Sunday, December 31, 2017

Post for the Last Day of 2017 'GLITTER'

GLITTER Group Show
Opening reception: Saturday, January 13, 2018 * 6p-9p
Scheduled to run: January 13 - February 3, 2018

Artists Kelly Thompson and Stephanie Allespach are co-curating and welcoming in a shiny, happy New Year with a glitter themed show.
Stephanie Allespach, Douglas Alvarez, Terri Berman, Denise Bledsoe, Andrea Bogdan, Kelly Brumfield-Woods, Nancy Buchanan, MaryKay Campbell, Carolyn Castano, Krista Chael, Nancy Cintron, Sydney Croskery, Baha H. Danesh, Earl Dittebrandt, Jill Emery, Eden Folwell, Ann Hars, Amber Leilani, Ted Meyer, Cathi Milligan, Martina Moreno (Love is Possible), Claudia Parducci, Jen Raven, Kelly Thompson, Holly Topping, Elizabeth Tremante, Marjan Vayghan, Kelly Vetter and more.

Saturday, January 23, 2016


I haven't blogged/posted in awhile. So Busy, but will try to do better. I'm so excited for a new show I am co-curating at Art Share L.A. It's been a crazy show to curate. Having many say they just couldn't collaborate with their consorts. To having a hell of a time collaborating with my own. I think it has been an interesting experience so far.

Hope to see you all there.

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Art Share-LA
801 E 4th Pl, Los Angeles, California 90013

“Consort” Art Show at Art Share L.A.
Reception: Saturday, February 13, 6pm to 11pm

consort: the husband or wife of a reigning monarch; a partner or companion, esp. a husband or wife.

Art Share is pleased to announce our mid-February show, "Consort", curated by Kristi Engle, Kelly Thompson, and Cheyanne Sauter.

The curators have invited artist partners and couples from the Los Angeles area to collaborate and create, resulting in brand new work that springs from the reality of their being "together".

Partners, wives, husbands, companions, associates, roommates, lovers. The word "partner" or "couple" can take on many shades of meaning, from harmonious dance to clashing acrimony. 

Together and separately, we asked our artist couples to consider and reflect on their relationships. The new works on display touch on all aspects of being together, and colorfully illustrate the struggles of creatively living and expressing in the every day. 

Come explore with us the wonderfully varied viewpoints of what it means to be together in the modern world.

Participating artists are:

Stephanie Allespach & David Matsu
Catherine Bennaton & Cory Sewelson
Terri Berman & Doug Alvarez
Carolyn Castano & Gary Dauphin
Sydney Croskery & Chris Shinkus
Kristi Engle & Daniel Brodo
Michaele Jaquis & Jeremy J. Quinn
Susan Logoreci & Brian Cooper
Snow Mack & Kevin Mac
Mary Jean Mallman & Brian Mallman
Carrie Rose & Be Hussey
Wendy Sherman & Jim C. Scott
Cathy Stone & David E. Stone
Anna Stump & Ted Meyer
Kelly Thompson & John Barnes
Elizabeth Tremante & Ben Dean 
Marjan Vayghan & Jesse Booth
Susan C. Weber & Martin O. Garcia

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

7th Annual Bird Show/Cactus Gallery 2015

RECEPTION: Saturday, June 13, 2015 :: 6p-9p 
Scheduled to run from June 13 - July 7, 2015

Cactus Gallery
3001 North Coolidge Avenue
Los Angeles (Elysian Valley aka Frogtown), CA 90039

Cactus Gallery is pleased to present THESE BIRDLY DELIGHTS, our 7th annual bird themed group show. People have always been fascinated by animals. Birds, in particular, seem to have sacred and secular meanings, which can be positive and negative, and their use is evident in religion, music, mythological tales, and visual art.

These feathered creatures can convey emotion or even comment on society. Birds and their symbolism vary greatly depending on different cultures and religions. Generally, birds are thought to symbolize freedom; they can walk on Earth, swim in the sea, and soar in the sky. They can be symbols of eternal life; perhaps a link between heaven and Earth. Some believe they are an omen of death, and yet others believe they represent wisdom, peace, and prosperity. Birds and their symbolism vary greatly depending on different cultures and religions.

