AAC at Avenue 50 Studio: METAMORPHOSIS

Organized by Leah Knecht and Patricia Woodlin

Chantal Giddens, Leah Knecht, Renee Rusak Strouse, Blandine Saint-Oyant, Shaney Watters, Patricia Woodlin

July 14 – August 5, 2018

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



A six-women exhibition that encompasses the concept of metamorphosis/transformation from different perspectives, and in various media. As our country is undergoing a drastic transformation, including politically, we as women artists felt that by forming our own group, a “Women’s Art Circle”, we could create opportunities and make more of a contribution to society collectively, rather than individually.

Chantal Gibbons work depicts metamorphosis of the soul, in large format mystical paintings.

Leah Knecht transforms trash into art, recycling our consumerist waste into wall sculptures.

Renee Rusak Strouse addresses the metamorphosis of nature into man-made landscapes, through aerial photography

Blandine Saint-Oyant transforms oil painting into liquid that she pours to create beautiful and organic abstractions

Shaney Watters, an avid animal lover, is presenting a series of works addressing the extinction of a subspecies and asks the viewer to consider what this transformative loss means

Patricia Woodlin photomontages reflect ancestral, social and culture metamorphosis, constantly in flux.

Avenue 50 Studio

131 N Avenue 50

Los Angeles, CA 90042

AAC at Avenue 50: Word of the Day

A Three Woman Show

Connie Rohman, BetZ Ross, Heather Hoggan

June 9 – June 30, 2018

Opening, Saturday June 9, 7 – 10 pm, part of NELA Second Saturday


The Truth Matters by Connie Rohman

Fabric is my chosen medium. The texture of my hand-dyed fabrics and sewn lines add unusual character to my art. I have always been fascinated by language, how we use it and how it evolves over time. My Lost Languages/Shorthand series looks at an obsolete visual communication system that is no longer being used in this digital age. In the past, female secretaries had to learn shorthand in order to take dictation from their male bosses. I use Gregg shorthand to capture its flowing script and abstract shaped letters as well as to highlight this lost women’s language. This piece reads “The Truth Matters” in Gregg Shorthand.


Peace, There Is No Peace by BetZ Ross

A stitched allegory of the best and worst of America as it is today, ripped, scarred, patched, mended, and under attack. BetZ Ross has excerpted Patrick Henry’s great appeal and repurposed it for today: “Gentlemen may cry peace, peace, but there is no peace…The war is already begun. Our brethren are already in the field. …Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery?…I know not what course others may take but as for me, give me liberty or give me death.” From these word fragments, an oversized, multi-faceted, protest tapestry of embroidery and found objects was made.  


A Word By Any Other Name by Heather Hoggan

What’s in a word? One word can denote similar things, or just as easily lead in the opposite direction. This vellum and fabric work depicts the intersection of all things synonymous (maroon) and antonymous (pink) with the word Chaos and, in turn, its many derivatives. Text size is determined by the number of times a particular word or phrase appears in the scenario, and sometimes a word may straddle either side (red).

Searching for that perfect word? There are so many choices.


Avenue 50 Studio

131 N Avenue 50

Los Angeles, CA 90042

AAC at Ave 50: Rebeca Guerrero

Postales de España

Artworks by Rebeca Guerrero

May 12 – April 2, 2018

Opening Reception, Saturday, May 12, 7 – 10 pm, part of NELA Second Saturday

This series Postales de España depicts sites, monuments, and memories from travels through Spain. Not unlike postcards that capture specific locations or convey a personal message, these works on paper are studies of architectural elements, celebrated monuments, and poetic perspectives. The subject matter ranges from art in the public realm to deeply intimate viewpoints, such as the poetry that is an early morning sunrise seen from a window of an airplane.

Rebeca Guerrero is a Los Angeles-based artist who frequently journeys the world, taking inspiration from the locations she visits — near and far. Rebeca has a Master of Arts degree in Printmaking and Master of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing.



Avenue 50 Studio

131 N Avenue 50

Los Angeles, CA 90042

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