I swung by Nucleus Art Gallery and Store in Alhambra to check out the opening night of its Harry Potter Tribute Exhibition but the line wrapped around the corner and far, far into the parking lot to the other end of the block. So I decided to visit my cousin and meet his new baby instead.
The next day I returned to check out the exhibit. I asked the clerk how many people showed up on opening night and he said they estimated 1,300! As it was, the last person in line didn't get through the door until nearly 11 p.m. Guess it's a good thing I didn't go because I don't have the patience to wait 4 hours in line. Bummed I missed out on the house-brewed butterbeer though. :(
I was really pleasantly surprised by the quality of the artwork. I think it truly shows how much people love Harry Potter and the whole universe that J.K. Rowling created. I took so many photos and even after paring them down, still ended up with 50 so be forewarned.
Diagon Alley, pencil, by William Stout.
Dementor 1, Expecto Patronum, and Dementor 2, oil on linen, by Tony Lombardo.
A Lovely Luna, acrylic and colored pencil, by Tran Nguyen.
Mad Eye Moody, paper, Megan Brain.
Top: Portrait Cho Chang; Her Sadness Seeks Resolve, paper, spray paint, graphite, by Jaime Zollars.
Bottom: Solace, colored pencil and acrylic, by Grace Alba.
Dumbledore and McGonagall, acrylic on canvas, by Robert Doucette.
These buttons are for sale.
The Grim, charcoal and acrylic, by Andrea Rossi.
Little Fluffy and Hedwig, gouache on watercolor paper, by Becky Dreistadt.
Hagrid and the Baby Dragon, gouache on watercolor paper, by Becky Dreistadt.
Expecto Patronum, mixed media, by John Hendrix.
Welcome to Hogwarts, paper, Megan Hughes.
Snape and Harry, ink, by Mindy Lee.
Bellatrix and Nagini, acrylic, by Mindy Lee.
Clockwise from top left: Nocturna Exiled, Seed of Soleil, Pentagus, The Messenger, Insectus, acrylic and collage on cradled panel, by Mary Grandpre. She's the illustrator of the Harry Potter books published in America in case you were wondering why these images have nothing to do with Rowling's books.
Whomping Willow, acrylic and oil on strathmore board, by Wilson Swain.
Forbidden Forest, black ink on paper, by Seb Mesnard. Like how I framed Voldemort's arm and wand over the picture?
Freaks, gouache, by Anthony Wu.
The Staircase, gouache on illustration board, by Josie Portillo.
Psychedelic Luna, acrylic, glow in the dark, by Xavier Collette.
Clockwise from top: Quidditch World Cup 2014, Hogwarts at Night, and Hogwarts Express, gouache and watercolor, Caroline Hadilaksono.
This one is my very favorite. They have prints of the other two, but not of this one. :(
Harry Potter, paper, by Michelle Romo.
Dark Arts Defence, paper, by Michelle Romo.
Hagrid and Fang, gouache and ink on paper, by Nicole Gustafsson.
Expecto Patronum, paper and gouache, by Brittney Lee.
Clockwise from far left: Dark Arts Defence, cut paper and colored pencil, by Jared Andrew Schorr;
untitled (Quidditch Harry), by Lorelay Bove; Harry Potter Fangirl, acrylic, by Angela Mattson; Harry and Hagrid by Albert Sorrentino; and Two Skulls by Tang Kheng Heng.
Clockwise from top left: Avada Kedavra and The Youngest Seeker in a Century, ink and watercolor, by Katie McDee, and Harry Potter and Hedwig, gouache, by Amy Kim Kibuishi.
Quidditch World Cup, gouache, spray paint, and colored pencil, by Nick Iluzada.
The Hippogriff Flight, watercolor, by Noelle Triaureau.
Yule Ball, cel vinyl on illustration board, by Patrick Moore.
Aragog Pop-Up, paper, by Jackie Huang.
Hogwarts Pop-Up, watercolor paper, by Jackie Huang.
Introduction to the Owlry, paper and gouache, by Brittney Lee.
Owl sketch by Mary Grandpre.
Thestral and Soul Taker by J. Shea.
Digging for Dobby, ink wash, by Graham Annable.
Brains and Beauty, acrylic, fabric, and paper, by Jocelyn Liang.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, paper, prismacolor markers, by Britni Brault.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by Drew Struzan.
Those were just a "few" of my favorites from the exhibition.
I'm sad that with the last movie there's no more Harry Potter to anticipate. For the past decade+, I've loved looking forward to the next book and/or movie.
If you're a fan, you can't miss this show.
The Harry Potter Tribute Exhibition is free and ends on August 1st.
Nucleus Art Gallery and Store
210 E. Main St.
Alhambra, CA 91801
Monday to Thursday noon to 8 p.m.
Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday noon to 8 p.m.
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4 years ago today, my first blogging gift, a handmade apron.