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ARTISAN WORKSHOP: Natural Dyeing with Fabrics + Eco Friendly Materials on Sat 6/11 @ 10am-3pm

South Bay resident and artisan Stacy Wong loves to help others create something handmade through her Community Making Workshops. Make new friends, learn new skills, and create something beautiful!

Presented in partnership with Local Home Girl, her next workshop is set for Saturday, June 11 during which attendees will learn how to dye fabrics using natural materials. Guest instructor KC Cooper Sears is a co-founder of the Academy of Handmade Artists & Supporters and has worked for Martha Stewart, Urban Outfitters, and other notable clients.


The $135 fee per person includes the following:

  • Four hours of hands-on learning and fun with natural dyeing with a fiber arts specialist
  • Instructions on eco-friendly, sustainable and easy ways to dye fabric with everyday foods stuffs and natural materials
  • Training of shibori and resist techniques for patterning and designing your own set of napkins and placemats
  • All materials and supplies
  • A special thank-you gift
  • A delicious catered lunch by Savory N Sweet in Redondo Beach

Workshop spaces are limited. Wear clothing and shoes that could get dirty or stained. Free street parking. Exact address of Local Home Girl headquarters provided after registration. Questions? Call Stacy at (310) 464-7379.

GO! South Bay Vendors Among Many Participating at L.A. LIVE’s Downtown Dark Nights on Fri 6/3 … Kick off the Summer in DTLA!

I get it. Downtown Los Angeles is NOT the South Bay. After all, who really wants to venture outside of the bubble, and head to DTLA (and if you don’t know already, DTLA stands for Downtown Los Angeles!). Since I divide my time between the South Bay and DTLA, I get the pleasure of enjoying both worlds — vastly different, while at the same time, closely similar — surprising, huh?

Well, this Friday, my worlds collide. On June 3 @ 6-11pm, I am co-producing my 12th FREE community event at L.A. LIVE called Downtown Dark Nights, and this time, we have at least three of our vendors from the South Bay! Join us and be sure to support LOCAL by visiting these vendors when you come Downtown!

RSVP on FACEBOOK … Details on L.A. LIVE’s website HERE!

Here are the three South Bay locals who will be among the 40 vendors at Downtown Dark Nights!

DANE CAPO ART: A native of Hermosa Beach, California, 20-year-old Dane Capo is an artist who began painting four years ago. His world of bold color often features images of his favorite people — from famous musicians like the Beatles and Bob Dylan to artists like Matisse to family members. A world traveler, to date, he has also visited 37 U.S. states – his goal is to visit all fifty. An artist who also happens to have autism and epilepsy, his mom Krista Capo shares that “One day Dane just decided to start painting.” Learn more about Dane and his artwork by visiting his website at and by clicking HERE.

SHAY CANDLES: A long-time South Bay local who often sells in Redondo Beach’s Riviera Village, Rachez Miller makes the most amazing coconut wax candles that she mixes using unique fragrances and hand-pours into her decorated jars and tins. They burn for hours, and have the most heavenly scents! Follow this Roller Derby mom and her Shay Candles on Instagram!

SOAP SEAS: In 2015, artisan Christine Wennstrom began making and selling her small batches of handcrafted natural soaps inspired by the sea. A native of Redondo Beach, California, she shares: “The beach has always been my lifelong companion through my rough waters and calm tides. I breathe, dream, sing, and dance t­­o the beach. My soaps are my homage to the sea, and a way I can give back all that the sea has given me.” Learn more at

SUN 5/15 @ 1-6pm: Rotary DTLA Hosts Self-Guided Tour of the Arts District

See art and photography by @SouthBayMuse and @DowntownMuse to support the charitable work of Rotary DTLA during the business organization’s 3rd annual Incredible L.A. Lofts Tour on Sunday, May 15 @ 1-6pm. For only $30, this self-guided tour provides ticketholders with access to the amazing culture of the Arts District in Downtown Los Angeles with exclusive visits to artist studios, neighborhood art institutions, fascinating residences, and the warm hospitality of RESIDENT (428 S. Hewitt St., Los Angeles, CA 90013), including an extended happy hour during 1-8pm and an official after-party with live music starting at 9pm (drinks not included as part of ticket price).


Proceeds benefit local and international service projects of Rotary DTLA. Recent projects included providing clean water, handwashing stations, and latrines to 1,500 students and their families at four schools and a clinic in Kenya; support of a community garden in Watts; and dictionaries for local schools. In addition to ticket sales, sponsors ensure the success of this event. Rotary DTLA thanks its sponsors Century Housing Corporation; Loftway; Downtown News; and RESIDENT. Through @DowntownMuse, I’m providing support for the tour through my social media channels AND I’m opening up my loft for attendees, too.

