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.


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.”


First Friday Artist Reception 

Brian Rounds at Stripe 

Katell Le Bourdonnec at Stripe Men

Friday, November 1st


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