Fragments: of self, of history, of identity

The Long Beach Creative Group is collaborating with Yulia Gasio, Assistant Professor of Foundation Studies & Drawing/Painting Programs at CSULB, to present Fragments: of self, of history, of identity, which will feature work by BFA and MFA students in CSULB’s Drawing and Painting program.

The exhibition opens on Sunday, March 5, from 1-4 PM, and continues through Saturday, April 1. The gallery is also hosting artist talks on Sunday, March 12 and Sunday, March 19, both from 5 to 7 pm. Regular gallery hours are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 1-4 pm. The LBCG/Roderick Briggs Memorial Gallery is located at 2221 East Broadway in Long Beach.

“Much of this work was developed during the pandemic,” said Gasio. “Having undergone a forced two-year isolation in the recent past, this body of work is honest and unfiltered, exploring their most intimate personal narratives, revealing psychological and historical insights through a variety of approaches and media.”

“This is a great opportunity for students to have their work exhibited outside the academic environment,” Said LBCG Board President Marka Burns. “LBCG is pleased that we are able to showcase these amazing artists from the CSULB School of Art.”

Featured artists include Estephania Ajcip, Julie Belousson, Sarah Brown, Johnny Castillo, Gloria Ceballos, Amy Doyo, Derick Edwards, Pat Estes, Meredith Freeman, Alexis Harvey, Selina Landeros, Masie Love, Miguel Mendoza, Sheila Roman, Abigail Taugher, and Kayleigh Ziehler-Martin.

This exhibition is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Arts Council for Long Beach, and the ongoing support of the Briggs Family Trust.

Open Call for $500 and Under: Pop-Surrealism

The Long Beach Creative Group (LBCG) is excited to announce an open call for small works: $500 and Under: Pop-Surrealism. Here’s an opportunity to tap into your rebel self and let your imagination run wild.

Pop-surrealism is often defined as an edgy kind of art. Originally considered “lowbrow” it has now evolved into a reputable art style. Because it is such a broad style, we have divided pop-surrealism into six smaller categories: Surreal/fantasy, spooky, whimsical, comics, tiki culture, and graffiti/skateboarding/hotrods. These categories overlap, but you can get a general idea if you go to google images and type in pop-surrealism and the category you are interested in. For a concise history and examples, check out

Original works of art in the following media are welcome: painting, drawing, printmaking, wall-mount sculpture, sculpture, digital art, photographs, toys, and mixed media. Work must have been produced within the last five years.

For detailed application requirements log in to:

1. Francisco Gutierrez Instagram is 3d_popcorn_
2. Mick Victor
3. To be announced.

Important Dates:

The show runs from April 29 to May 27, Friday through Sunday, 1-4pm.
Deadline to submit work: Wednesday, March 22, 10:59pm.
Notification to artists: Week of April 3.
Work dropped off at the gallery: April 15 and 16, 1-3pm.
Two Openings: April 29 and 30, 1-4pm.
Pick up: May 27, 4-6pm and May 28, 1-3pm

To submit, log in to If you do not already have an artist’s account, it is free to set one up. There are instructions on the website to guide you in taking photographs of your artwork.