Larkspur Through the Eyes of an Artist: Paintings by Bryn Craig

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Gallery Bergelli presents an exhibition of recent paintings of Larkspur by Bryn Craig. The featured new painting of the iconic Lark Theater is a testament to the spirit of the town that "saved" the single screen, Art Deco theater. Other paintings include the Left Bank, Silver Peso Bar, St. Patricks Church, and well-known Larkspur landmarks. Opening: January 24, 5:307:30PM. The first 50 attendees will receive a complimentary signed poster. A portion of the exhibition proceeds will benefit the Lark Theater in honor of late founding director Bernice Baeza.

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  • Paintings by Bryn Craig

    Larkspur Through the Eyes of an Artist

  • 2013 Gallery Bergelli. All rights reserved. 483 Magnolia Avenue, Larkspur, CA 94939, www.bergelli.com, 415-945-9454

    When one thinks about Larkspur, they think of the iconic

    Lark Theater sign as they enter downtown, a testament

    to the spirit of the town that saved the single screen,

    art deco theater, donating labor and funds to convert

    the Theater to non-profit status under the leadership of

    the late Bernice Baeza. There is the Left Bank, a popular

    French restaurant just down the street, where people,

    often with their dogs, can be seen on the patio from

    morning to night. Other important icons of Larkspur in-

    clude the Silver Peso bar, as well as the Lark Creek Inn,

    Ristorante Fabrizio, Rulli, and the active gathering place

    Picco. Each establishment makes up the unique per-

    sonality of Larkspur, a little gem of Marin County. As a

    painter, Bryn Craig captures these special qualities with

    his paint brush.

    Bryn states, I am attracted to older, unspoiled and nostalgic subjects that have retained the City of Lark-

    spurs precious character. Ive painted the Lark Theater in oils and watercolors, during the day and night,

    during different seasons. Further along Magnolia, the Silver Peso, a favorite local bar, has inspired a dozen

    more paintings. The Rainbow Market sign which tops the building housing Gallery Bergelli, The Blue Rock

    Inn sign, and The Lark Creek Inn, now known as the Lark Creek Tavern, City Hall, St. Patricks Church, have

    all provided me with rich material. Craig also finds inspiration in other locations throughout Larkspur. He

    states, I also like to investigate the beauty of Larkspur that is not as well-known as the Lark Theater, or

    Silver Peso. A nondescript apartment building that glows warmly on a dark night, a table full of hats at the

    annual Food and Flower Festival, or a cozy house built in 1905 with enormous hydrangea bushes are more

    examples of what I love about this town.

    Together, these works represent Larkspur as a whole, highlighting the aspects of the iconic town. Craig

    works from photographs of the area, and although his style is realistic, it is far from photo realism. I take

    from the photo whatever I feel works toward the mood I am trying to convey, and the paintings emerge,

    with a life of their own. The artists process leaves the viewer with a deeper sense that they are experi-

    encing a place with personality, depth, and a rich history.

  • Larkspur Through The Eyes of an Artist: Paintings by Bryn CraigJanuary 24 - March 5, 2013Reception: Thursday, January 24th, 5:30 - 7:30pm

    Artist Talk at 6:30pm

    The Lark Theater, Oil on Canvas, 60x48, $7600

    LImited Edtion Giclee on canvas, 32x40, $850, Custom sizes available

    Poster, 24x36, $20

    A portion of the exhibition proceeds will benefit the nonprofit Lark Theater in honor of late founding director Bernice Baeza.

    Limited Edition Prints and Posters available.

  • The Lark Creek Inn, Oil on Canvas, 30x40, $4200

    Rulli, Silver Peso, Oil on Canvas, 30x48, $4800

  • Kings Speach, Oil on Canvas, 30x40, $4200

  • The Lark (Day), Oil on Canvas, 30x40, $4200

  • Hats, Oil on Canvas, 36x36, $4500

  • Silver Peso, Oil on Canvas, 30x40, $4200

    Lark at Night, Oil on Canvas, 48x48, $5900

    LImited Edtion Giclee on canvas, 36x36, $895, Custom sizes available

  • DJs, Oil on Canvas, 36x36, $4500

    Left Bank, Oil on Canvas, 30x40, $4200

  • Rainbow Market, Oil on Canvas, 30x40, $4200

    Open, Oil on Canvas, 16x20, $1800

  • The Late Quartet, Oil on Canvas, 40x30, $4200

    Open, Oil on Canvas, 16x20, $1800

  • Mags, Oil on Canvas, 20x16, $1800

    Silver Peso Neon, Oil on Canvas, 30x40, $4200

  • Larkspur House, Oil on Canvas, 30x40, $4200

  • Pizzeria Picco, Oil on Canvas, 24x36, $3500

    Hydrangia House, Oil on Canvas, 48x60, $7600

  • Bryn Craig, b: 1931 in Lansdale, PA.

    Education: Philadelphia Museum College of ArtArt Students League of New York

    Teaching:

    Philadelphia Museum College of Art

    Selected Exhibitions:

    2011 Gallery Bergelli, Larkspur, CA, Iconic Marin, solo exhibiton2010 Dominical University of California, San Rafael, CA, Bryn Craig: A Retrospective, solo exhibitionMarin Museum of Contemporary Art, Picture Novato, group exhibition2009 Gallery Bergelli, Larkspur, CA, Bryn Craig: New Paintings, solo exhibition 2008 Gallery Bergelli, Larkspur, CA; Foxhall Gallery 2006 Arches Gallery, Healdsburg, CA; Claudia Chapline, Stinson Beach2003 Parkside Gallery, Carmel, CA; 2002 Garden Gallery, Half Moon Bay, CA; 2001 Preuit Collection, Gig Harbor, WA2000 Henleys Gallery, Sea Ranch, CA 1999 La Celle, San Anselmo, CA1996 Robert Green Gallery, Mill Valley, CA1994 Lawrence Gallery, Sheridan, OR1992 Modernism, San Francisco, CA1989 Olga Dollar Gallery, San Francisco, CA1980 Editions Limited, San Francisco, CA1979 SFMOMA Artists Gallery, San Francisco, CA1975 John Pense Gallery, San Francisco, CA1974 Henleys Gallery, Sea Ranch, CA1973 Challis Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA 1970 Moody Gallery, Pasadena, CA; Challis Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA1963 Corcoran Rental Gallery, Washington, D.C; Michelson Gallery, Washington, D.C1961 Philadelphia Art Alliance; 1960 Philadelphia Museum of Art

    Awards and Honors:

    Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Picture Novato, Best of Show AwardPhiladelphia Museum Regional Show- Honorable MentionSouthern California Exposition, Del Mar- Honorable MentionJuror- Festival of Masters, DisneyWorld, Orlando, FloridaJuror- 1996 California Watercolor Association- Open ShowPurchase Award- Fannie Mae Foundation Public CollectionsU.S. Embassy, Berlin, GermanyU.S. Embassy, Dar el Salaam, Sudam

  • 2013 Gallery Bergelli. All rights reserved. 483 Magnolia Avenue, Larkspur, CA 94939, www.bergelli.com, 415-945-9454