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October 4, “CONNECTION” opens at Castelli Art Space

by Libby Lancaster (writer), , October 17, 2018

“CONNECTION” opens on Thursday, October 4, 2018 at Castelli Art Space in Culver City. Featuring the paintings of Laura Letchinger, the artist has asked the nonprofit Piece by Piece to participate.

“CONNECTION” opens on Thursday, October 4, 2018 at Castelli Art Space in Culver City. Featuring the paintings of Laura Letchinger, the artist has asked the nonprofit Piece by Piece to participate in the exhibition.

Piece by Piece serves the residents of Skid Row and South Los Angeles, working with those living in supportive housing and individuals with very low income. In addition to providing free mosaic art workshops—with an emphasis on recycled materials, the program offers a sense of community and opportunities to earn much-needed supplemental income. Participants gain self-confidence, courage and an improved quality of life while giving back to their communities as they collaborate to create large scale public art projects.

Letchinger began planning the show when she realized she had the opportunity to offer Piece by Piece some additional exposure to new audiences in a gallery setting to help increase their own sales and collector relationships. Program Director and professional mosaic artist Dawn Mendelson had the idea that one of my paintings be interpreted into mosaic for the show, a wonderful physical manifestation of energetic connection extending out of my studio and into this inspiring community.” Letchinger will also be donating 10% of any sales of from her own work during the run of the show.

Raised in a small rural town outside Chicago during the 70’s and early 80’s, Letchinger wanted to be an artist from a young age and fondly recalled her first experience with art. “One of the first memories I have of mark making was when I was very little and came across piles of new white paper and sharpened pencils in my grandparents' attic,” said Letchinger. “I clearly remember drawing a single crisp line across the vast emptiness of the paper and for whatever reason, I was hooked.” These days Letchinger paints on a daily basis, mainly working in acrylic mixed with graphite, charcoal, collage or pastel to create her large, urban-inspired pieces. Her paintings are collected internationally by individuals, designers, architects and developers.

The opening reception of “CONNECTION” takes place on October 4, 2018, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm at Castelli Art Space located at 5428 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90016; (310) 204-6830. The exhibition runs October 4 - 7. https://www.castelliartspace.com/ http://www.lauraletchingerart.com http://www.piecebypiece.org/



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