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“Unmasking The Artist” ~ Ritz Carlton – Laguna Niguel

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“Unmasking The Artist” ~ Ritz Carlton – Laguna Niguel

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UNMASKING THE ARTIST AT THE RITZ-CARLTON, LAGUNA NIGUEL

May 9th – August 31st, 2014
A Photo Exhibition by Artist Charley Akers

What started as a simple creative endeavor for Asheville, NC-artist Charley Akers has turned into a tribute to Festival of Arts artists with a photography exhibition at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel.

For the third consecutive year, the exhibit features a selection of Aker’s photographs, complemented by a piece of art by the artist depicted in the portrait. Aker’s unique black and white portraits capture the essence of each artist, while also highlighting their craft. The exhibit includes portraits of southern California artists Ron Azevedo, Marlo Bartels, Paul Bond, Antje Campbell, Russell Jacques, Susan Jarecky, Christopher Jefferies, Murray Kruger, Tom Swimm, Hannah Harris and Rachel Young, each of whom have also been selected to showcase their art at the 2014 Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach. The exhibit will be on display from May 8 to August 30, 2014.

Each portrait is captured with a style that often has Akers compared to his greatest influence, Yousuf Karsh. The iconic images of many of the greats, such as Hemingway, Churchill and Einstein, were captured by Karsh and are still held up as the purest representation of these individuals. Akers follows suit in his remarkable ability to disarm the subject and catch a singular moment of who the artist is at their core. Step two for Akers is the integration of artist and art through technology, illuminating the passion and craft of the creator. After a 35-year corporate photography career, Akers’ enthusiasm and drive have allowed him to launch into this new artistic style with the eye of an expert and the heart of an artist.

“In any product or resort shoot I am given every element. What to shoot, where to shoot, when to shoot and how to shoot,” said Akers. “With these portraits, I hold the creative control which allows me the freedom to get to know my subjects and bring the essence of who they are into the camera lens for the world to see.”

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Coastline Pilot News

 

“Don’t Look Back” from Berlin’s Beelitz-Heilstätten Sanatorium featured in Artcetera section of the Laguna Beach Coastline Pilot.

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CBS – Los Angeles “Most Artistic Photographers in Orange County”

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November 5th,2013

~ Received the huge honor of being named to CBS-LA’s list of “Most Artistic Photographers in Orange County”!
‘Ron Azevedo is a unique photographer who specializes in fine arts, commercial and event photography in Orange County and does spectacular work. With a worldwide approach, Ron has shot photographs of a wide range of subjects and places. From the Chernobyl exclusion zone to Aspen, Colorado, the photographs are truly artistic and inspiring in color and depth. Aside from destinations, Ron’s work spans a variety of different types as well. Nature settings reveal stunning usage of light and color while animal photographs show the stunning nature of wildlife. Ron also photographs people which are not to be overlooked.’

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OC Register

OC Register Feature Article
“Photographer’s exhibit chronicles Chernobyl’s nuclear nightmare”
Featured story in the OC Register & San Clemente Sun Post by Fred Swegles….July 15th, 2013
5 questions with Ron Azevedo of San Clemente, whose photos of a region in Ukraine hit by a nuclear-plant accident in 1986 are on display at the Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach.

Click here to view article.

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‘Silent But Deadly’ ~ BC Space Exhibition

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SILENT BUT DEADLY : CHERNOBYL-FUKUSHIMA-SAN ONOFRE
At BC Space, 2014
Featuring James Lerager, Jun Hori, Kei Kobayashi, Ed Heckerman & Ron Azevedo

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When San Onofre’s nuclear plant closed last summer, many people from San Diego to Los Angeles breathed a sigh of relief. A 30-year-old, twin-reactor power station, sited directly on a Pacific beach, would no longer threaten them with the kind of devastation visited on Fukushima, Japan, in 2011. Nevertheless, San Onofre still requires a multi-decade ‘decommissioning’, with radioactive fuel and components carted away to uncertain disposal, at a further expense measured in hundreds of millions of dollars. Who profits and who pays is still unknown.

Some 400 commercial nuclear power reactors are currently operational around the world, 100 of them in the United States. Japan’s 50 remaining reactors in this post-Fukushima era are currently shut down, but Japan’s government plans to restart them as soon as widespread public opposition can be silenced. Meanwhile plans move forward to build dozens of new nuclear reactors and power plants – with Russia and China at the forefront of a newly expanding industry.

We are told that we have no choice, faced with impending climate change, but to re-invest in nuclear power reactors – originally promoted in the 1950s as “safe, clean, too cheap to meter.” But decades and hundreds of billions of public dollars later, and following unpredictable but inevitable ‘accidents’ like Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, and Fukushima, is this ‘need’ for nuclear-reactor-derived electricity necessary?

The true costs of the nuclear era are unknown and generally suppressed.  The unanswered question is whether or not we will continue to allow our leaders to drag us along a path toward a permanent nuclear dependency, with all its uncertain risks.

Silent But Deadly will commence at BC Space Gallery on February 25, 2014, and will be on display through April 25.  There will be an artists’ reception at 7 PM on Thursday, February 27.

On March 11, at 7 PM, there will be a special screening of Jun Hori’s film to mark the third anniversary of the Fukushima disaster.

All events are free to the public. For additional information please contact BC Space Gallery, 235 Forest Avenue, Laguna Beach, CA 92651 or (949) 497-1880, or www.bcspace.com.

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OC Register

Follow-up article on the Festival of Arts/Criminal Minds event. Click here to view on-line article by Fred Swegles of the OC Register. Me with the cast of CBS’s Criminal Minds at the Festival of Arts… I was able to spend a few moments meeting the cast before the public was unleashed.

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San Clemente Sun Post

Orange County Register & San Clemente Sun Post….August 18th,2012!! Click here to view on-line article by Fred Swegles of the OC Register/Sun Post. Click here to view the second follow up story published on August 23, 2012

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MOPLA + Smashbox Group Show

 

Mopla + Smashbox Group Show : Culver City,CA – April 26,2012

~Excited to recently been juried into the MOPLA + Smashbox Group Show that runs from April 26th through May 17th,2012 in Los Angeles! The opening is tomorrow, April 26th from 7-10pm at Smashbox Studios with DJ, drinks, raffle, photo booth, etc…should be a fun night meeting other LA photographers, jurors, & guests:) It’s a very  contemporary show that I am totally amazed and honored to have been juried into.
A little info & background about MOPLA & The Lucie Foundation excerpted from their websites: ‘MOPLA(The Month of Photography Los Angeles) is the first-ever, month long celebration of the photography in Los Angeles and is organized by The Lucie Foundation, the non-profit charitable organization dedicated to championing photography through a variety of programs. MOPLA showcases the enormous photography community of greater Los Angeles, inclusive of commercial, fine art and photojournalism, and presents the photographic work and talent of both emerging and undiscovered photographers to legendary masters who have made lasting contributions to the field of photography. As the second largest photography community in the United States, Los Angeles provides a distinctive backdrop to the celebration of the photographic image. MOPLA is presenting and promoting the work of hundreds of photographers through their own unique programming and exhibitions, and in partnership with various galleries and museums, organizations and corporations.’