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Where are the Chicana/o Artists this Weekend/Next Week? 12/3/05

Plenty of Christmas giving ideas at these centers of creativity

By RuthAnne Tarletz de Molina
Published on LatinoLA: December 3, 2005


Where are the Chicana/o Artists this Weekend/Next Week? 12/3/05


Well, this Chicana artist will be at Tropicalismo at Tropical Nopal & at the opening of Your Art Sings to Me at Rock Rose Gallery where the her jewelry & that of Eduardo Rocha Soto will be featured from now until the end of the holiday shopping season. Details to follow.

Where will you be???

---SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS:

---The Chicano Calendar A?o Tochtli ~ 2006 is currently not available for sale. Due to various events beyond the control of the Twelve Chicana/o artists who got together to present the calendar the printing of the calendar has been temporarily delayed. As soon as further information is available, it will be announced.

---Volunteers Needed: If you appreciate the ONE campaign...If you like to help nonprofits...If you wanna run around the city and have a gas...ArtistSalon is doing a huge Human Art Installation followed by a kick-a** holiday party at 4 pm on Saturday, December 10. No paint-brushes or canvases. All that's needed to make their Crysto-scale art project is humans - 1,000 humans. Be a part of history - build the ONE Block Human Wrist Band with them. Volunteer to help chat up the community about the event. Schedule: LA Convention Center to flyer/poster at the Ski Show (10:30a); USC to flyer/poster at the USC/UCLA football game (12:00noon); downtown to flyer/poster everywhere at residential buildings/ lofts/businesses (2p); then... go to 2 art parties (8p) - all work and no play makes jack a dull boy. Art For Art's Sake, Jason Waters. Meet: Saturday, December 3, 8:30a, 13925 Leadwell St, Van Nuys, 818.692.1304; Saturday, December 3, 9:30a, Lounge 441, 453 S Spring St, #441, downtown LA, CA

---Ushers Needed: The Latino Theater Company needs ushers on December 7 & 8 for their annual holiday pageant play La Virgen de Guadalupe, Dios Inantzin. Performances are at Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral downtown at 7:30 p. The play is offered free to the public as a holiday gift from the Latino Theater Company & the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. Ushers will check in with the house manager one hour before the show. Come, usher & bring your whole family! If interested: 213.489.0994

---Chicano Art Magazine Launched: The mission of Chicano Art Magazine is to disseminate information about Chicano Art, the artists, the history & the Movement itself. Chicano art is & will be, the most important school of American art in the 21st century. If the artists do not make art, then the museum curators, the board members who run art organizations, the critics, the gallery owners, the academics who study & write about us, would be without jobs. The goal of the publisher is to have the artists take destiny into their own hands. Needed are journalists, photographers, critics & people to volunteer to become Bloggers & post articles about artists, projects & shows, books & other things happening in Chicano art. www.chicanoartmagazine.com

---Anahuak Kalli opens retail location: We've all watched this wonderful business grow & now it's opening its first retail location at 2120 W 7th St, LA, CA, which is in the three-part building housing Mama's Hot Tamales Caf? & La Bodegita de Caf? Organico. Grand opening coming soon. 213.273.5176 323.449.4701 415.519.8514 www.anahuak.com anahuakdesigns@hotmail.com

THIS WEEKEND/WEEK:

---La Tocada Latina: Free radio SAIC
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Fridays, 5 - 6p Chicago/Mexico, 3 - 4p Los Angeles
carminacortes@hotmail.com Freeradio@artic.edu 312-345-3805 www.freeradiosaic.org

Listen to Carmina Cortes, a local Chicana artist, as she broadcasts from art school in Chicago. This week Adrean will be joining her on the topic of Identity & Art. You can call in or email her with LA info. Uniting the Raza & sharing information wherever we are found. If you want to send out hellos over the radio, e-mail her. On December 9 she'll have a sub-DJ as she's in LA from this weekend until December 11. Check out the sub-DJ!

---Hands On
Pre-Closing Event: Friday, December 2, 6 - 8p
Armory Northwest, 965 N. Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena
Thru December 11
626.792.5101 x122

In celebration of the exhibition Hands On, a juried exhibition of art installations at Armory Northwest/965, there will be a closing reception for the show. The show features work by 15 artists from Southern California. The title of the show refers to the interactive aspect of the art in the exhibition. Hands On features site-specific installations which viewers are encouraged to interact with in a variety of ways. The show includes various types of tactile and sensory art experiences, including sound installations and built environments.

