Hey I’m Charlay (pronounced chaaaahhr-lay). You may have seen my face before. I’m that dog that’s been banned at just about every park. Don’t see the resemblance? Let me help you out…


How about now?…

Humans think they’re so cool with their opposable thumbs. They think they’re so fancy, but what a lot of humans and most dogs know is that if you spread your paw pads enough you can grip just about anything- Like a bottle of rum. I got into bartending when I turned 2 years old- 21 in dog years. My speciality drink are Scooby Snacks. Anyway, I figured humans love dogs and after a crumby day at the office they want a dog or a beer next to them. So I give them both, but I only let the pretty ladies pet me. Yeah I hear a lot of sappy stories about people’s lives spiraling out of control…

Like this one guy Fawkes. (You should check out his page ). I don’t think this guy owns any nice clothes. He walks into the bar with holy clothes. Apparently he’s from “earth” before Moonbase Alpha became a community. He thinks he’s sooooo cool and tough until he gets caught sipping on green apple martinis and One Direction comes on the speakers.
And Creepsteevo is a regular at my bar. He’s an alcoholic. He builds a fat tab nearly every night buying himself and ladies drinks. He’s kind of a creep, but I feel for the bum.

Then there’s Vedusa… She’s a babe, but uhhhh she has these supernatural powers so she kind of makes me uncomfortable. She has these pet snakes and I told her no pets allowed, but she gave me this death stare like she’d break out some mixed martial arts on me and then feed me to her snakes. I’m not a big dog. I’m more of a lap dog.


WK 8- Artist Conversations- Bri Joy

Artist: Bri Joy

Exhibition: Merge

Media: BFK printmaking paper, light sensitive emulsion stencils, water based ink screen

Gallery: CSULB School of Arts, Gatov Gallery East

Website: none


Artist Bri Joy comes from a small town nuzzled on the western slope of Santa Ana Mountains called Modjeska Canyon. The Orange County community is home to a few several hundred, so Bri graduated with the same kids se started kindergarten with. She attended Orange High School of Arts. While attending Saint Bathos College,  Bri visited Long Beach and fell in love with the LBC people. She transferred to CSULB and has been apart of the Print Making Working Program for three years. From meeting Bri first impression you would believe she was a born and raised Long Beach local. Her favorite hobbies are surfing, skateboarding, yoga, snowboarding, and she’s a artist; the Long Beach package!

Bri uses is an archival print making paper called BFK. She purchased a 10 yard roll of the paper for this exhibit so she can cut and match the size of preference because she likes large scale art. The images in her art are black and white, but what stands out the most are the dashed lines in the foreground of the main image being portrayed. I overheard a fellow observer describe the work as “digitized”. Bri’s shift in sharp lines to more jagged lines was to symbolize the shift in her life. Surprisingly this was the first time Bri worked in all black and white as well, and her reason was because she believes color evokes emotions while black and white is less distracting from the meaning.

I enjoy the meaning Bri is portraying through her work. I especially like the abrupt digitized lines that Bri uses as they are different from the ideal smooth work most artist attain.  I would like to enjoy her work in color that she says she normally works with. I admire her journey from a small town to Long Beach- I think it’s awesome how someone can find a home away from home in a place she describes as having different people.


Wk 7- Artist Conversation- Andrea Williams

Artist: Andrea Williams

Exhibition: Sacrifice

Media: Ceramics, Raw Clay, Cement, Mason Strain

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West


Instagram: @AndreaWilliammms

Andrea Williams is a undergraduate in the CSULB  School of Arts Ceramics Program. It wasn’t until Williams 20s that she developed an interest in painting, however she was raised in an artistic home. Art and music have always been in Williams family circle; Williams was once a drummer for a band. Williams developed into handling ceramics with the encouragement of her husband, and when she is not creating, she loves being a mother to her baby and her house of pets. Motherhood has given Williams a great source of inspiration and influence as reflected in her creations.

Williams creations are hand crafted with cement and ceramics on large scales. The pieces are not smoothly crafted, but Williams paints over the molds with orangish-red and white paints. The pieces look like paintings one would see on stone walls of a Church or a Mission from the use of texture.

