Spring is a season of rebirth: the time for looking outward after a season (or an entire year!) of hibernation. Explore and purchase original works from more than 20 local artists during “Vernal Reverie,” the second virtual art auction from Leucadia 101 Main Street.
The virtual auction site is now available to browse and BID. Check out original works from 20+ participating artists and get ready to try and outbid your neighbors on your favorite pieces through April 15th.
Don't miss this amazing opportunity to take home a one-of-a-kind piece from this group of talented creators.
Scroll down to learn about the artists and click here for info on how to bid.
In addition to original works from 20+ local artists, you can purchase the following limited edition items, with all proceeds going to L101:
Perfect for the return of warm weather, make sure to get your hands on a mixed springbreak six-pack featuring brews from some of our favorite local partners including Duck Foot Brewing Co., Guthrie CiderWorks, Helia Brewing Co., Local Roots Kombucha, Saint Archer Brewing Co. and Tiny Bubbles. Donation bids start at $15 and all proceeds will benefit Leucadia 101.
Annie Purpura, aka Hola Tonto Ceramics, is a Chicago-born artist based in Oceanside, CA. Annie received her BFA with an emphasis in photography from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2009. She has since then lived and worked in New York, Los Angeles, and San Diego. Her work embodies humor and is often bizarre. It challenges the mundane, and champions weirdos. It is loud and expressive and is ultimately influenced by nature and punk rock.
Brad Chambers is a Leucadia resident and a southern California native. He enjoys throwing clay for the love of the craft and driven by the constant challenge of coordinating rhythm, balance, and the element of surprise. The evolution of a piece throughout the creative cycle is a fun process, sometimes you're forced to improvise and pivot. His work is wheel thrown and highlights simple shapes, curves and the imperfect.
Bryttney-Mischele is a Black Feminist surreal expressionist artist using both visual and written mediums to showcase Black Excellence. Much of Mischele’s collection measures cultural complexities specifically intended to show representation in art. She was raised by activism and has always lived as a revolutionary Black Woman. Mischele is the owner and founder of Poetic Artistry, established in May 2020.
Daniel Wells is a graphic designer and illustrator located in Leucadia CA. Originally from Michigan, Daniel gets inspiration from ancient greek mythology, and juxtaposition of the outdoors and confrontation. Minimal in style, and conceptual in meaning, his goal is to confront the viewer to create their own stories behind each piece.
David Wien is from Manchester, Vermont. A graduate from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2002, David studied Painting, Sculpture, Printmaking, and Art History. Currently 40 years of age, David has been living around the Pacific Northwest for the past 15 years.
Jay Bell is a California based artist whose inspiration comes from the emotional, physical and metaphysical connections that we have with the land and sea around us. In his paintings and installations, Jay utilizes traditional Western conventions and formats to explore contemporary themes around migration, movement, destination and transition. Jay looks for universal points of connection and engagement in his vibrant paintings.
Jay holds a BFA in Sculpture from Parsons School of Design and has exhibited his work throughout the country. In addition to his studio practice, Jay established Campana Studios, a community based arts nonprofit, to consolidate his social practice and provide other artists with a platform for community engagement. Jay lives in Carlsbad with his wife, Sarah, and their four children.
It’s a love story of the skin. I'm just a small town girl from South Carolina. I've always painted. But I never felt like I had anything to say with my art. So much magic to capture and I couldn't figure out how to do it. For years I painted but was stunted by fear. Fear of failure. Judgement. Making hollow work. It took my moving to San Diego, failing at a graphic design career, becoming a nurse in the ICU, and having kids to make me come around.
As a nurse I saw the skin lose its luster. It wasn't magic anymore. I saw people sick and dying and flesh became just that...flesh. It gave me the freedom to paint without trying to infuse everything with such meaning. And having kids gave me the balls to paint whatever I want. Most of my paintings concern how we view ourselves through the lens of social media, and what it means to be a woman in the modern world; breaking down the male gaze and understanding the inner strength of the female mind and form including themes of motherhood, sexuality, female friendship, body autonomy and vulnerability. I have also been exploring my relationship with the ocean. Water has always been healing to me and I find painting it soothing and unpretentious. I currently live and work in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California.
