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Catalina: 'The Wild Side' Artist of the Week: Brian Stewart

Catalina Island Conservancy

Brian Stewart is another three-time featured artist for the 2013 Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show and Sale, scheduled for June 21-22 at the beautiful Catalina Island Country Club. Twenty years ago Stewart left a successful career in advertising to become a painter. He’s never looked back. The journey has given him a lifetime of experiences, travels and memories, not to mention a few accolades and recognition along the way.

He received his early training at the Art Center in Los Angeles and later at Atelier LeSueur in Minneapolis, where he learned the classic, academic fundamentals as they were taught in Paris a century ago. He enjoys sharing and passing on these fundamentals through teaching workshops.

His work has been featured in Fine Art Connoisseur, Southwest Art, American Artist and The Artist Magazine among others. He has received many awards for his plein air work, including ARC International Salon awards. He has served as juror and lecturer for national plein air shows and judged prestigious on-line art competitions.

He’s a signature member of the granddaddy of all the plein air groups: the exclusive Plein Air Painters of America. He’s also a member of the California Art Club, Oil Painters of America and the American Society of Marine Artists.

This native Californian who now makes his home in Minnesota, Stewart plays the banjo when he’s not painting.

Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show and Sale
Eleven nationally acclaimed plein air artists will display their interpretations of Catalina's rugged wildlands as well as Avalon and Two Harbors at the Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show and Sale on June 21-22. The art-filled weekend will begin with a special Artists Preview Dinner on June 21, the Friday evening before the show, at a private residence in Avalon, Catalina Island. The afternoon of Saturday, June 22, the show – featuring more than 100 plein air paintings – will take place at the Catalina Island Country Club, followed by an optional prix fixe dinner. Tickets for the show and the dinners are available online.