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Save This Date: Spring Equinox Sound Bath Friday March 19

You are invited to resonate in a Spring Quinox Sound Bath, Friday, March 19, 7:00 - 9:00 PM

Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock

2225 Colorado Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90041


Join Jamie Bechtold and Mary Frances Spencer as they welcome the Vernal Equinox with an energizing Spring Concert of Planetary Gongs and Crystal Singing Bowls.  Sit back (or bring a blanket and lie down) in the Center's majestic main gallery and relax while being bathed the powerful vibrations of reverberating sound.

RSVP recommended 323-226-1617

$10.00 suggested donatation

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NELAArt Second Saturday Gallery Night, February 13

Saturday, February 13, NELAart presents: SECOND SATURDAY GALLERY NIGHT

WHEN: The Second Saturday of Every Month  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

Cactus, 5434 Eagle Rock Boulevard

Cafe de Leche, 5000 York Boulevard

Future Studio, 5558 North Figueroa Street

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

Jose Vera Fine Art, 2012 Colorado Boulevard

Judson Studios, 200 South Avenue 66

Kristi Engle Gallery, 5002 York Boulevard

Land of Odd Gallery, 4690 Eagle Rock Boulevard

La tierra de la Cuebra, 240 South Avenue 57

MorYork Gallery, 4959 York Boulevard

New Puppy, Unit 1, 2808 Elm Street 

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

Outpost for Contemporary Art, 1268 North Avenue 50

Sea and Space Explorations, 4755 York Boulevard

She Rides the Lion, 133 North Avenue 50

THIS, 5906 North Figueroa Street

Toros Pottery, 4962 Eagle Rock Boulevard

2 Tracks Art Studio, 135 North Avenue 50 (Next to Avenue 50 Studio)

WORKSPACE, 2601 Pasadena Avenue

York Studios, 5029 York Boulevard

NELAart is based in Highland Park and consists of galleries and art organizations located in Northeast Los Angeles who are dedicated to increase the visibility of the thriving arts community in the area. Northeast Los Angeles has a long tradition in the arts. Many working artists now continue this tradition by making their homes and having their studios here. The neighborhood is also home to many galleries, alternative arts spaces and arts organizations. NELAart provides a resource to share information and ideas, and assist in promoting galleries and organizations. Please join us in celebrating the arts in Northeast Los Angeles.

The Annex Presents: 50 Artists - 50 Hearts For Sale - Mini FundRaiser for Avenue 50 Studio

For our first fundraiser of the year, Saturday, February 13, 2010 from 7-10 pm, the Avenue 50 Studio asked 50 artists to paint, decorate or write poems on hearts that will sell in silent auction with opening bids of $100 each.  The artist of each heart will not be identified during the exhibit.   The hearts, of four distinct designs, are already formed from composite wood, approximately 8" x 9" and ready-to-hang.  We  hope that you will join us at this special event.

Participating artists include:

Lalo Alcaraz, Katrina Alexy, Guillermo Bejerano, Kay Brown, Yrneh Brown, Nancy Bucanan, Mita Cuaron, Raoul De la Sota, Diane Destiny, Kiki Edder, Kathy Gallegos, Margaret Garcia, Graham Goddard, Pat Gomez, Yolanda Gonzalez, Lauren Gonzalez, Frank Gutierrez, Gerald Hacer, Lucy Hagopian, Cidne Hart, Kevin Hass, Amy Inouye, Jose Lopes, Robert Lowden, Jose Lozano, Maja, Poli Marichal, Amyliah Mejia, Andrés E. Montoya, Beth Peterson, Ester Petschar, CCH Pounder, Stuart Rapeport, Sonia Romero, Nancy Romero, Abel Salas, Peter Shire, Suzanne Siegel, Rachel Siegel, Joe Sims, Annie Sperling, Stormie, Cindy Suriyani, Howard Swerdloff, John Paul Thornton, Richard Turner, Sergio Vasquez, Gisel Vincent-Osuna, Lamont Westmoreland, Mike Yanagita, Val Zavala

 Opening Night Reception:  Saturday, February 13, 2010 from 7-10 pm

Avenue 50 Studio, Inc.
131 North Avenue 50
Los Angeles, CA  90042

Avenue 50 Studio: Second Saturday Exhibitions February 13

"Body Language"

Judithe Hernandez, Jose Lozano, Louie Metz, Willie Middlebrook, Andrés E. Montoya

Adam - The Surrender - Judithe Hernandez

Artists' reception -- Saturday evening, February 13, 2010 from 7 to 10 p.m.

The Avenue 50 Studio is proud to present Body Language, an exhibition of works which use the human form as story teller.  

Judithe Hernandez began her career in the midst of the turbulent 1970's as part of the vanguard of Chicano Art.  Hernandez was the only female member of the important Chicano art collective, Los Four.  Working together with East Los Angeles youth, she created murals reflective of the times, exploring political and cultural topics while also incorporating personal narrative.  Judithe is most know for her pastels on paper.  Using lush colors, she continually draws creative inspiration from her cultural inheritance.  Judith has exhibited extensively in the United States, Europe and Mexico, including the ground-breaking first exhibition of contemporary Chicano Art in Europe: Les Démon des Anges.  Her exhibition with the Avenue 50 Studio marks her return to Los Angeles after a 30-year hiatus.

