The Girl Goes Big

Kristy Prince had a BIG idea of a painting that you can walk into. She dances her way through paintings in her studio as she applies layers and layers of paint on canvas’ of all sizes. This time she wanted to go big and do the entire wall in the gallery. She planned to have multiple legs dangling from the top edge, but in the end settled on one large set of legs that steals the show every time you walk by. With the help of Valerie Lewis on the shading/refining of the legs, The Girl Goes Big became a reality in the space formerly known as PÄS.









Retrospective 2009-2016

It all started with a BLOG!

In May 2008 I decided it was time to document my M.F.A. process. One semester deep, a lot of mixed emotions surfaced into a blog called “project art school.” One year after that, I found myself confused, misdirected, and more unmotivated than ever. I withdrew from my course work in May 2009.

In August 2009, we returned from a month-long roadtrip camping up the pacific coast. It was that journey and our experience in Seattle which influenced the birth of project art school in brick and mortar. It would start by catering to my very own people — art students. The idea was to have pre-packaged supply kits for lower division art courses, a place to ask questions and have open forum on anything art or school-related.

PAS-Section-1We had no idea what we were doing. Certainly we knew we loved art. Recreational art was the only type of art we knew. Thankfully, that’s the only type of art that exists in our world. Art as escape. As recess. As expression. As therapy. And as a means to nourish the soul.

It was a crazy dream, and we said “Yes!” We opened shop within the Carpe Diem Experience at 115 S. Harbor Blvd. in downtown Fullerton for a year before moving into the warehouse we now call The Magoski Arts Colony at 223 W. Santa Fe Ave. Rather than a store, we became a gallery and workshop studio.

PAS-Section-2It wasn’t long before ‘project art school’ turned into ‘PÄS.’ PÄS is pronounced PAUSE, and our mission is to Do Art, View Art, and Love People. We have gone through many trials. Changes. Moves. Doubt. Confidence. Acceptance. Lessons. Uncomfortable situations. But with all that, we’ve found our community. To us, that is what community is. We didn’t plan any of it. We just surrounded ourselves with artists who view this world a little different. Artists who repel complacency. Who seek. And seek. We’re growing up with our community, with art, with love.

PAS-Section-3In addition to throwing art shows and meeting great local artists, we were still able to support local charity organizations while also being supported by our community! Everyone wins. For 7 years, our exhibits impacted the local community for positive change. But anyone can throw money at a cause, the positive change has happened in us and in the artists we share life with.

Today project art school is the private studio of Brian and Kristy Prince and the blog below is an archive of past shows as well as recent art sightings we come across in this great world.

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John M. Sollom at the South Bay Contemporary

Happy Summer Art Lovers,
Our dear friend and prolific artist, John Sollom currently has an exhibit at South Bay Contemporary (formerly Zask Gallery) in San Pedro. There is an artist reception on Saturday, June 11 from 6-9pm. Here’s the facebook event:
Come out!

He’s a mad man these days having painted over 300 paintings just for this show. “300 paintings for Sue” is a compilation of what I like to call his Handy Man work. John taught me how to frame walls, install doors/windows, hang drywall, patch/paint, frame/hang art, you name it! He is truly a renaissance man of the craft. This body of work displays vintage tone settings of many the forgotten skills of a true handy man. These oil paintings are on 8″ x 8″ panels and can stand alone in a frame or, as in this show, compiled to make one large masterpiece. He’s known for his signature thick, loose brush stroke that carries extreme likeness of his subjects, but I’ve always appreciated his sense of composition. His grids, colors, and use of type is what attracted me to his work seven years ago.

Check out his Instagram feed — it’s gnarls:


PÄS bookmarks the page before starting a new chapter…


After seven years in the Fullerton community, PÄS Gallery will close its doors.

We made the difficult decision to stop showing our favorite local artists on the walls of PÄS Gallery. We are grateful for everyone who supported our endeavor (the list is endless): the art patrons, the press, downtown businesses, the community, and especially close friends and artists who are now considered family.

Being a founding member of the Downtown Fullerton Art Walk which launched in March of 2010, and later that year in October, a founding member of The Magoski Arts Colony, we did a lot, saw a lot, and learned a lot. Over the years we have gained an irreplaceable, authentic community which will undoubtedly last a lifetime. We might have coined the term ‘There’s Art In Fullerton’ but it is our honor to witness the Art in Fullerton and be a part of it. It’s been quite the ride. And from this day forward, we will continue to choose risk. We don’t have plans to jump into anything new just yet. The possibilities are endless. We will rest with the knowledge gained from our years as gallery owners, and when the time is right, we will take that knowledge and dream up the next chapter. By letting go of this small space, we are opening ourselves up to a bigger story.

In the meantime, we are proud to say Art is alive and well in Fullerton. You’ll still see us hanging out at downtown businesses, with our family, the colony, and taking trips to obscure parts of the country.

One of our greatest joys was holding to this statement from the beginning, “We are an avenue for emerging artists. We encourage that moment when someone is willing to make the choice and say, ‘I am an artist.’ That risk is what we thrive on.” By advocating for local artists and throwing art events promoting this beautiful subculture, we’ve walked along side of some great success stories, and that is what propels us into the future… to do art, view art, and love people.

The Prince Family (Brian, Kristy, Noah + Ezra)

Post Script: We hope you can make it out to the next art walk this Friday! Here is our schedule for March if you would like to come talk:
Friday, March 4, 6-10pm (Art Walk)
Wednesday, March 9, 9-11am (Coffee at The 223 with Brian + Kristy)
Wednesday, March 16, 9-11am (Coffee at The 223 with Brian + Kristy)

Mike Myers!

PÄS presents “Smile” the recent works of Michael Myers.

Myers’ new collection of work explores gods, universes and good vibes. This past year his paintings explore a simpler character form, yet possess more complexity with multiple textures and layers.

As an artist and designer, he likes to use mixed media with an emphasis of gouache and acrylics. Michael taught himself how to draw and paint from an early age. He studied graphic design for a few years at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obipso, then began working professionally as a graphic designer in the skateboarding industry. Today he splits his time between painting and designing web properties from his home office/studio in Fullerton, California.

Come celebrate Michael Myers’ solo exhibition during PÄS Gallery’s sixth anniversary and the Magoski Arts Colony’s fifth anniversary at 223 W. Santa Fe Avenue, Fullerton, California 92832 on Friday, October 2nd from 6-10 pm.

Thank you for support local art and galleries.

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