Please join us to celebrate their powerful symbolism as seen through the eyes of 55+ artists. This show features an eclectic collection of media: oil and acrylic on canvas and wood, mixed media on canvas and wood, hand embroidery, paper mache, linocut prints, pencil, pen, and ink on paper, prismacolor, chalk pastel and colored pencil on paper and mylar, polymer clay and paper clay art dolls and sculptures, hand stitched felt, paper cut outs, wood carving, forged jewelry and mixed media sculpture.

Contact Sandra at at for purchase info.

So very excited to be a part of this amazing family. Thank you for all you do for the arts Sandra!

I saw this little guy, fell in love with him and had to paint him. 

Also so thanks for including him in this Hometown Pasadena post. 

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Lummis Day Festival 2015

June 5th thru 7th 2015!

I'm very happy to be a part of the Lummis Day Festival this year. Here is a photo of my installation at the Lummis Home. 'Colony' representing art and community. We are all like little aunts in a 'colony' working for a better NELA. The kids had a great time destroying them. ;)

The Amazing Linda Kay at the Southwest Museum!

Our fearless leader at the Lummis Home Heather Hoggan.

10th Annual Lummis Day Schedule

In celebration of 10 years, Lummis Day  expands:
Three Days, Five Locations on          June 5, 6 and 7, 2015

* 4:00       Suspect
* 4:40       Luis J. Rodriguez
* 5:10       Jessica Fichot
* 6:00       Casa 0101 Theater:  Excerpt from      “Cholas, Chicanas y Chisme”
* 6:30       Diavolo Institute Youth Performance Company from STAR Prep Academy                                   performing T.R.U.S.T.
* 7:00        Mariachi Tierra Mexicana de Oscar Chavez

* 10:00        Exhibit, “Back to The Roots: A Tribute to Richard Duardo” opens
* 12:00        Tribute to Richard Duardo program        with Wayne Healy
1:00         “Back to the Roots” themed poetry hosted by Linda Kaye. Poets Vibiana             Aparicio-Chamberlin, Jim Bolt, Judith Terzi, Jeff Rogers, Miriam Quezada Hagerman, Alfredo Madrid. Accompanied by Saxaphonist: Joel Shryack
* continuous: Music by Dave Porter, Hector Sanchez
* 4:00 Exhibits close

* 2:15          Mariachi Tradicion de Fernando Rios      
* 3:00         Elliot Caine Quintet                                                       
* 3:55         Pacific Opera Project                      
* 4: 35        Celtic Céili Dancers and Aedan McDonnell, Step Dancer           
* 5:15          Attic Empire
* continuous:   Chalk artists Willie Zen,  Mri Scott Elbey, Adriana Salgado, Lori             Antoinette W, Aldonia R. Bailey, Liz Espinoza, and Ever Galvez              

* 12:00        Exhibit, “Back to The Roots: A Tribute to Richard Duardo” opens
* 2:00, 2:45 and 3:00PM:  Music:   Neighborhood School String Ensemble
5:00  close
* 10:20       Ted Garcia Blessing
* 10:30       Musical interlude: Mason Summit
* 11:00     Poets Suzanne Lummis, Jim Natal, William Archila
* 12:00       Reception
* 12:00       Crafts Exhibits
* 12:00-continuous Music by Dave Porter, Hector Sanchez

* 12:30        Ted Garcia, Native American Blessing
* 1:00          Chickwood               
* 2:05         Stand Easy                          
* 3:25         Trio Ellas                                                          
* 4:40         Susie Hansen Latin Band                      
* 6:10          Buyepongo              
* 1:40         Sirenesque                  
* 2:50         Louise Reichlin & Dancers/ Los Angeles Choreographers & Dancers
* 4:05         Futuro/The Jr. Dance Company ofCONTRA-TIEMPO          
* 5:35        Ballet Coco                
* 1:00        The Slightlys                                              
* 1:50         Hobart W. Fink                                            
* 2:50        Salt Petal                                                    
* 3:55        Cuñao
* 5:00        Evangenitals                                                
* 1:00         Franklin Students
* 1:45         The Amps
* 2:45        The Arte Flamenco Dance Theatre:                       Flamenco and Hip-Hop
* 3:45        The G.A. Squad  (Grand Arts Squad)
* 4:45        57 Bossa
* 1:15          Puppets &  Players / Bugs & Balloons                   Stage          
* 1:55         We Tell Stories                                          
* 2:50        Puppets & Players Little Theatre          
* 3:30         Earthworm Ensemble               
* 4:25         Kate the Balloon Girl          
  4:40         Puppets & Players Little Theatre
Continuous:    Avenue 50 Studios Papel Picado
                      The Franklin Robotics Team
                      Tongva crafts with Julia Bogany, Tribal Elder, San Gabrielino Band of Mission Indians
                      Home Depot/Color Spot
                    Eco Voices with The Urban Science Corps          

