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    Posted June 19, 2014 by
    Laguna Beach, California

    Welcome to Forest & Ocean Gallery

    Forest and Ocean Gallery opened in 2012. It is owned by Ludo Leideritz and his wife Barbara Leideritz. Forest and Ocean Gallery is conveniently located at the corner of Forest and Ocean in beautiful downtown Laguna Beach, California. Previously, their gallery was located in an industrial park in South Coast Metro. Mixing photography and other media appeals to the Leideritz’s. It is a great balance, according to them.
    Forest and Ocean Gallery is a Laguna Beach Fine Arts Gallery devoted to Photographic Arts as well as other forms of Artistic Expression and Media. Fine Art Photography, Ceramics and other Art Forms are represented at the gallery. The new showroom which is nearly triple the galleries previous location brings new artists and an area dedicated to a new monthly exhibit showcasing the talent of their artists. At Forest and Ocean Gallery, artists not only have the opportunity to present, promote, and share their bodies of work, as exchange of knowledge, inspiration, and ideas at this gallery are encouraged. They invite other photographers, ceramicists, and sculptors to share and display their work. The different resident artists represented at Forest and Ocean Gallery are photographers, sculptors, ceramic artists, glass blowers, printmakers and jewelers. This fine art gallery held the most recent local Senior exhibition for the Laguna College of Arts to Design this May 2014. As part of the Fine Arts BFA Programs Senior Residency there was a selection of work offered by the group show. The LCAD Fine Arts Senior Residencies has the mission to help guide students to build a body of work that reflects a balance of academic knowledge of the figure that results in visual art that represents sold commitment to development, design and relation of what mind and eye can comprehend and the identity of the individual. This foundation of skill and refinement builds a value in the student and their work. It will translate into real world growth and sustainable equity for fine artists and their art.
    Also presented by LCAD were paintings, drawings, sculptures, game art and animation for this years’ Juried Exhibition.
    Born in the Netherlands, Ludo Leideritz was introduced to the arts at an early age and took up drawing and painting. He first took up photography at the young age of 18. His skills in photography was first acquired mostly through extensive readings and practice over the years. They were later refined through workshops with renowned practitioners and formal training. His main method of image capture is still film, using a large format camera. His other hobbies are hiking and music. He has a love of nature and historic places resulting from many of his travels around the world. The best things in life for him is having a wonderful and very supportive wife, Barbara, and enjoying his three children.
    He initially started his career as a pre-med, then studied business courses, and further transitioned to running a successful art gallery in Laguna Beach. He loves the positive energy of the artistic field and advises people to pursue what career that excites them.
    Friends and colleagues describes Ludo Leideritz as creative and influential. He also is known to be patient, thoughtful, and generous to a fault. His biggest influence in his life is Vincent Van Gogh. To Ludo, Van Gogh is an artist and human being who is very generous, thoughtful, generous, talented, underappreciated, and a misunderstood person. There are a few more things he would love to accomplish in his life. He would love to develop the gallery’s community involvement more and champion charitable causes. He is writing a book entitled “China’s Hidden Villages, which chronicles the turn-of-the-century enclaves within China’s biggest cities and would have the proceeds go to homeless children in Eastern Europe. On his free time, he does charity and volunteering in the community. For him, it is one of the feel good aspects in selfless acts. He is also involved with the food drive donations, art donations sold to raise funds for the OC Food Bank, the Green Heart Foundation, against the trafficking of kids and the World Wildife Fund, among others.
    There can be no better cause, than that which eases human suffering and promotes the potential toward happiness.
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