We don’t cover enough art openings. Not that there’s a quota. Sometimes you just know. So, we’re covering this one, or these two, really, both at the Avenue 50 Studio in Highland Park, an arts organization and gallery space with a focus on Chicano culture: “Glass Gourd Mosaic,” curated by Howard Swerdloff (of the Howeeduzzit Gallery), and “Reheated: The Tortilla Paintings of Joe Bravo,” both of which sound pretty cool.
“Glass Gourd Mosaic” is an exhibition of fine art glass, gourds, and mosaics in an “orgy of styles,” to quote the official copy. The unifying theme, it seems, is that all three types have been subject to human craftsmanship for a very long time: glass making dates to at least the second millennium BCE in Egypt, mosaics were around in ancient Mesopotamia, and gourds are just plain old. The exhibition includes work from Leigh Adams, Pat Boyd, Angela Briggs, Judy & Larry Cunningham, Cathy Garcia, Tenny Lim, Luz Mack, Dawn Mendelson, Carole Choucair Oueijan, David Van Noppen, Howard Swerdloff, Zoe Topsfield, and Stephen Woodruff. It should be colorful.
“Reheated: The Tortilla Paintings of Joe Bravo,” is, like “Glass Gourd Mosaic,” exactly what it sounds like: paintings on tortillas, which is a wonderful idea. That Luchador at left sure looks tasty.
“Glass Gourd Mosaic,” curated by Howard Swerdloff
Opening Night: Saturday, July 9, 7 – 10 p.m.
Exhibition Dates: July 9 – August 7
Avenue 50 Studio
131 N. Ave. 50, Highland Park