Portfolio Coffeehouse Presents The Artwork of Award-Winning Artist Kristin LaRose
2011-03-21 · By Editor
Portfolio Coffeehouse [2300 E 4th St, Long Beach 90814; 562-434-2486], the premiere coffeehouse of Long Beach, is pleased to present new work from award-winning artist Kristin LaRose, March 15-May 31st with an Artist Reception in conjunction with 4th Street’s ‘Last Saturdays’ event, Saturday, March 26th, 6-8 pm.
This month, the Portfolio barista steps out from behind the coffee bar to showcase a series of new pieces. When it comes to her art, LaRose (formerly Kaplowsky) is kinda old-school, opting for pencils, pen and paper rather than a computer, keyboard and a mouse. Her photo-realistic pieces—created with Prismacolor pencil and Sharpie markers—have garnered rave reviews and rewards in the past few years. Not only was she featured among a handful of ‘must-see’ local artists in the January issue of Long Beach Live magazine, but also was awarded the grand prize in Sharpie’s national 2009 “Write Out Loud” competition.
LaRose has followed her creative muse from a very young age and studied formally at both UCLA and CSULB. “I have been drawing since I was able to hold a pencil,” she recalls. “It seems that even when you’re in the worst of places with nothing at all, there are always pencils and paper. I started drawing with whatever pencils I could get my hands on, whether it was just a yellow #2 pencil or a $2 set of Crayola colored pencils from the grocery store. When I went off to high school, I discovered a whole new world of art. I put my pencils away for a while and found solace in ceramic sculpture. It wasn’t until after taking a life drawing class at Cal State Long Beach that I realized I could create the 3-dimensional feel of a sculpture with my old pencils and paper. My goal now is to create the most realistic drawings that I can. Years of technical training and life experience have brought my art to a whole new level. At one point I used my ability to draw as an escape, now it is my passion.”
Objects and scenes of everyday life are cause for inspiration for LaRose. “Everything inspires me. Every color, texture, feeling, and person that I come across brings something new to the table. The specific drawings are not meant to be taken literally, but to bring a different emotion to every person that sees them. The feelings that they bring to me are not always going to be the same as everyone else, but the important part is that they create an emotion. My goal is not to tell my story, but to create a new one.”
For more information, go to: kristinkaplowitz.com
About Portfolio Coffeehouse
For nearly two decades, Portfolio has hosted legions of local coffee drinkers amidst the tree-lined neighborhoods of Midtown Long Beach. This premiere neighborhood, watering hole embodies the true essence of European culture, offering a welcoming setting for friends to gather, artists to collaborate, and business colleagues to meet. Offering a wide selection of handcrafted food & pastries—and of course enticing coffee/tea brews—Portfolio also presents live music, poetry readings, and fine art exhibitions regularly in an eclectic locale. With the Art Theater on the west end (near the intersection of 4th and Cherry), and Portfolio at the east end, this block of 4th Street provides a pedestrian-friendly shopping and entertainment destination for downtown residents and visitors. portfoliocoffeehouse.com