Art show Friday in Fullerton: Spousal Abuse, Gender Roles, PTSD, and Dementia!




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Orange Juice friend and general hellraiser for justice Stefan “Bax” Baxter hollers this:

You are cordially invited to Max Bloom’s on Friday April 1st, where art will touch upon all these subjects at our opening reception between 7 and 10 PM and I will introduce you to Richard Day Gore, the man responsible for imagining and bringing his fabled Valerie and her mysterious end to life.

Richard and I have been discussing this show and each of the 24 works of art that it is comprised of, for the last six months. Each work was envisioned and painted by Richard, and I grew to love hearing about his next painting and what he felt it would represent.

What started as four paintings, tied to each other with the reappearance of an orange extension cord, has evolved into the life of a woman named Valerie. Each work of art has technical skill, beauty, and merit on their own, but together, aided and abetted by the twisted and clever mind of Richard Day Gore, they suggest of a much bigger narrative.

Imagine picking up an old photo album that chronicles someone’s life. But it doesn’t have any captions: it’s up to you to write that life story. “Valerie’s Family Secrets”, a series of 24 haunting paintings by OC artist Richard Day Gore, implies a dark narrative. Come peer into Valerie’s world. Witness a life hijacked by what went on behind closed doors. What story do YOU see?

At 10pm you will be treated to a more private docent tour, where the artist will discuss the work and his own vision of Valerie’s fate compares to your own interpretation. To those in need of a nightcap after having your fill of wine at other venues, my assistant and I will be serving old-fashioneds during this time.

On a side note, after 14 months, and 14 amazing art exhibits at Max Bloom’s, I am moving on to continue the concept of “pop up” art shows, and celebrating artists in unlikely places. Max Bloom’s, and my friend Kevin, will continue on as one of the main attractions at the Fullerton Art Walk, and I hope that you will continue to support a place which has done more to further creative expression, by all members of the community, than any other in Fullerton. We started 14 month ago with four of the best artist in Orange County, and my involvement ends with what I believe to be the most thoughtful and nuanced exhibit which I have ever been a part. I would love to see all your beautiful faces on my last night here.

– Bax.


P.S.  I’ll be playing piano there for at least part of the night – Chairman Vern!

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