AAC at Avenue 50: Thomas Voorhies

Night Walks

Artworks by Thomas Voorhies

April 14 – May 5, 2018

Opening Reception, Saturday, April 14, 7 – 10 pm, part of NELA Second Saturday

Thomas Voorhies presents a series of oil paintings inspired by the walks he likes to take at night, where the streets are quiet, empty, and warm, and his mind is free to wander.

Thomas Voorhies received his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, and writes and paints from his home in Los Angeles.


Avenue 50 Studio

131 N Avenue 50

Los Angeles, CA 90042

AAC at Avenue 50: Ginger Mayerson

Ginger Mayerson Collage

“I originally trained as a composer, but I have always made collages for my own amusement. The composition skills I learned as a composer have been put to good use in making collages. In 2006 I began to make them more often and more seriously so I could post them online, which was in vogue just then. I am fascinated and delighted by making art in the arrangement of images, shapes and textures.”

March 10  through April 7, 2018


Avenue 50 Studio
131 N Avenue 50
Los Angeles, CA 90042

AAC at Avenue 50: Guadulesa Rivera


Artworks by Guadulesa Rivera

December 9, 2017 – January 6, 2018

Opening Reception, Saturday, December 9th, 7 – 10 pm, part of NELA Second Saturday

Atlantis Reborn (detail)

Guadulesa acknowledges the meditative aspect of creating art. Life events, people around her, Nature and the unseen world of energy, all play a part in her inspiration. Her abstract or loosely figurative works reflect spontaneity, strong rhythm, texture and color blends.

She often engages the resonant vibrations of music to focus in the moment and block out all discordant influences. She meditates with the 5 healing tones of her Tsalagi (Cherokee) ancestors and sometimes paints in live performance with jazz musicians.

We have learned that all form resonates with sound. Guadulesa utilizes sound as a secondary medium. Her artistic choices reveal a play of energy and rhythms. Often using a very wet palette, she feels that the sound environment influences the drying patterns of her paintings.

Hurricane Irma
The Open Door of Transformation








Avenue 50 Studio
131 N Avenue 50
Los Angeles, CA 90042

AAC at Avenue 50: Roderick Smith

Roderick Smith – Mythic Lands

November 11 – December 2, 2017

Opening Reception, Saturday, Nov 11, 7 – 10 pm, part of NELA Second Saturday


Voyage of Calafia (oil on canvas, 72″ x 48″)

Roderick Smith presents an exhibition of acrylic paintings depicting the landscape in the realm of myth. His works evoke a strange displacement of reality with a sense of longing for the narrative. The legends and tales are called forth from the shadows of our modern world. These are figurative tableaux, illustrative in style, and drawn in a manner that attempts to refrain from any notion of certainty. They exist as backdrops to the imaginative world of human longing.

Avenue 50 Studio
131 N Avenue 50
Los Angeles, CA 90042

AAC at Avenue 50: Hellmouth

Hellmouth, organized by Leonard Greco

October 14 – November 4, 2017

Opening October 14, 7 – 10 pm, during NELA Second Saturday.

“Many a morning I awaken with a fiery knot in the pit of my stomach. It frequently feels we are living in dire times and I know many share my dread. That being the case I’ve invited a few friends to jump right into the Hellmouth and showcase works that explore the depths of existential angst. The results are poignant, beautifully charged and frequently quite amusing. Please join us on October 14th 2017 as we skewer the Hellmouth.

The artists I’ve invited are:
Jodi Bonassi
Jeanie Frias
Jeff Iorillo
Tom Lasley
Randi Matushevitz
Dakota Noot
Dania Strong
…and yours truly.

Upon receiving the submissions I’ve been struck with how the artists of Hellmouth are poets of the shadows, frequently committed to exploring the dark existential crevices of being. More sensible artists may resist this oracle’s call, but like Orpheus these seekers cannot resist that final backwards glance.”

Avenue 50 Studio, 131 N Ave 50, Los Angeles, CA  90042

AAC at Avenue 50: Natalie Fratino

Forward Motion – Painting Through Depression

Work by Natalie Fratino

September 9 – October 7, 2017

Opening Saturday Sept 9, 7 – 10 pm during NELA Second Saturday.


Although depression takes people into black holes, Natalie Fratino used her experiences as a place to help propel her through compromised moments. The paintings in this show express both the hopefulness and frustration through this time period.



