The Gamble of Art and Culture

A plein air painting of the Casino building at Avalon Harbor on Catalina island off the coast of southern California



Artwork Notes:

They call it a casino, and yet aside from placing the riskiest bet known to man – betting on art and culture – no gambling has ever taken place in this building. When it was built, Vegas wasn’t much of a thing yet, and the word “casino” was still just an Italian word that means “gathering place”. And so it was the gathering place for art, music, performance, film, dancing and culture in general in this small island town.

-Matt Beard




Artwork Information:


Artwork Title: "The Gamble of Art and Culture"
Original Size: 16" x 20"
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Year Painted: 2020

Additional Artwork Information:


Method: Plein Air
Date Painted: 07/29/2020
Region: The California Coast > The Channel Islands > Southern California > Los Angeles
Road Trip: Southern California Catalina Ventura San Diego Orange County Van Smashed Could Have Died With My Wife in Gnarly Car Wreck at Rincon Point 2020

Artwork Logistics:


Vehicular Logistics: Extra Vehicular Assistance Needed
Extra-Vehicular Requirements: Boat Required for Access, Ride on Truck/Quad/Off-Road Vehicle Required for Access
Geological Hazards: Awkward Footing on Uneven Terrain
Biological Hazards: Painted in Public During a Global Pandemic, Aggressive Seagulls/Birds
Weather Logistics: Painted in Full Sun with no Shade
Temperature: Uncomfortably Warm


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