My Pick of the Week is this Saturday….The G2 Gallery holds its Five Year anniversary party.

A POW G2 EricCheng9970great gallery that unconditionally supports the environment. “Future Perfect” is a retrospective exhibition that will include artists who have participated in previous shows from inception.

See image: by Eric Cheng

Images will be donated by the artists and offered in a silent auction running from March 5 to April 24. A corresponding environmental cause will be paired with each photograph to receive the silent auction proceeds.

Curated by G2 Gallery director Jolene Hanson, “Future Perfect” envisions what the gallery hopes to accomplish, or as Hanson puts it, that “through the promotion of art and environmental causes, we will help to create a more perfect future.”

NatuPOW Sat March9 G2 Caldwell CyanotypeSeastarre LA: Cyanotypes by Christine Caldwell (see image, left) will share the reception tonight. The exhibition features a new collection of one-of-a-kind, ocean inspired prints.

Christine continues to explore a world of photographic image making that forgoes the use of the camera for methods that are less sophisticated but equally
compelling.

Christine developed her style of working without a camera while she was employed as a lab manager at Translight Photo Center and then at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Christine’s two previous exhibitions at The G2 Gallery featured her “Illuminated Negatives,” a series of photograms which once again, are images made without the use of a camera.

Also opening tonight is a exhibition entitled “SPILL” spotlighting a more serious subject…Daniel Beltra (see image, below right), spent 40 days documenting the largest oil spill in recent history, the 2010 Deepwater Horizon blowout in the Gulf of Mexico.

Known for his stunning aerial photography, Daniel used his strong sense of color and composition to create a visually compelling series about the man-made disaster.

POW Sat March9 G2 Beltra SPILL 20While these images impress upon the viewer the shocking magnitude of the damage, they also reveal a strange beauty.

With 4.9 million barrels of oil pumped into the gulf, and only 800,000 barrels trapped by containment efforts, the total impact of the oil spill is still unknown. In 2012, scientists were calculating the effects of the damage while drilling continued off American shores. Daniel

Beltra takes viewers to locations where man and nature are at odds in order to, “instill a deeper
appreciation for the precarious balance we are imposing on the planet.”

Since opening in 2008, The G2 Gallery has committed itself to supporting art and the environment. Through their environmentally themed exhibits and special events G2 has donated over $730,000 to a number of non-profits working on the local, national and international level on behalf of nature and wildlife.

Over 60 artists have shown at the gallery with highlights including the building of a collection of intact portfolios by Ansel Adams; retrospectives by Clyde Butcher, Robert Glenn Ketchum, and Art Wolfe; traveling exhibits by Daniel Beltra and Jack Dykinga; and the introduction of emerging outdoor photographers Ian Shive and Jennifer MaHarry.

POW G2 MarkLeevanSee image: by Mark Leevan

Photographer Daniel Beltra will be in attendance for the opening reception of his exhibit Spill, as well as Christine Caldwell, whose new series of cyanotypes will be on view in the gallery’s Nature LA room.

Please RSVP to rsvp@theg2gallery.com.

There is a $10.00 admission charge which will directly support enivironmental organizations. The evening also includes live music, wine, hors d’oeuvres, and valet parking.

On view: March 5 to April 24

The event takes place Saturday March 9th

What: Opening reception
Where: The G2 Gallery, 1503 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice,90291
When: 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Phone: 310 452-2842
Website: http://www.theg2gallery.com