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Photography by Katherine Tran

Steven Lucas Fine Arts recently hosted an opening reception for the exhibit “Passion in the Air,” a collection of inspiring and vibrant works by local artist, Juan Z. Cervantes.

A percentage of the sales of Cervantes’ works while on exhibit during the month of March will be donated by Steven Lucas Fine Arts to benefit Southern California Hospice Foundation when patrons mention the foundation.

Guests were welcomed with a vibrant red carpet experience as they moved in to the gallery to met Cervantes and view the exhibit.  Along with a delicious array of hors d’oeuvres, the reception featured award-winning Meritage Red Wine from Newport Beach Vineyards and Winery, and wine tastings by Barefoot Wine & Bubbly.

“I am an abstract artist who interprets society, life, and culture, through colors, texture, and composition, “ said Cervantes, who was born in San Antonio Guaracha, Michoacán, Mexico and now lives in Santa Ana, CA. “We are connected in so many ways; philosophy, religion, sex, music, food, language, and sports. My paintings – specifically the colors, represent the passion that each individual expresses in this fantastic world where we live.”

Loren Blackwood, Founding Partner of Newport Beach Vineyards and Winery, was captivated by Cervantes’ “Passionate Expressionism” and introduced the artist to Steven Lucas Fine Arts.

“I am so pleased that Duffy and Carl have elected to support Southern California Hospice Foundation through a percentage of sales of all works in their gallery during March,” said Blackwood. “They are not only remarkable for their artistic sensibilities, but also a generous community partner.”

“Passion in the Air” will be on display throughout the month of March. Gallery hours are 11 AM – 6 PM Wednesday – Sunday, closed Monday and Tuesday, except by appointment. Mention the Southern California Hospice Foundation any time during the exhibit, and a percentage of your purchases, including framing, will benefit those who are receiving end-of-life care through the Foundation.

The Southern California Hospice Foundation was established in 2002 with a vision to open a hospice house in Southern California that serves as a live-in facility for end-of-life care. Until that dream is realized, the foundation cares for patients through community education, integrative medicine and patient assistance. Overall, the foundation seeks to provide both the terminally ill children and adults they serve with love, dignity and compassion.