Photo Exchange members Ellen Butler, Bill Collins and Bill Livingston to show at 2nd City Council Gallery 10th Anniversary show.


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"Shadow at Evening Rising." copyright by Ellen Butler



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2nd City Council Art Gallery in Long Beach, CA is celebrating their 10th anniversary with a new show that presents art work from a variety of media. The 10th anniversary show marks a milestone in the gallery’s life and owner Cheryl Bennett invites all lovers of art to join her in celebrating this milestone by joining the celebration of the artists’ work at the reception on Saturday, January 15 from 7-9 pm.

The show’s juror is Shea M Gauer.  Shea is the co-owner/operator/curator of {open}, a local independent bookstore that is soon to celebrate its 7th anniversary. From the very beginning the store was designed as a multi-use space and continues to feature monthly and bi-monthly art exhibitions from a range of local and international artists. {open} also hosts literary events, film screenings and performances as well.

Shea is also a member of FLOOD, the Long Beach based artist group that produces the annual SoundWalk event. The group has also curated and designed installations for the Torrance Museum of Art, Phantom Galleries LB, The City of Santa Ana and 2CC.

For personal expression, Shea is musically involved in a number of groups including the experimental projects smgsap and qqq, as well as playing bass in Greater California. He is also a freelance designer ( creating band/event posters, book covers, cards, invitations, and monthly illustrations for the Los Angeles publication LA Record.

The artists reception will feature the music of  Marc and Pattie Davidson, members of the local trio Second Wind. Marc and Pattie will be performing folk, country, international, and original material that first brought the couple together in the coffee house circuit.  They also have a great on-stage demeanor, punctuating songs with brief stories about their origins that are both educational and very enjoyable.

The 10th Anniversary show runs January 8 through February 6, 2011 with the artists reception on Saturday, January 15, 2011 from 7 – 9 pm

By Jim McKinniss

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