“Canvas Streets” On Show At Destroy Rebuild Repeat Gallery Saturday

Friday, 26 Apr 2013, 9:05:00 AM

Kathy Leonardo

Artist Brooke Harker is looking forward to the one night only “Canvas Streets” event this Saturday from 6-10 pm at Destroy Rebuild Repeat Gallery in Santa Monica.
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Artist Brooke Harker is looking forward to the one night only “Canvas Streets” event this Saturday from 6-10 pm at Destroy Rebuild Repeat Gallery in Santa Monica.

Santa Monica resident Blase Dillingham opened Destroy

Rebuild Repeat Gallery in 2012. Raised in Santa Monica and Malibu, the artist

and new gallery owner returned to his roots to expose the street art scene to

his local community.

“I believe Santa Monica needed a new nontraditional

gallery,” said Dillingham. “We’re working with a new model…pop up shows lasting

one night… usually one a month.”

This young gallerist said he understands the plight of

artists.

“I want to see artists do well because I know how hard

they are working,” he said. “I want to offer a place where talented artists can

show their work in a gallery setting whether they have a following or not.”

Curator Chris Cane has organized an eclectic group show.

“Dillon is an artist that we are very excited to have in

the show,” Cane said. “He has created some striking images that have been seen

all over the city lately, and he has a style all his own. We’re bringing

together an amazing group of talented artists.”

Dillingham chimed in.

“Some are traditional street and graffiti artists who

are showing in galleries, and others are gallery artists, wanting to merge with

the street art movement,” he said. “Canvas Streets is a melding of the two

worlds.”

Dillingham continued, “Annie Preece has a rad story and

it comes through in her art.”

“Gregory Siff is also making a big name for himself

right now, exhibiting work that is both abstract and visceral. Brooke Harker’s

art is striking. It has an organized chaos to it that is very beautiful… especially

her street and urban scenes.”

Contemporary artist Brooke Harker paints in an outdoor

studio that affords her the opportunity to interact with locals.

Harker is currently working on her “Cityscapes” series

which features urban scenery.

Harker is a big supporter of the arts and often

purchases the work of other artists.

“Recently, I drove across town to see the work of Karen

Woods at the George Billis Gallery on the last day of her showing,” Harker

said. “She painted a series of street scenes through the view of her windshield

in the rain. I almost cried at how deeply one of the paintings touched me. I

stood there praying that I could one day have her painting.”

Harker admitted to looking forward to the event.

“I am very curious about the way other artists’ minds

work, how they see themselves, what they think when they wake up in the morning

and as they go through the process of making art,” Harker said. “Showing with

different artists gives me the opportunity to meet these people that I am so

curious about. I am excited to learn more about the street art movement.”

“Canvas Streets” will be open for one night, Saturday,

April 27 from 6-10 pm at Destroy Rebuild Repeat Gallery, also known as DRR

Gallery, located at 1515 4th Avenue, Santa Monica.

For more information, visit destroyrebuildrepeat.com.

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