Monday, October 11, 2010

The Art of the Steal

"The Art of the Steal"
Free Screening Sunday Evening October 24, 6:00
5577 N Figueroa Street, Highland Park (at Avenue 56)

The film documents the greedy desire to move a valuable art collection from a Philadelphia suburb just five miles to a different location, "the biggest act of cultural vandalism since World War II." Sound familiar?
Sponsored by Friends of the Southwest Museum

Friday, October 8, 2010

NELAart Gallery Night! 10/09/10

NELAart Second Saturday Gallery Listings—10/09
(7-10 p.m. unless noted)
Download a map at

Avenue 50 Studios
121 North Avenue 50
“Day of the Dead Planet” Threats to planet Earth are causing our physical world to change in ways that may become permanent and fatal. What have we already lost? What are we in danger of losing? What connections to the earth matter enough to cause us to change our ways? Memorials, stories and ofrendas about the natural world, in the spirit of Día de los Muertos will be shared by 14 artists, working in a variety of media, who care about the environment. Ulla Barr, Marie Cenkner, Isaac Landon Cohen, Lani Cupchoy, Jacqueline Dreager, Beth Elliott, Peter Hess, Rachel Hobreigh, Heather Hoggan, Ann Isolde, Kerry O'Brien, Denise Seider, France White. Sponsored by the Arroyo Arts Collective. Curated by Deborah Thomas.
In the Annex: Cindy Suriyani, “Dreamscape Live” An Installation in Remembrance of her Father.

Bike Oven
3706 North Figueroa
The Spoke(n) Art bicycle ride to several local galleries leaves at 7. Return about 10 for a solo show about chess by the artist Want and the monthly party. Consider dressing as a chess piece; perhaps play chess on bikes.

5434 Eagle Rock Boulevard
Sixth Annual Dia de los Muertos Exhibit and Celebration, featuring over 40 artists who have created original acrylic, oil and watercolor paintings, assemblage, paper mache, etching, sculpture, mosaic, printmaking and mixed media works on canvas and wood. Plus an altar installation by Letica Castañeda in honor of her recently departed father and brother. The community is welcome to honor those who have passed by adding pictures, notes and other offerings to the altar.

Cafe de Leche
5000 York Boulevard

Curve Line Space
1577 Colorado Boulevard
Ryan Logan: “Of Other Places.” Sculptural work using numerous units he combines and suspends into a network using overlapping pathways.

Future Studio
5558 North Figueroa
Arroyo Arts Collective presents a Fiber Art Exhibit and Yarn Bombing Event: FIG KNIT-ON. a fiber art experience along North Figueroa, between Avenue 56 and Roselawn Street. A group of artists will magically transform the sidewalk by dressing
everyday items in varying combinations of fiber material. If you’ve ever thought to yourself, “Hey, that parking meter could use a sweater,” or “Wouldn’t knit flowers look good in that empty planting box,” then we have an exhibit for you. Plus a wall display inside the gallery. Works range from funny to functional; some draw on the rich history of Northeast Los Angeles, while others use unusual materials; and all push the knit/crochet envelope. Ellen Bloom, Beth Ellitoo, Jacque Lene Engel, Carmela Gomes, Miriam Gonzalez, Susana Gonzalez, Heather Hoggan, Amy Inouye, Julie Keehner, Arzu Arda Kosar, Artemisia Kosar, Lauri Mraz, Raquel “Rocky” Ormsby-Olivares, David Orozco, Noah B. Orozco, Connie Rohman, Joya Ray, Ann Store, Susie Stroll, Sherry Thompson, Kacy Treadway. Curated by Heather Hogan.

The Glass Studio
5052 York Boulevard
Art glass and tiles, classes and supplies. Debut featured artists are Leigh Adams, Chad Sterandeo, Shirlee Yantz and The Glass Studio owner, Cathi Milligan.

José Vera Fine Art & Antiques
2012 Colorado Boulevard
As part of the city-wide celebration of the 100th anniversary of Mexico's revolution and 200th anniversary of its independence...Confronting Revolution: A Siqueiros Aesthetic. An exhibition of a vast and rare collection of prints and publications featuring Mexican muralist and political activist, David Alfaro Siqueiros (1896 -1974). Open 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Kristi Engle Gallery
5002 York Boulevard
Mary Addison Hackett, “Fluid: Elusive Chapters from the Passage of Time (Volume 1: The Lost Months, Volume 2: Pools and Flowers)“ The earlier body (Vol. I) shifts from the work in her previous exhibition at the gallery by scale and material, from large-scale work on canvas to small-scale on linen. The second "volume" of work shifts more notably from abstraction to representation, containing representations of abandoned swimming pools and bouquets of cut flowers while still retaining a distinctly abstract quality. Adding figurative elements does not negate the abstraction in either body of work, but only expands the breadth of Hackett’s tools in working with the same ideas of language, form and meaning.

