10/1 Press Release

P32 Gallery Presents First Art Exhibition, Filling the wHole

Percentage of proceeds to support the Chase Foundation

Santa Monica, CA (September 30, 2014) – The newly opened P32 Gallery in Santa Monica presents Filling the wHole, an art exhibition of new works by Howard Spunt and Ariel Gold. The exhibition will run from October 25 to December 4.  An opening reception with the artists will be held on October 25 from 6 – 10 pm. The artists will donate 20 percent of the revenue from the show to the Chase Foundation to benefit Chase Place at Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA.

Filling the wHole explores fulfillment – a wholeness of being. The artists demonstrate this through their use of color and form in creating non-representational abstract paintings. 

Spunt’s work expresses a sense of playfulness and discovery that was missed in his childhood. He further emphasizes the “wHole” by removing parts of the canvas to reveal the structure behind it, reflecting his roots as an architect and builder.

Gold’s work is characterized by a rich color palette. After experiencing a personal tragedy she was left with a gaping hole in her creativity. In an attempt to fill it, Gold created a piece purely representing the essence of happiness emoting from her three year old. "The creation of that piece was the catalyst for an entire body of work," said Gold.  

The exhibition also will include paintings by patients at Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of the children’s paintings will go to the Chase Foundation. “I think these children lose part of their childhood as a result of their illnesses,” said Spunt. “The Chase Foundation is ‘filling the wHole’ by funding play spaces where children can play and draw.”

P32 Gallery opened earlier this month. Its creative space is where artists and collectors can meet and share both their passion for art and their commitment to philanthropy.  “Philanthropy is a key component for P32,” said Spunt, its founder. “The name represents the address at Pico and 32nd Street and the P also stands for philanthropy.” Each exhibition will donate a percentage of sales to a charitable organization that focuses on children.  

P32 Gallery is located at 3129 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica (caddy corner from Trader Joe’s). Gallery hours are Thursday- Saturday from 1pm to 7 pm and by appointment. For more information contact Matt MacFarlane at 424.226.6175 or matt@p32gallery.com

Howard Spunt, a resident of Malibu, is a real estate entrepreneur. Through his company, Equity Development Partners, Spunt identifies commercial space that can be redeveloped into more experiential use instead of traditional retail. Spunt discovered his passion for art when he stumbled into a small art store while wandering through Europe. Following the cues from architecture and nature, Spunt uses color theory and geometry to guide him. He primarily works in acrylic paint, canvas and wood. His art is influenced by the Bauhaus-Blue Rider era and Structural Expressionism. artisthowie.com

Ariel Gold is a Detroit-born, San Francisco-based artist. The daughter of an artist and a writer, Gold grew up believing that art was a natural part of life. Inspired by color, she infuses it with organic texture to bring depth to her work. The rich color palette moves and blends across the canvas, creating its own energy. This transformative process brings a luminescent quality to her work. The subtleties of each piece change depending on the angle in which the work is viewed. The beauty is in the details – so get close. arielgoldart.com

The goal of the Chase Foundation is to generate significant financial support for child life programs and to create healing play spaces for children in hospitals. It was founded by Susan and Robin Richards in memory of their son, Chase, who passed away shortly after his second birthday. Cancer took his life, but in his last few weeks, he and his sisters were able to play, draw, be with other children and forget about his illness, even if only for a few minutes, thanks to child life specialists. The Richards family is dedicated to helping secure financial resources to see that every hospitalized child gains access to the Child Life program and its art, play, therapy and interactive programs. Chasefoundation.org  

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