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Studio Visits: The Brewery Los Angeles

The Brewery Artwalk Los Angeles, CA

I have been visiting the Brewery in downtown LA for years and each time I see something different that catches my eye. I have many friends who live there… the art spaces are amazing. Some have tall open ceilings and others have garden walkways. There is a lot of asphalt and a park right in the middle of the complex. It also is home to about 3 galleries LA Artcore being one of them.

There is a restaurant named Barbara’s where you can find artists and business people hanging out eating or having a conference. It’s certainly a destination location… and one not to miss.

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Susan Savory Dean

Anna Stump and Daphne Hill

Jill Sykes

Theodore Svenningsen

Miri Polsky

Ada Pullini

Bruce Dean

Charles Swenson

Emily Elisa Halpern

Patrick Haemmerian

Guillermo Bert

James R. Eads

Jane Szabo

Matty Robinson and Eric A. Wahl

Yvonne Beatty

MNKR Brand

Bibi Davidson, and Dwora Fried

Nicole Fournier

Victoria Sebanz

Oskar Sheldonian

Susan Savory Dean

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[from their website] We are one of the oldest and largest artist colonies in the world, celebrating over 30 years. Covering 23 acres in 14 buildings of live-work spaces, 500-700 artists and businesses call The Brewery their home. Twice a year, we open our doors and invite the public to enjoy our open studios at The Brewery Art Walk.

The Brewery Art Colony, located in Los Angeles, has been called the largest live-and-work artists’ colony in the world. The compound sits on twenty-one former warehouses – with an old Edison power plant chimney dating to 1903 – house work studios, living lofts, restaurants and galleries.
The Brewery is home to practitioners of a variety of artistic mediums from painting, sculpture and photography to industrial design, architecture and experimental new media

The Beginnings

The Brewery Art Colony began in 1903 as the Edison Electric Steam Power Plant and then as a Pabst Blue Ribbon brewery. Years later it was converted into artist lofts.

The Artwalk

The Brewery Art Walk is a twice-annual free event showcasing Los Angeles artists selling gallery-quality fine art at studio prices. Artists open up their homes to the public and allow them to browse and purchase their artwork in their lofts. The Art Walk offers visitors a unique chance to walk door to door to visit artists in their workspaces.

Studio Visits: Santa Fe Art Colony Los Angeles

Santa Fe Art Colony Art Walk October 2017

For some years now I’ve been walking the artwalks in Los Angeles, and now finally with this site I can document further the memories of the Artists I visit, so gracious and open with their sharing of art and spaces. The conversations this year were especially contagious, I seem to be taken in on a deeper level than before. A greater connection being made. Truly a must see when the next one comes around. Be sure to visit their website and sign up for notices…not to be missed.

[from their website] “The Santa Fe Art Colony is a live / work studio complex in downtown Los Angeles whose residents are professional artists making, teaching and promoting art in the region and the world. The annual open studios have been run by residents of the art colony since 1988. The original brick portion of the Santa Fe Art Colony was built in 1906 by entrepreneur C.B. Van Vorst, and was used as a mattress factory until the 1940’s. In 1988 the complex was renovated and developed into artists’ lofts by aa group of partners.

“A hidden neighborhood located on the outskirts of Los Angeles. Some have the pleasure to visit and collaborate with fellow artist’s at one of the spaces in the colony. Fifty-Seven in total, it’s private, quiet, a place to get work done.”

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Center Courtyard of the location

Kate Delinge

Stu Needman

Lillian Abel

Steve Winaver

Peggy Nichols

Diane Cockerill

Julie Arnoff

Mike Vegas Dommermuth

Fatemah Burnes

Sharon Ryan

Don Lewis

Dawn Arrowsmith

Laurel Paley

Ewa Pietraszak

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Studio Visit: Sonja Schenk

Artist: Sonja Schenk
Descipline: painting, 3D, fabrication
Location: California
Website: http://www.sonjaschenk.com/

Sonja Schenk Los Angeles Artist

I recently visited with my friend Sonja Schenk at her studio in Culver City, CA. It’s a storefront but not at all hidden… it’s bright orange. I went because she is doing a welding/metal work residency at Cerritto College. We visited for about an hour before she had to leave for the drive south. I wait with great anticipation for her residency show in a few months. It’s going to knock your socks off.