Avenue 50 Studio
131 N Avenue 50
Los Angeles, CA 90042

AAC at Avenue 50: BetZ Ross and Friends

BetZ Ross, with Connie Rohman and Alden Marin  August 12 – Sept 2, 2017

BetZ Ross, with Connie Rohman and Alden Marin confront the reality of an illegitimate and corrupt president. This work stands as challenge to all patriotic Americans to have the courage to resist. It is a forceful message that we owe our country and our ideals no less.

Come be inspired.

image: detail  “Thus Always to Tyrants” by BetZ Ross


Avenue 50 Studio, 131 N Ave 50, Los Angeles, CA  90042

AAC at Avenue 50: Leonard Greco

Leonard D Greco Jr

July 8 – August 4, 2017

“At this stage of my life, off center of a century, I am grappling with ways in which to express my “being-ness”. Unable to avoid the “who am I “ question any longer, I find myself ,as a visual artists reaching beyond my usual studio practice of oil painting into diverse disciplines including figures in the round.The figures are essentially dolls, and are fashioned by fully embracing the pre-conceived sissy element of this art. It is in this extension of my practice that I am exploring, at this late stage, my identity as a queer and terrified man; the specter of the pansy boy I was, being given new voice in my latest ongoing project “Fairyland”. It is in this new series of projects , where paint, needle and thread give expression and validation to a long suppressed self loathing.

The very name “Fairyland”, a word once delivered with bloody blows transcends beyond with a message of empathy, compassion. pride, and I hope , humor. Reclaiming the fairy has been empowering. The art I attempt to create is intended to express the spirit of furtive repression breaking free.”

Avenue 50 Studio
131 N Avenue 50
Los Angeles, CA 90042

Image: “Goblin Market”, 2017, oil on canvas, 48 by 60 inches

AAC at Avenue 50: Michele Antenorcruz & Calaya Ampara Hudnut

Michele Antenorcruz-Bonkers
Michele Antenorcruz, Bonkers

June 10 – July 1, 2017
Opening Saturday, June 10, 7 – 10pm

The Art of Displacement by Michele Antenorcruz, Calaya Ampara Hudnut

This series focuses on displacement ranging from the personal (displacement of self) to modern-day living (urbanization, alienation, graduation) to the political (deportation, gentrification).  It coalesces with the ubiquitous feeling that we are all targets and tries to level the playing field by offering the pieces on a fairly wide sliding scale, reflecting disparity or displacement of income.

Calaya Ampara Hudnut_Swift
Calaya Ampara Hudnut, Swift

AAC at Avenue 50: Jeanie, Wesley, and Donald Frias

Jeanie Frias_Eaves
Jeanie Frias, Eaves

May 13 – June 3, 2017

Long-time El Sereno residents, Jeanie, Wesley, and Donald explore their environment through photography, but each presents a different use of the camera, view of the city, and final presentation.

Jeanie photographs the eaves of houses in her East L.A. and NELA neighborhoods. The application of gold leaf to the background, and a blackened window enhance the aesthetic and conceptual content. These works create an intimate portrait of home, but the blackened entryways, the lonely space, the flat gold-leafed skies question the idea of comfort, and raise the domestic from its normal place in the social hierarchy. We are invited to look, the gold leaf asking you to hold it as an icon, but are left wondering what is behind the facade.

Wesley Frias, Dusky Day Dreams
Wesley Frias, Dusky Day Dreams
Donald Frias, Wired In

 Wesley plays with light – natural and artificial – and silhouette to create powerful, and sometimes dream-filled images. His cityscapes are brief moments of gorgeously colored skies with quintessential L.A. silhouettes. In his studio work, colored lights become halos, wings, and creatures from another world. Wesley takes pride in the fact that his photos are finished when the shutter snaps, without editing in Photoshop or any other software.

Donald is most interested in environmental portraits. He often walks the city, engaging in conversation, developing trust with the people of our streets and time. His photos are the starting point for a deeper conversation with his subjects which allows the work to delve deeper than the typical candid street photograph. Donald’s photographs remain traditional in post editing which enforces the gap between photography and digital art. This presents a forceful contrast when combined with the unique and immersive 3-d printing process that invites the viewer to experience the work with more than just their eyes.