Along the interior of The Oyster Point Hotel hang the photographs, paintings, and stories of some of our favorite local artists. Every two months someone new will have the chance to showcase their work on our walls. Each new artist will be introduced to the public with an Artist’s Opening Reception; the details of which will also be posted right here! We encourage fellow artists, enthusiasts, and collectors to pay us a visit, as the exhibits will be available to view at your leisure. You may access information on past exhibits HERE – ARTIST ARCHIVES.
Quon + Quon / Two Generations of Art
a father and son art show
“To exhibit with my father’s work is very unique,” said local artist Mike Quon. Dad (Milton Quon) is turning 104 this year and still painting and drawing. It’s been long overdue.”
For the first time ever, father and son, Milton and Mike Quon, are exhibiting their art side by side, with a city and nature theme. “Dad has always loved painting nature, flowers, country and seaside, and I have always loved the urban landscape, my stylized architecture, buildings and locations”.
“Dad would be thrilled if he could view it in person; however, he is unable to come out from L.A. and will have to see it via video,” said son Mike.
They share the same name and inspiration, but displayed together, each artist is unique. Dad Milton is classically trained, and studied art at LA’s renowned Chouinard Art Institute (now Cal Arts). He worked in animation at Walt Disney, working on Fantasia and Dumbo, followed by twelve years as an art director at the advertising agency BBDO. Mike began as a pre-dental major at UCLA, but graduated with a degree in art and then had a successful career in graphic design and advertising.
“I love dad’s work; he is controlled, yet loose and free. I think we’re quite different as artists; we each have different approaches, different mediums, different compositions, yet there is a spontaneous thread through it all,” said son Mike. “My work has a more graphic approach, with a more contemporary and modern style”.
Visitors will see the more traditional and ethereal watercolor style of the father, and the more experimental and bold style of the son.
“Sometimes the mixing of styles is what’s so exciting for me. It gives me total freedom to experiment,” said Mike. Influences include his mentors at UCLA, abstract expressionist painter Richard Diebenkorn and pop artist Ed Ruscha.
Two different generations, two different artists, two styles of artwork come together in this father and son collaboration.
The Artist’s Opening Reception will be held
Friday, March 24th from 7-9 pm
146 Bodman Place, Red Bank
Gerda Liebmann will be curating exclusively for The Oyster Point’s exhibitions.
“I am excited to be part of The Oyster Point Hotel and it’s contemporary approach to art. It is a rare delight to have a hotel reach out to the art community in a serious way.”
Gerda Liebmann attended the Kunstgewerbeschule in St.Gallen, Switzerland, where she studied graphic design. She came to the United States in 1981 and founded International Print and Design, a studio specializing in design services for global high technology companies. After retiring from the company to raise her two sons, she shifted to the fine arts.
Gerda works primarily in encaustics, but also in large scale acrylics. She specializes in installation pieces that invite viewers to consider scriptural themes in new ways. Her work has been exhibited internationally in China, Austria and Germany and Switzerland. Recently, she has been working in digital photography and video as well, winning an award for her short video “A Line in the Sand” at the FilmOneFest.
She has curated exhibits in Red Bank at Gallery135 and in Hong Kong at the Culture Center.