Details make paintings look like photographs


I was in the neighborhood and decided to stop by the Creative Arts

Center in Burbank to see paintings by watercolor artist Louis Stephen


The intricate details in many of the pieces, especially his

depiction of ships at sea, are amazing. My favorite is "Sun Dance."

The watercolor's subject is a lone ship, not much more than a shadow

against a brilliant orange and yellow sunset.

From six feet away, they look like photographs. But getting

closer, I could see the definite brush strokes.

His painting subjects range from national parks to California

landscapes, from seacoasts to lighthouses and also to trips abroad.

Gadal's work has been exhibited with the Arts for the Parks in

Jackson Hole, Wyo., and with Mystic International at the Mystic

Maritime Galleries in Mystic, Conn.

He is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society, the

National Watercolor Society and the American Society of Marine

Artists. This published artist is the recipient of numerous awards

and honors and his artwork is owned by corporations, private

collections and museums.

The exhibit ends Thursday. Gallery hours are from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

today and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday. For more

information, call 238-5397. The gallery is at 1100 W. Clark Ave.,





"Spanish Spice; Turkish Delight" is the title of the concert

presented by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra conducted by Jeffrey

Kahane at 8 tonight at the Alex Theatre in Glendale.

On the program are Telemann's Don Quixote (1761), Rodrigo's Concierto Pastoral (1978), Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 5 In A Major,

K. 219 (Turkish) (1775) and Schubert's adagio and Rondo for violin

and strings In A Major, D 438 (1816).

Prices range from $16 to $68, with discounts for students, seniors

and groups of 12 or more, subject to availability. Tickets are

available at the box office. The Alex Theatre is at 216 N. Brand

Blvd., Glendale. For more information, call 243-2539.



Burbank's Alliance Repertory Company presents, as part of its

midweek series, "Last Train to Nibroc" by Arlene Hutton.

Opening performances are at 8 p.m. tonight and Sunday. The series

continues with midweek performances at 8 p.m. Wednesdays and

Thursdays through March 11.

Set in 1939, the play revolves around Raleigh and May, two

Kentuckians who meet by chance on a train leaving Los Angeles. Will

Raleigh change trains to be with May; will May overcome her

prejudices against Raleigh's family; will the fire die down; and will

true love prevail?

The play is directed by Joel Marquez and stars Andrew Hamrick and

Erin Underwood.

The Alliance Repertory Theatre is at 3204 W. Magnolia Blvd.,

Burbank. For reservations, call (800) 595-4849.



The Debussy Trio will present a chamber music concert of works by

Debussy, Telemann, Jeff Beall, Ian Krause and Jaques Bondon at 4 p.m.

Sunday at Salem Lutheran Church, 1211 N. Brand Blvd, Glendale.

This trio, featuring Angela Wiegand on flute, Marcie Dickstein on

harp and David Walther on viola, has performed in more than 1,000

concerts in Europe and the United States.

In addition to their performances with the trio, individual

members also perform with the Los Angeles Opera and the Santa Barbara

Chamber Orchestra, as well as on numerous film scores.

A freewill offering will be received. A reception follows the

concert. Child care is provided for children 3 and younger. For more

information, call 243-3193.



Road'ers Car Club will have its Cruise-In car show from 5 to 8

tonight at Bob's Big Boy, 1407 W. Glenoaks Blvd., Glendale.

This event is the club's Valentine Cruise-In and free roses will

be presented to the first 50 entrants. There will be raffles and a

50/50 drawing. Visitors can hear great oldies but goodies music

played by D.J. Jim. All antique, classic, hot rod and muscle cars are

welcome to compete for trophies.

For more information, call Rick Fox at 240-9461.

Last month's Best of Show trophy went to Rowland Hall for his 1965

Pontiac GTO.




Descanso Gardens Boddy House Gallery has two artists exhibiting

their works.

Louise Forbes and her paintings on wood offer "A Glimpse into

Nature's Realm." Her oil paintings of wildlife, fantasy flowers and

hidden subjects follow the natural grain of wood panels to bring

delightful surprises to the viewer.

Jim Yurk, an award-winning potter, offers work that is both

functional and decorative. He returns to Descanso with unusual

stoneware impressions of wall-hung flowers.

The Boddy House is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Entrance is free

with gardens admission. The exhibit continues through March 4.

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; $4 for seniors and students; $1.50 for

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

For information call 949-4200 or visit



Fun, color and lightness of spirit define the two exhibits at the

Brand Library Art Galleries in Glendale.

Carolyn Applegate creates chairs, wall plaques and large hangings

from various colors of pantyhose, clipped and stuffed with filling

into hundreds of round balls. The first impression is one of awe,

wonder and amusement, as her art explores a new medium well outside

traditional paint or clay. The works are life-sized and beyond, as

the viewer becomes surrounded by her playful world of installation


J.J. L'Heureux's works in the Atrium Gallery are collages

incorporating colorful European cheese wrappers and thread. Her use

of found (but not often in this country) paper products with more

traditional "women's work" thread and sewing designs also presses the

limits of what constitutes artists' materials and art itself.

