AAC at Avenue 50 Studio: Dark Depths

Works by Lori Nielson

March 2 – 30, 2024

Opening Saturday, March 2nd, from 3:00 to 5:00pm

Lori Nielson’s pursuit of beauty can be perceived among the dark depths that emerge layer by layer in her non-representational paintings.

“These works are created by an additive process. Color washes and white tones accumulate and compromise the previous layers. Each application is an opportunity for reflection and choice”. – Lori Nielson

 

Blue Wall Alcove
Mon. -Thu. 2pm – 5pm and Sat.-Sun. 2pm to 5pm
Closed Fridays
Admission is FREE

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

This exhibition is made possible in part through the generous support of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, and by the LA County Department of Arts and Culture as part of Creative Recovery LA, an initiative funded by the American Rescue Plan.

AAC at Avenue 50 Studio: SEEN + UNSEEN

Works by Lisa Tomczeszyn

December 2 – December 30, 2023

Opening Saturday, December 2nd, from 3:00 to 6:00pm

Painter Lisa Tomczeszyn explores light and shadow in the chemistry between sunlight and atmosphere.

“I spend time in the natural world observing light. I paint from memories of these experiences. Often what is expressed on the paper is as much a representation of the physical world my eyes see as it reflects the experience of observing Nature’s beauty. People often try and categorize my work as abstract, but in essence I am a landscape painter” – Lisa Tomczeszyn

 

Blue Wall Alcove
Mon. -Thu. 2pm – 5pm and Sat.-Sun. 2pm to 5pm
Closed Fridays
Admission is FREE

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

This exhibition is made possible in part through the generous support of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, and by the LA County Department of Arts and Culture as part of Creative Recovery LA, an initiative funded by the American Rescue Plan.

AAC at Avenue 50 Studio: The Yearbook Series

Works by Lynn Heinz

October 14 – November 11, 2023

Opening Saturday, October 14th, from 3:00 to 6:00pm

 

“Everyone has their own memories and feelings about their high school experience. I was not particularly happy at that time in my life. I was anxious, shy, and uncomfortable in my own skin. I always felt unable to meet the expectations that were required in order to be socially successful.

With this project, I have revisited that time from the point of view of where I am now.
Some of these portraits are from my own senior yearbook and others I randomly selected from the internet.

They are not nostalgic pictures, nor do they demonize the people portrayed. By looking
at them objectively, I can see how I have changed and grown.

I am able to see that they were just kids, just like me, with the same fears and insecurities. I can affirm that my journey is taking me in the direction I need to travel. I
hope that the viewer can look at these paintings and consider their own journey and
whether it’s where they want to be going.” – Lynn Heinz

 

Blue Wall Alcove
Mon. -Thu. 1pm – 5pm and Sat.-Sun. 1pm to 5pm
Closed Fridays
Admission is FREE

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

This exhibition is made possible in part through the generous support of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, and by the LA County Department of Arts and Culture as part of Creative Recovery LA, an initiative funded by the American Rescue Plan.

AAC at Avenue 50 Studio: Mind Storms/Witnessing Humanity

Works by Ruth DeNicola

August 12 – September 16, 2023

Opening Saturday, August 12th, from 3:00 to 6:00pm

 

Enamored of the human form, Ruth De Nicola rescues, recycles, and assembles, using old dolls, statues, pictures, asking viewers to consider the human condition.

“Look until you see.”

 

Blue Wall Alcove
Mon. -Thu. 1pm – 5pm and Sat.-Sun. 1pm to 5pm
Closed Fridays
Admission is FREE

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

This exhibition is made possible in part through the generous support of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, and by the LA County Department of Arts and Culture as part of Creative Recovery LA, an initiative funded by the American Rescue Plan.

AAC at Avenue 50 Studio: Embracing The Storm

Works by Ricardo Tomasz

June 24 – July 29, 2023

Opening Saturday, June 24th, from 3:00 to 6:00pm

 

Embracing the Storm invites viewers to embark on a journey of self-discovery and introspection, confront the storms that have touched their own lives and find solace in the power of embracing adversity. Through a captivating collection of paintings, collages, and sculptures, Ricardo Tomasz weaves a tapestry of narratives that symbolize the strength and growth inherent in the human spirit.

