Three Artists, three mediums, showing in Baja Blues at Oystera gallery in Todos Santos, Baja Sur California, Mexico, Dec 17th through Jan 5th =) Come by to meet the artists 12noon to 7pm daily during the exhibit.
Art buffs, Summer buffs, Mark Gabriel buffs, this is your jam. I recently had the joy of attending the new art show opening at Galleria Militar in Todos Santos, Baja Sur, Mexico.
It was a brilliant evening showcasing the new exhibit, LOST DAYS OF SUMMER by the prolific Gabriel.
I will share some photos of the work and event but first, more about the artist.
Mark Gabriel is an award-winning multi-media artist who began his career in the underground comics and fanzine world while bashing away at his bass guitar in punk bands at night. Mark earned his Honors Baccalaureate Degree in Illustration from Sheridan College, graduating top of his class. He continued to developed his signature style working in book and magazine illustration before a career in film widened Mark’s palette. As muralist, scenic and storyboard artist, concept illustrator and set designer, Gabriel eventually found a new voice in Production Design, honing his visual story-telling skills over two decades in film and television.
At the threshold of the desert and the sea, Mark Gabriel has tapped into the primal energy of the desert bringing an essential raw power to his art. A series of works called Marine Salvage Rights – where small scavenged pieces of driftwood become sculptural paintings of Flying Whales and Ranchera Musicians, acts as a gateway to large scale renditions of his subjects on stretched canvas and wood panels.
Painting subjects the artist describes as dreamscapes inspired by ghosts of the desert and the movements of celestial bodies, these desert and seascapes are inhabited by mythical creature mash-ups of revolutionaries and birds, ranchero cowboys, musicians and stray dogs, as well as the flying “dream whales” of which he has become known. These characters all have stories – they occupy familiar yet exotic geography – they dance, they play, they fight, they love – and they will reveal their secrets if you lean in. Look again, and again as these creatures take form and celebrate the light.
Mark paints mostly with knife. As he scrape’s and slashes the paint – one can see how essential that energy is to his work. Acrylic is also good because it’s fast. The paint goes on thick and wild, then dabs of prevision. And if paint isn’t sufficient to the story, Gabriel employs ink, or mono-print, chalk and charcoal and oil stick. Some of the work requires collage and mixing of all of the above.
Lost Days of Summer is a the continuation of last years Bye Gone Days x Retro Tropical Jetset series by Mark Gabriel, featuring socialites of the tropical jet-set.
This new series deconstructs the memories we have of the days gone past and brings it to present day. These moments will live on and bring life to a whole new cast of characters; like the Starlets in Freefall, the Phoenix Divers… or the boys of summer.
“My interest in the tropical socialite has much to do with half-forgotten memories, the patina’d mirror of our own experience, blurs together with discolored family photos, mingles with glamorous magazine spreads and the silver screen, mixes with rat pack crooners like cocktails made in silver shakers. A dissociative fugue of champagne goblets and Frank Sinatra.”
During Covid I have been laying low in real-time life trying to keep safe with everyone. To keep the music alive I stream a sunset hour show from my home in Todos Santos, Baja Sur, Mexico, every week. Some of my local musician friends join me when they can, past shows have included Lucas Bennett, Zoe Dearborn, Angelina Wolf, and Alf Ea. We are keeping it low key, intimate, and fun. To tune in to the live event on Friday nights (8pm MT) go to http://Facebook.com/JenelleAubadeMusic or to watch the episodes later or get caught up on the series you can do so on FB or on YouTube at http://Youtube.com/JenelleAubade – we do not ask for propina although I do split tips with my guest performers if they come in, and with great thanks, everything helps right now as we all adjust to the current way of life in regards to playing live and how we connect with our arts. I am still making beads every day, melting glass and making music is where you will find me! http://Beadsandbotanicals.artfire.com
The Balm of Pescadero is offering some really great workshops and classes this season, check out their calendar of events @ www.thebalmofpescadero.com
“Kicking off the The Balm Wellness Workshops with a FREE informative talk on the health benefits of HEMP EXTRACT with guest speaker Dr. Erin Pollinger. If you are interested in or curious about the growing buzz on CBD oil and hemp based wellness products join us at this workshop to learn more about the different kinds of products, the many health benefits, market trends and financial opportunities.
“Back to the Ranch with Omar Piña M and Catarino to learn about local medicinal plants in their natural habitat while exploring the desert mountains of La Sierra de la Laguna at Rancho San Dionisio. A full day local nature adventure, medicinal crafts and learning with transport and lunch at the ranch.”
“Take your herbal medicine knowledge to the next level with this full day experience to a local ranch in the Sierra de La Laguna. You will be guided by Omar of Nahoa and local ranchero Catarino on a walk through the desert mountains with attention to plant identification in raw nature and the traditional medicinal qualities that they possess.”
A gem of a resource to share. My good friend and talented artist Nikky Avatara has hook ups for you. Get away on a day trip to La Ventana for Kite Surfing, enjoy a night of live music (she is am amazing songstress) and chat with her about securing your dream home, vacation home, or income generating rental in the beautiful area of La Ventana, Baja Sur. Mexico. https://nikkyavataracabopremiere.pro
“Walk off your Eggs Benedict by hoofing it over to Galeria Military for our 2nd annual SMALLS TO THE WALL show, with new work by Brian McGuffey and Mark Gabriel.
This show is focused on smaller works, most priced $50-$500 USD, or starting at $1000 Pesos.
Libations will be available by the fabulous Amor D’Vino (Mexican Wines).
Also, the hosts and the support staff are really fun to hang out with.
Fun line-up of live music at Cafe La Esquina- music starts at 6pm:
6-7pm Denes McIntosh
7-7:30 Steve Keys & Lucas Bennett
7:30 – 7:50 Mark Gabriel (with Jenelle Aubade)
8:00-9:00 Jenelle Aubade originals with Daniel Prather, Lucas Bennett, Kerrie Gable
9:00- fin Jenelle Aubade and Steve Keys jam
“Todos Santos and Pescadero area lost, found, and adoptable pets.
Help local pets reconnect with their people or find a new home.
*No for sale posts allowed. Not for Cabo or La Paz.”
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