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Friday, June 29, 2012

Sons of the Sirens

This month we are pleased to present the new and fascinating paintings of   Javier Ortega and Laurie McClave
Two intense figurative painters that 'bring it' with their character driven work...

Javier S. Ortega was born in Seville Spain where he was trained in sculpture in the "Escuela de Artes Aplicadas" and ceramics in the "Escuela Taller Plaza EspaƱa". After this he traveled to Florence to continue his education. Upon completion, his time was divided between the cities of Seville, Valencia and the island of Menorca before deciding to move to the city of Seattle. Here in the states he is continuing his career with successful exhibitions of his figurative paintings in some of the cafes and galleries scattered around the Seattle area.  This past year Javier collaborated  with the dinner theater Teatro Zinzani in Seattle to create some breathtaking oil paintings that have been seen in “Maestro’s Menagerie” and “Hearts on Fire.”  His work is at once nostalgic theater and modern cinema noir.  

Laurie McClave is a local artist that concentrates on figurative, narrative works in oils.  In the last few years she has been working steadily and doing exhibitions throughout the country.  Laurie currently has her work in the Sea Shepard foundation show " Sea no Evil"  in LA, the Poisoned Apples show in Detroit and Swoon Gallery in San Francisco and LA.  Laurie is not only a full time artist, she also runs the Red Raven Gallery and curates the monthly shows including the benefit for the PT Artscapes foundation.  Laurie's work is a commentary on the modern feminine icon,drawing the viewer into a slightly surreal  fantasy.

Please join us for the Opening party at The Red Raven Gallery and meet with the artists to talk about their work on Saturday evening July 7th between the hours of 5:00 and 8:30 pm.
Red Raven Gallery is located in downtown Port Townsend at 922 Water St
'Sons of the Sirens' runs through August 3rd 2012