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Art Share LA

Art Share L.A. 
801 E. Fourth Place
Los Angeles, CA  90013

On Thursday, May 14th 2015 Art Share L.A. will host a cocktail reception gala event to raise money to fund their mission of supporting emerging artists by providing a creative arts center in rapidly growing Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles. Honoree Kent Twitchell is providing 8 images from his 40-year career and 2 never-before-seen images to be displayed on a network of billboards to create a public art exhibition throughout Los Angeles provided by Clear Channel Outdoor.

Kent Twitchell has been creating murals in Los Angeles since 1971 when he created a 30’ tall image of Steve McQueen. Images included in this project include the famous mural portrait “The Hollywood Freeway Lady”, “LA Chamber Orchestra”, “LA Marathon Runners”, “Lita Albuquerque Monument” and never before displayed “Michael Jackson Monument” and the soon to be painted “The Return on Ed Ruscha”. All featured images will be on display and for purchase at Above the Streets gala event.

Above the Streets will be an evening of celebration from 6:00 – 10:00PM. Art Share’s creative center will be fully activated with a silent auction highlighting emerging artists works, passed food and cocktails provided by Traxx Restaurant, and a program presenting Kent Twitchell with the Esteemed Artists Award by Isabel Rojas-Williams of the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles (MCLA).

Confirmed Billboard Locations Include:

· Venice @ Motor

· La Cienega @ Jefferson

· Wilshire @ Western

· La Cienega @ Horner

· Cotner @ Pico

· La Cienega @ Airdrome

Art Share L.A.: The Arts District is the fastest growing area in Los Angeles with real estate prices increasing and new developments springing up every day. Art Share LA’s 16-year history allows our creative arts center to be in a position to engage the new community and give them access to creative space. Art Share L.A.’s mission is to support artists by providing a creative environment to reside, develop, perform and exhibit their works. Art Share inspires artists and provides connection to the community for shared benefit.

To check out the ongoing exhibitions and events at Art Share L.A., visit for more information.

Event Info: Above the Streets
Date: Thursday, May 14, 2015 – 6:00-10:00PM
Location: Art Share L.A., 801 E. 4th Place, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Contact: Cheyanne Sauter
Art Share L.A.
(310) 926-6657

So pleased to be a part of this fundraiser for Art Share LA and to celebrate the art of Kent Twitchell. Also glad to hear these two "Little Ladies" were able to make some money for the event! Cheers.

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                                                                                   Osceola Refetoff

Prepare yourself for the cute, the grotesque, the beautiful...and everything in between! 

TONIGHT 3/27/15
a multi-artist, rabbit-themed exhibit benefiting
     Curated by Peter Frank and Delia Cabral 

Chungking Studio in Chinatown [DTLA]
975 Chung King Rd. │Los Angeles, CA 90012
Fri: 6 to 9pm
Sat: 6 to 9pm
Sun: 1 to 4pm
March 27 – 29, 2015
*Opening Reception March 27th From 6:00pm to 9:00PM
Bunny meet and greets Friday & Saturday
 Wilding Cran Gallery Unit B in the Arts District [DTLA]
939 South Santa Fe Ave. │Los Angeles, CA 90021
Thur: 11 to 4pm
Fri: 11 to 4pm
Sat: 12 to 7pm
April 4 – 18, 2015
*Opening Reception April 4th from 6:00pm to 9:00pm

On April 18th, the last day of Bunnymania,  
We will feature a special guest presentation by world-renown bunny expert
 Dr. Margo DeMello (1 pm)
and a curated bunny-themed film fest to follow.
Suggested donation: $5 museum members; $8 non-members.
Bunny meet and greets every Saturday
Please take a moment to visit  BUNNIEMANIA website for details and a available work. 

