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Goodbye, Connor Everts

A Canvas as Large as Life Remembering Torrance artist Connor Everts (1928-2016) by Bondo Wyszpolski I remember one day when Norman Zammitt made the comment that Connor Everts looked like Fidel Castro. Out of the corner of my eye I glanced over at Connor and, sure enough, he did seem to resemble the Cuban revolutionary….Read More→

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Life Cycles: Artist Steve Shriver took a tumble, and it’s an arduous climb back up

Life Cycles: Artist Steve Shriver took a tumble, and it’s an arduous climb back up

by Bondo Wyszpolski We all know what happened to Humpty Dumpty: All the king’s horses and all the king’s men/ couldn’t put Humpty together again. But wait. If he’d been airlifted to the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center maybe we’d have a different rhyme and a different outcome. Steve Shriver may not forgive me for…Read More→

 Ryan McDonald

Bloom’s Day

Manhattan Beach native Rachel Bloom has a hit with TV’s “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” by Ryan McDonald In his poem “New Hampshire,” Robert Frost tells of meeting a Californian who extols the Golden State’s virtues. The climate is so good, the Californian insists, that no one ever dies of natural causes. Instead, “Vigilance Committees/Had to organize to…Read More→

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Whimsy and Wonder

Whimsy and Wonder

A mid-career survey of ceramic work by Keiko Fukazawa opens tonight at El Camino College Keiko Fukazawa must be having loads of fun. Her whimsical ceramic creations often make us smile but at the same time they are elegant and thought-provoking. Christopher Knight of the L.A. Times recently devoted lots of ink to her exhibition…Read More→

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Darkness Visible: “Noir” at the Getty

Noir: The Romance of Black in 19th Century French Drawings and Prints by Bondo Wyszpolski In the middle of the 19th century things got dark, although not necessarily bleak. Charcoal, fabricated black chalk, and conte crayon, among other drawing materials, became readily available, and artists ventured forth to explore their possibilities. Also, as Getty Senior…Read More→

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Passion, Persistence, and Paint

Passion, Persistence, and Paint

Manhattan Beach artist Virginia Vilchis draws her subjects from within The paintings of Virginia Vilchis tend to be bright and dark at the same time. By bright I mean colorful, and by dark I mean somber, with an alluring gravitas. Combined with mixed media and a texture so prevalent we may want to run our…Read More→

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Sound and Vision

Sound and Vision

Georgette Gantner brings live music to a local picture gallery Last month the Torrance Art Museum tried something a little different. In the main gallery, surrounded by four walls of art, a small jazz combo performed. It was a soft opening, you might say, and the turnout was modest, but the event heralded a new,…Read More→

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Artist Karen Yee: Self-portraits with cancer

Until the shoe drops Karen Yee has documented her struggles with cancer through self portraits by Bondo Wyszpolski Karen Yee has been on Death Row for 13 years. The executioner is always on-call, and lingers close by. You could say, in fact, that’s he’s gotten under her skin. Under her skin, and in her very…Read More→

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2015 Year in Review – Canvassing the Galleries: The year gone by in art

2015 Year in Review – Canvassing the Galleries: The year gone by in art

They come and they go, not only art shows but exhibition spaces and the people who have their work on view. This is a survey of what the South Bay put on display during 2015, a few things left out on purpose and probably just as many left out by accident. With some luck, most…Read More→

 Mark McDermott

Laughter and tango: Wilfred Sarr and his dancers

Laughter and tango: Wilfred Sarr and his dancers

by Mark McDermott Eight decades in, Wilfred Sarr has learned a new dance. The painter some regard as the South Bay’s Van Gogh (if Vincent had a sense of humor, danced, and lived through the 1960s) comes from a decidedly non-dancing people, religious Midwestern farm folk who took life altogether too seriously to let loose…Read More→

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Art by James Gilbert opening Thursday in Manhattan Beach

Protective Devices Not the guarded, but the guardians in James Gilbert’s new work, opening tonight in Manhattan Beach by Bondo Wyszpolski Pink sandbags and a few two-by-fours to keep them propped up. What shall we make of this? Out of the gate, I was perplexed and, honestly, not too interested. So, that’s my starting point…Read More→

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Circling Back to the Dream Deferred

Circling Back to the Dream Deferred

Art nearly got away from Scott Trimble, but now it’s his #1 passion   by Bondo Wyszpolski Each evening, at 7 or 7:15, Scott Trimble arrives home in Hermosa Beach from his office in Beverly Hills. He doesn’t turn on the TV or pick up the newspaper but goes straight to his garage where he…Read More→

 Brad Jacobson

The Strangely Beautiful Odyssey of Damian Fulton

The Strangely Beautiful Odyssey of Damian Fulton

Meet Damian Fulton. Damian is a local artist with a unique flair which mixes the beach lifestyle, people, comics and hot rods. Damian studied art at Cal State Fullerton and resides here in the South Bay. The Civic Couch Show sat down with Damian while he was working on a mural for Drew Boyles building in…Read More→

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To SUR, with Love

To SUR, with Love

Torrance and Manhattan Beach art venues are taking part in the 3rd “SUR: biennial” Hispanic or Latin American art? For some people, variations of work by Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera may spring to mind, or maybe some graffiti near a freeway interchange. Sorry, it’s a great deal more than that. And just as art…Read More→

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Power and Pathos: Bronze Sculpture of the Hellenistic World

Ancient Art, Lost and Found Power and Pathos: Bronze Sculpture of the Hellenistic World by Bondo Wyszpolski If  you step up to an old bronze statue and give it a sharp rap with your knuckles it feels pretty solid, right? Even if it’s as hollow as a chocolate Easter bunny you’ll think, This baby’s gonna…Read More→

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