The Soul That Remains

Tamara Guion
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Published April 2010

Artist
Tamara Guion,
Glendale

See It
Guion’s work is
displayed April 3 through 25 in the Sales Gallery at Grand Central Art Center, 125 N. Broadway, Santa Ana, 714-567-7233, www.grandcentralartcenter.com. See more images here .

Background
All is vanitas to this artist, illustrator, and designer. The symbolism in that genre of 16th and 17th century still lifes from Northern Europe, which convey the transitory reality of life, is a major influence, as are the old masters, religious icons, and the organic beauty of nature.

Creation
Guion paints as many as 10 layers of acrylics on birch plywood, wet sands the surface to create texture, then applies a translucent color glaze. She makes initial sketches on vellum, then traces her finished drawings on the painting using graphite transfer paper. Guion generally paints from dark to light colors, using “dry brush” techniques to accentuate the painting’s texture.

Inspiration
“This piece is a compilation of themes I have been working with over many years. I really love bones, because they represent a part of us that exists long after our soul has moved on. … The eye and the flower represent the true window to the soul. … The raven is the trickster that supplies us with the challenges in our life, and the one beyond.”

 

Front and Center

Young at Heart
Kami Seymour was contemplating a move back to New York when friend T.J. Dawson asked if she’d like to be part of his family-run theater company. She’s now assistant general manager/associate artistic director of 3-D Theatricals in Santa Ana.

“We are the new kids on the block. … Most theater crowds are 40 to 60 in age—and we embrace them—but we also hope to start appealing to people in high school, college, 20- and 30-somethings. Most theaters have four shows, maybe five, a season, but we’re going bold with eight shows. We want to produce new works and we’ve talked about someday taking something out on tour. The possibilities are endless.”

“Altar Boyz” runs from April 2 through 25 at the OC Pavilion. 714-550-0880, www.ocpavilion.com.

Tidbit

Donor Discounts
In a bid to thrive during this recession,  Fullerton’s Hibbleton Gallery hopes to become a nonprofit; it also has reated “Hibbleteam,” which offers art discounts and other deals to donors.

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