March 2 – March 30, 2024:

This is Not a Pipe: What is Reality?

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the surrealist movement, the Long Beach Creative Group is presenting ‘This is Not a Pipe: What is Reality?’ The exhibition has two opening receptions, on Saturday, March 2, and Sunday, March 3, from 1-4 pm, and continues through Saturday, March 30. The open call generated more than 170 submissions, from which 51 works by 36 artists were selected by jurors Annie Stromquist and Nirav Solanki. The Rod Briggs Gallery, located at 2221 E Broadway in Long Beach, is open from 1-4 pm every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Inspired by the famous surrealist painting by René Magritte, artists were invited to create works that explore the intersection between art and language, construct subjective reality, or simply question reality itself. Surrealism officially began in Paris in 1924 with the publication of the Manifesto of Surrealism by the poet and critic André Breton, in which he wrote, “This summer the roses are blue; the wood is of glass. The earth, draped in its verdant cloak, makes as little impression upon me as a ghost.”

Marka Burns, LBCG Board President, is thrilled by the response. “This show really inspired the community to engage deeply with the theme, and the selected works will together make an impressive and interesting exhibition.”

Exhibition Coordinator Travis Stock-Tucker agrees. “There’s something for everyone in this show, perhaps because the diversity of the artists reflects the wonderful diversity of our community.”

On Friday, March 8, at 7 pm, there will be a free screening of the 2018 documentary film ‘Salvador Dali: In Search of Immortality,’ directed by David Pujol.

This exhibition is made possible, 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


April 28 to May 25:

In Color

Guest curator, Marie Thibeault, is inviting artists who explore the many possibilities of color, not as a secondary thought, but as a venture of the highest importance, placing intrinsic value upon this most critical device in painting. These artists use color to communicate emotion, empathy, memory and embodiment. Color will be immersive, evoking imagery through light, building chromatic complexity, and conveying imaginative spaces that can be seen and felt.

June 22 to July 20:

The Power of Visibility: Boldness in LGBTQ+ Art

This open call 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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Holidays: Closed