RVOC December, 2012 : Page 127

Diane Nelson, Jeannie Denholm & Julie Easton The way Diane Nelson and Jeannie D e n hol m s e e it , S out he r n California could—no, should—be a sea of creativity that feeds a constant stream of talent. And their SCAPE gallery in Corona del Mar is an important waypoint. If any two people can make it so, this team can. Nelson, who founded SCAPE in 2003, has owned four contemporary galleries and is a noted supporter of the arts, including programs at the Laguna Art Museum, and the Laguna Beach College of Art and Design. Denholm’s provenance lies in assisting foundations, corporations and private enthusiasts in acquiring, curating and managing their art collections. But as a team at SCAPE (short for Southern California Art Projects and Exhibitions), Nelson and Denholm are able to host dynamic exhibitions and further i n f luenc e Or a n g e C ou nt y ’s contemporary art scene. Among the up-and-coming artists who have captured their attention is Julie Easton, whose sculptures, works on paper and installations share her view of the world as a place where t h e mu n d a n e c a n b e c om e extraordinary. She uses cigarette butts, acorns, mini video screens and plastic to create works that radiate beaut y and elegance, and compel her audience to question current environmental and social practices. “She makes completely obsessive, yet beautiful compositions using unexpected materials such as cupcake wrappers, coffee cup cuffs and dry cleaning tags,” says Denholm, “taking materials that most people would discard, and instead creating a very original and beautiful work of art with them.” From left: Diane Nelson, Jeannie Denholm and Julie Easton shot on location at Scape; Nelson and Denholm clothing by Elizabeth Charles and jewelry by Claire Slovacek

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