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Vibrant color palette brings life to Mooney’s paintings

48 HOURS

At first glance, one is enchanted by the vibrant color palette of

a Gerane Mooney oil. But study a piece and you’ll also realize the

great detail.

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The La Canada Flintridge resident prefers painting in oil only.

“I tried everything, but oil is more me,” she said, “you can play

with it without messing it up.”

Her subjects have been landscapes and animals, but she is more

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known, she said, for her florals, which have found a perfect backdrop

displayed in the Boddy House Gallery at Descanso Gardens. She has 59

paintings in the “Jewels of January” exhibit that also features

watercolors by Carole Buss and whimsical and elegant pottery by Tenny

Lim.

Some of Mooney’s works have been painted with subtle tones, but

she favors vibrant color. When she paints red, she’ll use five

different ones.

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“You might use them all. Each painting is different. It’s just

exciting,” she said.

Mooney will be on site every day, meeting gallery guests and

enjoying the art of her fellow exhibitors, she said.

“It’s a lot of work getting ready for a show like this, so it’s

time to relax,” she said.

She took art classes in high school, but didn’t have the chance to

concentrate on it during the 17 years she was raising her two

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children. She and her husband, Bentley, have been married 45 years.

Now, she paints seven to eight hours a day, five days a week and

some hours on the weekends, while Bentley is on the golf course.

“The time just flies by,” she said. “It’s great therapy, if you

ever want to forget anything.”

She began the study of French impressionistic works in 1975. At

Pasadena City College, she learned about perspective, and has

continued with 19 teachers and many workshops throughout this area.

In contrast to Mooney’s oils, fellow exhibitor Buss works in

watercolor. The Glendale resident teaches painting at Descanso, and

is known for floral and nature themes painted in luminescent,

jewel-like tones. Her impressionistic works are exhibited in

collections throughout the world.

Lim brings imaginative pottery created with a variety of

techniques, including Raku, earthenware, stoneware and porcelain. For

this exhibit, she is introducing a new technique that includes fused

glass.

Design of another type also keeps Lim busy. As a Jet Propulsion

Lab mechanical engineer, she is lead designer of the Mars Exploration

Rover lander.

Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Entrance is free

with gardens admission. The exhibit continues through Feb. 6.

Descanso Gardens is at 1418 Descanso Drive, La Canada Flintridge.

The gardens are open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. Parking is free.

Admission is $5, $3 for seniors and students, $1 for children 5 to

12, and free for members and children 5 and younger.

For more information, call 949-4200.

SPECIAL EVENTS

OPERA COMPANIES PLAN BENEFIT CONCERT

Two Southland opera companies are collaborating on a benefit

concert at 8 tonight at the La Crescenta Valley United Methodist

Church in Montrose.

Members of Golden West Opera Theater and Opera of the Foothills

will present operatic solos, duos and infrequently performed chorus

selections in “A Euphony of Opera.”

The show is directed by Wendell Raymond Phillips.

Program selections include “Lucia di Lammermoor” by Donizetti and

“Moses in Egypt” by Rossini.

Prior to the performance, there will be a social time beginning at

7 p.m. for hors d’oeuvres, cheeses, salads and desserts.

A minimum donation of $25 is requested. Proceeds will go to

producing a fully staged performance of “Die Fledermaus” in the

summer.

The church is at 2700 Mon- trose Blvd., Montrose. For

reservations, call 399-4992 or (323) 850-3942.

LYNN LOWRY PERFORMS AT MR. B

Lynn Lowry and the Karen Hernandez Trio will perform at 9:30

tonight at Mr. B, 1333 N. Hollywood Way in Burbank.

Lowry sings songs from the 1920s, ‘30s and ‘40s in a cabaret

style, complete with costume changes and humorous storytelling

interludes. Her songs/stylings range from light, smoky jazz to

playful, including a Betty Hutton routine, to soft love songs

dedicated to her longtime married parents.

For more information, call 845-1800.

ART EXHIBITS

FAMOUS BATTLE SCENES EXHIBITED AT LOCAL MUSEUM

Paintings of battle scenes by Toluca Lake resident John Pomeroy,

ranging from 9 by 12 feet to wall size, are on exhibit at the Forest

Lawn Museum in Glendale.

