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Highland Park Gateway Park, Meeting 10/4 at Avenue 50 Studio


The Avenue 50 Studio Beautification Committee welcomes you to join a community input meeting Sunday, October 4, 2009. We will use the community's feedback to develop a design for a Highland Park Gateway Park outside of Ave. 50 Studio, for which we will then apply for a City of LA Community Beautification Grant. Come be heard and participate in this exciting project!

RSVP at our evite -

Feel free to forward invite.
Kathy Gallegos
Avenue 50 Studio
131 No. Avenue 50 Highland Park, CA 90042
(323) 258-1435

Mixer at Avenue 50 Studio Highland Park October 1

You are cordially invited to the "Happy Docent Hour" mixer October 1, 2009 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at Avenue 50 studio. Join Avenue 50 and the artist for the closing of "East of the River", Polaroid photographic prints by John Tapia Urquiza.
"John says polaroids are a journey filled with the stillness and the suspense of a Jim Jarmusch film." -Santa Sugiyama, director, winner Palm D'or for advertising

"Pearblossom Highway" 1989
Photography has played a major role in the development of modern society. It has so permeated our culture and consciousness that photography is in danger of being trivialized and lost. Its ability and the ease in which it can reproduce realism leaves, the untrained viewer unable to discern between their own vision and the photographer's voice. In its early days photography was a science and tool for documentation. In 1902 all that changed when Alfred Stieglitz known historically as a photographer, gallerist and husband to Georgia O'keefe held the first photography exhibition for the Secessionists. This growing movement of European and American photographers decidedly took photography from a documentary way of perceiving the world to a more expressive and emotional medium.
In that tradition Urquiza presents his Polaroids. The images of landscapes and vignettes of a past life are reduced to three by three-inch windows into time. The southwest prints evoke an era long past while the objects and scenes of East Los Angeles recall childhood memories. The more recent images of the river itself still haunt our present day with questions of how time has changed little.
Please RSVP to Kathy Gallegos at Avenue 50 Studios.
ave50studio @
"East of the River"
September 12-October 4, 2009
Avenue 50 Studio, Inc.
A 501(c)(3) non-profit art gallery
131 north avenue 50

An afternoon at Heritage Square Museum

I spent a little time at Heritage Square Museum yesterday.

The docent brought up an interesting point.  The Perry Mansion, (the white home on the left)  built in 1876, cost considerably more to build than the Hale House, (on the right) built in 1887.

And contributing factors to that change in cost, were that in the intervening span of 11 years, huge progress was made in the ability to transport raw materials from one point to another cross country; and equally huge progress was made in the ability to mass-produce materials.

We often talk about the enormous, mind boggling changes in technology and business that have occured in the last ten years.  I'm thinking the people living in the 1876 to 1887 period might have felt the same way.

Franklin High School Community Festival September 26

Don't miss this FREE Festival on Saturday, September 26th  3:00 - 9:00 PM (in the football field) at Franklin High School 820 N. Avenue 54. Over 40 community resource booths; career, game and business information, food and fun.

Hamburgers, hot links, tacos, burritos, pizza, snow cones, funnel cakes and beverages will be sold to benefit the FHS Associated Student Body. 

Confirmed on the entertainment lineup is Voz de America Mariachis, Bad Axis, Remo Drum Circle, Power of Soul, Dodger Legends and more.

Stay tuned for more suprises.

Free parking and Free admission.

Franklin High School is located at 820 N. Avenue 54 Los Angeles 90042.

Upcoming: Dia de los Muertos at Avenue 50 Studio

Muertos Con Leche ~ A Lighthearted Look at Dia de los Muertos


"Nani Chula" - Jose Orozco

Celebration Reception:  Saturday, October 10, 2009 from 7-10 pm
Joe Bravo, Lalo Alcaraz,
Gomez Bueno, Pola Lopez,
Douglas Alvarez, Stuart Rapeport,
Kay Brown, Ronald J. Llanos, Isabel Martinez, Mavis Leahy, Mario Torero,
CJ Metzger, Ms. Mindy,
Heather Hoggan, Patricia Krebs, Jennifer Gutierrez Morgan,
Jose Orozco,
Kelly Thompson,
Olivia Sanchez-Brown,
Dan Van Clapp,
Ricardo Duffy

Cantinflas Altar by Ofelia Esparza
Avenue 50 Studio is proud to present a fun and satirical exhibition for this year's Dia de Los Muertos.  Once a year during harvest time, we pay homage to Death.  At harvest, while crops die, they give back life.  This is the spirit of Dia de Los Muertos ~ through death there is life.

