BEVERLY HILLS—The Beverly Hills artSHOW will continue its ongoing 44-year tradition on May 20 and May 21 at the historic Beverly Gardens Park, where it will exhibit the work of more than 240 artists in mediums ranging from glass sculpture to watercolor on canvas.
Meandering along four blocks of Santa Monica Boulevard between Rexford and Rodeo, the show typically draws 40 to 50 thousand art lovers over the two-day exhibition, drawn to the revelry and festive atmosphere of the event, Karen Fitch McLean, the show’s coordinator, told Canyon News. McLean also sees the opportunity for artists to discuss their knowledge and passion for their work with show-goers as one of the festival’s primary joys.
This season’s show will feature artists whose work represents “Flight,” and typical for artists, this meaning includes “Flights of Fancy.”
Jean-Christophe Dick, an aerial photographer, captures “soaring visions of urban spaces” with his sharp and stunning style. Contemporary American artist David Palmer uses oil paint to catch hummingbirds mid-flight in striking and vivid hues, while mixed-media artist Sondra Wampler creates surreal portraiture of refined women and exotic animals in fantastic environments, dreamlike and evanescent.
Brian Blackman, who received “Best of Show” last year, will return this season to showcase his still life oil work. Blackman is known in the art world for his “strong, impressionistic style,” natural color palette, and work which ”veers toward abstraction.”
Winners of this year’s show will be announced at an award ceremony on the final day of the event, including the coveted “Mayor’s Purchase Award,” and “Best of Show.”
Along with the art, guests are free to enjoy live entertainment, art projects for families and children, and for the adults, wine and beer gardens. Dogs are welcome.