Category Archives: Art

Vintage loving event in Rancho Mirage!!

And free!!!

http://www.ranchomiragelibrary.org/event/frankenstein-conversation-sarah-karloff-/

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Join art and culture journalist Stacy Davies as she presents clips from Karloff’s extensive career and talks with his daughter, Sara Karloff, about the man behind the many masks. The Bride of Frankenstein will screen after the interview.


Fabulous cause and group!!


Culture is calling! Though Aug. 9: Frida Kahlo Exhibit at Corazon de Los Angeles on Olvera Street

What better place to view such lovely art than in the historic downtown Los Angeles Olvera Street.  Frida Kahlo Exhibit at Corazon de Los Angeles on Olvera Street. Mixed media, multi-artist exhibit features George Yepes, Yolanda Gonzalez, Magda Bowen, Lani Cupchoy, Mirlette Islas, Lorena Rivera, Jorge Guillen, Johnny Rivera & array of Frida themed nichos & jewelry.  Corazon is located at W-19A (upstairs) Olvera St./634 N. Main St. LA 90012. For more information, call (323) 341-7970, email info@corazonla.com or on Facebook Corazon-de-Los-Angeles-at-Olvera-Street.

Pictured: “Frida on Wood ” by Maria Kane

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This sounds amazing! the Sawdust Art Festival in Long Beach

Like a moth to a flame I was drawn  by fate to find this.  I love ANYTHING wood even good old fashioned forest and tree’s.  Living in Southern California where it is very dry and most nature is planned landscaping, I have a genuine appreciation for natural habitat.

BACK TO THE WOOD, so I was looking for new and fun things to do and found the Sawdust Art festival.  I love the craftsmanship that goes into anything made of wood and I really look forward to making it out to this sometime soon.

Sawdust Art Festival

935 Laguna Canyon Rd Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 494-3030

Sawdust Art Festival’s 47th Annual Summer Show

June 28 – September 1, 2013, open 10-10 daily

The Sawdust will feature the fine art and craft of over 200 Laguna Beach artists and is sure to be the highlight of your summer adventures.

Art enthusiasts, collectors, and novice artists have come to the Sawdust since the beginning in 1966 for our mix of fine art and craft. Media include hand-blown and fused glass, painting, jewelry, surf art, ceramics, clothing and textiles, wood and metal sculpture, scrimshaw, photography, and so much more.

Artists are eager to share their creative process with you so please feel free to ask the exhibitors questions, take an art workshop, and enjoy our live art demonstrations.  Have fun!!


Ontario, CA Artwalk June 15, 2013 Free!!


If you have never experienced, then you MUST…Pasadena Chalk Festival 2013

This year the Pasadena Chalk Festival is on June 15-16.  I’m excited to say my husband will be participating this year!!  I was completely astonished by the quality and talent from last year’s festival and I can’t wait to see what the new year brings!! pasadenachalkfestival.com


Things to do on Father’s Day!

June is coming up quick and with it we need a plan.  What to do in June? Well there is the Huck Finn’s Jubilee on June 14-16. This does fall on Fathers Day weekend but you can celebrate the 1880s with banjo picking, raft making, frog jumping, and more with dad!  There is also live bluegrass music played on this 150 acre venue at the Guasti Regional Park.  There is  a water park and there will be an art festival there too!  Much to do with Dad at this event so come check it out!  http://www.huckfinn.com/

There is a charge for this event so please check out the website for full details


In case you missed it…The Art and Music fest at Cal State San Bernardino was a hit!!

I just wanted to share a few pictures from the event since I was able to attend.  My husband Edwin, aka, “Art by Redoe”, and our good friends Hippie and Shell, all shared a booth showing their art. Check it out!

Custom painted shoes Artist: “Art by Redoe”

Artist: Hippie One

Artist: Art by Redoe (Skateboard)

Artist: “Art by Redoe”

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Here we all are…well not me, I’m behind the camera, BUT all talents combined, we all had a great time!!


Artist of the week – Kao Lee Thao

I must say I have been a huge fan of her work since I first saw her work back in 2009 and instantly fell in love with her work.   I asked her to be in my all female art show Organized Chaos and she accepted my invitation, then confirming a fan for life!

