Virtual Art Marketplace: A resource for artists and buyers during COVID-19

With so many entities and events now closed or canceled, from restaurants to art walks, retail spaces to museums, artists and galleries have lost the opportunity to show their work to the public, at least in person.

Enter this “virtual marketplace” where, if you have the means right now, you can find and purchase the work of these creatives through their individual websites or the galleries that represent them. Some are offering deals in the form of giveaways or sales and all would appreciate your patronage, even if that means simply leaving a comment, liking or sharing a post.

Let’s the keep the arts thriving in Long Beach.

All the artists below responded to the Hi-lo’s call for artists on Instagram and Facebook. If you’re an artist or represent a gallery in Long Beach, and would like to be added to this list, please reach out to [email protected] with a photo of your work and links to your website, Instagram, Etsy, etc.

ARTISTS

David Allen

Painting by David Allen. Courtesy davidandrewallen.com.

A self-taught artist, Allen is a painter, graphic designer and mask maker. Find his works at davidandrewallen.com.

Shamir Alvarez

Artwork by Shamir Alvarez. Courtesy the artist.

Long Beach artist Shamir Alvarez’ portraits are beautifully haunting. She goes by “Caelitum,” which means shimmer or celestial, or heavenly in Latin. Follow the artist on Instagram @caelitum, and check out prints and tshirts for sale here.

Jennifer Celio

Posted by Jennifer Celio on Monday, March 23, 2020

Interdisciplinary artist Jennifer Celio is making small, original mixed media paintings for $100 each. She’ll be posting new pieces every few days, including the one above, titled “Sunshine on a Cloudy Day.” You can find Celio on Instagram @jencelio, on Facebook and at JenniferCelio.com.

Jordan Christian

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Corona corner

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Using the freedoms born from expressionistic painting, Christian sees canvas as a playground and finds joy in experimenting and finding new and unexpected combinations using colors and marks. Check it all out at jordanchristian.com and on Instagram @jordanchristianart.

Dave Clark

Clark’s playful pieces stem from the tables and other constructions he started creating about four decades ago. One of the founders of recently launched art collective, Art Clout, Clark’s works combine various materials in surprising ways, are colorful and well, are not to be sat on or used as furniture (usually). Follow Clark on Instagram @daveclark55 and visit his website at daverclarkdesigns.com.

David Conrey

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Sneak peeks at some new cans.

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Artist and designer Conrey has his hand in multiple art buckets, from graphic design to abstract art, he’s also one-third of local collective Art Clout, and runs a podcast on the business and process of making art, he’a also a regular YouTuber. Find his work at daveconrey.com, on Instagram @daveconrey and on YouTube here.

Jeremy Cross

Artwork by Jeremy Cross. Courtesy jeremycrossart.com.

Often humorous and always macabre are the paintings of Jeremy Cross, co-conspirator of The Dark Art Emporium alongside owner Jeremy Schott. Check out his work at jeremycrossart.com, on Instagram @jeremycrossart and on Patreon here.

Lisa DeSmidt

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Making progress. #wip #watercolor

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Did you know that the Arts Council for Long Beach’s Director of Programs is also a skilled artist? We were as pleasantly surprised as you are. Check out DeSmidt’s art on Instagram @lisadesmidtart.

Cara Dolim

C. Dolim and Dirty Patti.

Dolim is available for commissions and can be reached through Instagram @cdolim.art. Fun fact, they’re also a founder of Queer Mondays at Que Sera. Want to see a fun video featuring Dolim with our puppet correspondent, Dirty Patti? Click here.

Monique Dominguez

Tiny paintings by Monique Dominguez. Courtesy the artist.

Dominguez is an illustrator, graphic designer and painter. While her online shop isn’t set up yet, she said anyone can contact her directly through Instagram @moni.domii.

Sharna Fabiano

Courtesy Sharna Fabiano.

Dancer turned painter, Fabiano’s abstract paintings are colorful and meditative. You can find her work at sharnafabiono.com, on Instagram @fabsharna and Facebook.

Stephanie Han

This Long Beach-based painter and graphic designer has been bringing joy to her Instagram followers as of late by posting adorable illustrations of cats from a project she made back in January called “31 Felines.” Visit @steph_han_art on Instagram and at steph-han.com.

Michal Karmazon

A pet portrait by artist Michal Karmazon. Courtesy petartnow.com.

While Karmazon paints portraits of pets at affordable prices—from $100 to $300, which he’ll deliver straight to your door (visit petartnow.com to see his previous works)—lately the artist has been diving into ancient Egyptian imagery, using its history to influence his recent, detailed works which you can find on his Instagram @michalkarmazon.

Lanny Liu

Lanny Liu by Lanny Liu. Courtesy Lanny Liu on Instagram @lannydraws.

Lanny Liu is a Sailor Moon fan and illustrator. You can purchase her prints online, or commission a personalized work of art. Check out her portraits on Instagram @lannydraws, on Etsy at lannyliu.etsy.com and her website lannyliu.com.

Pono Lopez

Artwork by Pono Lopez. Courtesy ponoonoart.com.

Much of Lopez’ work is dedicated to telling the story of his Hawaiian culture. The Long Beach-based artist has stickers, prints and canvases for sale on his website at ponoonoart.com. Also in the works, a series of coloring pages you can print out or fill in digitally. Find the artist on Instagram @ponoonoart.

