SILENCE (Laguna Beach, CA) AR4T presents its first photographic show of 2011. A powerhouse of images created by a group of the best young photographers today.

The collection of images was curated by international photographer, Cheyenne Ellis. Says Ellis: “Silence is something I miss. The clear quiet moments you get when things are at peace. I see this show as a breath of fresh air. A visual perspective from some great minds on what they interpret as quiet. Stepping into moments that make you stop, smile, and relax for just a moment.”

Silence features new work from award winning photographer Kevin Zacher; U.S. Athlete Ambassador and humanitarian Lauren Ross; the brilliant and spirited Stepanka Peterka; Cole Barash – one of most influential and beloved photographers in snowboarding today; and show curator, California native Cheyenne Ellis – daughter of a photographer and a film director who honed her craft at Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara before moving to New York to assist legendary photographer Irving Penn. Cheyenne now travels from her home base of Topanga Canyon, CA, her work highly esteemed and demanded.

Opening Reception, free and open to the public, is scheduled for Thursday, April 7th from 6-9pm (Laguna Beach First Thursday Art Walk). Refreshments from O’Shea Brewery and more. See Silence April 7-30, 2011 at 210 AR4T Space, Laguna Beach, California.
Kevin Zacher began his career with a degree in Photojournalism from Northern Arizona University. He went on to Los Angeles, California where he worked with the trendsetting Raygun Magazine. His increasing interest and experience in this urban youth culture led to a myriad of opportunities including an exclusive contract with Burton Snowboards. From there he traveled the world and spent the next 10 years documenting the thriving culture of snowboarding, while compiling a library of images that chronicles all aspects of his subjects. At that point, Kevin relocated to Salt Lake City for the duration of the contract where this transient lifestyle landed him snowboard video cameos and global notoriety.

Now back in Los Angeles for several years and repped by Anderson Hopkins, Kevin brings his incredible experience and insight to all editorial and advertising assignments. His client list includes Discover Card, Honda, Holden, Subaru, Toyota, American Express, Nike, SONY, Anheiser-Busch Burton Snowboards,
Coca-Cola, Gravis Shoes, Sony, MTV Quiksilver, Roxy, Nixon Watches, Schwinn, Vans, Boost Mobile, and T-Mobile to name a few. In the last couple of years, he has also added video to his repertoire and is producing spots for his clients as well.

Kevin’s Photography has also appeared in magazines such as The Fader, Interview, Complex, FOAM, ESPN, Esquire, Fortune, Death + Taxes, Nylon, Men’s Health, Menʼs Fitness, Popular Science, and Transworld Snowboarding. He has also received awards from HOW, ID, and PDN magazines for cover and editorial photography.
Stepanka Peterka grew up immersed in two worlds: a beach community in California and Prague, Czech
Republic. While she frequents Prague for family, inspiration and old cameras, her penchant for the wild initiated her love affair with Jackson, Wyoming a few years ago. Today, Stepanka is traveling, photographing, crafting, and hatching art and sustainability projects.
By the age of thirteen, Cole Barash had begun to define his vision of the world through the lens of a camera. It is said that a young man is stimulated by the consciousness of how much depends upon his own exertions, and this held true in the awareness and determined pursuit of the craft by adolescent Barash. Now, only a few years later, at age 21, Cole Barash’s work is among the most publicized and respected in the world of snowboarding. From magazine cover shots to international advertising campaigns, the strength and influence of this creative vision is undeniable. He continues to evolve as both professional photographer and as a student of the creative process, by exerting himself at every opportunity.
Born and raised in Stowe, Vermont, Lauren Ross grew up on the slopes of Mount Mansfield, where she aspired to become a World Cup alpine skier. She eventually became a member of the United States Ski Team and was recently crowned the 2008 U.S. National Giant Slalom champion.

Lauren’s passion for photography and her lust for travel serve as platforms for fundraising and promoting awareness for causes that are important to her. As a U.S. athlete ambassador, Lauren recently climbed Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds for Right to Play, and international humanitarian organization that uses sport to improve health, develop life skills and foster peace for communities in the most disadvantaged areas to the world.
Cheyenne Ellis is a California native, and just what you would expect to meet from a girl who grew up half her life in the mountains of Mammoth Lakes and the other half at the beaches in Malibu. “The ocean and the mountains are a huge inspiration to my work. I find myself using the natural elements and the lifestyle involved with them, as much as possible.” After receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree from Westmont College in Fine Art, she moved on to study at Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara. It was shortly thereafter, that she would have an opportunity to move to New York, and study under the legendary photographer Irving Penn. After two years of city life and an amazing apprenticeship, Cheyenne set back for her roots in California and began her own career.
Since moving back to Los Angeles, she has shot for such clients as O’Neill, Billabong, Gravis Footwear, Paul Mitchell, Volcom, Paul Mitchell and Pacifico Beer. Her editorial work has appeared in Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, Women’s Health, Fitness, Entertainment Weekly, TV Guide, and Russian Vogue. She continues to capture the lifestyle of youth culture and present intimate portraits of the subjects in front of her lens. Cheyenne currently lives in Topanga Canyon with her dog Wylie.

“Silence” – Photographic work from Lauren Ross, Cole Barash, Stephanka, Kevin Zacher and Cheyenne Ellis, runs April 7th through April 30th, 2011, at 210 AR4T SPACE, 210 North Coast Hwy. (between Broadway and Cliff), Laguna Beach, CA. The opening reception, on Thursday April 7th from 6 to 9pm, is free and open to the public. Parking Meters free after 7pm. Photographs are for sale. Regular gallery hours: Wed-Sat 1 to 6pm.
ABOUT 210 AR4T SPACE: A collaborative art experiment between The JLA Project, art advocate AR4T, and artists, photographers, designers, forward thinkers, and community organizers of today who are shaping the face of tomorrow. 210 AR4T Space basic function: to provide a physical space to showcase new art. Complex function: to explore the idea of art as community and join ranks with other progressive modern galleries dedicated to the changing face of art.

ABOUT THE JLA PROJECT: The JLA Project is a non-profit organization created in 2003 by Jeff Anderson’s family to provide skate parks, art spaces and the tools that support children and young adults as they pursue their dreams in art, sport, and education. The JLA Project funds The Brothers Skate Park, 210 AR4T Space, and I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends programs.

ABOUT AR4T: Artists Republic for Tomorrow – is an art advocacy program where progressive creatives born from youth culture have a place to show their work and be supported with assistance in public outreach via newsletters, press, events. AR4T is a growing family, partnering with people who are working hard to make life visual and without boundaries. Our mission is to foster community spirit by creating relationships through art. It is our hope to plant our seed amongst a garden of others and provide a little more water to help this forest grow.

The New Community Garden.