New Year, New Dreams – Topanga Canyon Gallery’s first group show for 2021 showcases a diverse selection of mediums and subjects—photography, oils, acrylics, sculptures, even a one-of-a-kind game— created by some of the gallery’s most popular artists. 

“Happiness is often linked to our surroundings. Make this the year that you surround yourself with art that calms you, art that motivates you, and art that makes you happy,” a press release for the show states. 

With an eclectic array of fine art “New Year, New Dreams” showcases the work of sixteen local professional artists, each bringing their unique style and vision to their art. That vision, they all agree, is based on looking forward; not to deny the continued challenges of today, but with knowledge and faith that an end is in sight. That better future is what the artists have chosen for their focus. 

Featured works include a pair of Central Coast small seascapes by Kit Plummer, but also a pair of specially designed and handmade steampunk-themed board games that evolved out of the artist’s sculptural steampunk show that was a big hit last year.  

Painter Lisa Baldwin, who had a solo show featuring her epic wildflower paintings last year, also chose the sea, with several studies of wave, water and light. Works by plein air painter Russell Hunziker include luminous images of the Santa Monica Mountains and the Channel Islands, while Kate Browning has created delicate images of birds and features in graphite on paper and in oils on canvas. 

We were taken with Delbar Azari’s circular epoxy resin painting entitled Big Wave, which perfectly captures the sensation of water sweeping over one’s head.  

Sculptural works in the show include delicate and whimsical glass forms by Sari Scheer, and an abstract homage to the Santa Anas in steel, glass, wire and acrylic by Idelle Okman Tyzbir entitled “Hot Wind.”

This is a fun, energetic, optimistic show that offers something for almost every taste. “New Year, New Dreams” can be viewed in person every weekend through January 31st, and can also be experienced online at www.topangacanyongallery.com 

Topanga Canyon Gallery is located at 120 N Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga CA 9029. 

“Hot Wind” by Idelle Okman Tyzbir.