Friday, September 30, 2011

Scott E. Prior paintings in Pasadena Nov. 5

American Legacy Fine Arts will present a collection of landscape and still life paintings that capture images of daily life on the dwindling number of California’s small family-owned farms and ranches with the exhibition Scott W. Prior: Recollections of Rural California. The display will be on view at the private gallery in Pasadena from Nov. 5 to Dec 10, 2011.

A reception with the artist will be held on the opening day of the exhibition from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

With these new works, the 42-year-old Southern California artist, who is best known for his thought-provoking urban landscapes, wants to call attention to the ever-increasing number of family-owned farms being lost to the urban sprawl that he has witnessed during his lifetime. He was drawn to the images of bountiful crops and tools for harvesting, which were far more commonplace during his childhood, as hundreds of thousands of acres of farmland have since been supplanted by office complexes, mini-malls and housing tracks.

“Scott W. Prior’s impressionistic style coupled with his desire to paint the reality of everyday life have resulted in a collection of paintings that brilliantly depicts the ongoing challenges generations of farmers and ranchers have faced with the urbanization of rural California,” said ALFA Director Elaine Adams. “The artwork in Recollections of Rural California represents pure Americana, as it pays homage to California’s rich agricultural heritage,” noted Adams.

American Legacy Fine Arts is located in the tranquil Pasadena neighborhood near the world-famous Rose Bowl. Gallery hours are by appointment 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Art enthusiasts interested in viewing the exhibition may schedule appointments by either calling (626) 577-7733 or emailing The exhibition may also be viewed at the gallery’s Web site,

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