Sometimes amazing things can happen. The Creative Talent Network known as the premiere community for top talent in the animation industry and host of the International CTN animation eXpo will be opening a new kind of gallery. In association with Stuart Ng Books, Smart Source - CRE and Wacom Technologies, The Center Stage Gallery @CSG is located in Burbank California and will celebrate the talent and ability of contemporary artists from the feature film, publishing and video industries. Guests will connect with both the personal and professional work of these industry professionals in a re-imagined salon setting creating a "new kind of gallery experience" at the heart of the creative process.
Each time an artist sits down to create whether for a client or for themselves they enter into an amazing and mostly solitary process. A process they passionately reconnect with over and over again during the course of their lifetime. To not simply "recreate" they will dedicate, nurture and develop their style and unique voice to stand out on the landscape of many. That story is the story of this gallery. The creator story. The story that goes deep inside these industry influencers who will be featured "center stage" in a monthly "Artist in Residence" series. The gallery will also include a rotating "Collectors Corner @CSG" displaying original artwork that has inspired generation to generation from various private collectors along with a regularly refreshed stable of books brought in from Stuart Ng Books. Featured books during the opening include titles direct from France of Kiraz, Les Parisiennes, Sergio Toppi artbooks and graphic novels and Le Livre de la Jungle (The Jungle Book) by Pierre Lambert along with a wide array of inspirational sketchbooks.
As part of the gallery's grand opening the first artist in residence from June 7th - June 30th will be New York Illustrator and Feature Film animation industry professional Peter Clarke. In his first show named "Past, Pencil, Future" the gallery will be premiering both his personal and professional work with many pieces for sale and on display. The artist will be in attendance throughout the exhibit. Also featured throughout the show will be workshops, conversations with creators and his book MYTHOS: A Collection of Fantastical Drawings and Paintings by Peter Clarke.