The exhibition features Tomasz’s signature use of vibrant colors, symbolic elements, and autobiographical storytelling. Each artwork reflects encounters with challenges, inviting viewers to reflect on their own experiences and find inspiration in the resilience depicted on the canvas.

 

Blue Wall Alcove
Mon. -Thu. 1pm – 5pm and Sat.-Sun. 1pm to 5pm
Closed Fridays
Admission is FREE

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

This exhibition is made possible in part through the generous support of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

AAC at Avenue 50 Studio: The Thomas Guide Project

New Work by Connie Rohman

April 8 – May 6, 2023

Opening Saturday, April 8th, from 3:00 to 6:00pm

In this intriguing art exhibition, artist Connie Rohman takes pages from the Thomas Guide to create her colorful fabric collages.

Before the Waze app and GPS, citizens of Los Angeles used the Thomas Guide book of maps to navigate their way around the city. I have chosen to pay homage to the Thomas Guide by making abstract artwork out of the actual pages from the 1998 edition of the Thomas Guide. The lines of the streets on the map determine the shapes, and then the colorful fabric shapes are machine sewn directly to the pages. The names of the streets wind around the shapes, enabling the viewer to recognize that page’s neighborhood in the city.

At the exhibition, viewers are invited to look up their neighborhood or favorite streets in the 1998 Thomas Guide, and then find the corresponding framed page on display. Page numbers are left visible on all framed artworks, so the viewer can find that particular page.

Per Connie: I am influenced by the landscape of my childhood, both interior and exterior. I grew up in a remote Quaker community adjacent to the Canadian Rockies in British Columbia, Canada. My work is also influenced by the strong light and colors of Los Angeles, my chosen home.

 

Blue Wall Alcove
Mon. -Thu. 1pm – 5pm and Sat.-Sun. 1pm to 5pm
Closed Fridays
Admission is FREE

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

This exhibition is made possible in part through the generous support of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

AAC at Avenue 50 Studio: Orchid Finch

New Work by M. A. Olivares

February 25, 2023 – March 25, 2023

Opening Saturday, February 25, 2023 3:00 to 6:00pm

Frequency warfare is the new high ground but can be greater, such as the frequencies of love. Images, colors, and sound are frequencies. We see our love and hear their voice, signals course through our circuitry, driving glands to release hormones. The physics of turning us “off” or “on” is interwoven in a network of sensual ecology. As the luminous aperture inside opens, terra firma dissolves. Lava meets the sea and 10 million pounds of energy thrusts us heavenward. The vacuum of night conjures like a sorcerer and the sun rises. As dark soil can beget wondrous plants, so too can we with any human medium create culture.

 

Miguel is a Chicano artist and designer who works in Space Control and Space Launch for the US Air Force. This new work is a compilation of mediums that speak to his experience in love and life in the last few years.

 

Blue Wall Alcove
Mon. -Thu. 2pm – 5pm and Sat.-Sun. 2pm to 5pm
Admission is FREE

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

This exhibition is made possible in part through the generous support of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and by the California Arts Council, a state agency.

AAC at Avenue 50 Studio: Resist/Persist

Deborah Krall

November 20, 2022 – January 23, 2023

Opening Saturday, November 19, 2022 3:00 to 5:00pm

 

Why campaign buttons? Why bright colors and swirling patterns? Why mandalas?

Bright colors and patterns make me happy. As a former textile artist, I have a catalog of designs in my brain. The structure of radial symmetry, also known as mandalas, keeps things under control. I like work that is “pretty”, but I subvert first impressions by stealth. Looking more closely reveals (mostly) political slogans written on metal buttons and painted on wood. Many are informative- I’M PRO-CHOICE AND I VOTE, and many offer advice- REFUSE FASCISM. I aspire to political activism.

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Deborah Krall was born on Staten Island, raised in Portland, Oregon, and has now lived in Los Angeles for 49 years. She attended several art schools and universities, and finished up with a BFA from what is currently known as The California College of Art, and an MFA in Fiber Art from UCLA and numerous years as a public school art educator.

