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Review: Art for Beds

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4.5 stars

This one-night preview featured artists participating in the annual Art for Beds event to benefit Gennesaret Free Clinics – the culmination event will take place on May 1st at the Murat Arabian Room with silent and live auctions. The sneak-peek featured a mix of iconic and local emerging artists – giants such as Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro, Marcel Mouly and Russell Young shared pristine gallery space with the likes of Phil O’Malley, Jason Myers, and Walter Knabe.

Russell Young’s larger than life prints of Marilyn Monroe are opulent and seductive – diamond dust adorns these monochromatic prints, creating layers of light and abstraction. Jason Myers’ “Myself #16” hangs just feet from Young’s Marilyn, but is the opposite of glamorous. Dark and unassuming, Myers’ self-portrait hangs in balance between the physical and mental realms. Phil O’Malley’s “When Viewed from the Same Place” is an exercise in opposites – muted colors ebb and flow, while bold, primary colors slash violently, then pool stagnantly across a stark white canvas.

These works and more are available for a good cause – the Art for Beds event benefits Gennesaret, which provides free health care services to the homeless and working poor.

639-5645; www.artforbeds.org

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