April 28 – May 25, 2024:

In Color-Curated by Marie Thibeault

The Long Beach Creative Group is presenting In Color, an exhibition of paintings curated by celebrated CSULB Professor Emerita Marie Thibeault. The exhibition, taking place at the Rod Briggs Gallery, located at 2221 E Broadway in Long Beach, features works by Molly Champlin, Walpa D’ Mark, Audra Graziano, Kiara Aileen Machado, Perin Mahler, Constance Mallinson, Robin Mitchell, Hagop Najarian, Melanie Nuccio, Maggie Tennesen, and Mirabel Wigon. The show opens on Sunday, April 28 and runs through Saturday, May 25. Regular gallery hours are 1 – 4 pm Friday through Sunday.

According to Thibeault, the concept for the show was to present work that explores “high chromacity,” using color as a visual force to “communicate emotion, empathy, memory and embodiment.” Artists were selected, in part, based on their connections to the CSULB community. “This includes alumni as well as those who have either taught or are currently teaching painting and color theory,” Thibeault said. “It was essential to maintain a balance that honored the distinct differences in approach, subject matter, and process evident across the artists’ works. This ensured that the exhibition would showcase a diverse range of artistic voices while highlighting the power and versatility of color in each piece.”

“We are thrilled to have Marie curating a show here at the Rod Briggs Gallery,” said Travis Stock-Tucker, Exhibition Coordinator for the Long Beach Creative Group. “Her years of experience as an artist and educator, and her deep connections with the Southern California creative community, have resulted in a spectacular show.”

“This exhibition presents an exciting and fulfilling opportunity to unite a diverse group of artists whom I’ve had the privilege of knowing and collaborating with throughout my career,” Thibeault said. “Teaching the Advanced Color class for painters at CSULB for over 33 years stands out as one of my greatest joys and personal achievements. Many of the artists featured in the show have a shared history, having crossed paths and developed their unique practices and careers over time. What unites us all is our deep-rooted love for and mastery of color, a passion that has driven me throughout my life.”

Thibeault will also present a talk, “21st Century Color,” at the opening reception, from 1 to 2 pm. On Friday, May 17 at 7:30, the LBCG will present the screening of a film related to the exhibition. These events are free.

The LBCG is supported, in part, by the Port of Long Beach, the Arts Council for Long Beach, and the ongoing support of the Briggs Family Trust.




Upcoming Exhibitions


June 22 to July 20:

The Power of Visibility: Boldness in LGBTQ+ Art

This open call (Submission Deadline Wednesday May 15, 2024) connects with the vibrant LGBTQ+ community and provides much-needed representation and visibility. Their artworks will shine a light on their stories and struggles, and give voice to their unique perspectives and lived experiences. Better visibility will promote acceptance and understanding, as a step in advancing equity and social justice.

August 18 to September 14:

Annual Show Shakeup

Each board and auxiliary member will invite one artist to join the exhibition—preferably someone who has not exhibited with us before. Board members will provide special events for artists, including how to mat and frame artwork, how to hang a show, tips in applying for open calls, and how to talk about the intention of their work.

October 12 to November 9:

STEAM: Artistry Unleashed

The exhibition celebrates the imaginative and inventive nature of S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics). It highlights the role of Long Beach as Space Beach. The artwork can encompass a variety of art, like kinetic sculptures, light installations, data-driven artworks, enlarged microscopic images, and representations of climate change. A guest curator will invite artists who explore the intersections of these disciplines, embracing scientific knowledge as a powerful tool for artistic expression.


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