiffyrebel.com. Check out Spiffy Rebel soaps in the Brea Gallery gift shop!

Spaces are very limited, make sure to register early!

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Mosaic Relief Panels with Dawn Mendelson
Mar
12
to Mar 26

Mosaic Relief Panels with Dawn Mendelson

Tuesdays, March 12, 19 & 26, 2019

6:30pm - 9:00pm

$80 (+$25 materials fee); Ages 16 and up.

Learn a grout-free mosaic technique to create a one-of-a kind framed relief panel. Using both new and recycled materials with a variety of textures, colors, and patterns, students will learn an array of design and cutting techniques to help them create a unique composition.

All skill levels are welcome to explore this sculptural medium! Students are encouraged to bring ideas and inspirations to the class.

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Immersion
Feb
9
7:00 PM19:00

Immersion

Join us for the opening reception of Immersion, February 9, 2019 7-9pm.

This ambitious exhibition invites visitors to experience art in a whole new, profound way through the exploration of dynamic, large-scale installation pieces. As a handful of innovative artists take over the gallery and transform it into a series of imaginative environments, viewers will be astounded and inspired by these immersive works of art.

Reception is free to the public, light refreshments and live music will be provided.

The exhibit will be on view from February 9 - April 5, 2019.

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Shuang Li Watercolor Demonstration
Dec
16
1:00 PM13:00

Shuang Li Watercolor Demonstration

Shuang Li was born, raised, and classically trained in China. She paints watercolor, both plein-air and in studio, and focuses on portraying nature's lights, moods, and moments with her unique visual expression. She believes a plein air sketch not only records on-location exploration and observation, but that it also brings back memories of dramatic mood and movement of the location. Her demonstration will show how to turn fresh plein air sketches into a well-designed studio painting.

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Sep
25
to Sep 28

Watercolor Workshop: Watercolor with an Eye for Design with Ratindra Das

Price: $550.00

Ages: 18 and up

In this multiday workshop, Ratindra will focus on design in watercolor. He will share his deliberate, analytical, and intuitive approach to painting. His goal will be to stimulate student's creativity through the "thinking process". He will host demos and lectures in the mornings, emphasizing specific elements of painting. Ratindra will specifically address landscape painting, rather than portraits, etc. Topics covered will include: Exploring shapes and their relationships and placement on paper, using drawings and photographs in a creative way, extracting essential shapes from reference materials, and placing these in an orderly manner on paper. As well, Ratindra will touch on concepts such as lights and darks (values), the difference between "Nature's Light" and "Artist's Light", conceptual and ambiguous lights, value relationship with colors, color in design, how a color dominance (warm or cool) can achieve unity in a painting, and tertiary colors and their effects in painting.

Register HERE!

***Watercolor West and Brea Gallery Members are eligible for a $50 discount on this class. To register using your membership, you must call the Gallery at (714) 990-7731 to register over the phone.

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Jul
15
12:00 PM12:00

Live Collage Session with Jessie Laura

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Explore the art of collage with PaperWorks exhibiting artist Jessie Laura during this free event. Drop by on the afternoon Sunday, July 15th to join in on the fun as Jessie provides tips and tricks to get the most out of your work of art. Everyone is invited to make their own piece to take home or to contribute to the community art installation inside the Gallery.

Free with general admission ($3, free for Brea residents and children under 12)

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Jul
14
7:00 PM19:00

Opening Night Reception - PaperWorks: ReFolded

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Opening Reception: July 14, 2018 7-9 p.m.

Back by popular demand, five years later, this exhibition is a second in-depth exploration of the potential of paper and the beauty of this underrated material. Featuring origami, papercuts, sculpture, collage, book arts, and everything in between, this exhibit is bound to change the perception of paper as just a writing surface. Artists from all over will be invited to display their skill at folding, molding, tearing, cutting, and crafting to fill the Gallery with tactile, inspiring paper works. Interactive projects and accompanying workshops will allow visitors to make their very own works of art. 

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Apr
21
7:00 PM19:00

Made in California Opening Reception

"Bright Lights and Lollipops" by Ingrid Wells

"Bright Lights and Lollipops" by Ingrid Wells

33rd Annual Made in California
Juried Exhibition
April 21 - June 15, 2018
Opening Reception: April 21 from 7 to 9 p.m.
Join us opening night for live music, light refreshments, and a chance to meet some of the artists!

Even after 33 years, this annual exhibition is anything but traditional. Each spring the Brea Gallery invites contemporary artists with diverse skills, varying approaches, and unique ideas to help us paint a picture of what it means to be creative in California. This year’s show is made up of nearly ninety bold, provocative, inspiring, and just plain beautiful works of art. With everything from intricate pencil drawings, to powerful abstract portraits, to whimsical sculptures, and stunning photography, this exhibit has a bit of something for everyone.

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