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Vintage Basket Sale and Auction at Avenue 50 Studio July 4

 Bert Witt and the late Ellen Witt were avid collectors of Native American as well as Indigenous arts and crafts from countries they visited all over the world.
For the first time, more than 100 items from their extensive and distinguished collection will be offered for sale.  Among the vintage baskets there are several Inuit, Navajo, Hopi and African baskets. Other collector's items such as clay pots, mortars, figurines and paintings on cloth will also be available.

Proceeds will benefit the Pho Lai kindergarten in Vietnam, a school dedicated to Ellen Witt, as well as help support operations of the Avenue 50 Studio.

Saturday, July 4, 2009 from 2:00 - 5:00 pm

RSVP:  323/258-1435 to Kathy Gallegos

Avenue 50 Studio, Inc.
a 501(c)(3) non-profit art gallery
131 North Avenue 50
Highland Park, CA  90042

Sharing a Lummis Day Video

Sharing one of my Lummis Day Videos:

Carlos Guitarlos

Almost five thousand people representing the rainbow of cultures in Northeast L.A gathered for Lummis Day 2009, the 4th celebration of the annual multi-cultural festival, presented by the Autry National Center, the Annenberg Foundation and the neighborhood councils of Northeast L.A.

The Lummis Day Festival was created to celebrate the patchwork of cultures that enriches the city. Artists represented Latino, Tagalog, Native American, Anglo and African-American traditions. Music included blues, rock, banda, salsa, jazz and country. Dance troupes represented Philippine, Mexican, Pacific Island and jazz dance traditions. Poets, painters and culinary artists, all with local connections, added to the Festival's collection of cultures.

Lummis Day takes its name from Charles Fletcher Lummis, who joined the L.A. Times as the newspaper's first city editor in 1876. A prolific writer and photographer, Lummis was also one of the city's first librarians, founded the Southwest Museum and helped introduce the concept of multi-culturalism to Southern California.

Mount Angelus Highland Park California

Mount Angelus is a small hillside neighborhood within Highland Park

Mount Angelus is situated to the southwest of the intersection of York Boulevard and Figueroa Street, and bordered by Avenue 61 on the southwest and Mesa Avenue on the northwest,

The Mount Angelus neighborhood has one of the city's largest concentrations of public stairways, which link the narrow and winding hillside streets.

In the early years of the 20th century, entrepreneur Cora Scott Pond-Pope, purchased the land from the Garvanza Land Co., the holders of the original Spanish land grant. Pond-Pope subdivided the hill and sold lots to individuals.  Pond-Pope had relocated to the Los Angeles area after successfully organizing eighty-seven different woman's suffage leagues in Massachusetts in the 1880s. 

In years past, the Mount Angelus neighborhood was sometimes referred to as "Pope Hill"; taking the name from the neighborhood's original female developer; although newcomers to the neighborhood often mistakenly think the name "Pope Hill" is somehow releated to the presence of Saint Ignatius Catholic Church at the base of the hill on Avenue 61.

Although the Mount Angelus neighborhood has evolved over several decades, it was largely built up by the 1930s.

In 1997, the Los Angeles Times interviewed local historian Charles Fisher about Mount Angelus.  Charlie mentioned the fascinating layered development of architectural styles as you move further and further up the hill.

"The houses at the base of the hill are turn-of-the-century cottages dating from 1890 to 1910," he said."The next layer are houses from the Mission Revival era up to the First World War. Higher up are Spanish Colonial Revival homes built in the 1920s and '30s. At the top of the hill are the most contemporary houses, which were built in the 1950s and '60s."

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Twitter/Revolution in Iran

If you want to read tweets from the streets of Iran, the Stimulist says these are the hashtags you want:



The article's author also suggests:

bloggers. Change 

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Here's a link to the full article: 

El Mio Neighborhood, Highland Park, California

The El Mio Neighborhood of Highland Park takes its name from the stately mansion, originally called "El Mio" perched high on a hillside.

Superior Court judge David P. Hatch commissioned the construction of this Victorian mansion.  It was completed in 1896.  The mansion was later acquired by the Smith Family, who lived there for several decades.  The home today is often called "The Smith House".  It was declared a City Historic Cultural Monument in 1975.

The open hillsides surrounding  the mansion are now fully developed with homes, creating a neighborhood with a style and character reflecting the original mansion.

Avenue 59 and Avenue 57 create a western boundary to the El Mio Neighborhood;  Avenue 61 to the east;  Mesa Avenue to the north;  Terrace Drive to the South.

In 1920 the Smiths subdived Tract 4044, transforming a narrow dirt road into El Mio Drive which encircles the mansion grounds, and then branches out into a one block long cul-de-sac, creating an almost private street in the shadow of the mansion.  

The homes on that one block section form an eclectic collection of craftsman bungalows, spanish style and mid-century homes, enjoying a private, small town community atmosphere. 


Along with the Hale House at Heritage Square, El Mio is one of the most recognized buildings in Highland Park.

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Second Saturday is Art Gallery Night in Northeast Los Angeles

Tonight, June 13, NELAart presents:

WHEN: Every Second Saturday 7:00-10:00p.m.
WHERE: Highland Park and surrounding neighborhoods.

NELAart Second Saturday Gallery Night is a free self-guided tour of the galleries, non-profits and artist run project spaces located in Northeast Los Angeles (NELA). NELA has a tradition in the arts that dates back to the early 1900’s when the USC College of Fine Arts was located in Highland Park and characters like Charles Lummis and Antonio Corsi were living in the area. The tradition continues with new spaces opening regularly. NELA is now one of L.A.’s most exciting destinations to view contemporary art.