Ingleside Art Exhibit draws attention to local artists

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Photo by The Crusader staff

Java on Ocean coffee house is featuring several local artists for the Ingleside Art Exhibit.

Marisa Hamilton ’22, Religion Editor

The Ingleside Art Exhibit inside Java On Ocean Coffee House near Riordan’s campus

features artwork from local artists. Customers can view the 11 oil and watercolor paintings by Tom Colcordart and Shrey Purohit as they enjoy mochas and macchiatos.   

Colcordart’s style of naturalism and photo realism focuses on elements of the natural world: trees, flowers, fruit, and animals, along with appearances of statues and monuments. 

One of Colcordart’s paintings that especially stood out is titled The Best Place to Be in Such a Strange World. The illustration is of a deer in a garden next to the Palace of Fine Arts. It has colors of dark blues and violets contrasted with vibrant oranges and pinks.

Purohit’s architectural based work has influences of impressionism and flâneur (French art term for an observer of modern life). The pieces include houses and shops familiar to San Francisco and Ingleside residents.  

COVID has caused me to create a lot more. And at the same time the pandemic has helped new artists form…Being creative is also an outlet to escape reality.”

— Rizlin Jew ’22

The coronavirus vaccine center in the City College parking lot is depicted in Runway to Herd Immunity,  which has gray shadows and values that make the te

nts pop along with the yellow street paint and the light blue sky. 

Like Purohit, the pandemic has changed artist Rizlin Jew’s ’22 art experience.

“COVID has caused me to create a lot more. And at the same time the pandemic has helped new artists form…Being creative is also an outlet to escape reality.”

Irman Arcibal, Riordan’s VPA Department Chair and art instructor, explained the benefits of displaying artwork in public spaces, saying, “Exposure is key. Even with social media, showing artwork in places where people can experience the artwork with their own eyes is still a different experience.”

He added, “Though some people may still view or buy artwork through the internet, there is still something different about seeing something in person and making a good old-fashioned in-person connection (or purchase!).”