Kao is so amazingly talented and I really can’t cover all of her mediums here as she is expanding them daily, but you can get more info here on her site: http://innerswirl.com/

Kao is such a fun artist to follow because she is very talented in so many different mediums and aspects of art that you never know what you will get from her next! As well as art, Kao is also an Animator, Art Director, Painter, Sculptor, Fashion Designer….the list is never ending.  Please feel free to check out her Etsy shop to buy her amazing work among many other things! http://www.etsy.com/shop/InnerSwirl

Artist Statement:

Puddle jumping sums up my background properly. I’m continually sucked into one path after another. I started seeing a pattern echoed through each, people and people’s minds fascinate me. Needless to say I spent half my life studying psychology dreaming to become a psychiatrist and unwrap people’s minds. Unexpectedly a reoccurring dream urged me to abandon psychology and pursue my childhood passion of art. After studying people’s desires for so long, to ignore my own would have been foolish. I left the psychology world behind and dove head first into pursuing my art interest.

Upcoming events St. Cloud Art Crawl June 14th Festival Hours: 5p.m-9p.m

Lemonade Festival SCSU Campus June 27th Festival Hours: 11a.m-9p.m

Minnesota Renaissance Fairy Festival August 31, September 1 & 2 Festival Hours: 9 a.m-7 p.m

You really have to see her work to appreciate the detail and quality of her work.  I hope you enjoyed this featured artist!


Museums for Free: MOTA Day 05/19/13

Everybody loves free, including me!!  This May 19, 2013 you can see five museums for free!! Besides free access to the Gamble House, Heritage Square, the Los Angeles Police Museum, the Lummis Home & Garden, and our own Pasadena Museum of History—which is a whopping gift in and of itself—each location will have a variety of music, storytelling, art, crafts, and entertainment!! This is a great offer and I strongly suggest you take this opportunity to see at least one!

The Gamble House is offering tours of this 1908 Arts and Crafts treasure and kids can do crafts in their lovely backyard.

Heritage Square will observe the Spanish American War by having a “live” encampment, and there will be woodcarving demonstrations and traditional dancing. Children can play with Victorian toys, do crafts, and learn about plants and flowers in the Ford House Kitchen garden.

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The L.A. Police Museum features private collections and historical memorabilia dating back to the 1800s, including the newly constructed vehicle shelter and a restored 1955 paddy wagon. Kids can clamor into a police helicopter, try on gear, and get “locked” into a real jail cell, while parents can snap free police booking photos (a family keepsake!). Attendees can also tour the current exhibit, “Gangster Squad,” as well as the permanent exhibits: Onion Field murders, the Patty Hearst kidnapping, and the 1997 North Hollywood Shootout.

The Lummis Home and Garden will be open for self-guided tours and historian Dennis Harbach will use a newly developed computer app to be able to answer such burning questions as “Did my grandmother dance the fandango with Lummis or Rudolf Valentino in this place?” From 1897-1928 the Lummis Home was a “place to see and be seen” for “visiting and local dignitaries, artists, and controversial public figures.”

Pasadena Museum of History is offering mini-tours of the newly remodeled Fenyes Mansion and the Finnish Folk Museum, which is housed in a replica of a 19th century Finnish farmhouse. Pasadena Society of Artists will be displaying, selling, and creating works during the afternoon. Don’t miss the fantastic I Do! I Do! Pasadena Ties the Knot exhibit and the juried art exhibition Relationships. Kids can take home three different art projects involving a rain stick, a Japanese brush painting, and a family colla. Pie ‘n Burger (celebrating its 50th anniversary) will be on site with their food truck, ready to satisfy hungry museum goers.

If you get a chance to go, let me know which one you went to and what your experience was!  Have fun!!

 

 


You sure missed out if you didn’t visit LACMA in 2011

For all of you non museum folk, LACMA is the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.  It is a great museum to visit at any time but I have seen a few exhibits that I will never forget.

My ultimate favorite was the Tim Burton Exhibit from 5/29/11-10/31/11.  If you are a huge Tim Burton fan like me, then you know how many great movies he has made way back before we even realized who Time Burton really was. There were movie props from just about every Tim Burton movies including BEETLEJUICE, EDWARD SCISSORHANDS, and MARS ATTACKS.

The exhibition brings together over 700 drawings, paintings, photographs, moving-image works, storyboards, puppets, concept artworks, maquettes, costumes, and cinematic ephemera, including art from a number of unrealized and little-known personal projects. Many of these objects come from the artist’s own archive, as well as from studio archives and private collections of Burton’s collaborators. Check out this awesome entrance to the exhibit!

More from the exhibit:

 I definitely recommend for anyone to go if this comes back around again.  It was fun for all ages!


Griffith Park, right under my nose this whole time!!

So my husband has been telling me about this really cool park that is right next to the Griffith Observatory, LA Zoo, and the Gene Autry Museum, all of which we have been to several times but never the park. After our recent visit to the Gene Autry we stopped at the park. We heard faint music that was very inviting and followed it until the magic really began.

Welcome, welcome, step right up, to the grand ol’ Merry Go Round!