I have been drawing as long as I can remember. I feel like art comes out of my hands organically and I can’t control it. My pieces are bright and happy, sometimes psychedelic. I am inspired by nature, 1960s rock posters, art nouveau and other artists’ work. I love acrylic paint, paint pens and drawing on my iPad. I design logos and do murals as well. Find me on Instagram @psychedelicred or my website Happydaysart.com
California native and artist, Kate Joiner, lives in Carlsbad, California and uses her life experiences within her art as a representation of her community.
“As a painter and multimedia artist, I continually explore the human persona using our California landscape as a backdrop. I am equally happy working on small paintings or large-scale as long as a message and intrigue can be conveyed within each one.”
Kate also teaches painting locally at corporate and private events. Kate received her BFA with an emphasis in Multi-Media from San Diego State University. Her work has recently been shown at the San Diego Art Institute in Balboa Park and The Oceanside Museum of Art.
Kuni Kobashi is a graphic artist originaly hailed from Tokyo, who now has been residing in California for more than a decade. He's a surfing enthusiast, passionate yogi and used to be a semi-professional musician back in the day. His creation journey has begun since. After his music career slowed down, he was offered to join Sony Music and started working in the business management area. A decade later, he moved on and found this as an awesome opportunity to re-explore who he felt he always was – a creator; and aims to bring people the joys of smiles, laughs and chill vibes with his artwork.
Art is an essential part of who LaMonte Lamoureux is. Finding time in the late evening hours after work, he paints in his garage studio, drawing from coastal experiences and finds cool comfort with each brush stroke. His work reverberates with a search for coastal serenity and design. Largely self-taught in the craft, he will often complete his work with a custom fit hand-built wood floating frame; constructed in the same garage. You can view his work on the south outside wall of the Seaside Market, hanging at Fowler’s Boutique and in the homes of Leucadia neighbors. This is his second year supporting Leucadia 101. He lives in Cardiff by the Sea, with his wife Michelle and 2 daughters.
Meet Loryn Cook, a San Diego based artist with a love of many mediums. At an early age she developed a passion for drawing and sculpture, which later expanded to greater areas of creative design. Loryn worked as a freelance creative director during her time at the University of California, Berkeley. She received a certificate in Design Innovation while also earning a Bachelor's Degree in Architecture. Loryn participated in multiple creative projects during and after her time there, positions which included Set Design Director for F.A.S.T., Music and Art Director for the California Alumni Association, glassblowing apprentice at Revere Studio- and currently include painting a 50ft mural on the exterior wall of the design firm she works at on the 101.
Matthew Perdoni is a visual artist based in North County San Diego. He originally hails from the woods of New England, where his lifelong creative inclinations were founded on an intensive study of comic books and graphic arts. While his friends ventured through the dramas of Batman and Wolverine, Perdoni lost himself in illustrative fascination. He spent formative time examining and copying every line and hatch-mark, entranced by the power of visual storytelling.
Perdoni completed his studio art studies at the University of New Hampshire then moved to Italy for work. The four-year Mediterranean foray availed independent study of fine art and participation in Western Europe’s contemporary art community. Equally inspired by Europe’s modern street artists as he was the Old Masters, Perdoni’s artistic identity evolved rapidly through the exploration of creative processes and techniques, eventually leading him back to the U.S. of A.
Today, Perdoni creates fine art paintings and public artworks in San Diego. His work is heavily illustrative, often exploring stories and themes that resonate from his real experiences. A transcontinental train-hopping trip inspired the recent and ongoing production of scenes and characters gathered while riding the rails. The personality and magic of well-lived experiences unite Perdoni’s works, which capture moments of beauty in an ongoing and unfolding tale. Despite his rambling disposition, Perdoni has made home in North County San Diego, teaching art at a local elementary school, working as an independent illustrator and muralist, and sharing the stories worth seeing.
Emelise is a Leucadia based artist who grew up in Sweden learning to weave on her grandmother’s traditional loom. After a career in graphic design, Emelise took up weaving again and invented her own circular free form loom that became her signature series of tapestries.