The self-guided tour starts at Art Share L.A. (801 E. 4th Pl., Los Angeles, CA 90013). Free parking for ticketholders is available at 321 S. Hewitt St., Los Angeles, CA 90013 across the street. Attendees are also encouraged to take public transportation. Take Metro’s Gold Line to Little Tokyo/Arts District Station and walk just a few blocks to Art Share L.A. (directions/map posted HERE).

GO! Toyota Dream Car Youth Art Exhibits on View in the South Bay

Artworks by local youth who were among the U.S. finalists of the Toyota Dream Car Art Contest in 2014 and 2015 are now on view in three separate exhibitions in the South Bay. The first is at Phantom Galleries L.A. in Hawthorne. School teachers are invited to visit this gallery on Saturday, October 10; Saturday, October 17; and Saturday, October 24 during 2-4pm to pick up their FREE classroom art kits to help their students enter this year’s free national contest (while supplies last). If you are a teacher, RSVP HERE! The exhibition is on view during special events and by appointment only thru Saturday, October 24, 2015.

The other two exhibitions are on view during public hours in the lobbies at the Main Library and North Branch of the Redondo Beach Public Library, Thursday, October 1 thru Sunday, November 22, 2015. One of the finalists whose work is on display was also a national winner last year: Gene Whang, age 14, of Rancho Palos Verdes, California won the U.S. Bronze Award for his artwork “Cable Wheel Automobile.” The library exhibitions are being presented in the South Bay as part of the Redondo Beach Art Group (RBAG)’s 2015 Power of Art :: PoAX, an annual art show, which takes place this year on Friday, October 16 thru Sunday, October 18, 2015 at the Main Library.

Now in its 10th year worldwide, the Toyota Dream Car Art Contest is starting its 5th year of participation in the United States. The free contest is designed to inspire creativity in youth and encourage an interest in design and the automotive industry. Now through Monday, February 1, 2016, U.S. youth, ages 4-15, can submit their hand-drawn artworks featuring unique concepts of their “Dream Car.” Applicants are sorted into three age categories (4-7 years; 8-11 years; 12-15 years). Judging is based on three criteria: execution of concept; uniqueness; and artistry. For details, official rules, and entry forms, visit

now thru Sunday, November 22, 2015

Main Library
303 N. Pacific Coast Hwy.
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
Monday-Thursday 10am-8pm • Friday 10am-6pm
Saturday 9am-5pm • Closed Sunday

North Branch
2000 Artesia Blvd.
Redondo Beach, CA 90278
Monday-Thursday 12-8pm • Closed Friday
Saturday 9am-5pm • Closed Sunday

Saturdays thru October 24, 2015

Katalyst Foundation Gallery
12609 Hawthorne Blvd
Hawthorne, CA 90250
The exhibition is on view during special events and by appointment on Saturdays thru October 24, 2015. Call (213) 446-3467 to schedule a gallery visit.

GO! “Where the Magic Happens” Exhibit

Curated by Kristine Schomaker and presented by Shoebox PR, “Where the Magic Happens” celebrates Los Angeles artists who are going out of their comfort zone to create opportunities for themselves, establish their place, and thrive beyond the gallery system. With more pop-up and artist-run galleries, independent artist art fairs, artist run blogs and magazines and a plethora of organizations helping artists succeed on their own, artists are bypassing the gallery system.

The exhibition is on view Saturday, October 3 through Sunday, October 19, 2015.

FEATURED ARTISTS: Susan Amorde, Terry Arena, JT Burke, Jennifer Celio, Chenhung Chen, Jeanne Dunn, Dwora Fried, Rob Grad, Carlos Grasso, Cie Gumucio, Carla Jay Harris, Teale Hatheway, Cindy Jackson, Erika Lizée, Susan Lizotte, Dave Lovejoy, Susan Melly, Freyda Miller, Mike M. Mollett, Andrea Monroe, Stacey Moore, Malka Nedivi, Margaret Ouchida, Lori Pond, Linda Sue Price, Lindsey Price, Isabella Kelly-Ramirez, Katherine Rohrbacher, Jane Szabo, Christine Weir

RSVP on FB => Opening Reception on SAT 10/3 @ 7-10pm

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

To learn more, send an email to Kristine Schomaker. Gallery H is directed by Gloria Plascencia. To find out about Phantom Galleries L.A., visit the nonprofit’s website.

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

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!

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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