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Inspiration abounds at Malibu’s Flower & Hewes

Pictured is Allois’ “Emperor," which is currently on display at Flower & Hewes in Malibu. Images Submitted
Pictured is Eugenie Spirito’s “Hard Macking,” which is currently on display at Flower & Hewes in Malibu.
Pictured is White Horse” by Charlie Patton,” which is among artwork currently on display at Flower & Hewes in Malibu.
(Left to right) Walter Redondo, Eugenie Spirito, Allois Flower & Hewes owner Brekelle Lavee’ Long, Randy Berkeley, Robin Branham, Colin Branham, Charlie Patton and Jon Krawczyk gather for a photo. Barbara Burke/22nd Century Media
Barbara Burke, Freelance Reporter
12:00 am PST November 23, 2016

Flower & Hewes Art Gallery is spearheading a renaissance with regard to providing exhibit space in Malibu’s art community. 

Last week, the gallery held a Friday, Nov. 18 art benefit at which patrons enjoyed music, food, champagne and art. Proceeds of art sales benefited the Center For Missing and Exploited Children.

The event presented a wonderful opportunity for those interested in procuring one of the installations. Collectors could chat with the artists and delve into their backgrounds, the messages each work portrays, and the nuances of their chosen mediums. 

“It is some of the most eclectic art that I have ever had the option to buy,” collector Liz Edlich said. “Brekelle Lavee’ Long’s art has a home in my home and totally enhances my experience. I’m not just living in Malibu, but now, when I look at my walls, I feel that it’s not only heartfelt, but impactful. It is the magic of Malibu.”

The exhibited art at Flower & Hewes represents a vast and wonderful expanse of works created in an array of mediums, rendering a myriad of expressions, and showcasing amazing talent, much of it from Malibu artists.  

Featured artists at the gallery included Malibu artists Eugenie Spirito and Allois, sculptor Randy Berkeley, painters Robin Branham, Colin Branham, and Jon Krawczyk. Other featured artists included Charlie Patton, Walter Redondo, Charles Nkomo, Hessam Abrishami, and Goli Mahalatti. 

Emerging Malibu artist Colin Branham shared his “Study in Black and White #1,” an acrylic on canvas which he made just for the exhibit.  

“We just had it stretched for the show,” he said while his mother, Malibu artist Robin Branham, known for her eclectic, wonderful expansive acrylic works, admired his piece. 

“This is a great work, Colin,” she said with pride.  

Krawczyk’s sculptures from the “Smoke” series stood in the center of the gallery.

“My pieces in the ‘Smoke’ series depict a whiff of smoking a cigar as the smoke twists and turns,” Krawczyk explained.

The sculptures perfectly framed Patton’s amazing 8-foot-tall elephant bull painting, an expansive oil on Belgium linen. Patton also displayed various photographs at Flower & Hewes. 

Malibu sculptor Spirito, who trained with the likes of avant-garde sculptor, Philip Pavia, with whom she apprenticed for eight years in New York, knows what it takes to have a vibrant, viable art gallery.

“This is the real deal. All of the artists are excellent!” Spirito said.

Spirito’s lovely array of sculptures are on display at the gallery, including “Hard Macking,” an intricate piece named by juvenile probationers at the facility serving those youth where Spirito’s husband, Louis Spirito, works. 

Spirito good-naturedly explained that “hard macking” refers to kissing amongst the younger set. 

Malibu artist Allois shared her lovely paintings, including her intriguing work, “Emperor.” An observer leans in to see all the detail and then wonders what it is all about.

Allois, smiling calmly, freely explains. 

“Rudolph and Bambino. I am known to men by many names: as an atlas who holds the world on his shoulders or as the turtles who keep the world afloat, as father-figure or benevolent God who keeps the world safe. These minor duties are actually in the hands of my pet, Bambino. The destiny of Earth is in her hands,” Allois says adroitly.

The onlooker remains curious, so Allois elaborates.

“ .... I am the Emperor, I keep the whole universe in check. I make sure that cosmological constants are set within your comfort levels, that entropy does not consume all the energy of your world, that black holes do not suck all the matter from your galaxies. One day I will be allowed to relinquish my duties, one day I will trade places with Bambino. I will be young again.”

One remains entranced, considering procuring the piece so that it can live in a home, calmly explaining its purpose and journey.

However, more amazing works beckoned and the onlookers were drawn to move on, perhaps intending to return to take Rudolph and Bambino home before the evening ends.

Many commented how important it is to have places like Flower & Hewes.

“[Brekelle Lavee’ Long] is a rock ‘n’ roll art dealer; she has strong energy and passion to run Flowers & Hewes,” said Allois, a Malibu artist since 2002.

Throughout the evening, the vivacious, charming Long circulated through the crowd. She is the paradigm combination of being an amazing hostess who wants those in attendance to enjoy the visual experience, and providing a wealth of knowledge regarding the pieces that she curates. 

Amidst all that is wonderful in Malibu with its eclectic expanse of mountain and canyons, and the many thought leaders, actors, musicians and artists whom are honored to call this place home, Flower & Hewes does its part, adding life and love into Malibu.