A supervising animator with Walt Disney Feature Animation, Pomeroy

has captured in oil such famous scenes as Alexander the Great at the

Battle of Granicus in this exhibit “Windows of War: Historical

Paintings by John Pomeroy.”

The exhibit continues through April 26. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5

p.m. daily. The museum is at Forest Lawn Glendale, 1712 S. Glendale Ave., Glendale. Admission and parking are free. For more information,

call 204-3131 ext. 4545.

RETIRED DISNEY ARTIST JOINS PLEIN-AIR GROUP SHOW

Retired Disney artist Doug Ball of Burbank is one of eight artists

exhibiting in a group show of plein-air painters at Whites Gallery in

Montrose.

“In his work, ‘Descanso Koi Pond,’ his treatment of light on the

water shows his ability to execute the medium of oil painting,”

gallery owner Linda Strack said.

Other artists showing works are Gegam of North Hollywood, Bruce

Trentham of Burbank, Ron Chesley of La Canada Flintridge, Wie Zhao,

Linda Du Pas and Catherine Hills, all of Glendale, and Michael Situ

of Irvine.

The gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through

Saturday. This exhibit ends Thursday. The gallery is at 2414

Honolulu Ave. in Montrose. For more information, call 957-4071.

RESIDENTS SHOW ART AT TIRAGE GALLERY

Two local artists are among several other alumni of Pasadena’s Art

Center College of Design in a group exhibition at Tirage Gallery in

Pasadena.

Artists from the local area showing works are Glendale resident

Tony Peters and La Canada Flintridge resident Corey Peters.

Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 5

p.m. today. The show ends Feb. 8. For more information, call (626)

405-1020.

ON STAGE

KOOL BLEND OF SHAKESPEARE AND FUNK AT FALCON

The Troubadour Theater Company combines Shakespearean prose with

the funky music of Kool and the Gang in “All’s Kool That Ends Kool,”

ending its run this weekend at The Falcon Theatre in Burbank.

This piece is directed by Matt Walker.

Show times are 8 p.m. today and Sunday. Tickets are $20. The

Falcon is at 4252 Riverside Drive in Burbank. For information and

reservations call 955-8101.

‘SNOW QUEEN’ IS EVENT FOR WHOLE FAMILY

The Falcon Theatre is presenting the “Snow Queen,” a winter-themed

production for the whole family, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturdays and

1 p.m. Sundays.

Magic hangs in the air when the Snow Queen comes to town and

transforms balmy Los Angeles into a snowy winter wonderland. Now she

has only a short time to take Emma, Alexander and the whole audience

on a musical adventure through L.A. to show them that, though winter

comes and goes, “Love Lasts Forever.”

The play continues through Feb. 16. Tickets are $10. The theater

is at 4252 Riverside Drive in Burbank. For reservations, call

955-8101.

‘MACBETH’ IN FINAL PERFORMANCE

William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth,” produced by A Noise Within,

completes its run at 8 tonight.

Tickets range from $28 to $38. For reservations, call 240-0910.

The theater is at 234 S. Brand Blvd., Glendale.

‘SEE HOW THEY RUN’ AT GLENDALE CENTRE THEATRE

Glendale Centre Theatre kicks off its new season of wholesome,

family entertainment with the British farce “See How They Run.” It

was written in the 1940s by Philip King. Burbank resident George

Strattan is directing.

The play is about an English vicarage gone nuts. With the arrival

of the Bishop, one expects the shenanigans to cease, however, the

confusion showballs.

Tickets range from $14 to $17. The play continues through Feb.

15.

For reservations, call 244-8481. Glendale Centre Theatre is at 324

N. Orange St., Glendale.

‘2ND WIND THE MUSICAL’ IS BACK ON STAGE

The revival performance of the rock opera, “2nd Wind the Musical

2002,” will resume performances at 8 tonight at the Gene Bua Acting

For Life Theatre in Burbank.

The story is about an acting coach, Teacher, who rallies together

three celebrity volunteers to help him with a new program at

Strawberry Fields Residential Treatment Center. They attempt to teach

three street kids how to turn their rage, fear and shame into

positive energy through acting.

Tickets are $25 with discounts available for seniors, groups and

teens. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit Here’s To Life Foundation,

reaching at-risk youth through art and entertainment. For

reservations, call (310) 680-9109. The play continues through March

15. The playhouse is at 3435 W. Magnolia Blvd. in Burbank.

A LITTLE JAZZ WITH DINNER

JAX OFFERS SUPPER, JAZZ EVERY NIGHT

Jax Bar and Grill is a supper club offering live jazz every night

of the week.