Sonja Schenk is an internationally-exhibiting artist who was born and raised in Los Angeles. She began with video installation works and has since turned to painting and sculpture. Recently had a solo exhibition at the Museum of Art and History (MOAH) in Lancaster, California and also at the Prescott College Art Gallery in Arizona, and she created a commissioned outdoor sculpture for Porch Gallery in Ojai, California.
“My environment has influenced my work in another important way: props, backdrops and other tropes of “cinema” are often present. Illusion, sleight of hand and the facade are common elements in my art. … I hope to provide a meditative yet physical vantage point for the viewers of my art, an environment for reflection.”




Artist Interview: Peggy Sivert

Artist: Peggy Sivert
Discipline: Sculpture
State: California
Website http://www.zaskgallery.com


What is your current state of mind?

What is your greatest fear?
environmental degradation

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
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Fun Debate between The Natural History Museum and The Science Museum UK

Shared from the Newstatesman article

I must say, this has made my day as I’ve read it over and over and am now planning to go to twitter, which I seldom do, and follow both these institutions… just for the rhetoric… the fun, the insights the learning the smiles and laughs that are coming out of my mouth and stimulating my thinking… now all that’s needed is one of the Museums of Art to chime RA or the British Museum  in with The Natural History Museum and the Science Museum  — here…! OR how about the US getting in on this… LACMA or MOCA

OPENING STATEMENT: “2017 is undoubtedly the year of the feud. As celebrities and corporations alike take to Twitter to hash things out, two of the UK’s most respected scientific institutions, the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum have got in on the action.

It all started with this rather innocous tweet, during The Natural History Museum’s Ask a Curator event on Twitter, where users could tweet in questions to The Natural History Museum’s twitter account. The resulting back and forth is… continued here at Newstatesman article


Writing Grants… things to watch out for

(Shared from Praxis Center for Aesthetics article)

I don’t know about you but writing grants seem to put me in a mood of fear… of not knowing, or being “correct” or will my idea be good enough. This article shares some insights as to moving forward with what needs to be done and offers helpful suggestions.


“It’s no secret that the grant writing world is a competitive place. When there are countless applicants and only one prize, the majority will, unfortunately, not receive the news they hope for. There is much to be said for being at the right grant at the right time and simply connecting with the panel on some level that maybe isn’t quantifiable. But there are also some very concrete things that contribute to the success of some grant applications over others. Having a compelling project is only one piece of the puzzle. There is a lot of fascinating art being made out in the world. Knowing some of the keys to submitting a winning grant proposal can give you the leg up you need to land the grants you want.

Have a solid plan

Before you even begin searching for grants, you need to know what your plans are. If you don’t have a specific project you want to be funded, you might need to hold off on applying for a grant. While there are some grants that are more generalized in nature, emergency grants, those for cost of living or supplies, many…(Shared from Praxis Center for Aesthetics article)”



Puppets… I love Puppets

(Shared from VPR.net article link )

This article is from 2013 but such a good story…

“This is the fiftieth (2013) anniversary of Bread and Puppet Theater, an arts institution with a political message based in the Northeast Kingdom. The group’s name stems from its belief that sharing bread with its audiences helps create community, and that art is as basic to life as bread.

An anniversary performance at the Haybarn Theater at Goddard College in Plainfield was packed in early June as Bread and Puppet performed a revival of an old show, “The Birdcatcher in Hell.” A giant face depicting the King of Hell is on stage and ten foot-tall demon puppets pound on drums. Much of the music and speech is grating, and everyone but the birdcatcher is wearing shades of red. This original play was a response to the My Lai massacre in Vietnam, however, this revival has drones and depicts the War on Terror.