“As a politically inclined person, and a collector of small shiny objects, I have acquired bags full of metal campaign pins of varying sizes, colors, and sentiments. About ten years ago I began using this material in collages. In the current series, RESIST/PERSIST, I allowed myself to wallow in color, texture, and radial balance. The more I produced of these collages, the more people offered to give me their own collections of campaign pins. I love to combine disparate materials to see where they take me.”

 

 

 

 

Blue Wall Alcove
Mon. -Thu. 2pm – 5pm and Sat.-Sun. 2pm to 5pm
Admission is FREE

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

This exhibition is made possible in part through the generous support of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and by the California Arts Council, a state agency.

AAC at Avenue 50 Studio:Corwin/Rogers-Engel

ALEKA CORWIN     JACQUE LENE ROGERS-ENGEL

October 3 to November 7, 2022

Opening Saturday, October , 2022 3:00 to 6:00pm

Flora by Aleka Corwin

 

Aleka Corwin is an Eco-artist. Her art utilizes recycled materials to create three-dimensional work: masks, sculptures, dioramas and assemblages and two-dimensional work: artist’s books, drawings, collages, and prints.

“My artistic goal is to capture and share intimate fragments of time, place, and wild inhabitants of worlds, both real and imagined. It is a treasure hunt for imagery with which I can engage the imaginations and the humor of my viewers.”

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Crimson Reverie by     Jacque Lene Rogers-Engel

Jacque Lene Rogers-Engel’s artwork for over 20 years has been focused on painting, printmaking, altars and masks. Mythology, mysticism and Native American art and history coupled with humor and color have been the reoccurring influences and themes.

“My chosen medium for paintings is acrylics. I like the immediacy and the pure color I can achieve with my graphic often comical images. The choice to paint in a graphic style makes the pieces more dramatic and visceral. Titles chosen are meant to be thought provoking. N’estPas?”

 

 

 

 

Blue Wall Alcove
Mon. -Thu. 2pm – 5pm and Sat.-Sun. 12pm to 5pm
Admission is FREE

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

This exhibition is made possible in part through the generous support of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and by the California Arts Council, a state agency.

AAC at Avenue 50 Studio: Spring Cactus for Sale

R E B E C A  G U E R R E R O

Spring Cactus for Sale: A solo painting show

August 8 to September 18, 2022

Opening Saturday, August 8, 2022 2:00 to 5:00pm

Rebeca Guerrero – Spring Cactus for Sale

 

Spring Cactus for Sale is, per se, a family portrait, consisting of 8 cactuses, each one representing a member of my family: parents, siblings and myself. In the depiction of each cactus, I incorporated symbolic characteristics from the Yoruba Religion pertaining to respective personality. Part of the title implies a metaphorical reference to the exposure/representation, and I happened to finish this work a few Springs ago.

 

Rebeca Guerrero’s artistic career has coalesced after a long identity and career search. “During this period I have done some traveling. Although I was born in Los Angeles, California, I lived in Baja California for many years, and also in Europe. I did most of my college studies in California. I have studied literature, art and fashion design. I did some teaching in college in the United States, and I worked in London with a fashion designer and eventually in Los Angeles. It was after having worked in the garment industry for several years that I realized that the superficiality of this field was not completely fulfilling. It was then in 1995 when my life as an artist began.

My work consists of a variety of media and my preferred media are pastels, acrylics, oils, silk screens and photography. Filled with bright vibrant colors, my works are both dramatic and poetic. Traveling, literature, nature and life are the sources of my inspiration. Loyalty to my subjects is imperative to my work. My art seems to be pleasing and inviting to the beholder. At first sight, it seems to be just what you see, but once captured by it, one finds hidden messages that might be faces, poetic symbolism and literary references. I create art because I breathe.”

 

Blue Wall Alcove
Mon. -Thu. 2pm – 5pm and Sat.-Sun. 12pm to 5pm
Admission is FREE

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

This exhibition is made possible in part through the generous support of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and by the California Arts Council, a state agency.