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Eclectic gallery combines beauty with curiosity

Device Gallery will open for its inaugural exhibition on Saturday, July 19 with works from 18 diverse artists. The event, which runs from 6 to 9 p.m., is free and open to the public.

Among the artists whose works will be on display is gallery co-founder and sculptor Greg Brotherton. An award-winning commercial artist, Brotherton constructs pieces from mechanical objects such as cars and vacuum cleaners to create imaginative forms.

Brotherton and his wife Amy opened the gallery at 7881 Drury Lane to fulfill a lifelong dream.

“We felt like we weren’t seeing the kind of art we liked,” Amy Brotherton said.

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The artwork on display in the gallery ranges from classic compositions to innovative interpretation. The Brothertons’ do not limit themselves to any single genre or media, choosing instead to find and show fine art grounded in craftsmanship and that carries a real “wow’ factor.

"(We) definitely show some wilder stuff,” Greg Brotherton said. “I guess being artists, we go after a little different quality of the work.”

Located in what was previously an architectural firm, the couple renovated the space to create their ideal gallery. Skylights overhead and glass plate windows make the most of the natural lighting. The stark floor, walls and monument walls provide a clean canvas for the artwork displayed in the gallery.

“It’s really a unique building,” said Greg Brotherton. “The bones were really good.”

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The Brothertons hope the community will take time to linger in their gallery and spend time contemplating their exhibitions. They want to be known as a place to hang out while experiencing cutting-edge artwork.

“Everyone in La Jolla has been really nice,” Greg Brotherton said. “We’ve had a really good response from everyone. We’re excited to be back.”

The couple met in La Jolla and can actually see the place where they first met from their gallery window. They now reside in Carmel Valley with their 4-year-old son Jack. Previously they lived and worked in Los Angeles.

The Fantastic Contraption exhibition will feature work from Ashley Wood, Christopher Conte, D. Hwang, Eduard Anikonov, Eric Joyner, Greg Brotherton, H.R. Giger, Joey Vaiasuso, John U. Abrahamson, Kazuhiko Nakamura, Mike Libby, Nemo Gould, Stephane Halleux, Theo Kamecke, Viktor Koen, Wayne Martin Belger, William B. Hand and Zoran Milivojevic.

In conjunction with the opening exhibit, the gallery will release “Device Volume 1 – Fantastic Contraptions.” The 136-page art book includes photos from the participating authors and will be available for purchase.

The meet and mingle reception will be held July 19 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Device Gallery, 7881 Drury Lane. For more information, call (858) 454-1301 or visit

www.devicegallery.com

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