Classic Master Paintings at Center Gallery
"In Search of Light and Harmony." Center Gallery Exhibition at Downtown Anaheim Community Center, 250 E. Center Street. Now open.
William Galvez, a native of Columbia, South America, was born to a family of artists. Galvez grew up developing a taste and passion for art. For years he experimented with different styles, mediums and techniques, until he fell in love with the magic of European art. Hence his creativity has been devoted to the still life the genre for many years.
William Galvez’s art works reflect the style and grace of the Old Masters in their strength and composition. His award-winning paintings are on display in discriminating galleries and private collections around the world.
This is naturally talented artist exhibits his skills with precise and detailed still life representations of his mind’s eye and from his very own carefully selected arrangements. He makes no claim of providing hidden meanings and subliminal messages in his renderings, but rather attempts to portray realistic scenes in a graphic manner on his canvas, much to the evident delight of those who have purchased and proudly display his works. His studios in Southern California and in Columbia, South America, at any given time, will contain a few paintings underway.
“The beauty that surrounds me everywhere,” says Galvez, “is a constant source of inspiration.”
Yet in his creative process he relies even more on his heart than he does on his eye. There is magic in Galvez’s work, a remarkable glow that seems to shine from an inner light. His colors are all at once subtle and intense. He achieves this through a long and painstaking process of layering and glazing. Once the drawing is in place Galvez begins using oils with a burnt amber wash to paint his subjects. The next step is applying a dead color layer, local color layer and applications of lights and darks.
Then this is followed with three to five applications of colors he calls transparent, each to bring out a greater sense of depth and tonal value.
Each layer builds luminosity and light within the transparent glazes of mysterious shadows. His contrasts, highlights and somber glazes complete his paintings resulting in works that enter our minds and transform our dreams into reality.
Leonardo used his scientific knowledge of how the eye sees to create the illusion of immense depth. Rembrandt transformed paintings with his use of light, texture and brush work. Galvez combines these techniques with his inner intellect to create his art.
Below: Horn of Plenty by William Galvez.
This Center Gallery Exhibition is curated by the Cultural and Heritage Commission, which also hosted a lovely reception for the opening on May 7th., when many visitors got to meet and hear Mr. Galvez speak of his work.
External links: William Galvez' website. Well worth a visit!
Battle of the Bands is Heating Up
Creativity is irrepressible, and when musical kids want to play and sing not much can stop them. There’s the drummer who found his rhythm in the school band, the soloist from choir, the guitarists who figured it out from You Tube, and one of them seems to have a gift for lyrics. They spend hours in someone’s garage getting their unique “voice”, finding the meld that works for them. And above all they are happy because they are creating – and who knows where it all might lead? But who hears them?
Now they have a chance to lock horns with the best teen bands in Anaheim and shine with the pizzazz they already feel they own in the Battle of the Bands. This new event gives an great opportunity for Junior High and High School bands to strut their stuff before their peers!
Publicity has gone out to all schools. Completed application forms, with demo videos posted on You Tube, are required by May 22nd. These will be adjudicated by a panel of experts from Cal State Fullerton, Disneyland and possibly the Chance Theater.
The selected finalists will perform in Pearson Park Amphitheater on Saturday, July 18 at 6:30pm. This should be a stonking event! We want to see 3000 teenagers there!
The Arts Council envisaged a very similar event a couple of years ago, and even penciled in a date for the Pearson Park Amphitheatre, but they lacked the resources to be able to pull this together. So many congratulations to Community Services for initiating this wonderful competition, finding the resources and taking the risk.
Now, if for any crazy reason, some teenage musician reads this article who has NOT already heard all the details, know this – you don’t have much time left.
All the information you need is right HERE. Contact info; the Rules, the Application form, the Insurance Waiver and Parental Permission form. Click, press Ctrl-P and print the stuff. Fast.
But, all being well, you are way ahead of this – all done. Sorted. So on behalf of all well-wishers from the Anaheim Arts Council, we send you our very best for a hugely successful competition, with boatloads of fun!
Community Services – Thank You!
External links: All the rules, forms, details right HERE.
Concerto Guild News
May 17th at Servite: Bad Romance
The final performance of the 2014-15 season of the OCS at the Anaheim Performing Arts Center will be two all-time Russian favorites from the Romantic era. Passion in many guises ruled the arts during the 19th Century's Romantic Movement, and music did not escape. Iconic composers we view with reverence today like Franz Liszt, for example, were yesterday's rock stars. Liszt received so many requests for a lock of his hair from fin de siècle groupies that he bought a dog and sent out locks of its fur instead. Tchaikovsky's emotional life was marked by a 6-week marriage to a woman he never divorced and an intense, 14-year relationship (through letters) with Nadezhda von M., a woman he never met. Nadezhda Rimsky-Korsakov, on the other hand, sacrificed her own musical career to support that of her husband, Nikolai.
Weep with Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet during the first part of the concert, but cheer for the heroine who manages to keep her head in Rimsky-Korsakov's rousing Scheherazade. The pre-concert talk starts at 6pm.
--OCS outreach includes donating tickets to deserving groups such as Teen Challenge, OC Therapeutic Arts Center, Blind Veterans of America, Los Amigos, the Family Justice Center, RYTMO and Grandma's House of Hope.
--A single violin in the string section is made from 70 individual pieces of wood.
--Through our connection with the Convention Bureau, we welcome tour groups from across the nation. In April an orchestral group of 60 high-school students enjoyed the concert, while Dorothy Rose organized a Master Class/Clinic for them afterward.
On July 26, at Servite, the OC Pops Ensemble under the direction of Polyanna Gorman will make their debut in a Summer Gala featuring a reception and a silent auction. For reservations contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 13: Concerto Guild Annual Meeting & Election June 21: "Blue Notes": Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue June 30: OCS and Guild Memberships due
July 26: Gala Debut, OC Pops Ensemble
Join us again
For the 2015-16 year, dues for both Guild and OCS remain the same. Guild Membership is $35/year and subscriptions for the OCS are $250 annually, with $190 for seniors and students. This includes 4 free tickets to 9 concerts, a $720/$540 value if you paid full admission each time. Renewal forms are online.
The Concerto Guild supports the 115-member OC Symphony, a regional, semi-professional orchestra named the Official Resident Symphony of the City of Anaheim. Its performance home is Anaheim Performing Arts Center at Servite, 1952 W. La Palma Ave, Anaheim, CA 92801.
External links: OCS Website for news and renewal forms, etc.