---Your Art Sings to Me! Group Art Show
Opening Reception: Saturday, December 3, 6 - 10p
Groove Session: 9p
RockRose Gallery & Arroyo Books, 4108 Figueroa, LA, CA 90065
December 3 - 31
323.222.4740 www.rockrosegallery.com

Rock Rose Gallery will begin the holiday season with a holiday art sale & exhibit Your Art Sings to Me! Curated by artist Richard Valdes, the exhibit features K.A. Blue from New York & Los Angeles artists Ernie Herrera, Gus Becerra, Dolores Gonzalez Haro, Patricia Lazalde, Angel Santana, Steven Fujimoto, Felix Herrera, Oscar Castillo & Leka Im. Photographers included are Oscar Castillo & April Yanell. Artistic & cultural jewelry by RuthAnne Tarletz & Eduardo Rocha Soto. All the artists featured each represent years of experience in their respective techniques. The evening will include Words and Music by performers Marci Sproull, Ann Vincent Vila & Noah Valverde. The final touch will be a musicians jam session featuring "Groove Session" (Manny & Ronnie Sanchez) from the Inland Empire. See below for more events.

& then hip-hop, boogy or whatever, depending on your age, down the street to:

---Blue Chips One Year Anniversary Parties
Party: Saturday, December 3, 8 - 11p
After Party: midnight until ???
Blue Chips/Blue Gallery, 5509 N Figueroa St, Highland Park
323.550.1400
After Party: $10 at Gallery, $15 at After Party

It's a party!!! Actually it's 2 parties. Come celebrate the first anniversary of Blue Chips. The location of the After Party will be announced at the Official Anniversary Party.

---Lost Angel(es) Photography By Alex Thamer
Closing Reception: Saturday, December 3, 5 - 7:30p
Tia Chucha's Cafe Cultural, 12737 Glenoaks Blvd #22, Sylmar, CA 91342
Thru December 19
818.362.7060 info@tiachucha.com www.tiachucha.com

The reception features a talk back with the artist & music. Lost Angel(es) is an impressive collection by this emerging Chicano photographer in his first art exhibit in the San Fernando Valley . The exhibit features shots of the impressive vistas that can be seen & felt in our rugged, nuanced, gothic & grand city. He pays homage to his Latino roots with Calacas on Parade , a series capturing calacas or bones/skeletal images associated with Dia de Los Muertos.

---In the Name of All That's Holy
Opening Reception: Saturday, December 3, 7 - 9p
2nd City Council Art Gallery + Performance Space, 435 Alamitos Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802
December 3 - January 6, 2006
562.901.0997, 2ndcitycouncil@earthlink.net, www.2ndcitycouncil.org

In the Name of All that's Holy features twenty artists, from throughout the State of California, who explore this timely subject with such pieces as Congregation Sha'arei Tefiua, Brown Angel, Reaction to The Passion, Beyond the Skin 7, Sutras of Light & Nothing Lasts Forever. Dr. Allen Roberts, a Professor of World Arts and Culture at UCLA as well serving on the advisory boards of Islamic Studies and the Center for Religious Studies, juried the exhibition. Performing that night is The Power of Positive Music featuring Emmy winning Faith Rivera & Gerald White. Light refreshments will be served.

---Tropicalismo Winter Arts Gift Fair/Sale
Saturday/Sunday, December 3/4,11a - 5p
Tropico de Nopal Gallery, 1665 Beverly Blvd, LA, CA (between Belmont & Union - 1 mile West of the Music Center)
Organizer: Javier Granados Info@puravision.com 323-715-3546 213.481.8112,nopalarte@earthlink.net, www.tropicodenopal.com

This holiday art fair offers the public the opportunity to buy fine art, jewelry, photography, ceramics, handmade handbags, home accessories & much more in a alternative gallery setting. Local Dj's will spin music throughout the day and food and drinks will be available. A special performance by Norte?os Extraordinare, Los Pochos, Saturday, December 3, 1p

A partial list of participating artists include: Dreamluxe - colorful and exquisite hand painted silk scarves and wall hangings; silver, semi-precious & contemporary jewelry: Benito Campos, Phaedra Torres, Ruth Anne Tarletz de Molina, Eduardo Rocha Soto, Cindy Bebout, Hector Fernandez, Araceli Silva; paintings, prints & mixed media art: Reyes Rodriquez, Ian Flynn, Daniel Gonzales, Emma Gardner, Fred Hauptman, Julie Soto; Photography: Meg Madison, Liz Huston; Dog couture: Chakacoco; Hand-dyed fashions: Cristina Castellanos; Batik art: Ferril Nawir; Ceramic & Pottery: Armando De La Rocha, Aydee Martinez; Henna artist & Brazilian crafts: Morena & Marta Santos. This event promises to be a very special way to shop for one of-a-kind exquisite items while supporting local artists. Most artists will be presenting their own works during the two-day fair.