Her symbolism for sacrifice uses religious context, referring to the Lords Son  Jesus Christ who died on the cross for our sins. The symbolism of a woman spread on a cross is referring to the sacrifices that women and mothers give for their children, spouses,  family, and friends. Sacrifices like bearing children, both physically and mentally alter the female body. The distortions of imperfect molds further symbolize how the female body changes.

To some it may be offensive, however I view Williams use of biblical reference inspiring and empowering as she takes a powerful global image and recreates it in a relatable social problem. She speaks not to disrespect the Lords Son, but to gain public eye of woman sacrifice.

WK 5- Art Experience- Cuisine

Momma was craving a dessert so I delivered! But our family’s idea of dessert always includes fresh fruit. I was aiming for a rainbow parfait; red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple. I went out and picked up fresh raspberries, bananas, kiwis and blueberries (I left out grapes because they were over priced at the market and oranges would have even to much citrus since the vanilla yogurt we buy is really sweet already). In between each layer of fruit I added a layer of yogurt. I topped it off with some cool whip, and instead of a cherry, a blueberry! The kiwis were perfectly ripened, which was great because I wasn’t sure how to pick good kiwi out (I guess it’s like picking out avacado). The flavor a went perfect together and the color was fun. My momma was impressed with me and satisfied (mission complete!)

I have a time lapse of myself making my fruit cups, but the time lapse videos are not supported on WordPress. Disappointing! But if you’d like to check it out you can add me on Instagram: @hmervosh


WK 5- Artist Conversation- Andre Ritter

Artist: Andre Ritter
Exhibition: Fuse: Join to Form; Single Entity
Media: Metals, aluminum
Gallery:CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
Website: N/A
Instagram: N/A

Andre Ritter is a spring 2015 CSULB graduate with a BFC in Metals. Aside from creating, Andre is a father of two- an 8 year old and 10 year old. The exciting thing about Andre that he is inspired to keep art in our schools as many schools are removing art programs with increasing budget cuts. To make sure his kids have an education with art he devotes his own time to establish an art program at their school where artists come to the kids and show them their own artwork. Just like we do every Thursday! Between being a father, an artist, and directing an art program Andre’s hobbies include beach volleyball, comic books, and The Walking Dead (I’m sure he’s watching the newest episode tonight!)

Andre’s primary media consists of metals. However in his headdress the most attention grabbing media are the tall blue and green feathers. The base of the headdress is made up of aluminum metal pieces, but the use of metal does not take away from the Pacific Islander vibes. There are circular, rustic metal pieces that surround the base of the headdress that make the piece look like an authentic Polynesian artifact. The lamp was composed of aluminum, which one wouldn’t think of as authentic Polynesian materials, however the designs in architect and neutral tones give pacific island night vibes.

Andre’s art is Polynesian influenced. The headdress was influenced by more traditional pacific island culture- the side of the tropics most people don’t vacation to. The lamp shares a Polynesian architect style while giving off dim light; the purpose was to keep the piece authentic and soothing.

Coming from a Hawaiian background I enjoy seeing others captivate more than what they see on television. Andre’s industrial pieces remind me of being a kid when my family had all these scrap pieces of metal in the garage. My parents would let me glue them together and make metal animals. I personally related to Andre and his art, and I really admire him as a person hearing how he is rallying together artists to keep art an interest to children and a focus in our educational system. Andre is so deeply passionate about what he creates and speaks to it.

WK 4- Art Experience- Spray Paint

I give street artist creds because I had expectations of how difficult using spray paint could be. I experimented on a card board box with a metallic blue and golden yellow paint. I found them on clearance at Michael’s, the craft store, for $4 each. I held the can a little to close to the box to get clean starlight lines, however the grooves on the cardboard box distorted how the paint laid. The blue was fine, however the yellow cap clogged. I started using the blue cap for both colors until that too clogged. Unfortunately I couldn’t clean the caps- I used a safety pin and soap to clean it, but no luck. I didn’t get to finish my name entirely the way I had hoped. My family and I are emptying out our garage and they gave me the approval to experiment with paint on the walls so I hope round 2 goes a lot smoother!image