bG Gallery celebrates the holidays on Saturday, December 14, 2019. Part of the Bergamot Station Arts Center Annual Winter Open House, bG Gallery will feature the wood sculptures of Ray Ford, along with the photography of Matthew Ehrman, and the ceramic sculptures of Linda Smith. Also on view – “Give us the Wind” by Ryan Schude, a solo exhibition of photographs which opened November 23, 2019. 

The wood scuptures of Ray Ford will be on view and available for purchase at the event. Nothing seems to slow down this talented 92 year old artist. Ray continues to create one-of-a-kind sculptures on a weekly basis. These gorgeous original works make for a perfect gift to give this holiday season. 
Ray Ford, working on a new piece in his studio; photo by Wayne Ford

Ford has exhibited work at bG Gallery previously and said he enjoys working with Om Bleicher, gallery director. Bleicher in turn said, “he has impeccable skill and is the quintessential fine craftsman.” Be sure to stop by bG Gallery, before he sells out. Visit Ray’s website to view his work.

Artist Linda Smith has worked with Om since 2012 exhibiting in group show and two solo shows. The most recent “HEADS, CATS AND TOTEMS” opened at bG Gallery’s last location (on Ocean Park). “It was beautifully curated by Om, juxtaposed with ‘Santa Monica artists’ – a show curated by Juri Kroll.
” Smith will be showcasing some new ceramic pieces.

The photographs featured in Ryan Schude’s Give us the Wind” are inspired by a French style of photography called “tableau vivant.” It came to prominence in the late 19th century. Schude expands on this form and creates his own “living pictures” of absurdist snapshots featuring elaborate set-pieces of modern life. Schude creates large-scale, single shot tableaus packed with people, mingling old-fashioned Americana with contemporary personality and humor. 
“O, Russet Witch!” by Ryan Schude

Here is some insight about Schude’s photography from gallerist Om Bleicher…”This new body of work by Ryan has taken his sense of humor, and magical realism in a subtle and personal direction. Ryan was recently married and his wife and her family, and their friends are the subjects in the works in the exhibit there is an exploration of nature and environment as part of the curious narratives that his work evokes.”

What: bG Gallery, Bergamot Stations’s Holiday Event
Where: bG Gallery, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave. #A2, Santa Monica, 90404
When: December 14, 2019: Noon – 5pm;