Mary Banwart shows the passage of time and the effect of that
experience in her work “Site: Rushed.”
It is one painting in a series of eight depicting the sea.
“It shows the erosion of a shoreline and how the tide takes things
out and then brings things back on shore,” she said. “It is difficult
to capture the moment of what’s being destroyed and what is being
The Claremont resident received the Juror’s Favorite honor in the
Women Painters West show "...Because I Am a Woman” at the Creative
Arts Center Gallery in Burbank.
“It’s awfully nice,” she said about receiving the honor. “I’m very
The abstract work is done in mixed media.
“I’m a process artist, which means I usually work a surface,
adding, tearing away, sanding and putting down more layers until I
achieve the surface I’m happy with.”
Another winner, Lois Ramirez of Burbank, received the Blessing
Semler Award for her piece “Dream.”
Its focal point is a circuit board taken from a miniature
Her message is that through computers, you accelerate
communication through talking, which is the way to work out problems,
“If we all talk things out and try to understand the other
person’s objective, maybe we can avoid conflict,” she said. “We’ve
got a war looming I think with President Bush. By talking out our
problems, we will be able to assure peace.”
Other winners are Spotlight Award: Dorothy Tate for “Alien
Landscape;" Pearl Guenther Award: Melva Head, “Rememberances;"
Image-Ination Award: Carolann Watterson, “That Certain Circle;" and
three Honorable Mention Awards: Wanda Svendsen, “Behind The Scenes;"
Sandra Goldman, “Spirit Journeys;" and Susan Kuss, “She Loves.”
Juror for this show was Barbara Gilbert, curator for the Skirball
Museum. This exhibit ends Feb. 26. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 8
p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 1
p.m. Saturday. The arts center is in George Izay Park, at 1100 W.
Clark Ave., Burbank. Women Painters West was founded in 1921 and
supports scholarships for promising art students.
FAMILY CONCERT DEDICATED TO GAUGUIN
Fine art is celebrated through classical music when the Los
Angeles Chamber Orchestra begins its series of Family Concerts Sunday
at The Alex Theatre in Glendale.
“Red Dogs & Pink Skies: A Musical Celebration of Paul Gauguin”
will be featured in the concert at 2 p.m. conducted by Jeffrey
Kahane, music director.
In the late 1890s, Gauguin gave up his job as a stockbroker in
Paris to move to exotic Tahiti, where he painted the world as he saw
it. In France, people were shocked by his imaginative use of color.
Today, he is recognized as one of the great impressionist painters.
The music and text for the concert piece was written by composer
Bruce Adolphe in 2002. During the concert, slides of Gauguin’s
paintings will be shown with narration by Kahane.
Pre-concert activities begin at 1 p.m. and feature the
orchestra’s musicians giving a workshop on how to listen to classical
Tickets are $7.50 and $12.50, and can be purchased at The Alex
Theatre box office, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale.
GCC STUDENTS SELECTED FOR FESTIVAL
Officials of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival
selected two of the one-act plays from Glendale College’s production
of “The Lesbian Witches of Ojai” to take part in the upcoming
regional festival in the new play category.
The title piece “The Lesbian Witches of Ojai” and “One Bullet”
were chosen as the best new plays produced in a six-state region.
They are two of four short plays recently performed together at the
college. The Theatre Arts Department is invited to stage the two
pieces at the Region VIII festival at Utah State University from Feb.
11 to 16.
A national selection team from the Kennedy Center will see the GCC
productions along with other new works from the other seven regional
festivals in the country. The selection team could choose one or both
of these plays to travel to the national festival at the Kennedy
Center in Washington, D.C., in April.
The playwright, Brian Dembkoski, and the casts and directors and
crews of both plays will have the opportunity to have their work seen
on a regional and possibly national level.
The public will have another opportunity to see the two plays at 8
tonight in Kreider Hall at the college. Admission is free.
‘BUS STOP’ RETURNS FOR LIMITED RUN
One’s heart aches watching lovers Bo and Cherie find balance in
their relationship in William Inge’s “Bus Stop,” returning for a
limited run before producers of A Noise Within take it on the road.
Rodeo star Bo (Ben Messmer) falls in love with saloon singer
Cherie (Abby Craden), and plans to sweep her off her feet and make
her his bride. Cherie has no plans for marriage and is focused on
stardom, but Cupid has other plans and aims his bow when the couple
are stranded at Grace’s Cafe during a snowstorm.
The play opens this weekend with performances continuing through
On tour, it will receive one regular and one student outreach
performance at the McCallum Theatre in Palm Springs, followed by
another student outreach performance at El Camino College in
Tickets range from $24 to $32. For reservations, call 240-0910.
“Bus Stop” is part of A Noise Within’s season titled “The
Dangerous and the Divine” by co-artistic directors and husband and
wife Geoff Elliott and Julia Rodriguez Elliott.
The season continues with Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure,”
running Feb. 28 to May 10; “O Pioneers!” March 14 to May 15; and “The
King Stag,” April 4 to May 18.
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.
PAINTER DISPLAYS AT VIVA GALLERY
Marilyn Malkov Stein of Burbank joins nine other artists of Artist
Co-Op 7 in their group show “10 of H’Arts” throughout February at the
Viva Gallery in Northridge.
After a long career in advertising, Stein has returned to her
passion of painting, choosing subject matter ranging from abstract
figures to whimsical landscapes.
She works in oils or acrylic, and became intrigued by the human
figure while taking life drawing classes. She prefers painting
landscapes, she said, because they make her happy.
The Viva Gallery is at 8516 Reseda Blvd., Northridge. A reception
will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Feb. 8. The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to
4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Admission is free. The show continues throughout February. For more
information, call 576-0775.
‘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
‘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
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,” has returned with two new songs. Show time is 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
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
Tonight, the spotlight shines on the Cecilia Coleman Quintet.
Sunday, it’s the Preston Smith Trio performing. The schedule for the
week is the Marty Harris Trio on Monday; the Tom Regis Trio on
Tuesday; Kim Edmundson Quintet featuring Med Flory and Tom Ranier on
Wednesday; Jack Sheldon on Thursday; and Jennifer York on Friday.
Jax is at 339 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. For more information, call
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