Through this spring in San Diego, lovers of fine realism will discover a number of great artworks during a huge group exhibition at this well-known gallery.

Featuring the works of nearly 40 accomplished artists, “Edge of the Ocean” is a large group exhibition at San Diego’s Sparks Gallery that’s a must-see. Along with some photography, the show largely features realist paintings of maritime subjects and seascapes. More specifically, show curators asked artists to create works inspired by the San Diego coastline.

Bruce Swart, “Blacks Beach at High Tide,” watercolor, 28 1/2 x 34 1/2 in. © Sparks Gallery 2017
Bruce Swart, “Blacks Beach at High Tide,” watercolor, 28 1/2 x 34 1/2 in. © Sparks Gallery 2017

Via the gallery, “The works on view include oil and acrylic paintings, watercolor, sculpture, photography, and more. On opening night, refreshments and appetizers will be served and the wine sale proceeds will benefit Sports for Exceptional Athletes.

Stefanie Bales, “Sirens,” acrylic and ink, 40 x 30 in. © Sparks Gallery 2017
Stefanie Bales, “Sirens,” acrylic and ink, 40 x 30 in. © Sparks Gallery 2017

“Artists on view include Li Huai, an educator at UCSD (whose work deals with issues related to East-West cultural interaction), Stefanie Bales, who teaches Art and Design classes at Platt College (whose mixed-media paintings celebrate feminine serenity in seascapes and landscapes), and Sherry Krulle-Beaton, who holds an Environmental Design degree along with her art studies (whose work is representative of expressionist and abstracted elements of nature). Iconic San Diego scenes (photographs on metal) by Jon Barnes, and Roy Kerckhoffs’ selectively hand-colored ocean scenes will also be on view.”

To view the full list of participating artists, visit Sparks Gallery.

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Andrew Webster is the Editor of Fine Art Today and works as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.

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