---Arts & Crafts Boutique
Saturdays/Sundays, December 3/4 thru December 17/18, 11a - 5p
2438 Axtell St, LA, CA 90032
Joy 323.687.6743 lunakul@yahoo.com

Unique artists, designers, crafters & musicians will to participate in a weekend celebrating local artists & designers. This is an opportunity support community artists, find cool & unique gifts & avoid the malls during the holidays!

---Both Sides of the Border Exhibit: Fine Latin American & Chicano Art
Poetry Reading: Saturday, December 3, 8p
Carlotta's Passion Fine Art, 2012 Colorado Blvd, LA,CA
Thru January 7, 2006
Robert Squires 323.259.1563 rs@carlottaspassion.com www.art-for-a-change.com/border.htm

The exhibit focuses on original & limited edition works of art by Latin American & Chicano artists.

Luis J. Rodriguez from his latest poetry collection, My Nature is Hunger: New & Selected Poems. Mark Vallen's latest oil painting appears as the cover art for My Nature Is Hunger, & the artist will be on hand to talk about his work created especially for Luis J. Rodriguez. As part of the occasion, prints of Vallen's painting will be available to the public.

---CANCELLED: Sunday, December 4, 2 - 4p: Signing, Chicano Art Calendar - A?o Tochtli - 2006, as the Calendars are still not printed. See above for further explanation.

Meet the Artist Series:

During Both Sides of the Border, Carlotta's Passion will offer a Meet the Artist series. Each friendly & informal gathering will give collectors an opportunity to get to know artists on a more intimate basis than allowable during a typical Artist's Reception. In the course of a Meet the Artist social event, an artist will walk collectors through works on display, going into detail about each piece, taking questions, & giving insight into the artist's background, motivations & influences. Refreshments & hor d'oeuvres will be available. The artist will offer additional works not on display by for view & purchase.

Meet the Artist dates currently confirmed:

Joe Bravo - Friday, December 2, 8p
Vanesa Martinelli - Saturday, December 3, 4p

---Self Help Print Sale
Sunday, December 4, noon - 5p
Self Help Graphics & Art, 3802 Cesar Chavez Ave, East LA, CA
www.selfhelpgraphics.com

CALL FOR ARTISTS:

Artists, Designers, Crafters needed for an Arts & Crafts Boutique beginning the weekend of December 3 & 4 & continuing every weekend until December 18. They are looking for unique artists, designers, crafters & musicians to participate in a weekend celebrating local artists & designers. This is an opportunity to show & sell your work in a new space in El Sereno. They are charging only $25 per day & to exhibit your work for the month is free. Vendors, performers, djs & all who are interested in participating please contact Joy: 323.687.6743 lunakul@yahoo.com

---SOON TO BE:

---Ole! Navidad
Gitanerias Caf? Flamenco Den: December 8th,
Dinner 7p, Show 8p, Claudia de la Cruz & her Flamenco Dance Company 9p
Plaza Garibaldi Restaurant, 500 N. Brookhust Ave, Anaheim, CA 92802 (one block south of the 5 Fwy or one mile north of Euclid Ave)
RSVP 714.543.1370 www.plaza-garibaldi.com
INFO 714.543.0613 management@tierra-flamenca.com www.tierra-flamenca.com www.claudiadelacruz.com www.fernandodiez.com www.josephrivera.us
Table & Dinner Reservations Strongly Suggested
Cover charge $10 per person (Dinner a la carte)
Children 5 - 12 $5

A special Flamenco Christmas celebration featuring a Traditional Gypsy Fin de Fiesta introducing jaleos (singing), elevating zambras (roots of flamenco) & bulerias with guest artists, rumba flamenca & great surprises! Every second Thursday of the month Gitanerias Caf? is the right place to gather with family and friends. Enjoy the different culinary delights of Spanish Tapas, Sangria and Traditional Mexican cuisine, with city's most vibrant and exciting Flamenco night that you will not soon forget featuring Claudia de la Cruz & her mesmerizing flamenco gypsy style, extraordinary guitarist, Gabriel Reyna, with guest male dancer Rudy Ornelas & also guest percussionist
Fernando Diez & more artists to be announced. There will be a Dj spinning all night an eclectic mix of international music from 7p on. Gypsy or casual attire is always welcome.

