I always get a little sad on September 21st, the official end of summer. Don’t get me wrong, I love fall but it’s just the idea of shorter days, less sun, back to school…you know what I mean. On Friday I was happy to get back a little bit of summer at Gallery 104′s Endless Summer Art Show. There was an artists’ reception and over 100 pieces inspired by the beach, tropics and surf. The art along with the tropical daiquiris, wine, hors d’oeuvres and live music definately helped me to feel that summer glow just once more.
There were some wonderful pieces. Among my favorites were photos on metal by Shane Townley. I always find it refreshing to see a new (at least new to me) presentation. The metal gave a rich texture to the photographs of the ocean.
I was interested to learn about Herman Sillas, a painter, muralist, writer, lawyer and fisherman. Sillas has fished off the San Clemente Pier since 1988. The pier is a place of solitude and reflection for him. He writes about it in a monthly column called “The View from the Pier” featured monthly in the San Clemente Sun Post. I particularly liked Sillas’ San Clemente Sketches. They were inked on paper napkins and then transferred to wood. They have a fun, whimsical feel.
I recommend a trip to Gallery 104 (166 Del Mar Street). You won’t be sorry.