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Featured Artist for the Anza Valley Artists


Last updated 9/20/2016 at 10:45am

AVA member Gary Bello will be sharing his magnificent western themed paintings.

The Anza Valley Artists has Announced that Anza Valley Painter and Taxidermy Artist Gary Bello has been named Featured Artist for the Anza Valley Artists' October 1, 2016 Fall Art Show.

Celebrating 10 years, the Anza Valley Artists Club will again present their work at the HeART of the High Country Annual Fall Art Show and Sale on Saturday, October 11, 2016 10:00 am – 5:00 pm at the Anza Community Hall in Anza, CA.

Gary Bello has a colorful past. Although he was born in Brooklyn, his parents moved with him to San Gabriel, California when he was a year old. He attended Mission High School and upon graduation he entered the U.S. Navy, where her served as a Seaman Boatswain's Mate. Gary spent 25 years as a meat cutter and eventually retired from Vons Grocery. In addition to this, he also spent 25 years as a licensed general contractor building homes playgrounds, gazebos, arbors, decks and more all over Southern California.

He and his wife Deanna moved to the high country of Anza in 2006 where he was inspired to take painting lessons from local artist Valentina Lambdin. Although he loves the art of taxidermy, sculpture and stained glass, he discovered the joy of learning to paint in oil.

Gary's paintings are primarily focused on horses in western style scenes. His art is as colorful as his life. His paintings tell stories of the old west with gold diggers, stagecoaches, cowboys, native Americans and action packed characters with historical nostalgia. His horses and animals each take on an individual character themselves. His paintings are typically large and show far-reaching vistas.

He adores the painting styles of Fredrick Remington, James Reynolds, Martin Grelle and Howard Terpning, both well-known western artists.

When asked how he felt about being chosen as the Anza Valley Artists featured artist for the 2016 art show he stated, "I'm humbled and honored to be chosen by my peers. There are so many very talented artists here in the Anza Valley and surrounding areas. This has given me more inspiration to create new paintings for the show. I'm looking forward to meeting new people and hope to sell a few paintings too!"

Paintings, fine art photography, metal work, jewelry and other original creations will be available for purchase during this event. A raffle of donated art by the members and community artists is being held as a fundraiser for the Anza Community Hall so please come by and purchase your raffle tickets!

Visit the show to meet many talented local artisans. Purchase art or place an order for a unique piece. The Anza Community Hall is located at 56630 Highway 371, in Anza, CA.

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