Annual Show – January 8-February 4, 2023

The Long Beach Creative Group is ringing in the new year with their Annual Show, featuring art by their all-volunteer executive and auxiliary boards, nearly all of whom are professional artists and arts educators. The show opens on Sunday, January 8, from 1-4 pm, and runs through Saturday, Feb 4. The LBCG/Roderick Briggs Memorial Gallery is located at 2221 E. Broadway, in Long Beach.

Helen Werner Cox, who serves as LBCG’s Exhibit Coordinator, said, “we invite everyone to attend our Gala Opening on January 8. This is a community gallery, run for the benefit of local artists and residents, to bring us together through the enjoyment of art.”

Also, thanks to the generosity of the Briggs Family Trust, and funding from a private donor, the LBCG/Roderick Briggs Memorial Gallery has been significantly improved, including new roofing, flooring, complete interior painting, a new skylight, and the installation of new energy-efficient LED lighting. The gallery has also expanded its exhibition space with new movable display panels.

LBCG Board President, Marka Burns, expressed her gratitude for the new improvements. “We would like to thank Cameron Briggs and William Cox for their tireless work in bringing needed improvements, and a new look, to the gallery.”

The gallery was originally built for Roderick Briggs as his studio. After his death in 2017, his family generously provided the space to the Long Beach Creative Group. Now, the Briggs Family Trust has committed to partner with the Group for another 3 years, continuing the Group’s efforts to create professional exhibition opportunities, workshops, salons, and other community events in support of artists in Long Beach, San Pedro, Signal Hill, Lakewood, and throughout Southern California. The front gallery will continue to display the work of Roderick Briggs as selected by his son, Cameron, to complement the shows curated by LBCG.

To serve their mission as a non-profit organization, the remaining five exhibits of 2023 are dedicated to the community, including a collaboration with CSULB’s School of Art.

“We are working with Professor Yulia Gassio,” Cox explained, “showcasing her students in the MFA and BFA programs. We’re also offering two open calls, one for pop-surrealism and one for the macabre; a printmaking exhibit curated by the esteemed printmaker Roxanne Sexhauer; and a collaboration with the organizers of the annual Long Beach Open Studio Tour that showcases local artists.”

“None of this would be possible without the support of our sponsors,” Burns continued. “LBCG was awarded a grant from the Port of Long Beach for the Grand Opening and the Annual Exhibit. Since the gallery opened four years ago, both the Port and the Arts Council of Long Beach have provided funds to bring the arts to our community, connect local artists to the public and one another, and provide educational opportunities free of charge.”

The LBCG is an established consortium of experienced artists, educators, and art enthusiasts engaged in creating exhibit space and opportunities for local artists through curated exhibits and events. Since 2019, The Roderick Briggs Memorial Gallery has enabled the group to consistently and professionally present the depth and diversity of artistic expression in Long Beach and the surrounding communities.

The Annual Show is made possible, in part, through ongoing support from the Briggs Family Trust, and a sponsorship from the Port of Long Beach.

The LBCG/Roderick Briggs Memorial Gallery is located at 2221 East Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90803. During exhibits, the gallery is open to the public Fridays through Sundays, from 1pm to 4pm. No appointment is required. More information about the group, the gallery and the show can be found at LongBeachCreativeGroup.com. Follow them at facebook.com/LongBeachCreativeGroup, and on IG @LongBeachCreativeGroup.

Contemporary Craft Pop-Up Sale

The Long Beach Creative Group is thrilled to present a contemporary craft pop-up sale from 1 to 4 pm on Saturday and Sunday, January 21 & 22. The sale will feature work by glassblower Stephen Woodruff, woodturner Joe Devinny, and jewelery by Lisette Thierry. All three are Long Beach residents, and have a long history with the local arts scene. Joe and Lisette are past participants in the Long Beach Open Studio Tour, and both are members of the Palos Verdes Art Center’s group, The Artist’ Studio.

“It is important that the Art World acknowledges craft as art, Thierry said, “and that well designed and executed craft is seen as art by the viewing public.” The LBCG board agrees.