Tequio Aqui, Tequio Alla
Los Angeles- The City of Angels is home to a huge, vibrant and striving Latino community. Residents and I benefit from the wealth of cultural influences of the various Latino communities. This was apparent for the William Grant Still Arts Center’s Tequio Aqui, Tequio All new exhibit. This event brought together artists who are involved in sustaining or examining the Oaxacan practice of tequio in a post-migration urban context. The exhibition examines how this internalized tradition of service manifest itself in the civic, familial, and cultural lives of Oaxacan... Read More
Julienne Johnson attended an exhibition in 2007 at LA Artcore Gallery to see the work of her beloved teacher and mentor, Franklyn Liegel (1950-2012) . Now, six years later - you can see her work in an exhibition along side Liegel's at the same gallery, for an exhibition by the same curator, Lydia Takeshita. The Franklyn Liegel Memorial Exhibition will take place, Sept 4 - Sept 29, commemorating "one of LA's most inspiring teachers, gentlest eccentrics and most under known talents" says Peter Frank, Art Critic, Huffington Post, and Associate Editor of Fabrik Magazine.
On exhibit will... Read More
The work of artist Charles Swenson will be featured as part of a group show at haleARTS S P A C E this Friday July 9th. The gallery features artists every two weeks.
Swenson has had a successful career as an animator and producer. While winning awards such as an Emmy, a Humanitas Award and a Cable Ace Award, he consistently created art. During the day, he worked with legends like, Frank Zappa, Peter Yarrow and Harry Nillson, then at night and on the weekends, he would paint.
Swenson paints every day. Working within a regimented schedule, he delves into creating art at his downtown... Read More
This artist's talent has captured not only his subject's form and beauty but also their essence on canvas by embedding emotions into the canvas.
Javad Soleimanpour is relatively new on the art scene. It was not until April of 2009, after he won first place in an Iranian art competition in the Landscape and Interior Category, that critics, galleries and buyers started to take notice. Ironically, Javad had no idea that one of his students had entered his work for the competition.
Javad Soleimanpour, Iran
Soleimanpour is self-taught, painting since the age of 12 and painting... Read More
The work of artist Imelda Healy will be featured in a solo show at Santa Monica Restaurant, Upper West on Sunday, June 14. Upper West has supported artists and showcased their work since it first opened.
Healy is from Ireland and moved to Santa Monica three years ago when her husband was offered a job as a writer on a television show. The artist started drawing and painting when she was just a child. Healy explains, "There were 7 in my family and scarcity was the norm, in my early school years there could be 55 or more children in each class, not much room for individual attention.... Read More
Emerson Mertens ~
Instructor, Company Director,
Actress, Photographer, Writer
In my mind, a dancer's body creates art, like paint on the brush of an artist or words on through the finger tips of a writer. The movements of a dancer speak as loudly as words on paper. It’s like watching a pen or paintbrush in motion displaying the beauty of each delicate movement…a true form of communication.
Em is a ballet dancer with a mission. She explains on her blog,
“I desire to use my training in the arts to bring hope, joy, and inspiration... Read More
Temple aka Mike "Tempo," is the founder and percussionist of the popular band, the Bonedaddys. One of the first American bands labeled as “world-beat,” the Bonedaddys recorded six albums as well as having a performance for PBS catalogued into the Library of Congress. The band also played and recorded with Bo Diddley.
Throughout his long career as a musician, Temple has continued to pursue his other passion…painting. His work has been a part of many exhibitions in cities such as Kansas City, New Orleans, and Los Angeles. In April of this year, his work was featured at both the Santa Monica... Read More
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