Archive for August, 2015

EXHIBIT: “Transformations” by Peggy Sivert Zask

More often seen in the art scene as a curator and gallerist promoting other artists, Peggy Sivert Zask is also a dynamic artist herself featured in this long-overdue solo show in the South Bay curated by fine art photographer, independent art curator, and photojournalist Gloria Plascencia. Focusing on the last five years of Zask’s art career, the exhibition includes ceramics, mixed-media sculpture, acrylic and oil paintings, and celebrates Zask as an artist, art teacher, and gallery owner. Regardless of the medium used by Zask, the artist is passionate and consistent with her concern for social justice and the environment. In recent years, she added ceramics as a medium. “My goal is to apply my fine art background to clay as opposed to viewing it as craft.” The exhibition is on view at Gallery H of Phantom Galleries L.A. in Hawthorne, California starting Saturday, 8/29 through Saturday 9/26. Zask also is slated to present an in-gallery talk on Sunday, 9/20 @ 4-7 pm.

RSVP on FB => Opening Reception on SAT 8/29 @ 6-9pm

During the opening reception at 7pm, the artist will perform a “Transformational Ritual” with original electronic fusion music, which signifies an important transition in her artwork.

With powerful pieces focusing on horse imagery, harbor-area ecology, and vivid depictions of the female as a signal for change, the San Pedro-based artist uses her background as a Peace Corps volunteer and art teacher to create vivid art rooted in a desire for a better world. Zask calls her most recent body of work “‘living art,’ because it has been with me for the past 15 years and continually reworked.” She notes that the heavy canvas texture represents years of layering; ceramic sculpture broken, rebuilt or deconstructed.

Born in Los Angeles, Zask has run art galleries for over 15 years, and currently serves as director and curator for both the Zask Gallery and the nonprofit art organization, South Bay Contemporary in San Pedro, an artist-run space dedicated to explorations in contemporary art. “I like to take the viewer on an adventure, an exploration of the visual,” Zask says. With the “Transformations” exhibition, it will be her own art that leads viewers on a riveting adventure.

Zask has previously shown her own art extensively, from the Ismael Gallery in New York’s Soho to the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery in Hollywood to recent exhibitions in Torrance and Santa Ana.

Gallery H of Phantom Galleries L.A.
12619 Hawthorne Blvd.
Hawthorne, CA 90250
Open during special events, on weekends 1-6pm and by appointment (310) 869-4992

Gallery H is a project of the stART up program by Phantom Galleries LA which is a nonprofit organization that transforms vacant storefronts into temporary public art galleries. Each gallery has its own identity and is created by a unique relationship between the participating curator, property owner, and the community where the gallery resides. Galleries are organized by local arts organizations, independent curators, local galleries, and local artists.

To learn more, visit the Phantom Galleries L.A. website or send an email to Gloria Plascencia.

GO! Make + Mingle Paper Flower Workshop with Stacy Wong

Join me for a FUN hands-on opportunity to create something beautiful with South Bay maker Stacy Wong! Hosted by Open House Modern Beach Design and Ayayay Pop-Up Boutique, Stacy’s “Make + Mingle” paper-flower-making workshop takes place on Thursday, August 27 @ 7-9pm. The $20 fee includes in-person and printed instructions, materials, supplies, light refreshments, and even a surprise thank-you gift from Stacy.

Paper_Flower_Making_Flyer_largeCome and create unique paper flowers, which can be used for tabletop decor, party decorations, hair ornaments, and more. The workshop is appropriate for all levels of skill and experience. Be sure to register in advance by clicking HERE (recommended by 12 noon on Thursday, August 27 as limited walk-in spots are available).

Also the founder of Community Making Workshops, Stacy is a lifelong creative who makes her “handmade wood goodness” line of gift and keepsake items for children and adults.

Pop-Up Location in Seabreeze Plaza
1926 Pacific Coast Hwy., Ste. 112

Redondo Beach, CA 90277

PHOTO OF THE DAY: Sunset at The Point, El Segundo

The Point at Rosecrans & Sepulveda is my new favorite outdoor shopping spot!

ShopHouse Bowl

Customized ShopHouse Bowl

I heard it might be open, so I headed over there the other day, just in time for sunset. I also grabbed a bite at ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen, which offers a menu inspired by the cuisines of Thailand and Vietnam. I got the ShopHouse Bowl, which consists of rice, pork and chicken meatballs, charred corn, green curry sauce, green papaya slaw, herb salad, and crispy garlic. I customized it by with swapping brown rice instead of white rice, plus added summer square with Thai basil and braised kale topped with toasted rice and Sriracha sauce.

