9/22 Press Release

P32 Gallery Coming to Santa Monica

Local Entrepreneur and Philanthropist Opens Art Gallery
to Support Artists and Local Charities

Santa Monica, CA (September 22, 2014) – Local real estate entrepreneur and philanthropist Howard Spunt will open P32 gallery on October 2. It is the latest addition to the artsy, urban neighborhood around Pico and 32nd Street. Formerly home to Blue 7 Gallery, P32 gallery will blend art with philanthropy. “The name P32 represents the address and the P also stands for philanthropy,” said Spunt. A reception will be held October 5 from 3 – 7 pm.

“Our mission is to showcase emerging and established artists and donate a percentage of the profits to local worthy causes,” added Spunt. “It will be a place where artists and collectors can meet and share both their passion for art and their commitment to philanthropy.”

The gallery will focus on both traditional and non-representational abstract art. On display will be work by Howie and San Francisco-based artist Ariel Gold. Their collection,”Enjoy the Journey,” celebrates the opening of the gallery and provides a preview of the artists’ work prior to P32’s first exhibition, “Filling the wHole,” which will run October 25 – November 22.

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

Artistic Picture Frames, which has been in the neighborhood for over 20 years, remains on location at P32 Gallery. It is a full-service framing store using archival materials meticulously applied by master framer Randy Ball and Sheldon Tarrant.

Howard Spunt, a resident of Malibu, is a real estate entrepreneur with almost 30-years in the shopping center industry. Through his company Equity Development Partners, Spunt identifies commercial space that can be redeveloped into more experiential use instead of traditional retail. Prior to this venture, he co-founded Landmark Retail Group., which provides comprehensive real estate and development services for local, regional and national tenants interested in expanding throughout California. A licensed contractor, Spunt serves on the board of Spears Construction, Inc., a full-service commercial general contractor. He is a
member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO-WPO).

Spunt’s community involvement includes serving on the board of the Chase Foundation and on Pepperdine University’s Microenterprise Advisory Board at the Geoffrey H. Palmer Center for Entrepreneurship and the Law.

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