The Land of Odd Gallery
4690 Eagle Rock Boulevard
Featuring the collaborative artwork of Jason and Melissa Sullivan, Sullivan’s Super Fantastic Ish Factory brings you a strange and exciting adventure inside a world unlike anything you have ever experienced before! Sullivan’s Super Fantastic Ish Factory incorporates fine art, commercial art and textile design, packaging them all into one perfect gift of fun and excitement. Open late. Eat toast.

Leanna Lin’s Wonderland
5024 Eagle Rock Boulevard
Mr. Funky Book Signing and Trunk Show. Meet designer Narumi Ogawa as she signs copies of her best selling book. Mr. Funky's Super Crochet Wonderful shows teens, "tweens" and hipsters how to craft their own hip creations. A mishmash of Japanese style and 70's bohemian-inspired fashion, Mr. Funky is where Hello Kitty meets cool crochet. Be the first to see her Fall/Holiday Funky crochet animals + super cute accessories. 6-10 p.m.
Lomo Arigato and Lil Rae Cakes will be parked outside.

Monte Vista Projects
5442 Monte Vista Street
Sandy de Lissovoy: “We are caught falling” Imagined through a set of objects and their re-presentations in photography and sound, the installation reveals the scene of a magical accident. A nebulous meteorite is caught on one side of an incomplete cube. Snagged in an instant, the amorphous shape unfolds, exposing its structure. It poses the inescapable question: how long can we remain in stasis before the act of falling resumes?

MorYork Gallery
4959 York Boulevard
Still-life Compositions: Not the Usual Set-Up, an exhibition of artworks by Kathleen Swaydan. Swaydan’s works incorporate both organic and inorganic materials in complex compositions. Some tend toward the traditional still-life genre, others display levitating objects, which defy gravity and lend a surreal aspect to her drawings. She works primarily in graphite but will also have watercolor paintings on display.

New Puppy
2808 Elm Street
Brian Tucker, “From Punk to Purity” A 30 year survey featuring paintings, photographs, objects and drawings by the legendary chronicler and creator of Punk. Presented by Cannibal Flower. 7-11 p.m.

New Stone Age Mosaics
4532 1/2 Eagle Rock Boulevard
The mosaic studio of Mary Clark-Camargo.

An Orange Door
3188 Verdugo Road
The “non-committal flux space in the 90065” showcases the work of Los Angeles painter Jan Taylor. Created to illicit a response, through the physical nature of a hole and height of the hole, a series of innuendos occur that might demand some physical participation by the viewer. Open at 6.

Outpost for Contemporary Art
1268 North Avenue 50
T-shirt Revival Night is a silk-screening event that features a new artist every month. In anticipation of the arrival of Outpost's Brazilian artists-in-residence, Grupo Bijari, later in October, and to continue the theme of last June's successful soccer tournament/fundraiser, the Outpost Cup, portraits by Carolyn Castaño of famous South American futbol players, like Brazil's national hero, Pelé, will be featured. Bring a favorite old T-Shirt that needs a little sprucing up or any other item you'd like to have the artist print on. Each print is only $6, or buy two for $10.

Studio Root66
5917 North Figueroa
A solo photography show by Cindy Daigneault, "Gaudi to Glaciers: An Eclectic Perspective," featuring photos from the 4 corners of the world. Rob Grad will be appearing in the Artist's Alley in "NOW," a unique live show combining Grad's original music and mixed media visual art. Studio Root66 is celebrating its first year anniversary.

She Rides the Lion
133 North Avenue 50
The print-making studio of Sonia Romero.

2 Tracks Art Studio
135 North Avenue 50
The studio of Pola Lopez and Heriberto Luna.

5006½ York Boulevard

Wow! a free show with 2 live bands and a multitude of young local artists!