Participating Artists:
Addona Khare,  Bibi Davidson,  Bogdan Dumitrica,  Brian Duda,  Corrie Gregory, Dana Feagin,  Daniela Schweitler,  Dave Ghilarducci,  Debra Broz,  Dilip Niroy, Georgie Flood, Gretchen Ryan,  Heather Matton,  Inge Dehenin, Jane O’Hara,  Karen Florito,  Karrie Ross, Kathryn Pitt,  Kelly Thompson,  Kim McCarty,  Kim Tucker,  Lara Regan,  Marina Hebert, Mary McGill,  Mark Blatchford, Megh Raj Thapa, Michelle Waters,  Moniuque Rebelle,  NAMAAK Collective, Nina Salerno- (Perfect Reject),  Osceola Refetoff,  Paul Evans,  Paula De La Cruz, Penny Collins, Rafael Perea De la Cabada, Raul Contreras,  Rhea Korito, Rikki Niehaus, Sally Ann Field, Salomon Huerta,  Sandra Vista,  Sarah Hardt, Sarah Stone,  Susan Coates,  Suzanne Walsh, Trine Churchill,  Valerie Daval                 

I am very excited be a part of this fun bunny lovin benefit. My work will be on view at Wilding Cran Gallery April 4-18 2015. I "hop" to see you at the opening the 4th 6:00/9:00pm. 

"There You Are" 
Acrylic, Resin, Framed on Canvas

This Piece was completely inspired by this show.  I had a great time painting it. She is waiting by the front door soon to be packaged up and ready to go.  

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Monday, March 23, 2015

"Communing with the Ancestors" Ulla Anobile and guest artists.

“Communing with the Ancestors”
Scheduled to run: April 11 - May 5, 2015
RECEPTION: Sat., April 11 * 6p-9p
ADDRESS: 3001 North Coolidge Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90039

In putting together this show Sandra Mastroianni asked featured artist Ulla Anobile, whose 70th birthday prompted the show, to gather some of her thoughts, which you can read below. 

The theme can mean so many different things. It can be as complex as trying to understand the heritage and beliefs of a particular society and the traditions we grew up with and continue with loyalty. Or it can be as simple as the feeling one gets when looking at a photograph of a grandparent. Or it can be all the unanswered questions regarding one's ancestry.

VIA ULLA ANOBILE: ”As I've grown older, understanding where I came from has become increasingly important. Now, looking at the improbable age of 70, communing with the ancestors, hearing what they may have to tell me, seems necessary, even vital.

So many of us have lost the connection to our roots and to the ancestral soil through various upheavals, dislocations, losses, neglect. To me, the ancestral soil means not only the physical dirt and its location (though those matter too, a lot!) but also the cultural, emotional and spiritual background from which I emerged. It has become clear to me that I've not only inherited the physical DNA of my ancestors, but also, to a great extent, the DNA of my psyche.

I've come to realize that the ancestral connection can be found in startling ways. It can be a strong reaction to a piece of music, or a surge of emotion when seeing an old photo, or a sense of recognition when reading about old customs, traditions and beliefs. Even seeing a map or a list of names found on the Internet can bring up a memory even where memories should not exist. Saying aloud the name of a lake, river or village can create a spark: yes, that is where my roots are, that is where my unknown ancestors once lived.

I've felt a sense of belonging when touching a material - wood, bark, burlap - that was important in my cultural background. I've felt it when putting the needle through cloth in the repetitive work of cross-stitching. A glimpse of a color - the combination of red and black, in my case - can awaken a deep response. So can connecting with an animal that turns out to have been of totemic importance.

Traces of the ancestral past do remain alive in the present: in stories heard, songs sung, words used, sayings and proverbs repeated, a dialect spoken, rituals clung to. Some of us have family bibles, even drawings of family trees; others have just a vacuum filled with the vaguest recollections. But I do believe that by making an effort to create a connection to those who came before us - however that is accomplished - can make us just a little bit wiser, just a little bit more whole."

Sandra Mastroianni
Cactus Gallery

Thank you to Ulla and Sandra for including me in this amazing show. I am very excited to show a few new pieces I am working on. As soon as they are finished I will share them here. You can contact Sandra if your interested in owning them. 


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Cannibal Flower March/2015

Cannibal Flower March 2015

So excited to be seeing my Cannibal Flower loves this March. This is a one night show but if you're interested in any of the work please contact L.C. he would be happy to help you. You can also see some of more of the show on their facebook page.