In the Art Lounge there is Always an eclectic showcase of local and international artists displaying their work. This month features the beautiful work of Joseph Rivera. His self-taught technique & style resemble that of the masters from the 1500 and 1600's. This involves applying very thin layers of paint, waiting for each layer to dry before applying the next layer. This process is tedious and is very time-consuming producing beautiful results.
Rivera is proud of his heritage and specializes in painting Latina women in romantic lantern or candle light scenes.

---Internal Contrasts
Artist Forum, Thursday, December 8, 7 - 9p
Avenue 50 Studio, 131 N Avenue 50, LA, CA 90042
Thru December 31
323.258.1435 www.avenue50studio.com

You are invited to an artist forum in which our four artists Magda Audifred, Jos? Lopes, Ana Marini Genzon & Deborah Thomas will discuss the question of painting in an abstract manner. Each artist will present a slide show demonstration of his or her body of work. Magda Audifred's Mexican roots reveal themselves in her boldly colored mixed media paintings. Jos? Lopes pulls internal conflict from us when looking at his work. Ana Marini Genzon's acrylic paintings gently play with color layering each, producing moderate effects that have a gracious manner. The work of Deborah Thomas relies on pure color to give us a story without words.

---Moj?car Flamenco with special guests
Friday, December 9, 9p
Temple Bar, 1026 Wilshire, Santa Monica, CA (at Lincoln)
Moj?car Flamenco 626.403.7489 www.mojacarflamenco.com
Reservations: 310.393.6611 www.templebarlive.com
$10 at the door

Led by virtuoso guitarist Stephen Dick & powerful, passionate flamenco dancer Katerina Tomas, Moj?car Flamenco brings its unique blend of Flamenco, Latin and Jazz back to Temple Bar in Santa Monica with an expanded roster of musicians and dancers. They have expanded their percussive firepower to feature the two best caj?n players in Southern California, Johnny Sandoval & Patric Oliver. This multi-caj?n setup gives contemporary flamenco a powerful, percussive edge that perfectly complements Katerina?s driving footwork & Stephen?s powerful flamenco guitar playing. In a further mix of cultural influences, flamenco & belly dancer Wendy Marin joins that night for a special performance of Felag Mengu, Stephen?s composition blending flamenco music with Arabic rhythms.

---2nd Annual dA Artisans Invitational Art Benefit Show
Friday, December 9, 5:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 10, 12:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m.
Second Saturday Art Walk
dA Center for the Arts, 252-D S Main St, Pomona, CA 91766

Once again the dA Artisans (over 20 artists) will be showing & selling their artwork just in time for the Holiday Season. Join us for refreshments and a look-see at one of a kind, high quality art gifts for the special people in your life including yourself. Artists include Stephanie Anderson, Sioux Bally, Leslie Codina, Dee Marcellus Cole, Gina Lawson Egan, Sandy Garcia, Anne Blake Jones, Lilia Lopez, Andree Mahoney, Kathy Spear, Kryk Stiffler, Bob Smith, Karen Surbeck, Dan Romero, Dina Romero, Gerry Vesey, Joan Weldon, Shelli Weldon, Arlene Welsh, Katherine White and Larry White & others. Ten percent of the proceeds from the sale will go to support the dA Center for the Arts.

---Your Art Sings to Me! Group Art Show
Holiday Gift Fair & Artists Reception: Saturday, December 10, 1 - 5p
Book Signing: Two Wings & a Kiss by Efren Parra
RockRose Gallery & Arroyo Books, 4108 Figueroa, LA, CA 90065
December 3 - 31
323.222.4740 www.rockrosegallery.com

Rock Rose Gallery will continue the holiday season with a holiday art sale & artists reception. RuthAnne Tarletz & Eduardo Rocha Soto, artist/jewelers, will be on site to design, make & sell their unique, artistic, culturally inspired jewelry.

---Angeles
Saturday, December 10, 5p
Latino Art Museum, 281 S. Thomas St Ste 103, Pomona, CA 91766
December 6 - January 5, 2006
909.620.6009 latinoartmuseum@msn.com www.lamoa.net

Featuring Roberto Munguia & other great artists.