Show times are 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 p.m.

to 1:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday; and 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

Sunday. Happy Hour Jazz is 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday through

Saturday.

Tonight, the spotlight shines on Dead Ringer. Sunday, it’s Burbank

resident Karen Hernandez performing. The schedule for the week is the

Marty Harris on Monday; Dave Askren Trio on Tuesday; Harold Bennett

on Wednesday; Jack Sheldon on Thursday; and Larry Koonse & The Los

Angeles Quartet on Friday.

Jax is at 339 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. For more information, call

500-1604.

RESTAURANT OFFERS MUSIC FROM ‘20s, ‘30s, ‘40s

The Oceanview Bar and Grill offers live entertainment six nights a

week for diners.

Entertainers perform a combination of piano and jazz guitar

pieces, and some accompany with vocals. Musical selections include a

mix of music from the 1920s, ‘30s and ‘40s to opera to Celine Dion.

Some entertainers also perform their original pieces and invite

diners to sing along with them.

Jennifer Russell and Michael Gayle sing jazz while playing piano

and guitar from 7 to 10 tonight. Singing behind the piano the rest of

the week are Bill Howe on Monday; Travis Warren on Tuesday; Mary

Ekler on Wednesday; Alexandra Caselli on Thursday; and Bob Setherolf

on Friday.

The Oceanview Bar and Grill is at 3826 Ocean View Blvd. For more

information, call 248-2722.

RUSTY PELICAN COOKS WITH LIVE MUSIC

Glendale’s Rusty Pelican, 300 Harvey Drive in Glendale, serves

dinner and Sunday brunch, but really cooks with its live singing and

music.

2AZZ1 and The Body & Soul Band, featuring Burbank residents Craig

and Mary Durst, performs at 7:30 p.m. Fridays. There is no cover and

no minimum.

There’s karaoke from 7:30 to 11 p.m. Wednesdays, live jazz from

7:30 to 11 p.m. Fridays and live blues from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m.

Saturdays. For information or to make reservations, call 242-9191.

KARAOKE

SWING DANCING, KARAOKE COMBINE AT THE MIX

The Mix, at 2612 Honolulu Ave. in Montrose, offers Top 40 music

played by a disc jockey Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. On

Wednesday, there is swing-dancing instruction from 8 to 9 p.m.

followed by swing dancing from 9:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Karaoke is offered

at 9:30 p.m. Thursday. There are also 12 pool tables and a pool

league, dart boards and a darts league, and the occasional live music

band. Cover is $3 on the weekend, $2 on Tuesdays and $5 on

Wednesdays.

For more information, call 248-3040.

DANCING

GO TO GIGGLES FOR SALSA, LATIN HOUSE

Giggles night club, 215 N. Brand Blvd. in Glendale, is offering a

mixture of dancing and salsa lessons Fridays.

Salsa and merengue dancing are offered on the lower level Friday

and Saturday. On the main floor, Spanish rock and pop are played

Friday, while Latin house, trance and Top 40 are offered Saturday.

There is a strict dress code. The club is open 8 p.m. to 3 a.m.

Friday and Saturday. Admission is $12 both nights.

For more information, call 500-7800.

ATTRACTIONS

SKATING IS COOL FUN AT PICKWICK ARENA

Pickwick Ice Skating Arena, 1001 Riverside Drive in Burbank, has

public skating, figure skating and ice-hockey lessons. It is also

available for private parties. Public sessions are from 2:30 to 4:30

p.m. Saturdays and Sundays; 8 to 10 p.m. Saturdays; 1:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; and 8:15 to 9:45 p.m. Wednesdays.

Admission is $6, $5 for 17 and younger, and $3 extra for skate

rentals. Call 846-0035.

EQUESTRIAN CENTER GREAT FOR HORSING AROUND

The Los Angeles Equestrian Center, 480 Riverside Drive in Burbank,

has horse events throughout the year but also rents out the animals

from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Horse rentals are $20 for one hour,

$30 for 1 1/2 hours, and $35 for two hours, all with a $15 deposit,

cash only. Private hourlong lessons are $35.

Private parties can take night rides or, for the summer only,

sunset barbecue rides. The sunset rides are also open to the public.

