June 27, 2003

Joseph David Gallery Introduces Metal Mania

Exclusive Showing of Mixed-Media Sculptures Mingling Metal, Fused Glass & Stone

Joseph David Gallery is pleased to announce an exclusive showing of innovative mixed-media sculptures mingling metal, fused glass and stone by local artists Jeffrey Melle and Hugo Heredia Barrera. An opening reception, hosted by Joseph David Gallery on Saturday, June 28 at 6 pm, kicks off an exclusive two-week Metal Mania exhibit June 28 to July 13, 2003.

“Joseph David Gallery is excited to share with Melle and Barrera their very first art exhibit – a sneak peek at cool artwork sure to inspire the metal mania in all of us,” said Tammy Krasne-Linehan, owner of Joseph David Gallery. “Our mission is to offer promising local artists a forum to exhibit eclectic and original artwork, and Melle and Barrera’s unique metal sculptures represent the best San Diego artisans have to offer.”

“My main focus and motivation comes from life around me and my interpretation of it,” says Jeffrey Melle. “My passion is metal sculpture, infused with innovative raw materials such as stone, plaster and clay; and.”

“The strength of metal and the beauty of glass was a match made in heaven,” according to Hugo Heredia Barrera. “I combine mediums and techniques to create a wide assortment of exotic and unique pieces; for example, I combine an old glass bottle, rare glass fragments, and an assortment of metals including wrought iron, copper, aluminum and bronze,” he added.

"Laberinto" Fused Glass by Hugo Heredia Barrera

Join fellow art lovers at Joseph David Gallery’s opening reception on Saturday, June 28 from 6 pm to 9 pm, 760 Eighth Avenue, downtown San Diego (3 blocks north of the new Petco Padre’s Stadium). Live music, hors d’oeuvres and wine tasting compliments of Joseph David Gallery. Melle and Barrera’s unique metal sculptures will be featured exclusively at Joseph David Gallery from June 28 to July 13, 2003.

About Joseph David Gallery

Located in the heart of East Village, nestled next to San Diego’s historic Gaslamp District, Joseph David Gallery features an eclectic collection of over 25 local and regional artists. Owner Tammy Krasne-Linehan, who named the gallery in memory of her younger brother, carries a diverse collection of affordable original paintings, sculptures, photography, jewelry and glass designed to appeal to a wide variety of tastes and budgets. The gallery also offers special event hosting services for company receptions and cocktail parties, neighborhood gatherings, book signings, poetry readings, workshops, and not-for-profit and political fundraisers. The gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. or by appointment.

About Hugo Heredia Barrera

Hugo Heredia Barrera was born in Querendero, Mexico, and by the time a teenager, he had already established a reputation in his village for architectural wrought iron. Barrera came into his own while welding architectural pieces for private residences in Rancho Santa Fe, California and with precision glass molding and shaping for a scientific glass company serving clients such as NASA, US Navy and Lockheed Martin.

About Jeffrey Melle

Jeffrey Melle, a BFA graduate of San Diego State University, is inspired by classical and industrial art. Melle uses space to set the stage for a theme or idea and specializes in creating kinetic and light incorporated artwork using raw materials such as steel, wood, concrete, plaster, stone and clay.

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