Hours are 1 to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 1 to 6 p.m.

Wednesday and 1 to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The exhibit continues

until April 17. Admission is free. Brand Art Galleries are in Brand

Park at 1601 W. Mountain St., Glendale.



The Verdugo Hills Art Assn. is sponsoring a show featuring Glady

Pettibone and Sandy van Berkhout at the La Canada Flintridge Library.

Pettibone discovered watercolor painting in 1997 while recovering

from back surgery. She turned on KOCE- TV Channel 50 and watched a

watercolor artist teaching "Have More Fun with Watercolor." After

watching for a week, she decided to try it and found it relaxing and


The retired interior designer and general contractor enjoys

painting florals and people's homes, which she does on commission.

An avid traveler who visits museums around the world, van Berkhout

discovered watercolor painting in 1999 when she enrolled in a

beginning class taught by Carole Buss at Descanso Gardens. She paints

landscapes from what she has seen on her many travels.

This exhibit continues until Feb. 28. The library is at 4545

Oakwood Ave., La Canada Flintridge.



Whites Gallery has joined with the Pasadena Society of Artists in

presenting an exhibition celebrating the finalists and award-winners

of the juried competition for small format in a variety of medium.

Linda Strack, owner of the gallery, was asked to judge the show

and be the host of the exhibition.

Robert Brown, professor of life drawing at Glendale Community

College for more than 40 years, received an award of merit for his

serigraph "Nocturne." The Glendale resident has a lengthy biography

of awards and art installations in fused and stained glass as well as

printmaking and figurative pieces.

Rick Drobner of La Crescenta won Best of Show with his drawling

titled "Subtleties." The gallery is at 2414 Honolulu Ave., Montrose.

For more information, call 957-4071. The show continues until Feb.



Works by sculptor-painter Emil Kazaz of Los Angeles are now on

display at Stephanie's Gallery in La Canada Flintridge.

Kazaz won one of the five gold medals for the sculpture category

in the fourth International Biennale Exhibition in December in

Florence, Italy.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and

10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The gallery is at 466-C Foothill

Blvd., La Canada Flintridge. For more information, call 790-4905. The

exhibition continues through April.



Glendale artist Vince Takas gives a watercolor tour of Italy with

his exhibit at the Forest Lawn Museum.

His work features a visit to the Rialto, and to Venice with its

canals and quaint little streets; the lush green landscapes of

Ireland, and a glimpse of everyday American life with simple scenes

such as a bicycle leaning against a house to Phillippe's Restaurant

in Los Angeles, where coffee is still only five cents a cup.

Also planned in addition to the exhibit, a series of community

events, including a painting workshop led by the artist.

Takas has worked for the Walt Disney Co. since 1991. Prior to

moving to California, he worked as a police officer for the state of

New York.

The exhibit continues until April 18. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

daily. Admission is free. Forest Lawn Museum is at 1712 S. Glendale Ave., Glendale. For more information, call (800) 204-3131.



"Divas: The Art of Ione Citrin," an exhibit by Los Angeles artist

Ione Citrin, continues at Wax Poetic salon and gallery in Burbank.

Citrin's art is influenced by her travels to India, Africa, Asia,

the Middle East, Europe, South and Central America, Mexico and the


Her work often has a theatrical flair, in part, because of Ione's

entertainment industry background.

She starred in the hit morning TV show "The Prize Movie with

Ione," which aired daily in Chicago from 1967 through 1975. She's

also a voice-over artist performing celebrity characterizations and

cartoon characters for TV and radio commercials.

Every two months, owner Kerry Hite invites area artists to show

their work out of support for the local art community and because

having a rotating gallery exhibition inspires great conversations in

the salon.

The exhibit continues through March 15. The salon is at 3208 W.

Magnolia Blvd., Burbank. For more information, call 843-9469.




"An Evening with the Egos," has been extended until March 7 at the

Little Victory in Burbank.

Written by Joseph De Rosa, the comedy was inspired by a series of

flirtatious conversations between co-workers that the playwright

observed as he walked down the hallway at work.

De Rosa wanted to write a story about two people trapped in the

worst possible place to talk about how they feel, but their egos

wouldn't let them keep anything hidden. The corporate couple and

their egos are played by Adrianne Avey, Jeremy Kent Jackson, Juliette

Miller and Dominic Catrambone.

It is directed by Maria Gobetti and co-produced by The Victory

Theatre Center and Eye-40 Productions. Tom Ormeny and Gobetti are

artistic directors of The Victory.

Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 7 p.m. Sundays

through March 7. There is no show Feb. 29. Tickets range from $20 to

$22. For reservations, call 841-5422. The theater is at 3324 W.

Victory Blvd.

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