Descanso Gardens is captured in a rainbow of colors in Valery
Moorhead’s piece “Descanso Haven,” one in her cache of works
displayed at the Boddy House Gallery, tucked inside the La Canada
Prior to pressing her brush to the canvas, Moorhead snapped a
photograph of the scene -- a small structure, a bevy of flowers and
mountains stretching majestically across the background.
The oil painting has lots of greens, peaches and violets, the
“The whole gardens are gorgeous,” she said. “This spot struck me
because it represented the total beauty of the gardens, so I focused
in on one thing.”
The wife of former area congressman Carlos Moorhead, Valery found
her niche in painting in 1983 when they were living in Washington,
D.C. She joined Washington Artworks, a group of congressional wives
who painted together weekly, led by Pat Mercer Hutchens.
“Hutchens told me first you have to learn the principles of art,
and then you must have a strong desire to want to do this and set
aside time and work very hard at it. It doesn’t come overnight,” she
When her husband retired and they moved back to Glendale, Valery
began painting with a group organized by Margot Lennartz, curator of
the Boddy House Gallery. Members paint together and critique each
A few years ago, Moorhead and several artists in her classes
exhibited at a gala for the YWCA of Glendale, to benefit the domestic
violence and Encore Plus programs. Her painting, “View from a Bridge,
Bassano del Grappa, Italy,” was auctioned off for the benefit.
She enjoys exhibiting so close to home, she said, because it
allows her friends to see her work.
“They have commented on my use of bold colors and the skies I’ve
done,” she said. “When I paint landscapes and nature, I feel I would
like to reflect God’s glorious creation,” she said.
Also exhibiting are Russell Hobbs, showing his pen-and-ink
drawings, and Jean Taylor and Rick Drobner, exhibiting ceramics.
The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily and admission is free
with gardens’ admission. This exhibit continues through Oct. 23.
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 fees are $6 for adults; $4 for seniors and students; $1.50
for children 5 to 12, and free for members and children 4 and
younger. For information call 949-4200.
SPOOKY CARS DISPLAY AT SHOW
The Road’ers Car Club will have its Halloween Cruise In car show
from 6 to 9 tonight at Bob’s Big Boy, 1407 W. Glenoaks Blvd.,
Special prizes will be presented for Best Costume and Best Car in
Costume. All classic, muscle and hot rods are welcome to enter the
show. Those showing vehicles are advised to arrive early.
D.J. Jim will be spinning all the great oldies and eight trophies
will be awarded. There will be raffle and 50/50 prize drawings. For
more information, call Rick Fox at 240-9461.
Joe Nohegl’s 1956 Pontiac wagon won Best of Show last month. The
Best Ford Product 2003 honor went to Ray and Jackie Petri and their
BURROUGHS MUSIC GROUPS SING FOR FUNDS
Choirs of John Burroughs High School will sing while guests enjoy
supper during the “Spaghetti Serenade” from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight at
the First United Methodist Church of Burbank.
Combining recipes for the dinner will be Sal Palilla, owner of
Santoro’s Submarine Sandwiches, and Connie Trimble, whose family
owned Barron’s Restaurant in town for many years.
Tickets are $6, and $3 for children under 5 at the door. Proceeds
go to the choirs’ expenses for traveling to competitions, costumes,
sheet music, accompanists and other costs. The church is at 700 N.
Glenoaks Blvd., Burbank. For more information, call 269-7043.
AUTHORS SIGN BOOKS ON TERROR
A book signing for three authors specializing in terror is
scheduled for 2 p.m. today at Dark Delicacies.
David J. Skal will sign his new trade paperback about the history
of Halloween, “Death Makes a Holiday.” True crime writer Corey
Mitchell will sign his latest investigation book, “Dead & Buried: A
Shocking Account of Rape, Torture, and Murder on the California
Coast.” Completing the trio will be author Glen Hirshberg signing the
critically acclaimed “The Two Sams: Ghost Stories.”
Dark Delicacies is at 4213 W. Burbank Blvd., Burbank. For more
information, call 556-6660.
‘LATE NIGHT CATECHISM’ PRODUCED AT FALCON
“Late Night Catechism” is continuing in an open-ended run at 7:30
p.m. Sundays at The Falcon Theatre in Burbank.
It was written by Vicki Quade and Maripat Donovan. Directed by
Marc Silvia, the interactive comedy features an irrepressible
“Sister” teaching a class of “students” (the audience). Parochial
school was never this funny!
The Falcon is at 4252 Riverside Drive, Burbank. Tickets are $25.
For reservations, call 955-8101.
‘TEN LITTLE INDIANS’ OPENS AT CENTRE THEATRE
Agatha Christie’s “Ten Little Indians” is in its opening weekend
at Glendale Centre Theatre. It is directed by Burbank resident George
It’s a suspenseful tale of murder as, one by one, guests at a
dinner party fall victim, leaving the audience guessing until the
final act. Tickets range from $16 to $20. The play continues through
For the children, “Jack and the Beanstalk” by Byron Simpson
continues at 11 a.m. Saturdays through Nov. 15. Tickets are $12 and
$10 for children.
For reservations, call 244-8481. Glendale Centre Theatre is at 324
N. Orange St., Glendale.
REALLY SPONTANEOUS GROUP APPEARING
The Really Spontaneous Theatre Company continues its
improvisational shows at 7 p.m. each Sunday at the Third Stage, 2811
W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank. Tickets are $15 and can be reserved by
calling (323) 969-4991.
COLLEGE PRODUCES ‘MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM’
William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is being
produced by the Glendale Community College Theatre Arts Department in
the Auditorium Mainstage Theatre.
Professor Ken Gray is the director. One of Shakespeare’s most
popular comedies, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” involves the strange
events that take place in a forest inhabited by fairies, including
the mischievous Puck, whose magic transforms the romantic fate of two
Shows are at 8 tonight and 2 p.m. Sunday and continue at 8 p.m.
Oct. 23, 24 and 25 and 2 p.m. Oct. 26. Tickets are $10, $6 for
students and seniors and $4 each for groups of 10 or more and
children 12 and under. Tickets may be purchased at the door. For
information call 240-1000, ext. 5618.
PHOTOGRAPHER SHOWS WORKS OF NEW YORK
Los Angeles photographer Rick Penn-Kraus’ exhibit, titled “New
York: B&W; Photos from Before You-Know-When,” continues at the Wax
Poetic salon and art gallery in Burbank.
His photography has appeared on the covers of numerous national
The exhibit continues through Monday. Wax Poetic is at 3208 W.
Magnolia Blvd., Burbank. For more information, call 843-9469.
ARTISTS GET IT TOGETHER IN EXHIBIT
“Getting It Together,” an exhibit featuring Ruth Banarer, June
Schnitzer and Loraine Veeck, continues through Oct. 28 at the
Creative Art Center Gallery in Burbank.
They are members of Women Painters West and the Collage Artists of
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 gallery is
at 1100 W. Clark Ave., Burbank. For more information, call 238-5397.
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