Sunday, December 15, 2013

Snapshot of "Out of the Shire" Exhibition, Gallery Nucleus

Last night I attended the opening reception for "Out of the Shire: A Tribute Exhibition" at the Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra, California.

Front of the exhibition flier.

List of exhibiting artists.
After passing through the shop portion of Gallery Nucleus, you are greeted warmly by Lord Sauron:

An excellent piece by Gentle Giant Studios.

He was a popular attraction that evening as fans posed nonchalantly to take their selfies. But really, we know they were just trying to get close to the ring of power.

As far as free food went, I had in mind a Dwarven feast, but alas I made do with a seven-course hobbit spread. The lembas bread, at least, I could save for later. 

Activities included a build-a-beard workshop, Elvish deciphering, and a caricature artist that transformed you into a hobbit, elf, or orc. Every hour, there were prizes raffled and a riddle to solve.

And let's not forget the artwork:

Justin Gerard's Gandalf
Jeff Victor's The Evolution of Gollum
Christian Alzmann's Galadriel's Mirror
Me being a nerd in front of Justin Gerard's Ents and Orcs.
Donato Giancola's Aragorn at Helm's Deep, Eowyn of Rohan, and Eorl the Young
Laurel D. Austin's Smaug: King Under the Mountain
The entire selection of work (with much better pictures than mine) can be viewed at the Gallery Nucleus website. Congratulations to all involved behind the scenes for a successful opening! The exhibition runs until January 12th, so make sure to check it out if you are in the area!

My sister, kelsey, and her betrothed.

My friend, Nathan, admiring the craftsmanship.

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