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Artist returns from Mexico to make a surprise announcement full of hidden messages

Artist returns from Mexico to make a surprise reveal full of secrets

Justin Garcia and Ashley Small at Justin Garcia presents 7 Unlayered October 2014
Justin Garcia and Ashley Small. Photo by © Aaron Reissig/Eyesplice Photography
Kim Jessup, left, and Karen Newell at Justin Garcia presents 7 Unlayered October 2014
Kim Jessup, left, and Karen Newell. Photo by © Aaron Reissig/Eyesplice Photography
People looking at art at Justin Garcia presents 7 Unlayered October 2014
People looking at the art. Photo by © Aaron Reissig/Eyesplice Photography
Joanie and Dr. Brian McKenna at Justin Garcia presents 7 Unlayered October 2014
Joanie and Dr. Brian McKenna. Photo by © Aaron Reissig/Eyesplice Photography
Jessica Alston at Justin Garcia presents 7 Unlayered October 2014
Jessica Alston. Photo by © Aaron Reissig/Eyesplice Photography
Tristan Marcellonas and Rick Taylor at Justin Garcia presents 7 Unlayered October 2014
Tristan Marcellonas and Rick Taylor. Photo by © Aaron Reissig/Eyesplice Photography
Katie Gray, from left, Justin Garcia, Mark Canady and Briana Roy at Justin Garcia presents 7 Unlayered October 2014
Katie Gray, from left, Justin Garcia, Mark Canady and Briana Roy. Photo by © Aaron Reissig/Eyesplice Photography
Justin Garcia at Justin Garcia presents 7 Unlayered October 2014
Justin Garcia. Photo by © Aaron Reissig/Eyesplice Photography
Frosted Betty food truck at Justin Garcia presents 7 Unlayered October 2014
Frosted Betty food truck. Photo by © Aaron Reissig/Eyesplice Photography
Glenwood Weber at Justin Garcia presents 7 Unlayered October 2014
Glenwood Weber. Photo by © Aaron Reissig/Eyesplice Photography
Christian Gabriel Alvarado, from left, Justin Garcia and Jose Marquez at Justin Garcia presents 7 Unlayered October 2014
Christian Gabriel Alvarado, from left, Justin Garcia and Jose Marquez. Photo by © Aaron Reissig/Eyesplice Photography
Bartender at Justin Garcia presents 7 Unlayered October 2014
The bartender. Photo by © Aaron Reissig/Eyesplice Photography
Justin Garcia and Ashley Small at Justin Garcia presents 7 Unlayered October 2014
Kim Jessup, left, and Karen Newell at Justin Garcia presents 7 Unlayered October 2014
People looking at art at Justin Garcia presents 7 Unlayered October 2014
Joanie and Dr. Brian McKenna at Justin Garcia presents 7 Unlayered October 2014
Jessica Alston at Justin Garcia presents 7 Unlayered October 2014
Tristan Marcellonas and Rick Taylor at Justin Garcia presents 7 Unlayered October 2014
Katie Gray, from left, Justin Garcia, Mark Canady and Briana Roy at Justin Garcia presents 7 Unlayered October 2014
Justin Garcia at Justin Garcia presents 7 Unlayered October 2014
Frosted Betty food truck at Justin Garcia presents 7 Unlayered October 2014
Glenwood Weber at Justin Garcia presents 7 Unlayered October 2014
Christian Gabriel Alvarado, from left, Justin Garcia and Jose Marquez at Justin Garcia presents 7 Unlayered October 2014
Bartender at Justin Garcia presents 7 Unlayered October 2014

What: Artist Justin Garcia unveiling 7:Unlayered

Where: Silver Studios

The 411: After taking a year-long sabbatical to El Salvador and Mexico, Justin Garcia gave art lovers a deeper look at his 7:Unlayered exhibit, revealing hidden messages he’d thoughtfully incorporated into his collection, beginning from the start of his career until current day. It was a big night for Garcia, who also announced the 2015 release of his first book, OneTonGoldfish: In Search of the Tangible Dream. Like the rest of Garcia's work, the new book combines his artistic, scientific and introspective sides.

"It's about an artist finding purpose beyond the canvas," Garcia says. He wrote the book in seven months, using stacks and stacks of yellow legal pads to complete his literary journey.

The crowd of more than 200 art enthusiasts, friends and fans took in the exhibit, sipping Bar Boheme’s signature sangria, Saint Arnold's beer and bites by Whole Foods.

Who: Kim Jessup, Christian Gabriel Alvarado, Jose Marquez, Syd Moen, Terry Hammon, Glenwood Weber, Ashley Small, Joanie and Dr. Brian McKenna, Kathryn McNiel, Karen Newell, Jessica Alston, Katie Gray, Mark Canady, Briana Roy, Tristan Marcellonas and Rick Taylor.