opening reception: Saturday, November 11th from 6-10PM at The Artery @ The Lab.

Ally states of her “Lead Shows”, "What makes me happiest, is when someone makes a purchase from their heart. Who the artist is, or the "future investment value" of the piece, or what the "hype" is means nothing to this buyer...its irrelevant. They choose their purchase because the piece speaks to them somehow, and that means that I did my job well. Get The Lead Out, is one of my most highly anticipated shows each year. When someone purchases a piece from an artist they have never heard of, well, that makes me feel amazing! I always have a waiting list for the artists well in advance, and the art is not only incredible, but affordable. The artists that I choose to participate understand my vision, and this allows them to have fun with their work. The show is always just so exciting to do...usually at a pop-up location and the art is gone just as quickly as its hung..."

the artery @ the lab 
2930 Bristol St. 
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

It was a cold Friday night as LA based Swoon Gallery opened it’s doors in Costa Mesa on Nov 10. Stepping into The ARTery Gallery, it felt cozy and warm with walls filled with great little tidbits of art hung floor to ceiling. A one night only pop-up event, Get The Lead Out is the brainchild of curator/owner Ally Takeuchi. Ally has a great eye for emerging international artists and  a gift for gathering a cast of misfit characters you can’t help but fall in love with. The sheer volume of small to medium works made spending some quality time looking for a gem quite fun. It didn’t hurt that most of the prices were very reasonable… with some great little pieces for as low as $100. Some of the stand outs were from Emma Overman – her Mother Nature ink & graphite piece, and Father Time acrylic on panel were show stoppers. I also really liked Michele Lynch’s sculptures made with epoxy and bits of found objects.  As I browsed, one sad thing was that most of the best pieces already had a red dot on them, and we were an entire hour before doors opened. But! That’s just my complaining that I missed out, which is a good thing and will force me to keep better attention for upcoming events with Ally and Swoon Gallery.

On August 28th,  Swoon Gallery opened Get the Lead out II  in Silverlake, Ca.

A whirlwind of creativity exploding with graphite onto paper. Get the Lead Out II was a one night only pop-up show at Ronin Gallery featuring artist sketches, pen & ink drawings, watercolors and finished paintings. This show was fast, furious, fun and full of precious small to medium artworks to be enjoyed only for one night. It was one of those magical rare shows that gave the viewers a chance to see some rare drawings and sketches coming from some of their favorite painters while also showcasing some artists who use graphite as their primary medium.
There was an amazing variety of artwork ranging from very delicate, refined drawings to quick sketches that were probably preliminary sketches for soon to be paintings. Swoon Gallery owner, Ally, did a great job of finding an array of artists with very different subject matter and styles. Chuck Hodi did some great little dark creature sketches. Jessica Ward featured some of her ever so beautiful female figurative drawings. Matt Dangler had some scary little monster dude drawings in nice custom frames.

Then on the other side of the subject matter spectrum we had Daisy Church, Ana Bagayan and Tiffany Liu with some of their really cool drawings of cute doll-like characters with some even cuter critter friends. Much of the artwork had to do with figures in nature, which was very interesting to see. Leontine Greenbug and Christopher Umana each did some fantastic tree creature pieces. Some of the most interesting pieces were Jessamyn Patterson’s figurative drawings with abstract graffiti/ivy-like blobs taking them over. Those were great fun and had a lot of detail to look at.

Many of the artists in the show were also in attendance which was great to see. Christopher Umana was doing some sketches for some patrons. Ana Bagayan, Tiffany Liu, Jessica Ward and Daisy Church were also there. I almost forgot to mention the best part of this show. The prices! They were all priced extremely reasonably. Much of the artwork was under $300. There were probably 50 pieces in the show or more for $100! Bottom line is I hope to see Swoon Gallery do some more of these fun one night stand art shows!



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