Here is my piece for the show. It's called "Dirty Sweet" part of my made up D.I.Y. Ladies Series.
Acrylic on Canvas.

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LOTERIA! Cactus Gallery

Happy Anniversary Cactus!!! Come and Celebrate 10 fantastic years of Art For The People.
Thank you Sandra Mastroianni for you love and generosity to us all. I am so proud to be a part of the Cactus Family.

My card was El Gorrito. I used some wood I got from the dumpster on a tv show. Texture, Acrylic and Beads, Framed.


Cactus Gallery
3001 North Coolidge
Los Angeles, CA
(323) 801-8669 Call for appointment

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Tiny Treasures IX

I am really excited to be at Cactus Gallery for the Holidays. It's one of my favorite places to show as well as a fun group of artists. Please join us for the reception on November 15th I will be there with my new "little ladies" mini legs part of the 'Feminine Deportment' series. There are 5 pieces, 20"x20" each Resin, Acrylic, ink with a single top and bottom wood frame. They will be priced to gift and own. ;) Have a wonderful Holiday Season everyone what ever you celebrate.
Tiny Treasures IX Exhibit 
Scheduled to run November 15 - December 23, 2014
RECEPTION: Sat., November 15 :: 3p-7p
ADDRESS: 3001 North Coolidge Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90039

For purchase contact Sandra Mastroianni
Cactus Gallery

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Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Heads Will Roll

I can only let these amazing powerful women's bio's and statements speak for themselves. This has and continues to be an amazing experience. Thank you to Mat Gleason and Bryan Chagolia at Coagula Curatorial for you generosity, kindness and professionalism in making our show a reality. Also thanks to Mike Vegas art installer extraordinaire.


July 30-August 11

Reception: Saturday, August 2, 7-11 pm Featuring live performance by Little T and the Swigs

Gallery Hours Wednesday-Saturday 12-5pm

Coagula Curatorial is pleased to announce our early August group exhibition Curated by Kelly Thompson, Featuring Alice Bag, Diane Gamboa, Meg Madison, Shizu Saldamando, Lorraine Scognamillo, Kelly Thompson, Sashiko Yuen

"Heads Will Roll" - it’s not a concept, it’s an attitude! These 7 strong, talented artists are united in their passion for living a creative lifestyle. Not always satisfied with just one form of creative outlet, they are not afraid to explore, experiment, and organically evolve, traits seen in the evolution of "Heads Will Roll" itself.

This show brings together emerging as well as established artists from different backgrounds and cultural experiences. The strength of this group is a mutual respect and support for one another as well as a vision for equality and empowerment. Through their distinctive voices these artists hope to inspire the audience to individually move forward while communicating a message of mutual support and inclusion.


Alice Bag was the lead singer of The Bags, a punk band that helped to spearhead the West Coast punk revolution of 1977. After spending many years as a working musician in Los Angeles, she moved to Arizona in 2006. She was slow to get to know people there and without the opportunity for musical collaborations, she was forced to find new forms of creative expression. Alice threw herself into writing, sewing, and baking and started taking fine art classes through the continuing education department at a local community college. Occasionally, she would post a painting on social media and upon return to L.A., she received an invitation from artist, curator and friend Kelly Thompson to be part of a group show.

Alice is a long-time blogger turned author whose first book, Violence Girl, East L.A. Rage to Hollywood Stage was published on Feral House in 2011. She's also a former bilingual elementary school teacher. An outspoken Artivista and self-proclaimed troublemaker, Alice plans to display several pieces depicting punk feminism as part of the Heads Will Roll exhibit.


When I considered the title of the show I thought of phallic heads, patriarchal symbols and figure heads. Heads Will Roll brought to mind a punk band I used to play with in the early eighties called Castration Squad. The titular castration was never aimed at men, it was aimed at male privilege and gender inequality, it was aimed at infiltrating male dominated spaces and doing it with the irreverence and creativity of punk rock. My paintings focus on the women of Castration Squad who will always be my sisters and who continue to be audacious in their personal and professional lives.