FREE! The Point Hosts Outdoor Tribute Concerts Every Wed Eve 6-8pm thru 9/30/15

My new favorite place in the South Bay to view the sunset is The Point at Rosecrans & Sepulveda, so when I learned that this new outdoor shopping center is hosting FREE concerts every Wednesday night now through September 30 at 6-8pm, how could I resist? Even better, they are featuring cover bands who sing hits by my favorite bands of the 60s, 70s and 80s (yep, my secret listening pleasure!). I’m going tonight, and here’s the line-up for the rest of the summer! Watch for my concert photos on Instagram!

LINEUP (concert times 6-8pm)
Wed 8/26: Stepping Feet: Tribute to Dave Matthews
Wed 9/2: Hollywood Blondie: Tribute to Blondie & Debbie Harry
Wed 9/9: Jumping Jack Flash: Rolling Stones Tribute Band
Wed 9/16: Strange Days Tribute to The Doors
Wed 9/23: Paperback Writer: The Beatles Experience
Wed, 9/30: Wanted: The Bon Jovi Tribute Band

NOTE: Bring a blanket or a chair. No alcohol permitted. Free onsite parking. Arrive early and stay late to eat at North Italia, True Food Kitchen, Hopdoddy Burger BarShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen, or grab a coffee and sweets at the new Peet’s Coffee & Tea!

PHOTO OF THE DAY: Lights at Sunset, Redondo Beach

Long after many have left the shores once the sun goes down, I head over to walk my dogs in twilight along the Esplanade of Redondo Beach on the Avenues. I still capture the colors of the sunset, and get to enjoy the shadows and the flashes from the street lights.

LIVING: Healthy Quickstart with My Fit Foods

My Fit Foods Hermosa Beach

My Fit Foods Hermosa Beach

It was evident when I moved my residence to the South Bay that people actively strive to live healthy here. For several months, when driving along the Pacific Coast Highway, I noticed a towering sign “My Fit Foods” above what appeared to be either a local market or a fast-food restaurant. Turns out, it was neither. It is My Fit Foods, the latest location of a company that offers freshly prepared, conveniently portioned meals designed to keep you healthy. (As a native Texan, I was also pleased to learn that the company began in my home state, and has now expanded to California!)

I walked in the doors and was quickly introduced to a system designed for me: a busy person on the go who doesn’t always have time to make a good meal during my hectic work day. I embarked on the company’s popular 3-Day Quickstart during which I actually lost 3 lbs. (which have stayed off even after a week!). The experience was a great way to get back on track after a weekend of overindulging.

What I love most about My Fit Foods is that the quality is consistent, the portions make me feel full, and the meals are fresh and beautifully prepared. I can see how their system can work for the parent who cooks for the family, but needs something just for her or him, an overworked professional who needs a well-portioned, tasty meal for a desktop lunch, and the athlete who is watching their calorie intake during training. In short, I highly recommend it for all types of lifestyles. The convenience is that you don’t have to decide what to eat and you don’t have to shop, cook or clean up after your meal. However, because of the abundance of South Bay farmers markets, I added fresh kale, spinach, or portabella mushrooms to my meals, which I love.

My Fit Foods also offers a 21-Day Challenge, which I’m tempted to do soon. Let me know if you try My Fit Foods and how your results turn out! P.S. Psst … My Fit Foods NEEDS a Downtown Los Angeles location as I commute back and forth there to the Arts District almost daily!

My Fit FoodsMy Fit Foods
1025 Pacific Coast Highway
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
(310) 374-8700
Mon-Fri 7am-8pm • Sat-Sun 8am-8pm

PHOTO OF THE DAY: Mural in Manhattan Beach

Is this the only mural in Manhattan Beach?? Let me know if and where there are others!!!

PHOTO OF THE DAY: Redondo Pier “Night Night”

Just about every morning or evening, I head over to Redondo Pier. Tonight’s twilight was another exceptional nightcap to end a relaxing and fun-filled Sunday.

EXHIBIT: Colors of Cuba

Curated by Martha de Perez, this exhibit features colorful bold art by six Cuban artists: Lili Bernard, Rogelio Eduardo EspinosaViredo EspinosaSilfredo La O Vigo,  Juan Jesus Perez, and Enrique Pita. It also includes photographs of Cuba by Clay Lipsky.

