DECEMBER 3, 2022 - JANUARY 21, 2023

Contemporary Abstract Paintings by Laura Letchinger

Mosaic Artworks by Special Guest, Piece by Piece

About the show

 Loiter Galleries, Long Beach, CA
The past two years of the pandemic shifted not only my art business, but also my creative focus. Although as a painter I've mostly worked in an unplanned, abstract expressionist manner, during covid I soon felt like glass being shaped in fire . . . expanding and stretching, pulled towards something new yet undefined, and letting it happen moment to moment. Tragedy and heartache were and are everywhere, from the effects of the virus and climate change, to ongoing inequality, racism, sociopathic power-mongering and greed. Simultaneously though, air pollution from fossil fuels decreased drastically, even if temporarily. Many found a new appreciation for the great outdoors, for nurturing others in need, for the company of plants and animals, and for the freedom of living in the moment. The stark contrasts of this time were and are undeniable, differences inevitably ending up in new paintings, bound together by the constancy of hope.

I'm very happy to had been invited by Monica Fleming and Vinny Picardi, founders of the innovative Loiter Galleries, to do a solo show, and was once again so excited to have South L.A. based mosaic arts nonprofit Piece by Piece exhibit their beautiful mosaic artworks as my Special Guest. I had over 20 paintings on view, as well as our new collaborative mosaic artwork. I also offered a variety of fine art prints on paper for the first time. Previous collaborations: FLY MOSAIC, FRESH

"Our mission is to empower residents who have experienced homelessness or economic insecurity by providing free mosaic art workshops enabling them to build confidence, earn supplementary income, promote wellness and an improved quality of life."      - Piece by Piece

"MOMENT to MOMENT" Opening Night

Extra large blue and white mosaic wall art Laura Letchinger and Piece by Piece HOMAGE TO REALIZE

HOMAGE TO REALIZE | a section of REALIZE in mosaic and stamps from the 1940's, created by Piece by Piece. Click here for purchase details.

FLY MOSAIC installed in its permanent home at 200 West Ocean in Long Beach, CA

Piece by Piece artist, John: "Broken pieces of glass, like memories in one’s mind are intrinsically worthless. They become valuable only when recombined into something useful. I am gleefully reassembling the shattered fragments of my yesterday’s good life, transforming them into new and beautiful, real and touchable treasures."


Loiter Galleries

Established in 2018, Loiter Galleries' mission is to support local underserved artists by providing affordable gallery space, promotion, and general support even during the most challenging of times. We also serve the business community and our Long Beach neighborhoods by filling vacant store fronts with art and optimism. We believe that art is a powerful tool in the evolution of neighborhoods and cities. And that the accessibility of art is of the utmost importance.