And while you are out and about:
Saturday 10/09, Soul Shakedown at the Verdugo Bar, 3408 Verdugo Road. Bringing L.A. the heaviest selection of funk, soul and hip hop vinyl. Food by the Tapa Boy Truck.
Saturday 10/09, it’s Motorcycle Night @ El Chapin Restaurant, 5010 York Boulevard. Live Reggae performance by 700 lbs Gerrilla. Special menu. 7 p.m.
Saturday 10/09 and Sunday 10/10, The Brewery Artwalk is a free, semi-annual event that occurs in the Spring & Fall, where over 150 artists open their studios for the weekend. 2100 North Main Street, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Ellen Bloom at Future Studio/ Lauri Mraz at Future Studio/ Beth Elliott at Future Studio/ Snow Mack at Cactus/ Andrea Monroe at Cactus

Joanna Barnum at Cactus/ Holly Wood at Cactus/ Cindy Suriyani at Avenue 50 Studio/ Ulla Barr at Avenue 50 Studio/ Jan Taylor at An Orange Door

Kathleen Swaydan at MorYork Gallery/Brian Tucker at New Puppy/ Carolyn Castaño at Outpost for Contemporary Art/ Leanna Lin’s Wonderland/ The Land of Odd Gallery/ Mary Addison Hackett at Kristi Engle Gallery


Saturday, November 6, 2010

6:30 to 8:30 PM

Join the HPHT and author Charles J. Fisher

As we celebrate Garvanza, the book and the community

A Book Signing Event

At Figueroa Produce Market

6312 N. Figueroa S/York Blvd

Highland Park, CA

in the shopping plaza

tasty treats will be served

Highland Park Heritage Trust

Membership Appreciation Event
Monday, October 11, 2010 • 7 to 9 pm
Cafe de Leche
5000 York Blvd. (corner Avenue 50), Highland Park, CA
• What a year this has been and it’s not over yet!
• Discuss HPHT preservation activities with the Board and other members
• Recognition of very special member volunteers
• See the “year in action” photos and find out what’s still to come!
• Free to members . . . same as last year
• Charles Fisher will be available to sign both Highland Park and Garvanza
• Coffee, Tea and Tasty Treats
Free to members • Guests $5 • While you’re at it, renew for 2010-2011
Acknowledge each other as well as our Sponsors, Benefactors, Angels, and Life Members
Please RSVP by October 7 by phone 323-256-4326 or by email

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Eagle Rock @ 100

Planning is already underway for Eagle Rock’s centennial celebration, to take place in 2011. An entire year’s worth of festivities is planned—beginning with a kick-off event at the time of the actual anniversary in February and continuing through to a major community event later in the year.
Many community organizations have been working on the plans. A special focus has been on monuments that will endure for another hundred years, such as the planting of 100 trees for 100 years and the creation of an Eagle Rock Centennial Monument near the Colorado Boulevard border with Glendale.
A commemorative Centennial calendar is in production and will be available shortly.
Eagle Rock was originally a separate city from Los Angeles. The Centennial marks Eagle Rock’s incorporation as a city with a population of about 600 people. In 1923, voters opted to join up with Los Angeles. (The area around Occidental College already had become part of L.A. in 1916.)
Centennial planning meetings are held regularly, and representatives of organizations and individual residents are most welcome to participate. Visit for meeting information.

Eagle Rock City

Atwater Village Turns 100

Atwater Village is entering the ranks of communities with three-digits ages as well.
In celebration, Friends of Atwater Village is creating a book for Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America Series. The group is asking anyone with old photographs, documents, newspaper articles, receipts or advertising from local businesses or other historic information regarding Atwater Village to share it. There is also a questionnaire available at for the sharing of personal history.

Here is a beautiful level tract, well elevated and overlooking the level of the city, with a panoramic view of mountain and valley, enjoying all the delights of the suburb—yet inside the city limits, boasting every wanted modern improvement—Yet only 15 minutes from 6th and Broadway…full sized lots at $550 to $1500…
--Los Angeles Times advertisement, 1912

Knitting and Crocheting on North Figueroa

In addition to the Great Fig-KnitOn (see NELAart Gallery Night Listings), Future Studio and the Arroyo Arts Collective are offering several free knit/crochet demonstrations and workshops.
Sunday, October 10, 1-2 p.m., Lauri Mraz, Spinning Wheel Demonstration. Learn how cotton balls of wool become yarn utilizing a spinning wheel created with used bicycle parts.
Saturday, October 16, 12-4 p.m., Beth Elliot, Crocheting Without a Hook Workshop. Crochet a sculpture, toy, rug, costume, cushion etc in a short time with your arm, hands & fingers using found & unconventional materials. No prior experience necessary.
Sunday, October 17, 12-4 p.m., Julie Keehner, Crocheting With Plastic Bags and Crocheting with Beads Workshops. Create a shopping tote using recycled plastic bags and/or learn to crochet using beading wire and beads. Some prior experience helpful, but not necessary.
Saturday, October 23, 12-4 p.m. David Orozco, Hyperbolic Crochet Workshop. Hyperbolic Crochet is where yarn, higher math and the universe meet. Difficult to describe, easy to learn, and then the complexity of the world opens up in your hands. Some prior experience helpful, but not necessary.
Future Studio, 5558 North Figueroa