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November First Friday

Brian Rounds 

Art has the power to instill within us a sense of belonging. I grew up in the Bay Area where rapid suburban development resulted in a dichotomous landscape — places of commerce and consumption intermixed with patches of land left somewhat wild. While "the grid" provides certain benefits, the trails, creeks, and forests of the foothills present something indispensable — a respite from the culture of commodity, and a much needed contact with the ancient and nameless.

My landscape paintings offer a sanctuary, a meditation, a point from which one can follow along and perhaps lose oneself among the contours of nature. So begins the process of building up a small reflection of the world before me—a thoroughly absorbing task urged on by gradual and changing passage of light. Through the act of painting outdoors, I hope to express the unique and mysterious pull that landscape holds when we feel connected to it.

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Katell Le Bourdonnec 

A French based artist in Santa Cruz. 

"I strongly believe in the beauty of everyday life. I also think that this beauty can be enhanced in many ways. Creating art allows me to explore other territories aligned with my vision of a more beautiful world. I'm particularly touched by the beauty of women and the beauty of flowers. They have become my main subject matter. 

I like to create art that is colorful and exotic, the essence of which is joyful and edenic. Today I mostly paint and make collages.

In this First Friday show at Stripe Men I will present a series of original collages of vibrant portraits reflecting the beauty and diversity of women.”

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First Friday Artist Reception 

Brian Rounds at Stripe 

Katell Le Bourdonnec at Stripe Men

Friday, November 1st

5-9pm 

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