Dia de Los Muertos is a pagan celebration to the Dead.  We offer up candies and flowers and images to keep the Dead happy. This Dia de Los Muertos we've asked our artists to feed Death's belly with laughter.  Through laughter, he will pardon and overlook our trespasses, and open a window to the underworld where we can communicate with our loved ones. Let us feed the demon Death with sweet life.  And through those spoonfuls, keep the living alive.  Let us laugh and celebrate life.  This Dia de Los Muertos, we hope to keep you entertained in honor and celebration of the duality of life.

Please feel free to dress in your favorite DOD attire

And our Annex Presents:

Dine with Your Dead!

An interactive installation by

California State University Northridge Chican@ Studies Students
-- Marianne Sadowski, Lead Artist

Bring the favorite food or photos of your loved ones who have passed.

October 10 through November 6, 2009

Avenue 50 Studio, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit art gallery 131 North Avenue 50 Highland Park, CA  90042 (323-258-1435)

Countdown to Eagle Rock Music Festival October 3: Random Patterns

Local NELA band Random Patterns will perform at the Eagle Rock Music Festival October 3. Look for Random Patterns on the Legion Hall Stage at 4:00 PM.

The Random Patterns sound has been called "soulful psychedelia" and "post jazz". The band is a member of the Heard of Elephants Collective, a collection of professional artists and musicians based in Los Angeles focused on providing a means to experience, view, create and explore art.

Random Patterns from the Head of the Elephants event from on Vimeo.

Countdown to Eagle Rock Music Festival October 3

Local NELA Band Artichoke will perform at the Eagle Rock Music Festival on October 3.  Look for Artichoke on the kid's stage at 7:45PM.

Artichoke's MySpace page tells us Artichoke is best known for 2 concept records about scientists, one for every letter of the alphabet, called "26 Scientists, Volume One: Anning - Malthus" and "26 Scientists, Volume Two: Newton - Zeno." The New York Times science section focused attention on Volume One when it was released in 2005

Click the image to listen to Artichoke's song "Highland Park" and watch a slideshow of Highland Park images photographed and created by artist Stuart Rapeport

Artichoke; "Highland Park"

NELAart Second Saturday Gallery Night, September 12

Tonight, September 12, NELAart presents: SECOND SATURDAY GALLERY NIGHT

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 1900s.

The tradition continues with new spaces opening regularly. NELA is now one of L.A.'s most exciting destinations to view contemporary art. 

Individual gallery hours may vary:

Avenue 50 Studios, 121 North Avenue 50

Bike Oven, 3706 North Figueroa Street

Bughouse, 5046 Eagle Rock Boulevard

Cactus, 5434 Eagle Rock Boulevard

Cafe de Leche, 5000 York Boulevard

Drkrm, 2121 San Fernando Road

Flying Pigeon LA, 3714 North Figueroa

Future Studio, 5558 North Figueroa Street

hi tree, 131 North Avenue 50 (behind Avenue 50 Studio)

Jose Vera Fina Art, 2012 Colorado Boulevard

Moppet Studio, 5101 Monte Vista Street

MorYork Gallery, 4959 York Boulevard

New Puppy, Unit 1, 2808 Elm Street

New Stone Age Mosiacs, 4532 1/2 Eagle Rock Boulevard

She Rides The Lion, 133 North Avenue 50 (behind Avenue 50 Studio)

Southwest Museum, 234 Museum Drive

Toros Pottery, 4962 Eagle Rock Boulevard

Verbre Studio and Gallery, 4540 Eagle Rock Boulevard

Art Opening at the Avenue 50 Studio

Avenue 50 Studio is proud to present the paintings and drawings of San Antonio artist Alex Rubio.  Rubio's work speaks of the Latino experience in a fiery fantastical world.  His palate of brilliant hues, and use of high contrast -- reflective of the San Antonio sun -- explodes onto the canvas in swirling and undulating waves, as if each stroke transmits energy vibrating around and within the body.  No stasis here.  Rubio's large-scale black and white drawings reflect that same intensity -- sans color. 

Alex Rubio is one of Cheech Marin's collected artists in the Chicano Visions: American Painters on the Verge exhibition.   He is widely collected.  Alex currently works at the Blue Star Contemporary Art Center in San Antonio, TX as an instructor and studio arts manager.

The artist will be present.

Please join us on Saturday, September 12 from 7-10 pm for our opening night reception.

September 12 through October 4, 2009

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