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High Voltage: CA 101 art show is plugged into the AES Power Plant

High Voltage:  CA 101 art show is plugged into the AES Power Plant

by Bondo Wyszpolski The AES Power Plant in Redondo Beach will be generating an extra dose of energy this weekend and next. “CA 101,” an annual exhibition now in its fourth year, has again pulled in a multitude of visual artists from up and down the state, and by multitude we’re talking roughly 126 artists […]

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When Art Dresses for Dinner

When Art Dresses for Dinner

    Some spicy talk with Homeira Goldstein Composer Richard Wagner broadened the way we experience opera, and now Homeira Goldstein is expanding our definition of art. Towards this end she has created an impressive website, but it’s not for self-aggrandizement, nor is it simply for the promotion of studio or gallery art, but rather […]

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Neighborhood Stroll – Holly Socrates and the El Segundo Art Walk

Neighborhood Stroll – Holly Socrates and the El Segundo Art Walk

Holly Socrates hasn’t been standing still. It was only last November that she opened her own art space–the petite Holly Socrates Gallery–on the corner of Franklin and Main in downtown El Segundo, across the street from Rock & Brews and an easy lob from ESMoA. Her business enterprise hardly off the ground, Socrates corralled various […]

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Andrea del Sarto, Master Renaissance Draftsman

Andrea del Sarto, Master Renaissance Draftsman

One cannot write in depth about an artist without placing him or her within the context of the era in which they lived and cavorted, and to write about Andrea del Sarto (1486-1530) is to instantly shuffle him into the shadow of Raphael, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and perhaps others such as Titian and Correggio. […]

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Home alone

Home alone

Humble beginnings couldn’t deter Ranee Henderson. Now she’s the recipient of a solo show at the PV Art Center Ranee Henderson didn’t grow up with a silver spoon in her mouth. She was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, in 1981, the child of mixed-race parents. She was was raised by her mother and older sister while […]

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Fine Arts Festival showcases Hanson, young artists

Fine Arts Festival showcases Hanson, young artists

This year’s Hermosa Beach Fine Arts Festival featured artist is Erin Hanson, whose minimalist method of placing impasto paint strokes without layering has been dubbed “Open-Impressionism.” The festival (formerly the Hermosa Beach Art Walk) takes place Saturday and Sunday,, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Community Center lawn, the corner of Pier Avenue […]

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A Gift from a Flower to a Garden

A Gift from a Flower to a Garden

For Jamie LaValley, the power’s in flower A visual aroma is one way to describe Jamie LaValley’s recent work, a figurative and yet nearly literal bouquet of flowers. Years spent in Paris as a fashion photographer evolved over time into a desire to capture and preserve the beauty and grace of what is surely one […]

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Summer Calendar: Hermosa’s Art Walk Steps Up

Same month, same place, same format, but classy new name It’s official, the Hermosa Beach Art Walk is now the Hermosa Beach Fine Arts Festival, and this year its taking place on Saturday, June 6, and Sunday, June 7, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days on the lawn at the the southwest […]

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Joe Turner’s Come and Gone… and Come Again

Joseph Mallord William Turner at the Getty by Bondo Wyszpolski The thoughtful Turner show at the Getty mainly sets out to do two things. First, by focusing exclusively on the painter’s late work, from 1835 when he was 60-years-old, to the time of his death 16 years later in 1851, when he was 76, to […]

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Into the Mystic

Into the Mystic

Four writers – and one artist – in search of the transcendent Maybe it’s not the best trait for a journalist, but when it comes to those who make art, few things are more appealing than a playful imagination. This is one of the qualities I admire about Cie Gumucio, a Redondo Beach artist with […]

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The Endless Highway

The Endless Highway

Jim Murray’s painterly explorations span decades   by Bondo Wyszpolski Going back 40 years and more, there have been seismic shifts in the work of Manhattan Beach artist Jim Murray, shifts of style, medium, and focus that have welled up over time and then propelled a sudden jolt towards a new subject and/or approach. “Been […]

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“Zeitgeist” – Select Germanic art on view at the Getty

by Bondo Wyszpolski It’s not easy to pack a big century into a small show, and “Zeitgeist: Art in the Germanic World, 1800-1900” can only selectively hint at the richness and variety of work that was created in Germany, Austria, and Czechoslovakia during the 19th Century. Curated by Lee Hendrix, senior curator of drawings at […]

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The Light in the Piazza

The Light in the Piazza

The Malaga Cove art show and sale is here for spring and summer Perhaps it’s the fountain and the weathered statue of Neptune, located a few dozen yards away, but there’s something slightly mythological about the 30 or so artists emerging each spring to exhibit their wares on the green lawn in front of Malaga […]

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Pushing Through the Doors of Perception – Conceptual camerawork at the Torrance Museum of Art

Pushing Through the Doors of Perception – Conceptual camerawork at the Torrance Museum of Art

It wasn’t long after the birth of photography in the 1830s that creative minds got busy. Images were being manipulated almost from the get-go, and this has only intensified with the technological advances of recent years. “Second Sight: New Representations in Photography,” which is at the Torrance Art Museum through May 14, pushes even further […]

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Artist Van Hamersveld, sculpture Barela installation unveilings in Hermosa, Manhattan Beach

Artist Van Hamersveld, sculpture Barela installation unveilings in Hermosa, Manhattan Beach

Two waves by two of surfing’s most celebrated artists will be unveiled in the Beach Cities in the coming weeks. Next Wednesday, Manhattan Village Mall will unveil a wave sculpture by Chris Barela. The former Hermosa Beach pro surfer’s other local installations include the life size bronze sculptures of Bob and Bill Meistrell at Seaside […]

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