Category Archives: Art

Mural Rendering

Mural Renderings In Progress

April 3, 2019 VNNC President George Thomas met with the artist who will paint the mural in front of LAPD Van Nuys Division, as well as Captain Hearn and the Executive Director of the 501c3 overseeing it all.

As we are finishing the renderings, we wanted to share with you one of the final proposals. This is an exciting time for Van Nuys and our surrounding communities as our local government works to bring decision makers together to bring about the betterment of Van Nuys.

And let this be the beginning of the transformation of the Civic Center. Next up is changing the pergola into a children’s playground. Then we will seek to bring the Smithsonian Postal Museum to the old abandoned post office at 6200 Van Nuys Boulevard.

The Civic Center is a gem for the entire San Fernando Valley to enjoy. And has been ideal for any and all governmental and administrative purposes citizens have, but we are looking to go further than that. Our local council wants to turn the government center into the cultural capital of Los Angeles, with festivals and fairs in front of Van Nuys City Hall.

So join us in supporting the mural project, and let us transform Van Nuys into the actual capital of Los Angeles and continue to have our #1 status as the best council in the land.

FROM HER 2017: In Honor of National Women’s History Month

FROM HER 2017: In Honor of National Women’s History Month

FROM HER 2017:
In Honor of National Women’s History Month

March 2 to April 9, 2017
at the Biscailuz Gallery
Address: 125 Paseo de La Plaza | Los Angeles, CA 90012


This year’s exhibition theme is:
“Latinas in Our Communities: Women Making a Difference.”

All throughout history, Latina women from various countries have made remarkable strides as leaders in education, art, music, business, community advocacy, social justice, environmentalism, politics, and in many other fields.

To this day, there are countless Latinas who exemplify leadership in their communities and continue to make a difference in society.

In honor of National Women’s History Month, artists are invited to submit pieces that celebrate and commemorate various Latina women who have gone above and beyond as leaders and change makers, in history or present day.

All submissions must be received no later than
Saturday, 2/4/17 by 5:00 p.m. PST

A maximum of four (4) submissions from each artist.
All submissions must be the artist’s original work.

Website Link:

For more information, please see the attached .PDF regarding submissions and notifications.

You may also email with the subject line
“FROM HER QUESTION” or with “QUESTION” or “URGENT” as the subject line.
We receive many e-mails and will try to respond as promptly as possible.


The Lucille and Edward R. Roybal Foundation and El Pueblo Historical Monument present:
Roybal: Man of the People
An art exhibition and tribute to the activism and community undertakings of Edward R. Roybal.

Exhibit Dates: January 6 – 30, 2017
Exhibit Hours: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, Tuesdays through Sundays (Closed Mondays)
Location: El Tranquilo Gallery and Information Center | w-19A, Olvera Street


The El Pueblo Park Association and El Pueblo Historical Monument present:
Escenas de México: Una Exposición Fotográfica
(Scenes of Mexico: A Photo Exhibition)
Experience an illuminating glimpse of Mexican imagery, its people, cuisine, and traditions.

Exhibit Dates: January 6, 2017 – February 26, 2017
Exhibit Hours: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, Tuesdays through Sundays (Closed Mondays)
Location: Biscailuz Gallery | 125 Paseo de La Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Also, please feel free to join us at this exhibit’s opening reception:

Date: Thursday, January 12, 2017
Start Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Biscailuz Gallery, El Pueblo Historical Monument
Address: 125 Paseo de La Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90012

There will be light refreshments served and a short program to celebrate the opening of our first site-hosted exhibit of 2017. Please feel free to share this event with friends, family, and colleagues; admission to both the exhibit and reception are free!

MSFV Speaker Series: Artist Preston Craig ? ? ⭐ Plus Special Event ⭐

The Museum of the San Fernando Valley invites you to meet October’s featured artist, Preston Craig.


2PM – 3PM

Craig earned a Master in Fine Arts from the Academy of Art in San Francisco and a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Arts from the University of Louisiana. His award-winning work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. He has lived and worked in Norway, England and Japan as an illustrator, computer graphic artist and scenic artist. Craig’s artwork consists of a variety of imagery, utilizing classical and digital painting techniques sometimes combined with a splash of humor and social commentary.

Visit The Museum on Saturday, October 29th, from 2-3pm to learn more about Craig and his art. This is the last artist speaker series of the year

Proceeds help support The Museum. 
Seating is very limited. Tickets are required.

Everyone who purchases a ticket will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win original art prints, books and walking tour passes.

The Museum of the San Fernando Valley
18860 Nordhoff St, Suite 204, Northridge, CA 91324

Decorative Chair Silent Auction & Closing Party
4PM – 6PM

Following the Speaker Series, you are invited to see the Hot Art | Cool Room exhibition one last time and make your final art purchases. During the closing party you’ll also be able to bid on one of kind decorative chairs, enjoy wine, food and meet the winner of the second Patron’s Choice Award. More information about the event found on Facebook.


