Diverse Galleries Feature Artists of Varied Backgrounds

Artist Michael Warren is showcasing a number of his photographs in the new Diverse Galleries at the Americana at Brand, where local resident Ren Hanami was selected to curate after she called out the lack of diversity in the development’s branding.


By Tiago Barreiro
Glendale News-Press

Photographer Michael Warren scoffs at the idea that he is a Renaissance man.

He said recently that his gifts came to him at odd times in his life, but the truth is that Warren has had an interesting, varied life befitting the Renaissance man title.

Before becoming an artist pursuing what he said is a newfound love, Warren was a basketball standout on UCLA national championship teams and an Emmy nominee as an actor in the classic police procedural “Hill Street Blues.” The inspiration for his photography, he said, comes from his faith.

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Healing Arts for Hospital Patients

Photo courtesy USC-VHH
As part of the Healing Arts Initiative at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital, patients can take advantage of the “art cart” — they can pick a painting by a local artist to display in their hospital room and take home with them when they leave.

When inpatients leave USC Verdugo Hills Hospital and return home, sometimes they take a print of a painting with them.

They get them from the so-called “art cart,” and they’re free for the patients. Elsewhere throughout the community hospital, the patients, doctors, nurses and other staffers are also treated to a variety of locally produced artwork, framed and embellishing upon the walls of hallways, patient rooms and gathering areas. While staying there, inpatients can also tune into video presentations of past art exhibits on iPads brought to their rooms.

It’s all part of the Healing Arts Initiative at USC-VHH.

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LCHS 7/8 Class Creates Powerful Works in Holocaust Art Contest

Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK
LCHS 8th-graders Sophia Ponce, Esme Salzman and Chloe Morgan emerged as finalists from thousands of entries this year in Chapman University’s annual Holocaust Art and Writing Contest.

Thirty La Cañada High School middle-schoolers signed up this year for a homeroom that, instead of allowing them to catch their breath in the middle of a hectic school day, asked them to ponder and engage with some of the world’s most difficult subject matter.
The period was geared toward completing projects for Chapman University’s annual Holocaust Art and Writing Contest, which, in partnership with the 1939 Society, invites middle school and high school students from around the world to create works of art in response to recorded oral testimonies from survivors.
Each school was permitted only three submissions into the competition, which in its 19th year asked participants to consider the theme, “Messenger of Memory.” Continue reading “LCHS 7/8 Class Creates Powerful Works in Holocaust Art Contest”

Discover ArtNight Pasadena on March 9

Many of Pasadena’s most prominent arts and cultural organizations will open their doors on Friday, March 9, from 6-10 p.m. with free admission and shuttle bus service during ArtNight Pasadena.
ArtNight Pasadena, sponsored by the city of Pasadena Arts and Culture Commission and the Division of Cultural Affairs, is an ongoing partnership between local cultural institutions and Pasadena. Twice each year, many of the city’s nonprofit arts and cultural institutions open on a Friday night to provide a variety of art, culture and music — free-of-charge — to the public. After 37 successful events, patrons have come to expect excellent performances and diverse programming. Live music, dance, spoken word, theater, performance art, visual art exhibits and workshops, as well as story-telling are among the many eligible art forms that have received MiniGrants previously.
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LCHS Art Teacher Wins People’s Choice Award at Fashion Show

The next time Serafina Kenwood wants to encourage her students to push their boundaries, she’s got a good example — herself.
Last week, Kenwood, an art teacher at La Cañada High School, won the People’s Choice award at the Metropolitan Fashion Show for her design inspired by the Red Queen in “Alice Through the Looking Glass.” The show was staged Thursday at the Original Farmers Market in Los Angeles, where many of Kenwood’s La Cañada Flintridge friends were in attendance. Continue reading “LCHS Art Teacher Wins People’s Choice Award at Fashion Show”

Mural Provides Comfort During Difficult Time

Kathleen Meyer stands next to her mural depicting Descanso Gardens.

Lowell Meyer made two trips to the newspaper office in the past five weeks looking for a reporter to write an article about his wife’s art project.
Kathleen Meyer, a veteran art teacher at Immaculate Heart High School in Los Angeles, never would have done such a thing. But Lowell was convinced his wife’s project was newsworthy: After all, had anyone else painted an intricate, 40-foot-long mural of Descano Gardens along her dining room walls?
“It has exact detail,” he said when he pitched the story by phone in December. “It looks exactly like Descanso. And it goes from one end to the other. It’s fantastic.” Continue reading “Mural Provides Comfort During Difficult Time”