The artists: George Scribner and his daughter Laurel. His works: oil paintings. Laurel’s: linoleum block cuts.
The weekend came to an end with an artists reception Sunday evening with wine and appetizers at the lovely Gale’s Restaurant.
The entranceway into Gale’s small bar area was softly lit to highlight George’s smaller paintings of flowers in vases and outdoor cafes. The brick wall opposite the bar was perfect background for the artist’s series of locomotive engines and freighters. The airy and open inner room featured bridges, more freighters at dock, a mariachi player and a conductor—the touch gentle, the hues grey-blue, green with smokey edges, and dark browns and blacks with golden highlights. Prices range from $400 to over $900.
George is a contractor with Walt Disney Imagineering as a concept artist and Animation Director. In 1988, he directed Oliver and Company, a full-length animated feature. He worked as a concept and story artist on The Lion King, Fantasia Continued, and Dinosaur. He’s been commissioned by the Republic of Panama (where he was born) to paint “large scale oil paintings of the upcoming Panama Canal expansion—a nine year project.”
Laurel was studying graphic design at Otis College of Art & Design when she took a printmaking class as an elective. She became hooked. Though her day job is as a graphic designer at Walt Disney Imagineering, the focus of her personal art is linoleum block printing. When asked, she said the subjects of her work reflect every day moments and animals, created with a playful hand, a dose of humor, and a touch of sarcasm.
Linoleum block cutting is an unforgiving medium, she tells us, and a large part consists of planning. One time, she was cutting a sign that was to read “Venice.” Bearing in mind that the carved part is the negative space and the final product is a mirror image, she spent 6 hours on the block, feeling quite happy with the final result—only to make a print and realize the last “e” was backwards. We asked if that kind of mistake still happens. “No,” she replied. “Definitely not.”
Rather than use a letterpress, Laurel prints by hand, doing short runs of 5 to 10 prints, 30 maximum. Indian Summer is an example of a 3-block cut, cutting three different blocks for each of the final colors.
Some pieces are lino cuts printed with an added effect of watercolor that adds a particular softness and depth to the work, like “The Loner” below:
Laurel’s smaller works can be found on Etsy here, though contact her personally (laureljscribner[at]gmail.com) for access to and purchase of her larger works, ranging from $175 to $350.
“Art by George & Laurel Scribner” is available for viewing Tuesday-Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
Gale’s Restaurant, 452 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena. 626.432.6705. GalesRestaurant.com. Italian. Lunch, Tues.-Sat.; Dinner, Tues.-Sun. Full Bar. $$
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