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Personal Matters @ El Camino College Art Gallery

I am very pleased to have several new pieces in this show from my recent series, Fun House.




EL CAMINO COLLEGE ART GALLERY                        Hours:           

16007 Crenshaw Boulevard                                                Mon & Tues 8-2

Torrance, CA 90506                                                            Wed & Thurs 1-7:30




Work by Said Abdelsayed, Garrett M. Brown, Carol Es, Satoe Fukushima,

Zeal Harris, Brenda Henriques, Sandra Low, Gina M., Gloria Plascencia,

Gretchen Potts, Christine Saldana, Cory Sewelson, Susan Sironi

February 13 – March 9, 2017 (closed February 20th, President’s Day)

Reception: Thursday, February 23, 7-9 p.m.

Artist’s Talk: Tuesday, February 28 at 1 p.m.


El Camino College Art Gallery is pleased to present the work of 13 Southern California artists in Personal Matters, an exhibition of personal narrative work. Emerging from a rich art historical tradition of works representing private experience – Frida Kahlo, Vincent Van Gogh and Max Beckmann to name a few- the artists in this exhibit depict their own experiences. In a time of emphasis on merchandising and mass media it seems particularly important to recognize individual lives, struggles, love, courage, humor and cultural differences as lived and portrayed on the personal level. This exhibition explores the realm of the intimate in a broad variety of media, creating an opportunity for the viewer to glimpse the individual artist’s circumstance and psyche.


  • Said Abdelsayed presents modernistic brilliantly colored acrylic on canvas portraits of his life with his wife in the early days their romance in their native country, Egypt and of their subsequent immigration to the United States.
  • Garrett M. Brown artist, actor and director, exhibits watercolors on paper of his mother and father, as he re-imagines their life, vacationing “on the Cape in 1956”. (GB)
  • Carol Es artist and musician, presents an installation piece, The Exodus Project, featuring drawings and paintings created while on a meditative artist’s retreat in Joshua Tree, CA.
  • Satoe Fukushima exhibits a book of intimate photographs of her un-romanticized experience of giving birth to a baby girl. The photographs and her description of the birth capture the fear and intensity of emotion she encountered along the way.
  • Zeal Harris presents Home Remedies for Driving While Black, a series of poignant textile works with drawings, often autobiographical, “concerning the impact of police violence on interpersonal relationships.” (Z. H.)
  • Brenda Henriques, designer and artist, explores memories of childhood in So Cal using life-sized human figures clothed in complex costumes made of an array of media from tea bags to latex gloves to represent elements of her past.
  • Sandra Low exhibits a book and drawings from her series, Ma Stories in which she portrays humorous vignettes in comic book/graphic novel style, about her mother, highlighting cultural and generational differences between members of immigrant families.
  • Gina M. who was born into a family of professional puppeteers, presents whimsical figures made of primarily of clay, that are embellished with recycled materials and paint. These figures contain elements of the artist’s memory.
  • Gloria Plascencia exhibits black and white photographs of herself re-imagined as a street person. These images, from a series titled Have Compassion, are a tribute to her younger brother who died while living on the street.
  • Gretchen Potts presents an installation dealing with personal memory. Potts connects over 4000 paper shipping tags, many inscribed with collected memories, into 3D swirling forms that reference the structure of the brain. Viewers are invited to write down a memory from childhood on available tags which become a part of the piece.
  • Christine Saldana presents a group of exquisite funereal marionettes that represent specific members in her family and the Japanese traditions that they carried with them into their lives as American citizens.
  • Cory Sewelson, artist and theme park designer, exhibits paintings on panel, that utilize architectural elements to represent both personal memories and broader collective assumptions about “the world and how we choose to live in it.”(C.S.)
  • Susan Sironi presents altered books in which she contrasts her own size to the size of images in the illustrated editions of Gulliver’s Travels and Alice in Wonderland. Within the books she creates dimensional collages that depict outlines of parts of her own body.

Reinventing Ourselves from Another Point of View Self Portrait Exhibition


My painting, “Big Top,” is in the show – Reinventing Ourselves from Another Point of View Self Portrait Exhibition.  The show is at Art NXT Level Projects/33 Contemporary in Chicago.

Art NXT Level/33 Contemporary
Zhou B Art Center
1029 W. 35th Street
Chicago, IL 60609
Ph. 708-837-4534

The dates are from August 19 to September 10, 2016.

There is also an online magazine version of the show that can be seen at the following link.  I’m on Page 9.

