I’m falling woefully behind in keeping the “News” section of my site up-to-date, but you certainly want to hear about Marion Peck’s fine new show at Billy Shire Fine Arts, don’t you? The exhibit opened on the 14th, and I had a nice sneak peek the night before at the VIP preview.
At the top of the page is “Little Baby,” a lovely little portrait I was fortunate to purchase in advance of the sold out show. Yay! I finally have a Marion Peck painting in my collection. Yep, it was red dots all around the room, with all 20 of the new paintings claimed by enthusiastic collectors before the doors ever opened.
Above is a picture of the portrait series, each of which is encased within a resin filled convex frame to give it that oh-so vintage antique feel of formality. “Little Baby” is the first piece in the middle row.
The best thing at the show wasn’t on the walls at all. Nope, it was hidden behind a mysterious red curtain. Inside was a popcorn machine with a dutiful attendant handing out bags of fresh, buttery snacks. At the center of the room was an elevated cabinet, colorfully painted with children’s faces on the sides and a grinning face on the front. Above, the words “Look into my eyes!” invited you to lean forward and take a peek inside…
… and through the eye holes you saw the inside of an old time theater, with lighted chandeliers and people filling the seats! On screen was a cute animated film created by Mark Ryden and Marion Peck with a funny sing-song soundtrack (…and the dish ran away with the spoon!). This song was pretty much embedded into everyone’s head by the end of the night.
The exhibit will be running through May 19th, so I highly advise the drive to Culver City to take in the show.