Bread and Puppet is the creation of Peter Schumann, who looms large as the dominating personality and arbiter of aesthetics for the puppet theater he founded five decades ago.

Schumann’s puppetry career began with…” (continue to full story  article link )


Burning Man Happens All Year — Plans!

(Shared from DesignYouTrust article link)

Although I’ve never been, I am fascinated by the concept and have been for many years. My interests lean to community, like minded people coming together for a short period and the “what happens”. I am a child of the 1960s so “Happenings” hold a deep longing space in my soul. Burning Man, does, or once did seem to have this gift.

There are lots of photos out there each year, but I would suggest that after the images from this linked page excites you that you move over to the official Burningman.org site for all the best information on the who, what, why, when, how and plan your next adventure… maybe?

The thing most might not understand is that Burning Man is an all year plan… not only the “what your art sharing will look like” BUT the tips on how to survive it and the community you’ll bring with you or create.

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Habits of Creative Involvement…For Artists

(Shared from Artnet.com )

First I was drawn in by the authors title, the use of a new term from the tech world. Upon reading, the author suggests 12 different interesting ways artists might consider to create “the space” for creativity. 

I have a tendency to do a lot of sleeping, blanking out the conscious and go to the subconsicous… then I find myself organizing (ha!) my studio, then my house, all kinds of nervous energy until I finally have cleared the space, both physical and mentally to approach a canvas or paper.

The authors list is below but I encourage you to click through to the article and read their descriptions. I like #’s 2, 5, 7, 11.

“What makes some artists more successful than others? Talent, luck, and hard work certainly play a part, but there are other, subtler habits that many of the greats seem to have in common. We asked 11 artists about their work routines and the way they structure their lives to see how these everyday rituals, big and small, make them tick. Below, see the 12 habits that help these artists create their best work.” …. click through to read more at Artnet.com

  1. Live in Airplane Mode
  2. Pretend You’re “Out of Office”
  3. Embrace Background Noise
  4. Follow the News—Even When It’s Bad
  5. Do Your Admin in the A.M.
  6. Exercise Creatively
  7. Be Self-Reliant—and Consistent
  8. Stop Making Art
  9. Marry the Right Person
  10. Read Books—a Lot of Them
  11. Embrace Odd Hours
  12. Trust Your Instincts


Studio Visit: Laura Larson

Artist:  Laura Larson
Discipline: Sculpture
State: CA
Website http://www.larsonart.net

Bio / Statement:

Laura Larson grew up in Chicago and was nourished by field trips to the Art Institute and participation in theatrical productions in college. In 1979 she moved to Los Angeles became a feminist and joined Judy Chicago’s The Dinner Party.

Larson’s work reflects her dual interest in story-telling and visual representation the building blocks for her consistent interest in Sculptural Installations and Narrative Tableau. Her current work explores our relationship to culture and its affect on our animal co-inhabitants.

She has exhibited her work extensively both regionally and nationally and been commissioned for multiple public art projects throughout L.A. county.


Artist Profile: Roxene Rockwell

Artst: Roxene Rockwell
Discipline: Painting/Mixed Media
State: California
Website http://www.roxenerockwell.com


Roxene Rockwell, Los Angeles, CA Artist

Born and raised in Los Angeles where she currently resides, Roxene Rockwell is a fourth generation Angelino. Rockwell has exhibited widely in solo and group exhibitions at museums and galleries which include; The Huntley Art Gallery, Cal Poly Pomona, Pomona, California: the Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, California; the Robert V. Fullerton Museum, San Bernardino, California; the Carnegie Art Museum, Oxnard, California; Louis Stern Fine Arts, Los Angeles, California, and Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, California. Continue reading

Artist Interview: Peter Hess

Artist: Peter Hess
Discipline: Painting
State: CA
Website: http://www.peterhessart.com
What is your current state of mind?
What is your greatest fear?
Losing my sense of humor.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
huh, hmmm, ummm, uhh, what?

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