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Gary Spellman

Each summer my wife and I look forward to attending Laguna Beach's annual Saw Dust Festival which is organized and hosted by a non profit organization whose goals are to provide art education and to promote local artists of Laguna Beach.


Each year there's an artist that grabs my attention and this year it was Gary Spellman. My first thought upon seeing his desert trailer paintings was , "I've been in that trailer!". I have a two-fold connection to Gary's trailers. In the forties and fifties my family were migrant workers and built highways throughout the desert of the South West. They relied on trailers like these for shelter and for long periods of time called them home. Also, I've spent much of my career working in the High Desert of San Bernardino County providing emergency services and in doing so, I've had the opportunity to see how people live in them.


The themes in Gary's work reminded me of two of my Flickr contacts: RedShoesGirl

and J. E. Morrison (Rebel Rouser Images)




Phone 949.533.8428

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Taken on June 26, 2011