Cody Lusby

Artist Cody Lusby at work on his mural at Courtyard by Marriot, “Inflatable LB Icons.” Courtesy Arts Council for Long Beach.

Check out Lusby’s portfolio at codylusby.com and contact him to commission a work of art here. What was to be his most recent mural unveiling at the Courtyard by Marriott was canceled, so now may be the time show the local some love. Find him on Instagram @codylusbyart.

Kenny McBride

Nearly 30,000 square feet long, the mural stretches over the entire length of the school. Image courtesy McBride Arts/Facebook.

With multiple mural projects postponed, artist Kenny McBride has taken to offering art tutorials on YouTube. Subscribe to the channel McBride Arts here, find his works at mcbridearts.com and on Instagram @mcbridearts.

Eric Michael

Colorblind and nearsighted, Michael paints because nothing else made sense. His art challenges perception, and the idea of right and wrong, with geometric patterns often contrasted with softer shapes including florals and landscapes. You can find his work at ericmichaelart.com and on Instagram @ericmichael_art.

Lacee Norris

Rings by Lacee Alexandra Jewelry. Courtesy laceealexandra.com.

This Long Beach-born jewelry maker creates timeless and environmentally friendly pieces inspired by the natural world. She’s currently working on a small collection of pieces where a percentage of the proceeds will be sent to an organization fighting this current crisis. Stay tuned to Norris’ social channels for an update on that. You can find her work at laceealexandra.com and on Instagram @laceealexandrajewelry.

Danielle Riniolo

A tiny pot by Danielle Riniolo. Courtesy @fromscratch_lb.

Along with making baked goods from scratch, Riniolo sells pottery to support her work as a local teacher. Check out her ceramic work and baked goods available on Instagram @fromscratch_lb and through her website, fromscratchlb.com.

Gopi Shah

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Cutie patootie jelly bean succulent 😍

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Churning out handcrafted ceramics on the daily from her Long Beach studio, you may have seen some of Shah’s clever mugs at Rose Park Roasters. You can find her work online on Instagram @gopishahceramics and at gopishah.com.

Isabella Valentina

Patch by Isabella Valentina. Courtesy Instagram/ @thesecondmessenger,

A full-time artist and designer, Valentina, while “causing a ruckus in Long Beach” sells pins and patches promoting positivity on Etsy. Visit her shop at secondmessenger.etsy.com and follow her on Instagram @thesecondmessenger.

Lisa van Wijk

Courtesy Lisa van Wijk.

Long Beach artist van Wijk is an illustrator, pattern designer and ceramicist, all the while selling original works, including prints and stickers through her website at lisavanwijk.com and Instagram @weebza. She’s also open to commissions.

Tracy Weiss

ÒAcetal-brachyura”; 2018; ceramic, PET plastic on felt by Tracey Weiss who uses repurposed materials in her art in Long Beach Tuesday, February 2, 2019. Photo by Thomas R Cordova

Using repurposed materials, Weiss’ sculptures and installations often reflect the natural world, sometimes as commentary about how plastics are affecting the ocean. Her most recent series is about treasuring “photographic mementos, while being buried in a flood of daily images,” she wrote on Instagram. Check out her work at traceyweissart.com and on Instagram @traceyweissart.

Courtney Zell

Courtesy Courtney Zell.

Zell, a local artist and illustrator, is rediscovering her creative path. She can be contacted for commissions or illustration work through Instagram @courtneyzellart and her website at courtneyzell.com.

GALLERIES

The Dark Art Emporium

You can stop by the Dark Art Emporium’s online gallery space, where pieces from their first show in their new space (before closing it to groups) “Devotion Bound” by Tokyo-based artist Meimaro, are for sale alongside their regular inventory, including prints, oddities and DAE merch. They’ll be adding a free Meimaro tote bag to every online order, too, while supplies last. Visit shop.darkartemporium.com to inquire and follow along on Instagram @darkartemporium.

Kennedy Grace Gallery

Did you know we have the largest collection of @artsarahalbisser’s artwork in the U. S.? We have originals and prints…

Posted by Kennedy Grace Gallery on Tuesday, March 10, 2020

With all events on hold, it’s become difficult to represent local artists through the gallery’s rotating shows at local businesses, so about a week ago the gallery started a “Meet the Artist” series on Instagram @kennedy_grace_gallery. Also, at kennedygracegallery.com, there’s plenty of works for sale by local artists, even some we’ve already mentioned above.

MADE by Millworks

You can do it! You can own this awesome new Rosie the Riveter inspired shirt by shopping MADE. Designed by a local…

Posted by MADE by Millworks on Friday, March 6, 2020

The boutique, bar (Elinor) and gallery is constantly working with local artists and makers, but without being able to host exhibitions, open mics, performances and other events, it’s been a bit of a struggle. Luckily, MADE keeps a collection of local makers on their website, and are continuing to fulfill online orders. Visit madebymillworks.com to support.

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Asia Morris has been with the Long Beach Post for five years, specializing in coverage of the arts. Her parents gave her the name because they wanted her to be a world traveler and they got their wish. She has obliged by pursuing art, journalism and a second career as a competitive cyclist.
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