2PM – 3PM

Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge Grantee, City of Los Angeles Announces Roster of Artists for the City’s First Public Art Biennial

Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge Grantee, City of Los Angeles Announces Roster of Artists for the City’s First Public Art Biennial

All cities in the Foundation’s Public Art Challenge Announce Project Updates in April

Today, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced several artists participating in the city’s first biennial along the Los Angeles River. The biennial seeks to call attention to water and sustainability as well as act as a cultural experience for visitors. The biennial, titled, Current:LA Water was chosen as one of four grantees in Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Public Art Challenge, which provides funding of up to $1 million for public art and aims to demonstrate the power of culture to advance civic priorities.

“Public art projects change cities for the better, and they can also enhance city governments. By enabling agencies to push boundaries and work with new partners, these projects unite everyone with a shared mission,” said Bloomberg Philanthropies CEO and former New York City First Deputy Mayor Patricia E. Harris. “We are pleased to support the City of Los Angeles and to soon experience the public works these great artists will share through CURRENT:LA.”

Developed by the Department of Cultural Affairs Public Art Division, Current: LA will include works by artists and teams: Refik Anadol + Peggy Weil; Edgar Arceneaux; Josh Callaghan + Daveed Kapoor; Mel Chin; Chris Kallmyer; Candice Lin; Lucky Dragons: Luke Fischbeck + Sarah Rara; Teresa Margolles; Kori Newkirk; Michael Parker; Gala Porras-Kim; Rirkrit Tiravanija; and Kerry Tribe. Over 130 artists submitted proposals.

“Los Angeles is the creative capital of the world, a place where we appreciate how art inspires us to see the world through new eyes,” said Mayor Garcetti. “CURRENT:LA will make Angelenos rethink our relationship with water, and better understand how the L.A. River connects the diverse communities and cultures that make our city great.”

The three other grantees of the Public Art Challenge (Gary, Indiana; Spartanburg, South Carolina; and a joint project by, Albany, Schenectady and Troy, New York) are undertaking projects that address some of the nation’s most pressing civic issues including neighborhood safety and urban revitalization.

Spartanburg, has announced 10 neighborhoods participating in an instillation that will transform open spaces and create more vibrant neighborhoods. Gary, Indiana announced that six individual artists and teams have been selected to submit full proposals for their project, ArtHouse a Social Kitchen which seeks to use public space to spur development of a cultural district and to promote urban revitalization. And in a joint project aimed at addressing vacant housing, three New York cities, Albany, Troy and Schenectady, announced a host of community events including art workshops, local gallery installations, and clinics to enhance opportunities for potential buyers.

To follow the developments of each city and learn more about how cities, artists and communities are coming together through the public art challenge, visit

About Bloomberg Philanthropies:
Bloomberg Philanthropies works in over 120 countries around the world to ensure better, longer lives for the greatest number of people. The organization focuses on five key areas for creating lasting change: Arts, Education, Environment, Government Innovation and Public Health. Bloomberg Philanthropies encompasses all of Michael R. Bloomberg’s charitable activities, including his foundation and his personal giving. In 2015, Bloomberg Philanthropies distributed over half a billion dollars. For more information, please visit or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter @BloombergDotOrg.

Media Contact

Bloomberg Philanthropies, Rebecca Carriero, (212) 205-0182,

CURRENT: LA Public Art Biennial

CURRENT: LA Public Art Biennial

CURRENT:LA is Los Angeles’ first citywide Public Art Biennial taking place in summer, 2016. Putting a new spin on the traditional international biennial, CURRENT:LA will democratize the way people access art by featuring temporary public art projects and public programs at outdoor locations, taking art out of the museum environment and into the diverse neighborhoods of our City where residents live, work, and play.

Every two years, the CURRENT:LA Public Art Biennial will focus on a theme that affects Los Angeles and other global cities in order to inspire civic discourse on the issue, using contemporary art as a way to deepen connections between people. Commissioned projects featured in CURRENT:LA will be selected by an independent curatorial team of established arts professionals with experience in issues-based public art. This city-wide cultural event is presented by the Mayor Eric Garcetti and the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), a department that has championed the arts in Los Angeles since 1925.

The first presentation of the CURRENT:LA Public Art Biennial in 2016 is funded by DCA and Bloomberg Philanthropies through its Public Art Challenge initiative. The CURRENT initiative is funded through a match between the City’s Arts Development Fee (ADF) Program and private sources.

WATER was chosen for Los Angeles’ inaugural biennial as a platform for the exchange of ideas around our relationship to water as global citizens. The issue of water is relevant and timely for LA, given that California’s current drought is one of the most severe ever recorded. Our challenges are similar to those faced by cities and regions around the world, with ever-increasing local and global demands for water resources to meet human, commercial, and agricultural needs. To better foster discussion, CURRENT:LA Water will stage large-scale art commissions next to bodies of water, both manmade and natural, including some alongside the Los Angeles River as a way to support the City’s broad and long-term goal of creating the River as a rehabilitated public corridor for art, culture, and community engagement.

The CURRENT initiative is for all residents and visitors of Los Angeles. CURRENT:LA Water will consist of temporary outdoor art works that are open to the public and free to attend, giving everyone direct access to cultural experiences. In addition, creative public programming and other ancillary events will be hosted for the duration of the biennial. This month-long event aims to connect the over 4 million people living in communities throughout Los Angeles to inspire social action through the imaginative power of art.

For questions about CURRENT:LA, please contact DCA’s Public Art Division at or 213-202-5544 or visit the website.

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