OCEAN CITY – This year marks the 54th year of The Ocean City Boardwalk Art Show, and for Luisa Velasquez it’s something of a homecoming. She cut her teeth exhibiting artwork on the Ocean City boardwalk in 2009. She was then quickly recognized by the Ocean City Arts Center and has a piece hanging in its permanent collection since 2009—following her one-woman show. Since then Luisa has been a full-time artist, exhibiting throughout the country in some of the most prestigious art shows.
Living in South Philadelphia and working in West Philadelphia, Luisa has experienced the dazzling wealth of Rittenhouse Square and the decay of forgotten neighborhoods. That relationship, the crumbling duplex in the shadow of the shiny new skyscraper, can best describe her main source of inspiration. Two different series convey what is new and valuable and which forgotten relics are soon to be found invaluable: her abstract and flower series. Luisa’s abstract series follows her inspiration more literally and resembles architecture’s current phase: modern, accented with reclaimed materials. Luisa’s flower series are paintings based on floral designs that are beautifully textured and alive in 38 different colors.
Exhibiting on the Ocean City boardwalk allows artists to meet people from all over, in one of the most scenic and iconic venues in the country. The boardwalk art show harkens back to a more pure, traditional Shore experience. Walking along the creaking boards this coming weekend, you will be transported to a Parisian landscape of artists offering their work and their artistic interpretations to the public. The Boardwalk Art Show is small in size but heavy in the diversity of art represented.
Come and see Luisa this weekend, August 7th-9th
Show times are: Friday and Saturday 10am-6pm
Booth Number 160 – Between 10th and 11th Streets