To horse around, call 840-8401, or for more information about the

center, call 840-9063.

MOONLIGHT ROLLERWAY IS THE PLACE TO SKATE

Moonlight Rollerway in Glendale offers skating for children and

adults throughout the week.

Admission ranges from $4.50 to $6.75. There is a $2 skate rental

fee or skaters can bring their own in-line or regular skates.

There is a session for children 12 and younger and their parents

from 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays.

Public sessions are from 7:30 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and

1:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Adult Disco Night for those 18

and older is from 8:30 to 11 p.m. Monday. Old-timers Night with live

organ music is from 8 to 10:30 p.m. Tuesdays.

Skaters receive a discount on the public session from 8 to 10:30

p.m. Wednesdays. Adult admission is $5 with $2 skate rental. The rink

is reserved for private parties Thursday.

Moonlight is at 5110 San Fernando Road in Glendale.

For more information, call 241-3630.

TALK TO THE ANIMALS AT THE LOS ANGELES ZOO

The L.A. Zoo is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is

$8.25 for adults, $5.25 for seniors 65 and older, $3.25 for kids 2 to

12 and free for kids younger than 2. Parking is free and strollers

and wheelchairs are available to rent. The zoo is at 5333 Zoo Drive,

Los Angeles. Call (323) 644-6400. It is closed on Christmas Day.

MUSEUMS

HOWARD MUSEUM OFFERS HISTORY OF BURBANK

The Gordon R. Howard Museum Complex features exhibits of early

Burbank. Hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays.

Admission is free, but donations are accepted. The complex is at

1015 W. Olive Ave., Burbank. Parking is available at George Izay Park

lot off Clark Avenue.

For more information, call 841-6333.

THE DOCTORS’ HOUSE FEATURES GLENDALE HISTORY

The Doctors’ House, tucked inside Brand Park in Glendale, is a

Victorian home in Queen Anne Eastlake-style open to the public from 2

to 4 p.m. Sundays. Built in the 1880s by real-estate entrepreneur

E.T. Byram, the house has been restored. Brand Park is at 1601 W.

Mountain St., Glendale.

BOLTON HALL FEATURES EARLY SUNLAND, TUJUNGA

Bolton Hall Museum in Tujunga, run by the Little Landers

Historical Society, features historical displays relating to the

Sunland and Tujunga areas. It is open to the public at 1 p.m.

Tuesdays and Sundays. Admission is free. The museum is at 10110

Commerce Ave., Tujunga.

For information, call 352-3420.

LOOKING BACK AT THE LANTERMAN HOUSE

The Lanterman House, owned by the city of La Canada Flintridge,

is operated by the Lanterman Historical Museum Foundation and is open

to the public from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and the first

and third Sundays of the month.

The house was built in 1914 by the founding family of La Canada

Flintridge. The city took ownership in 1987, and public tours have

been offered since 1995.

For information, call 790-1421.

CONCERTS

COMMUNITY CONCERTS CELEBRATES 50TH

The Glendale Community Concert Assn. is celebrating its 50th

anniversary concert season. The next concert will feature Hudson Shad

on March 9.

Common Ground is performing March 29 and Alison England on April

6.

Membership includes admission to concerts presented by affiliated

Community Concerts groups in other communities. For more information,

call 249-4625 or 248-3133.

Concerts begin at 2:30 p.m. at the Glendale High School

auditorium, 1440 E. Broadway in Glendale, except for the March 29

concert, which is at Hoover High School Auditorium.

PASADENA POPS UNVEILS SUMMER SEASON AT DESCANSO

The programs have been announced for the Pasadena Pops Orchestra’s

summer season performed at Descanso Gardens in La Canada Flintridge.

A “Red, White and Blue” salute featuring the music of the Andrew

Sisters is June 27 and 28. Then it’s a night of music “Fit for a

King,” with highlights from “The King and I” and Elvis on July 18 and

19 followed by a dance theme Aug. 15 and 16. “Beyond the Stars” is

the topic Sept. 5 and 6 and Cherish the Ladies, a non-subscription

event, is Aug. 2.

Rachael Worby is music director and conductor.

For tickets or more information, call (626) 792-7677.

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call JOYCE RUDOLPH at 637-3241 or e-mail joyce.rudolph@latimes.com or

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