Monarch Gallery Meet the Artist: Steven Shortbridge
Monarch Gallery and La Valencia Hotel invite you to this special artist meet and greet! Romantic Impressionistic painter Steven Shortridge will be at La Valencia Hotel, Thursday September 19th, 2013 from 5pm – 7pm on The MED patio. Monarch Gallery will offer free shipping or waive sales tax to any hotel guest that decides to purchase a painting on the day of the event!
ARTIST BIOGRAPHY: STEPHEN CHARLES SHORTRIDGE
Born in Iowa, 1951, and raised in Southern California, Stephen excelled in art throughout his schooling but had mainly studied commercial art. He took his first painting class while attending Idaho State University on a water polo scholarship (Stephen was an All-American).
“It was probably 1985 when I finally admitted to myself and everyone that I wanted and needed to pursue my art. I had been acting for several years and, although I had been successful, it was never where my heart was. Art is my first love and always was.” Stephen Charles Shortridge, the artist, may be more familiar to you as an actor. During the seventies and eighties, Shortridge built an enviable career appearing in such well-known television series as “Welcome Back Kotter” and “The Love Boat”. He co-starred with Debbie Reynolds on the ABC show “Aloha Paradise”.
When asked to describe his work Shortridge explains, “Romantic Impressionism” is what I do…I think the term best expresses how and why I paint. I appreciate, or try to appreciate, all forms of art, but the one that first stirred me was Impressionism. To me it was bold, and full of life and color. It was uninhibited and had a magic quality to it. Rather than attempt to tell you something accurately, it just made you feel it! That’s why I set out to interpret life through this style of art; it invites the viewer’s emotions to take part”.
For more information, please contact Elsie Arredondo – Executive Director at Monarch Gallery.
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