Diane Gamboa received her degree from Otis College of Art and Design. She is a recipient of a California Community Foundation Individual Artist Grant, and her solo exhibitions include “Bruja–Ha” at Tropico de Nopal Gallery and “Chica Chic” at Patricia Correia Gallery in Santa Monica. In the early ‘80s, she photographically documented the East Los Angeles punk rock scene. Throughout most of the ‘80s, she was associated with ASCO, a conceptual multi-media performance art group. Gamboa organized numerous site-specific "Hit and Run" paper fashion shows — created as easily disposable streetwear. The shows became quite popular and some designs ended up in museums. During the ‘90s, she found herself using the tension and stress involved in the urban environment to create new works, leading her to develop a Pin Up series of 366 ink drawings on vellum as an in-depth study of male-female relationships. These works led to her “Endangered Species” series, which recreates some of the Pin Up drawings in a three-dimensional form. Many of the figures in the Pin Up drawings are covered in tattoos, which is an ongoing fascination for Gamboa.


Meg Madison is an artist who uses photography to conceptually examine contemporary life. She was born and raised in New York City, studied film at San Francisco University with Trinh T. Minh-ha who taught her “the things surrounding the subject are as important as the subject.” Madison moved to Los Angeles in 1988 and a series of traumatic events motivated her to purchase a twin-lens Rolleiflex and begin making photographs. After a decade of taking pictures Madison had her first solo exhibit in 2005 with the Kristi Engle Gallery. The exhibit, Surface Streets was called by Holly Meyers in the Los Angeles Times “a poetic visual essay that explores the most common of daily activities- driving- with fresh eyes. Madison continued showing with the Kristi Engle Gallery and has been involved in many collaborative art and photography projects as well as numerous group shows. Her photographs have won awards and are in many private and institutional collections.

Madison is part of the collective OIMOA (Optical Image Makers of America) that is working on a photography show of the “the invisibles” ; OIMOA was awarded Venice Arts First Fresh Perspective Curatorial Exhibit in 2013 for their show NARRATIVE SPACE. Madison has curated and organized exhibitions, fundraisers, and collaborates with other artists in Los Angeles.


“Letters to mother” explores cultural ritual and myth in the form of the traditional birthday card. This series includes 31 birthday cards, one for each day of the supposed birthday “month” celebrated by the mother depicted in the series.

The abundance of birthday greetings helps the viewer observe the underlying dysfunction of family relations. Cultural ritual dictates that birthday cards call for best wishers and express fondness for the recipient. In these pictures the artist’s letters the body of text, in neat catholic school handwriting, illustrating the never-ending quest for parental approval. With a nonchalant tone the cards make statements in direct contradiction to the cultural norm of both the exaltation the mother, and the celebration of the birthday. The text reveals unresolved family drama in emotions bubbles of family secrets.

There is also a handmade limited edition book of the cards, a children’s book has been deconstructed and the pages of the cards have been substituted. Teddybears Cookbook “Letters to Mother” is a handmade limited edition of 20 that alters the original children’s book by inserting the artists birthday cards to her mother. The original hardcover is Teddybears Cookbook by Susanna Gretz, & Alison Sage, Doubleday & Company, the substitution of 34 pages of artists inserts. Los Angeles 2010 The children’s book in the viewer’s hands in not what it seems, the cards are not what they seem, and the photographs pose countless questions for the viewer.


Shizu Saldamando is a Los Angeles-based artist who has exhibited her drawing, painting, sculpture and video work both locally and internationally. She received her B.A. from UCLA’s School of Arts and Architecture and her Masters degree in art from California Institute of the Arts. She has worked as a general staff for such organizations as Center for the Study of Political Graphics, Self-Help Graphics & Art in East Los Angeles, and Slanguage Studio in Wilmington, CA. She is the recipient of the California Community Foundation’s Fellowship for emerging artists and one of the co-founders of Community Foundation’s Fellowship for emerging artists and one of the artist-run cooperative Monte Vista Projects in Los Angeles. She currently teaches drawing to continuation high school students in Los Angeles and is learning tattoo.


I am interested in the way subculture function and manifests itself through fashion and music. Visual codes are re-interpreted and remixed with new generations by recontextualizing seemingly outdated fashion, music and language. This remix within subculture is often in contrast and a response to mainstream marketing and co-optation. I am interested in capturing specific fleeting social moments within local backyard parties, independent music shows, and the like, but I also am considering the pervasive and problematic context of binary subjectivity (good vs. evil) by depicting personal moments of reflection and contemplation that resist this limiting categorization. I view portraiture as a means to reclaim self image and subjectivity not only in response to mainstream media’s flattening and one dimensional gaze, but also as a pro-active process in that enables and gives agency. I use a mix of materials within the process such as wood, bed sheets, color pencil, washi paper and ball point pen, to give nod to the varying contexts and situations I depict. My overall objective is to create images with unconventional materials, honoring people and moments that resist categorization and question the existing archetypal and hierarchical norms.


