Chang & Koniakowsky open the Ocean Art Gallery
Grand Opening Slated for July 10th
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 25 June, 2010 : - - Award-winning photographer, Aaron Chang has partnered with distinguished artist, Wade Koniakowsky to launch San Diego’s first Ocean Art Gallery. The Grand Opening, taking place from 6-9 p.m. on July 10th, will feature many of the finest pieces produced by each of the owners.
The new gallery will be located in the heart of the Cedros Design District at 415 S. Cedros Ave. Showcased at the event will be a collaboration surfboard crafted by renowned shaper John Carper, hand painted by Wade Koniakowsky, and inlaid with original photographs by Aaron Chang. Autographed commemorative books, Ocean Art merchandise, a raffle drawing and complimentary appetizers will also be available.
Featured throughout the Gallery will be Wade’s selected oil paintings and Aaron’s exotic images collected from a lifetime of traveling. A legendary name in the action sports industry, Aaron has been featured on Fuel TV, PBS and is currently the subject of a documentary on surf photographers.
His work has graced the covers of over 100 magazines and has been featured in the prestigious coffee table book series, A Day in the Life. Though best known for his ocean-inspired photography, Aaron’s powerful images also capture the world of fashion, sports, travel and music.
This adventurous spirit has taken the commercial photographer to over 40 countries and has garnered such high profile clients as Apple, Mercedes-Benz, Levi’s, Macy’s, Nike, Yamaha, Billabong, and ESPN.
Wade Koniakowsky, one of the nation’s leading ocean-inspired artists, began painting at the age of six and started surfing before he was 12. By blending these two passions, he has gained worldwide recognition for his oil paintings of tropical interpretations. Wade’s work is currently displayed internationally as well as in 17 galleries extending from the East Coast to Hawaii.
Many of his signature paintings can be seen in movies, television shows and at such international surf competitions as the Roxy Jam and Vans Triple Crown of Surfing. Wade’s designs currently adorn the custom surfboards that decorate Billabong stores nationwide.
At the July 10th Grand Opening, both artists will be on hand to discuss their vision for the Gallery, which they have branded as “the ultimate visual expression of everything you love about the ocean.” They anticipate hosting workshops to inspire young artists and partnering with non-profits that focus on the areas of Ocean Environmentalism, Humanitarian and Education.
Following the Grand Opening, the Ocean Art Gallery will be open to the public Monday through Thursday 10 to 6, Friday and Saturday 10 to 8, and Sunday noon to 5.
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