South Bay artist Thomas Delaney has a vision: to create an event that helps artists gain exposure and brings together community. And his dream is coming true with a Sept. 22 event, A Partnership in Art, to be held at Metlox Plaza in Manhattan Beach.

“As a local artist, I’m always looking where I can place my art. But I wanted to do something bigger than just me, I wanted to do something for all the artists in the community. So, I developed this show to connect with other artists, interior designers, and the public. It’s really about getting the art out there,” Delaney said.

His journey as an artist began when he was just 10 years old. But, Delaney said he spent more than 25 years “going to the dark side” and pursuing work in corporate marketing. Following a kidney transplant, Delaney was unable to return to the long hours and travel required in corporate life. So, he revisited his pursuit of art. His style is referred to as malerisch, with lots of paint, vibrant colors and expressive brush strokes. Think Matisse and Van Gough.

Delaney moved to the South Bay in 1992. He's embraced images such as the ocean, palm trees, and tropical flowers in his work, which will be among the artworks exhibited at the Metlox Plaza event.

“The South Bay is unique for my art, in that I’ve always been something of a beach boy at heart, even when I lived in the Midwest.” 

The Metlox project is designed to be an ongoing series of events which will run two or more times a year.

“We’ve partnered with the city of Manhattan Beach, and they’ve been fantastic, and have helped create a living, breathing event that will get better and better,” he said.

Delaney decided on Metlox because it has “hundreds, even thousands of visitors. This will be a way to show people what we can do in the art community, and help with incremental sales for the stores there.”

According to Delaney, there will be 20 artists exhibiting, 18 of them local, including work from the Bo Bridges Gallery in Manhattan Beach. Bridges will be holding an after-party following the event at his gallery location on Highland Ave. There, attendees can enjoy the gallery’s collection of marble works.

Three different musical artists will perform, and renowned body painter Paul Roustan will create live on two different individuals throughout the day.

For future events, Delaney envisions having rotating artists and art work; the exhibition will also connect with a charitable endeavor designed to give back to art programs in area schools.

“This is a one of a kind experience for artists, an event that’s enjoyable, profitable, and allows people to learn more about art and artists and choose the art they want to take home.”

A Partnership in Art takes place Saturday, Sept. 22 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Metlox Plaza is located at 451 Manhattan Beach Blvd. in Manhattan Beach; the Bo Bridges Gallery is located at 1108 Manhattan Ave.

Contact Lisa Jacobs or follow her on Twitter @lisaannjacobs.

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