Built in 1926 by the Spillman Engineering Company and brought to Griffith Park in 1937, the Merry-Go-Round boasts 68 horses, everyone a jumper. Each horse is finely carved with jewel-encrusted bridles, detailed draped blankets and decorated with sunflowers and lion’s heads. A Stinson 165 Military Band Organ, reputed to be the largest band organ accompanying a carousel on the West Coast, plays over 1500 selections of marches and waltz music.

Truly stunning and a must see in person to appreciate all of the detail on this.

Driving west along Zoo Drive, dotted with small picnic areas, nearly to Forest Lawn Drive, is an enclave where visitors can ride a miniature railroad operated by volunteers of the Los Angeles Live Steamers[10] or visit Walt Disney’s Carolwood Barn (also known as Walt’s Barn). At Travel Town Museum, historic, full-sized railroad locomotives, passenger cars, and streetcars comprise a collection that highlights transportation in Southern California, in association with an exhibit hall, model train layout, picnic areas, and a gift shop, all of which is encircled by the last of three miniature train rides in Griffith Park.

If you are ever in the area, definitely stop on by and check out what Griffith Park has to offer!

For more info: http://www.laparks.org/dos/parks/griffithPK/gp_info.htm


Fun can be free…Griffith Observatory

Photo: Photo of the Day: Romantic Sunset Griffith Observatory http://bit.ly/ZShIaN (Photo courtesy of Rafaelinho, Flickr)

Griffith Observatory is an icon of Los Angeles, a national leader in public astronomy, a beloved civic gathering place, and one of southern California’s most popular attractions. The Observatory is located on the southern slope of Mount Hollywood in Griffith Park, just above the Los Feliz neighborhood. It is 1,134 feet above sea level and is visible from many parts of the Los Angeles basin.

The mission of Griffith Observatory is inspiring everyone to observe, ponder, and understand the sky.

Griffith Observatory
2800 East Observatory Road
Los Angeles, CA  90027
(213) 473-0800

Weekdays (Tuesday – Friday): Open 12:00 noon – 10:00 p.m

Weekends (Saturday – Sunday):  Open  10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Closed Mondays

If you have never been to the Observatory then you must at least once in your life.  Get to experience the stars through professional telescopes and see the stars like never before!!


So much to do in May!! Arts & Music Festival 2013 @ CSUSB

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Cal. State San Bernardino (CSUSB) will be hosting its inaugural Arts and Music Festival on Friday May 17, 2013 from 4-9 p.m. Admission is 100% free.

Attendees can expect to experience a day of fun, including:

  • 3rd Annual CSUSB Jazz Fest, featuring our own CSUSB Jazz Ensemble, along with Poncho Sanchez, the Latin Society, Mongorama, free workshops and more
  • Art Walk, featuring top local and regional artists (see attached Call for Entries and note upcoming deadline of April 19)
  • Art Demos, including glass blowing, ceramic wheel throwing, blacksmithing/forging and open studios
  • Arts Connection will host an information lounge and reception in conjunction with RAFFMA
  • Bohemian Fest, featuring henna artists, a drum circle, vintage clothing vendors, nail art and screen-printing
  • Children’s Art Activities hosted by RAFFMA
  • Food Trucks with tasty delights to enjoy while you experience the Arts & Music Festival
  • Pfau Library Chalk Walk and Book Sale, pick up some books and view/create sidewalk chalk art
  • RAFFMA presents Chicano Muralists in Southern California, 1968-1985. Also on display A walk through Temeeku: A look into the past and present of the Luise?o people. Docent-led tours of the Treasures of Ancient Egypt exhibition.
  • Underground Music Society presents “Best of Bands,” featuring the best Ska, Reggae, Rock Alternative and Indie bands of the Inland Empire

Amazing and FREE….Check out the Getty Museum

There are 2 locations and both are free. Only catch is parking is $15 but once you pay that you can visit both locations and use the same parking pass.
The Getty Center location #1 is located at 1200 Getty Center Drive in Los Angeles, California, approximately 12 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. Location #2, The Getty Villa, is located at 17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades, California, 90272, one mile north of Sunset Boulevard and approximately 25 miles west of downtown Los Angeles.

Please check out the following link for hours and additional information: http://www.getty.edu/visit/hours/index.html#parking
One of my favorite things is not only is there beautiful art but stunning gardens as well.

There are always tours going on and discussions about exhibits,  so please check the calendar to see what is going on when you make your visit.  There is also a family room where small children can learn about art and enjoy a hands on experience.  Anyone with kids knows that this is a great addition to any museum.  I have gone several times and can’t wait to go again.  Of course right now is the best time to visit any garden in California, as the flowers are in full bloom and showing off for all to see!