---East Side Circus
Hosted by Lalo Alcaraz & Esteban Zul of Pocho Hour of Power, KPFK
Saturday, December 10, 6p -3a
The House Lounge, 3626 Fruitland Ave, Maywood, CA 90270
www.innercitysoul.com
$10; $8 b4 8p; 21+ w/ID

On Stage : Inner City Soul, who will soon be releasing their forth coming album, Mezklah, Aztlan Underground, Upground, La Banda Skalavera, Buen Estar, Agua Dulce (San Diego), Emcee Chia, Underground Economy, On One; On the Ones & Twos: DJ Rude One, DJ A Bomb. 2 levels ? 2 out-door patios ? valet parking ? 1,000 maximum capacity ?Art Exhibits ? Vendors
including Asylm, Nuc, Timoi, Lili Florez, George Pulido, Angi Brzycki, Mimi Bogal, Peter Carillo, David Miranda and Debbie De La Cruz. This event is being brought to you by Triumphant Records & De La Luna Productions

---MA Art Space Annual Holiday Open Studio
Saturday/Sunday, December 10/11 11:30a - 6:30p / 10:30a - 5:30p
MA Art Space, 1000 S Fremont Ave, Bldg. B3 Unit 53, Alhambra 626.975.799 www.yolandagonzalez.com
Special thanks to The Alhambra

Fine Art * Prints * Watercolors * Ceramics * Jewelry Participating Artists include: Yolanda Gonzalez - Emilia Garcia - Aydee - Sergio Flores - Myrna Cristerna - Benito Campos - Dolores Gonzalez Haro

Directions: From the 10 Fwy, north on Fremont Ave, east on Orange St, right into first gate & park in parking lot follow signs to MA ART SPACE B3

---Holiday Shopping Extravaganza
Saturday/Sunday, December 10/11, 11a - 5p
Cactus Gallery & Gifts, 4534 Eagle Rock Blvd, Eagle Rock, CA
Sandra & Cristian, 323.256.6117

Looking for unique, handmade work; jewelry, textiles, accessories, leather, fashion & artwork for holiday gifts? This will be where to find them. There will be music, refreshments & hors d'oeuvres.

---Self-Help Graphics & Art Christmas Sale 2005
Sunday, December 11, noon - 5p
Self Help Graphics & Art, 3802 Cesar Chavez Ave, East LA, CA
Roxana Arana 323.269-8442 roxy91605@yahoo.com

Every year for one day only artists & crafts makers come together at Self Help Graphics & Art to display & sell their creations for the holidays. This Sale hosts among others: Some of the best Chicana/o jewelry & fashion designers, handmade crafts that include purses, handbags, pillows & quilts, decorative & functional ceramics for home & office, wood & clay works? & lots of flat art for your walls, including Linocuts, Etchings, Silkscreens, Photos & more? All at very affordable prices. You will support the community & save money at the same time. Mexican holiday refreshments will be available.

---ON-GOING:

---Tres Mundos: Tres Expreciones: Paintings by Emigdio Vasquez, Roberto Rosique & Gregg Stone
Cal Poly Pomona Downtown Center, 300 W Second St, Pomona, CA
Thru December 17
909.469.0080 www.pomona.edu/downtowncenter/

---Workers of the World: A Juried Exhibition
A Shenere Velt Gallery, Workman's Circle/Arbeter Ring, 1525 S Robertson Blvd, LA
Thru December 30
310.552.2007 gallery@circlesocal.org www.circlesocal.org

Mark Vallen is exhibiting in this juried group show. The exhibit presents artworks that depict the theme of workers, from their struggles to survive to their labors of love. Submissions were from all over the country. The jurors, Profs Paul Von Blum & Sheila Pinkel & Carol Wells, Director of the Center for the Study of Political Graphics, selected 53 works by 28 different artists.

---19th Annual International Nativities Exhibition - Folk Tree
Ornaments & Adornments Exhibition - Folk Tree Collection
Folk Tree, 217 S Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105
Folk Tree Collection, 199 S Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105
Thru December 31
Kathi Oshima, The Folk Tree 626.795.8733
Gail Mishkin, The Folk Tree Collection, 626.793.4828,mishkinftc@aol.com
www.folktree.com

Colorful & richly varied nativities made by artisans from Mexico & other parts of the Americas, Africa, India, Europe & elsewhere are also on display. Each artisan creates a very personal interpretation of the nativity & the characters comprising this traditional scene.

