Catalina Island News

Spotlight on Featured Artists: Laurie Kersey and Kim Lordier

Catalina Island Cosnervancy

On October 22, the Catalina Island Conservancy will host the 7th Annual Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show at Balboa Yacht Club. The show will feature the works of 10 nationally recognized plein air artists who, over the next few weeks, we will introduce to you in this series.

"The artists capture beautiful portraits of the Conservancy's protection and restoration of the Island," says Tony Budrovich, Conservancy president and CEO. "This event is an exceptional opportunity to support the Conservancy's unique use of art for conservation's sake."

Laurie Kersey

Distinguished plein air artist Laurie Kersey has participated in gallery shows, national juried shows and museum invitational shows across the United States. Kersey's work features the dramatic coastline and quiet countryside of California.

After an early education at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and a 15-year career in commercial art as an art director and illustrator on the East Coast, she relocated to San Francisco and studied painting at the Academy of Art University. This is where she met her plein air artist husband, Brian Blood.

Kersey has been honored with various awards and been featured in five magazines. She was also the first place winner in the Artist's Magazine's annual competition. She is an Artist Member of the California Art Club and the American Impressionist Society and a Signature Member of the Oil Painters of America.

Kim Lordier

A native of San Francisco and a graduate of the Academy of Art in San Francisco, Kim Lordier combines keen observation and sensitivity to create her award-winning landscapes. Her paintings are in private collections throughout the country and have been exhibited at the Autry Museum, Coors Western Art Show in Denver, National Arts Club New York, Haggin Museum, Forbes Galleries, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Irvine Museum and the Laguna Art Museum.

Her work has been showcased on the cover of Art of the West, Southwest Art and The Pastel Journal, as well as featured in Art of the West, Plein Air Magazine, Fine Art Connoisseur, Western Art and Architecture, The Pastel Journal,  American Artist and The Artist Magazine.

Lordier has received recognition for her landscapes at major plein air events, international magazine competitions, national pastel society shows and museum exhibitions. Most recently, she received the Patrons Choice Award at Maynard Dixon Country in Mt. Carmel Utah.
Lordier is a signature member of the California Art Club, Pastel Society of America and Laguna Plein Air Painters Association. She also is a distinguished pastelist of the Pastel Society of the West Coast.

Buy your tickets today! Early Bird rates end September 30th! For more information or to purchase tickets, visit our website or call 562-437-8555 ext. 1239.