Los Angeles Japanese Daily News: Rafu Shimpo

Thursday, November 15, 2012

For immediate release


Artists residing from the San Gabriel Valley showcased different mediums of art at The Vine Gallery this past weekend. “What shapes us, what forms us” was the common theme between the different mediums which included: fine art photography, oil paintings, acrylics, and water colors. Instructor Miller Fong of the USC School of Architecture offered free sketching lessons to anyone that was willing to yield a pen.

Hundreds of guests enjoyed good food, music presented by DJ Mixtine (from the Scratch Academy), and live sketching by Lissete Pastor. A few lucky guests took home art donated by some of the showcased artists which they were selected in a random giveaway for anyone signing up on the Gallery’s email list.

“When I see a fellow photographer (especially with great talent) delivering photos like this, I get so excited and encouraged,” said Jason Kusagaya. staff photographer of Japanese Nostalgic Car. “Wesley Hamachi’s work is so inspirational. I have always considered photography fine art, but he takes it to a whole new level.”

The Vine is a local art gallery in Rosemead, CA. It was created through a joint venture between Evergreen Baptist Church of Los Angeles and local artist Arturo Flores. Their mission statement, “To unearth the hidden beauty of the culture in Rosemead and the San Gabriel Valley though providing a space for local artist to showcase their work.”

A portion of the art sales generated by the gallery goes towards a scholarship fund that benefits young and inspiring artists in the SGV. Items like paint brushes, pens, and canvas are purchased for those artists that cannot afford it. Just another way the Vine supports the community.

Fine Art Landscape Photographer Wesley Hamachi released a 50 inch edition of his image entitled, “Back Half” which features Yosemite’s Half Dome from an uncommon perspective. It was admired and commented on by many. Within 2 hours of the opening reception, the image was purchased by a private collector. “I didn’t know my image would receive so much attention.” said Wesley Hamachi, creator of Wham Photography. “I feel very fortunate my work could help the Vine Gallery and it’s charity it represents.”

Other Vine artists included: Diane Tran, Kerry Sawyers, Livi Dela Victoria, Pablo De Leon, Potent One, Rever Reves, and Seiji Kamiya.

The Vine Gallery hosts shows on the weekend twice a year.
For more information on next show or contact info, please visit

Source: Rafu Shimpo
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