Louie Metz, born in an army hospital in San Juan, Puerto Rico, moved with his mother to Los Angeles at the age of nine.  At the age of fourteen, Louie and friends, responding to the world around them, formed Mad Society, a punk band.  He received his B.F.A. from Otis Parsons in 1990.  Louie's subjects reflect an inner psychological reality.  He conveys a classicism that is complex and straight forward - brutal yet beautiful.

Willie Middlebrook, obsessed with the need to communicate in an honest and direct manner, uses photography to reflect the ideals and the integrity of being Black.  His work speaks to an African-American sensibility that is always centered on his community.  Willie produces strong sepia toned images of his people; not necessarily in a positive light, but always in a true light.

Jose Lozano lived in Juárez, México during his youth. There he found many of the cultural touchstones that continue to influence his work today - bad Mexican cinema, fotonovelas, ghost stories, comic books, and musical genres such as bolero and ranchera.  He creates revealing, yet not always flattering, works about his neighborhood and its residents - parties, quinceañeras, strip clubs, weddings, and baby showers. Lozano prefers to work in a series, and focuses on particular themes and topics.  In his series for the Avenue 50 Studio, Lozano focuses, in a wry manner, on the numerous strip clubs scattered throughout Juárez.

Andrés Montoya utilizes the landscape and figure as a metaphor for the human condition, exploring personal experiences through thoughts, dreams, realities, and absurdities.  Born in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, yet growing up in Los Angeles, Montoya's multi-cultural reality merged and blended, transforming his truth into patterns of subdued color and reflective composition.

The exhibit opens with an artists' reception on Saturday evening, February 13, 2010 from 7 to 10 p.m. and closes on Sunday, March 7, 2010.

Avenue 50 Studio, Inc.
131 North Avenue 50
Los Angeles, CA  90042

Imagine a Valentine's Day that is about Love, Peace and Global Unity

The Valentine Peace Project presents Poetry & Peace, A Night of Poetry, Music & Art


"Poetry is an act of peace.  Peace goes into the making of a poet as flour goes into the making of bread." -- Pable Neruda

Cindy Rinne
Gloria Alvarez
William Archila
Lois P. Jones
William O'Daly
Ron Baca
Susan Rogers
Kathabela Wilson
Taoli-Ambika Talwar
MUSICIAN:  Rick Wilson

We will be creating poem-wrapped flowers this evening as a call to peace

Saturday, February 6, 2010 from 7 to 9 pm

Peace is freedom from the
pain. Victory over the
deep hurts. Love that
will flow to others.
Able to be the real me
in my own country.
By Cindy Rinne

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


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The Valentine Peace Project:  February 2010
One World Flowers ( )  - supporting sustainable business practices, human rights compliance, and fair compensation for flower workers in countries all over the world through Fair Trade flowers.

Budding partnerships for 2010: Where Peace Lives, P5Y, The Hub, Transfair USA, and IKV Pax Christi.
Where Peace Lives ( )
Creating a dynamic new vocabulary of images through children's art and peace cards - where the art of peace meets the world.
Peace in 5 Years ( )
Working together on a bold vision of world peace in five years - peace defined as safety from politically organized violence.
The Hub (
Hub Bay Area opens joining Hub Amsterdam, Hub Milan, Hub Berlin and Hubsters around the world showcasing  'world changing ideas'.  A place for conversation, strategy and celebration of new initiatives for a radically better world.
TransFair ( )
Fair trade certifier - through Fair Trade Towns "committed to raising  awareness in our fellow community members that every dollar we spend is a powerful decision, with ramifications that echo across continents, countries, and communities."
IKV Pax Christi ( ) (
The largest peace organization/movement in the Netherlands - supporting peace and reconciliation efforts in conflict areas in more than twenty countries over four continents.  Locally- the Seeds of Change festival, VredesWeek (Peace Week) and other initiatives to serve and broadcast the message and work of peace.
'The ones we've been waiting for.'
Working to spread thoughts of peace worldwide the Valentine Peace Project aims to highlight global citizenship, promote peace discussion and education, and celebrate the many faces and meanings of peace and love in today's connecting world community.  Generate your own involvement or contact for information.; Federico Hewson, Project Director, The Valentine Peace Project, telephone: + 31 (0)6 16 777 520.

Groundhog Day

OK.  This morning Punxsutaweny Phil, the nation's original weatherman, saw his shadow, indicating "six more weeks of winter". 

Think about that:

When you see shadows, it is a bright, sunny day.   If you don't see shadows, it is cloudy and overcast.  So, "sunny" equals more winter?  What's with that?

February 2 is the middle point between Winter Solstice on December 21 and Spring Equinox on March 20.

And forklore has it that if the midpoint of Winter is bright and sunny, the remaining weeks of Winter will be harsh and stormy.  So ... Seeing a shadow on February 2 equals "bright and sunny" which equals more more harsh Winter weather to come.  More here.

In ancient Celtic traditions, the middle points between solticies and equinoxes were known as Cross Quarter Days and were celebrated as High Holy Days.  February 2, the Cross Quarter Day betwwen Winter Soltice and Spring Equinox, was called Imbolc.

February 2 is also exactly 40 days after December 25.  Ancient Jewish women celebrated a ritual purification exactly 40 days after the birth of a son.  According to early Christian tradition, Mary, the mother of Jesus, would have celebrated this ritual on February 2, 40 days after December 25.