Bio - Mark Warren Jacques (born 1984) is an american artist currently living and working in Leucadia, California. Over the past decade he has exhibited his paintings extensively in the U.S., with solo exhibitions mounted in San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Los Angeles, New York and Boston, as well as internationally in Australia, Spain, Mexico, and Canada. His work has been published in the art publications Juxtapoz, Tokion, Artbox, and Hi-Fructose. He has worked collaboratively with brands such as Nike, GAP, Herman Miller, Levis, Element Skateboards, and Universal Records, and has a number of large scale public murals around the globe. His style is clearly recognizable and generally described as modern geometric abstraction with an optimistic twist.
Nicole Novena is the owner / artist behind CLAY + CRAFT, Leucadia's modern ceramics part store / part studio. Nicole's work has been commissioned for television commercials, is adored by the nation's most accomplished interior designers and can be found in homes across the nation. Her Leucadia based store and studio not only features her work but the studio operates as a way to share her craft, foster creativity and provide the community a creative outlet. This is the largest Ceramic Wall Hanging Nicole has created to date.
Pepä's artwork is both inspired by, and a result of her nomadic surfer lifestyle.
"I have chosen a life less ordinary in pursuit of my creative passion, and in doing so I have made my Art my Life. What I create, is Who I am. My Art and my Life is constant and evolving exploration of travel, culture, nature, design, surfing, horses, photography, tarot, color, textures, textile, taoism, and all things tropical."
All of Pepä's artwork is created by hand, with her preferred medium being acrylic paint on canvas or wood. However, her formal training in Graphic Design (specializing in Textile Prints) has influenced her art; alongside blending the traditional artistic techniques with computer-based Design, has been instrumental in developing her unique style.
"I believe magic is created through collaboration, therefore working with a talented team of like-minded individuals to create bespoke Artistic pieces that contribute to a beautifully curated space is my favorite form of creative expression."
To date, she has painted over 200 murals and countless pieces of custom artwork that are on display in residential, commercial and retail settings in:
California, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guatemala, El Salvador and Peru.
Ryan Szot is a photographer and drone enthusiast based out of Southern California where he lives with his wife and his playful pup. When he is not behind the lens, you can find him exploring new locations with friends or playing frisbee with his dog at the beach.
Sydney Perkins is an artist based out of Cardiff, CA. Her work is mainly inspired by the intersection of womxn, the wild, and surf culture. Much of her work depicts concentric line work on female forms, which Sydney has found to be a therapeutic creation process and form of meditation. She works in a variety of mediums ranging from graphic art and design (Wyld Syd Studio), to acrylic paint. When she's not in the studio she can be found at her other passion, working at a residential treatment center for foster youth.
Tait works out of his home studio in Leucadia, CA. He grew up in York, ME and Portsmouth, NH and obtained his BFA from Massachusetts College of Art where he studied Painting, Sculpture, Printmaking and Design. He also studied in Florence, Italy where he completed an intensive painting and drawing study that solidified his passion and love for creating art. He spent the greater part of the past 20 years providing art and creative direction for brands such as Capitol Records, Vans, Judith, Burton Snowboards and Reef. His sole focus now is on creating artwork for clients and his art prints business, Sons Studio.
I grew up in Philadelphia working as a corporate graphic designer before deciding it was time to make a change. My boyfriend, dog and I packed up a truck and relocated to California close to 9 years ago. We found our home here and a welcoming community with a unique spirit that truly embraced artists. I still do graphic design but now spend my days working on illustration, creating pieces for local businesses as well as participating in shows and onsite art projects. I would definitely say that my work wholy reflects the eclectic feeling of my surroundings
Born and raised in San Diego, Troy Kingman is a true Southern California Native and beach boy at heart. Catching his first wave over thirty years ago, his close relationship with the ocean has inspired him to pursue a career in the Surf Industry as a senior level apparel and graphic designer. His world travels has greatly influenced his love for culture, art and appreciation for diversity. As a father of two, he dedicates his time to raising his children with an open mindset and to lead with heart.
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