Art collectors and enthusiasts will soon have the chance to view and purchase works by renowned Long Beach artists.
The Long Beach Creative Group will present “In Memoriam,” a week-long silent auction featuring works from the estates of local artists Howard Hitchcock, Domenic Cretara, Richard Lopez, Steve Werlick and Rod Briggs. The event will take place next week at LBCG’s Roderick Ely Briggs Memorial Gallery, 2221 E. Broadway.
The LBCG is a consortium of experienced artists, educators and art lovers working to create exhibition space and opportunities for local artists, according to its website.
“We are honored to be part of this wonderful effort to promote creative growth in the community,” said Helen Dolas, founder and CEO of Long Beach nonprofit Able ARTS Work. “Long Beach creates a strong legacy for the arts so people have opportunities to create places to come together.”
Those who attend the auction will have the opportunity to purchase artwork, support the LBCG gallery and view the work of past artists from Sunday July 10 through Saturday July 16.
“We offer museum-quality works by internationally renowned artists, offered at the lowest prices, with offers starting at half market value,” said Dorte Christjansen, Director of Memberships at LBCG. “They will bring status to any art collection and become treasured heirlooms.”
LBCG will also donate 10% of its auction proceeds to Able ARTS Work, which provides creative art services and opportunities to people with disabilities and other marginalized and underserved communities, according to the website. this organization.
The artists that LBCG has decided to honor at this auction have had a significant impact on the local creative community.
“We started with Rod Briggs,” said Marka Burns, president of LBCG. “His son, Cameron, allowed us to use his late father’s studio as a gallery.
“Without this gift of space, we could not exist,” Burns added. “Since opening, the Roderick Ely Briggs Memorial Gallery has featured hundreds of local artists, many for the first time.”
Briggs, who died in 2017, was a Long Beach Unified School District teacher for decades and spent a lot of time in his studio. His realistic paintings depict familiar places in Long Beach.
Briggs’ work is included in the permanent collection of the Long Beach Museum of Art.
Another featured artist is Domenic Cretara.
After graduating from Boston University, he served as head of the fine arts department at the Art Institute of Boston. In 1986, he joined the faculty at Cal State Long Beach and served as Resident Director of the CSU International Program in Florence, Italy.
His work has been collected by many prestigious institutions, including the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Howard Hitchcock also taught at Cal State Long Beach for many years. He pioneered the process of casting ceramic shells for bronze sculptures and taught the course at the university.
Hitchcock was an American West Coast modernist and an accomplished printmaker, draftsman, and painter in both acrylic and watercolor. His work is included in several important collections, including the National Watercolor Museum in Mexico.
People can visit the gallery, view the works and place bids in person from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 10 and from 4 to 7 p.m. from July 11 to 15. The gallery will be open from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on July 16, but bidding will end at 3 p.m. that day.
If someone is unable to bid in person, they can view the artwork on YouTube and place a bid by emailing [email protected]
Everyone is welcome to view the art during opening hours.
“The most exciting part of this auction,” said Michiel Daniel, Artistic Director of the LBCG Project, “is the art itself.”
More information about the band, gallery and show can be found at LongBeachCreativeGroup.com.