This painting is from my current series of work- Fun House.  The concept is a mash-up of that classic amusement park attraction with more traditional  residential architecture.  The blurred lines lead to many spin offs about how we relate to the world.  This piece is a self-portrait depicting the sometimes overwhelming experience of sensory overload.

Groundswell @ Groundspace Project


Groundspace Project is pleased to announce Groundswell, an exhibition curated by Mat Gleason. Groundswell is Groundspace Project’s first juried show and we are pleased to say it was a resounding success, with a tremendous response of wonderfully qualified entries.

The Groundswell artists are: Douglas Alvarez, Donna Bates, Andrea Bogdan, Holly Boruck, Rude Calderon, Kate Carvellas, Larry Caveney, Diane Cockerill, Lynn Coleman, Jeanne Dunn, Kathi Flood, Dwora Fried, Damian Garcia, Peter Hess, Daphne Hill, Veda B Kaya, Kerry Kugelman, Faina Kumpan, Heather Lowe, Gregory Martin, Kerri Sabine Wolf, Cory Sewelson, Stephanie Sherwood, Shubs/Roeder, Nancy Spiller, Anna Stump, Terry Tripp, Todd Westover and Mara Zaslove.

There is an Opening Reception on Saturday, July 30 from 6 – 9p.

Mat Gleason, the curator, will host a gallery talk on Friday, August 12th during a second reception from 7 – 9p.

Looking Glass @ BG Gallery

Looking Glass: Reflective Surrealist Works

Looking Glass: Reflective Surrealist Works

Reception: Saturday May 28th 5 – 8pm

Show dates:  May 28 – June 5, 2016

Artists: Cory Sewelson, Gay Summer Rick, Bob Branaman, Nathan Cartwright, Brian Cooper, Ty Cummings, Jerry Uelsmann, Ed Freeman, Dan Busta, Marcus Durkheim, Jim Holyoak and more to be announced.
bG Gallery presents a survey of reflective surrealist and fantasy works by accomplished masters and emerging visionaries.

Neo Mythology @ BG Gallery in Bergamot Station


My painting, “Run of the Place,” is included in the group show, Neo Mythology at BG Gallery

BG Gallery @ Bergamot Station

2525 Michigan Avenue, Space G8A
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 21st, 6-9 pm

Show Duration: November 21st – December 5th

Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11:30 am- 6 pm. (Often open on Sunday but call first to confirm)
Contact Info: Telephone 310-906-4211

“Body of Water” @ El Camino College Art Gallery


I have a couple of paintings in this group show, Curated by Susanna Meiers

“Body of Water” @ El Camino College Art Gallery, El Camino College                   
A multi-faceted look at H2O from drought to deluge

Curator:  Susanna Meiers
Mariona Barkus, Catherine Bennaton, Garrett M. Brown, Suvan Geer, Moses Hacmon, Robin Hextrum, Connie Jenkins, Dewitt Jones, Sant Khalsa, Margaret Lazzari, Nancy Mooslin, Ann Page, Carol Saindon, Anne Scheid, Cory Sewelson, Gina Stepaniuk

Show Dates: AUGUST 24 – SEPTEMBER 17, 2015
Opening Reception
: Thursday, September 3 – 7-9 p.m.

“Gimmie Shelter” @ Art Share LA


I have several pieces in this group show

“Gimmie Shelter” @ Art Share L.A.
Juried:  Shana Nys Dembrot, Tara Thomas, and David Hollen
Artists:  Jeanie Frias • Carl Ramsey • Cory Sewelson • David Spanbock • Stephanie Barajas Aguilar • Eric Franco Aguilar

Show Dates: Wednesday, July 29 – Saturday, August 15,
Opening Reception:   Saturday, August 1st  @  8 – 11pm
Closing Reception:     Saturday, August 15 @ 8 – 11pm
PHONE:      213.687.4278

American Jewish University- Platt/Borstein Galleries-FAC Selects Show

Fine Arts Council (FAC) Selects Show

Fine Arts Council (FAC) Selects Show


American Jewish University’s Fine Arts Council Announces

Newest Exhibit: July 29 – September 11, 2015

The Fine Arts Council (FAC) of American Jewish University presents FAC Selects, which showcases the work of six artists.  The exhibit will run July 29 – September 11, 2015, with a public reception to be held on Sunday, August 9 from 3:00-5:00pm.  The Platt/Borstein Galleries of American Jewish University are located at the AJU Familian Campus at 15600 Mulholland Drive in Bel Air, California.  The galleries are open to the public during weekday business hours.

Cory Sewelson, painter, Altadena, CA.  Works from his Thin Walls series look at the dynamic interaction between the natural environment and the structures we build to protect against the natural elements in the world.