---Internal Contrasts
Avenue 50 Studio, 131 N Avenue 50, LA, CA 90042
Thru December 31
323.258.1435 www.avenue50studio.com

Abstract Work by 4 Los Angeles Artists: Magda Audifred, Jos? Lopes, Ana Marini Genzon, Deborah Thomas.

---Reciprocal Cultura: A Redefinition of Indigenous Arts
IMIX Bookstore, 5052 Eagle Rock Blvd, LA, CA 90041
Thru December 31
323.257.2512 www.imixbooks.com

Douglas Miles, SanCarlos Apache/Ahimel O'oddham, grahpic artist, & Leslie Gutierrez Saiz, Los Angeles Native/Chicana graphic artist, collaborate, through an indeigenous ingenuity, by combining both the skateboard & hip-hop cultures with their won to redefine their indigenous arts.

---Spirit Express Benefit Art Exhibit
American Friends Service Committee Gallery, 980 N Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA
Thru January 5
Dorothea Harrington or Karen Hayes 626.791.1978 pasadena@afsc.org Khayes@afsc.org www.afsc.org

Noted artists, including Monika Steinhoff, Sandra Place, Rivian Butikofer & Wendy Lang, will exhibit art works to benefit the global peace, justice & humanitarian service work of the American Friends Service Committee.

---See Gilbert Lujan (Magu) artworks at NewTown Presents
Whose/Who's California: Golden State x10
Armory Center for the Arts, Mezzanine Gallery, 145 N Raymond, Pasadena, CA
Thru January 6, 2006
Richard Amromin 626.398.9278 newtownart@charter.net

---Both Sides of the Border Exhibit: Fine Latin American & Chicano Art
Carlotta's Passion Fine Art, 2012 Colorado Blvd, LA, CA
Thru January 7, 2006
Robert Squires 323.259.1563 rs@carlottaspassion.com www.art-for-a-change.com/border.htm

The exhibit focuses on original & limited edition works of art by Latin American & Chicano artists.

---TransFOURmations Curated by Pat Gomez
18th Street Arts Center, 1639 18th St, Santa Monica, CA
Thru January 20, 2006
310.453.3711 www.18thstreet.org
Supported by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

The 18th Street Arts Center presents a group art show with artworks by Linda Arreola, Ricardo Duffy, Susan Elizalde-Holler & Poli Marichal. The show opens & runs simultaneously with the photo exhibit, What We Think Now, with photos by Jonathan Hollingsworth.

---UP-COMING:

---Both Sides of the Border Exhibit: Fine Latin American & Chicano Art
Friday, December 16, 8 - 9p
Carlotta's Passion Fine Art, 2012 Colorado Blvd, LA,CA
Thru January 7, 2006
Robert Squires 323.259.1563 rs@carlottaspassion.com www.art-for-a-change.com/border.htm

The exhibit focuses on original & limited edition works of art by Latin American & Chicano artists. The Influence of Identity on Chicano Art by educator Diane Valarde-Hernandez & artist Mark Vallen will be presented.

Meet the Artist Series:

During Both Sides of the Border, Carlotta's Passion will offer a Meet the Artist series. Each friendly & informal gathering will give collectors an opportunity to get to know artists on a more intimate basis than allowable during a typical Artist's Reception. In the course of a Meet the Artist social event, an artist will walk collectors through works on display, going into detail about each piece, taking questions, & giving insight into the artist's background, motivations & influences. Refreshments & hor d'oeuvres will be available. The artist will offer additional works not on display by for view & purchase.

Meet the Artist dates currently confirmed:

Mark Vallen - Saturday, December 17, 8p

---Celebrate the Fiestas of December
La Virgen de Guadalupe Altar/Holiday Exhibit & Gift Fair
Monday, December 12, 5 - 9p
Altar Blessing: 5 - 5:30p
Reception & Art Sale: 5:30 - 9p
RockRose Gallery & Arroyo Books, 4108 Figueroa, LA, CA 90065
323.222.4740 www.rockrosegallery.com

Come participate in the blessing of the Virgen de Guadalupe altar by lighting a candle & saying a prayer. Join in the recitation of the Rosary. Rosaries will be available for purchase. Following the Altar Blessing will be an art reception & sale featuring Virgen-themed gifts for the holidays & beyond.






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