Lorraine Scognamillo has been in and around the art world for the last several decades. She studied in the 80’s at Otis Parsons and worked on a variety of different committee based art projects. Lorraine has also been involved with art production for TV and film. For the last 15 years, she has been running the art department for a non-profit enrichment program. Despite the fact Lorraine has been immersed in art, this will be her first art show.


For this show, I am influenced by vintage postcards depicting mischievous devils. I used recycled and vintage material to recreate the modern trickster. At times, challenging someone or something to change using a sense of humor can allure one into viewing a different outlook acknowledging heads can roll in laughter too!


Kelly Thompson began her art career working as a graphic artist in Chicago, then relocated to Los Angeles where she continues to exhibit and work as a motion picture set painter. A community based artist who’s work is inspired by the people and situations around her. Thompson is deeply rooted in local as well as global culture. As a feminist and artist, Woman's rights and socially political issues are an ongoing strong influence in her work. Her paintings have been seen in Galleries, Museums, Television Shows, Feature Films as well as in many private collections. She is an avid cyclist and passionate about promoting bicycle safety and alternative transportation.

Thompson's recent work is based on Feminine Deportment. “Deportment refers to the way a lady carries herself; how she moves, walks, inclines her head, her manners etc. A lady walks, talks, eats, stands, quite differently than a male counterpart and it is the sum of all of these parts that embodies what it is to be a lady”, via the Glamour Boutique website. Exploring the feminine illusion according to these differences and society's expectations of what it is to be Feminine. These works mostly consist of woman's legs in what are socially appropriate or acceptable ways for a lady to behave.


I'm excited to expand on my Feminine Deportment painting series for the “Heads Will Roll” exhibition. In this new work, I’m exploring how clothing, uniforms, and outerwear communicate ideas that may challenge the feminine illusion. These simple articles of clothing can change and shape the way the world and society view a woman, and, as women ourselves, inevitably mold our own personal reactions. One of my new works is in honor of the "Gulabi Gang", Hindi for the “Pink Gang.” This group of heroic and fearless women in India that has taken it upon themselves to protect the poor and call out the country’s most corrupt officials, popularizing their actions by wearing a commonplace pink sari. Another painting in the show is titled “Girl Scout Uniform”. This simple uniform invokes a myriad of personal experiences among American women of all cultural backgrounds.


Sashiko Yuen, aka Wishcandy, is an odd nomad currently located in Southern California. Often going on adventures in SF, NYC, DC, and Baltimore to refuel. She spends her time creating work referred to as , "a candy-coated horror show," inspired by retro culture, street fashion, kitsch, beauty and the grotesque.


My work is a double-edged sword. It's bright, colorful, and fun but it tackles darker subjects. I enjoy exploring both the beautiful and the grotesque. They're not mutually exclusive.

I'm currently creating work based on juxtaposing opposites, listening to the subconscious, and emotions. Some of the themes include rebellion, ridiculousness, indulgence, restriction, sadness, violence, and femininity. Encouraging others to reject standard societal expectations and create their own stories. Building a collection of women with bad attitudes. It's definitely semi-autobiographical, powerfully packed with metaphors and a sense of humor!

Coagula Curatorial was launched in 2012 by Mat Gleason, founder/editor-in chiefof Coagula Art Journal, a publication which gained notoriety for its no-holds-barred critique of contemporary art and the art world. To celebrate 20 years of publishing Coagula Art Journal, Gleason opened Coagula Curatorial as a premier exhibition space of contemporary art. Located in the historic Chinatown district of Downtown Los Angeles, Coagula Curatorial is the commercial gallery component of the Coagula empire, and in its short tenure has risen to prominence with solo shows by Karen Finley, Llyn Foulkes, Kim Dingle, Mark Dutcher, Tim Youd, Gronk, among others.

                                          Alice Bag
                                                              Kelly Thompson
                                          Sashiko Yuen
                                          Med Madison
                                                                     Diane Gamboa
                                         Shizu Saldamando
                                                               Lorraine Scognamillo

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