Katalyst for the Arts at Phantom Galleries L.A.
12609 Hawthorne Blvd.
Hawthorne, CA 90250
Open during special events and by appt (818) 439-2474

RSVP on FB => Closing Reception on SAT 8/22 @ 6-9pm

To learn more, visit the Phantom Galleries L.A. website or send an email.


Lili Bernard is a Cuban-born, Los Angeles-based visual artist and actor who has exhibited her artwork in numerous galleries and institutions. Her work examines issues of trauma born of sexism and racism, past and present.

Rogelio Eduardo Espinosa is a photographer who came from Cuba to America with his passion for photography and film. These images encompass a visual work of American life through road travels to Georgia and everyday family experiences in Los Angeles.

Viredo Espinosa was a member of the Group of the Eleven, a revolutionary group of artists in 1950s Cuba who expanded the scope of the country’s modern art through the introduction of non-figurative, abstract works. His art is based on his childhood interaction in Cuba with a mix of Catholicism, Santeria rites, and Calabar ceremonies. His knowledge of African heritage came from many, including a 90-year old former slave who told him of the terror of coming from Africa on a slave ship.

Silfredo La O Vigo is an artist and a professional dancer in the Afro-Cuban and Haitian tradition. A graduate of the National School of the Arts in Havana, Cuba, he trained and performed with the Cuban National Folkloric Company and Danza Contemporanea de Cuba.

Clay Lipsky is a visual artist living in Los Angeles who is also an Emmy Award-winning graphic designer who works in television, film, music videos, print and multimedia. His focus shifts among illustration, photography, cinema, graphic design, and animation.

Juan Jesus Perez is a Los Angeles-based artist who left Cuba in 1972 for Spain where he toiled as a manual laborer to support his family. There, he made time to paint murals that remain today on view in many Spanish banks. After leaving Spain, he came to California and became a graphic artist for the Department of Water and Power. Since retiring last year, Perez returned to creating art and now has exhibitions in Miami, New York, and Los Angeles.

Enrique Pita is a Cuban-born artist who emigrated to the U.S. at age 10 with his family in 1980. Once in Los Angeles and later as a young adult, he studied fine arts, commercial art, and graphic design at LA Trade Tech College.His career has expanded to include doing print press, typography, illustration and graphic design for companies like Guess, Tiltworks, and Jerry Leigh.

EXHIBIT: Art Fusion 2015

Works by over 50 artists are displayed in this juried group show at Gallery H of Phantom Galleries L.A. in Hawthorne. Curated by the gallery’s director Gloria Plascencia, the exhibit was judged by Scott Canty who is also the “Special Guest Artist” in the gallery. Awards were given to three artists: Susan Melly, 1st Place; Bernard V. Fallon, 2nd Place, and Michael Chomick, 3rd Place. Special honor mentions were awarded to Jeanne DunnGloria D. Lee, and Judy Herman.

Gallery H of Phantom Galleries L.A.
12619 Hawthorne Blvd.
Hawthorne, CA 90250
Open during special events and by appt (310) 869-4992

RSVP on FB => Closing Reception on SAT 8/22 @ 6-8pm

To learn more, visit the Phantom Galleries L.A. website or send an email.

FEATURED ARTISTS: Annemarie Rawlinson – Beau Robinson – Robert E. Mackie – Bernard V. Fallon – Carlos Grasso – Carolyn Liesy – Chenhung Chen – Cyrstofer Shoemaker – Dani Dodge – Daryl Bibicoff – Dolores Garren – Emily Brantley – Erika Snow Robinson – Ernest Johnson – Francisco Alvarado – George Marlowe – Georgette Gantner – Gloria D. Lee – Heather J. Lowe – Jane Sharp – Janet Milhomme – Jay Reed – Jean Comings – Jeanne Dunn – Jerry Kotler – Jody Wiggins – Jon Peterson – John Teague – Judy Herman – Karen Schuenemann – Kate Carvellas – Kate Kelton – Laury Sahakangas – Loretta McNair – Luz Montiel – Maria Bjorkdahl – Mark Crase – Melina Plascencia Klappoth – Melissa Prichard – Michael Chomick – Nastassia Perez-Marshall – Patty Grau – Richard Gould – Richard Stephens – Robert Rossoff – Robyn Hardy-Alatorre – Roger Thomas – Sandra Enteman Chu – Scott Meskill – Steve Seleska – Susan Melly – Suzanne Kuuskmae – Suzanne Young – Velvet Marshall – Vivian Huang – Wendy Viscarra – Yaron Dotan

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