From the Vaults: Donna Angers


I first came across Donna Angers work when we were in an exhibition curated by Lili Bernard together at Watts Towers Arts Center.  Her “Study in Pink and Blue” was in one of the main galleries there in the huge and wonderful BAILA CON DUENDE exhibition last year.  This large work was mesmerizing to me and I have been a fan ever since.  An upcoming opportunity to see her amazing work will be at the Dysonna City Art Gallery for an opening Feb. 1st from 7 – 9pm.  The exhibition will be up until the 25th, see the link for gallery hours and address.


From the Vaults: Frank E. Cummings III


A must see at the Long Beach Museum of Art.  These royal wonders were masterfully created by Frank E. Cummings and he will be in the museum/gallery THIS THURSDAY from 5:30-6:30pm to discuss his life and his works.  Do not fret if you cannot make it.  His work will be at the museum until February 23rd.

Artis Lane and Betye Saar in – LA Woman: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Group show of 24 artists and over 50 works.
9/7/2013 – 1/5/2014 | 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Forest Lawn – Glendale – Museum
1712 S. Glendale Avenue
Glendale, CA 91205
Open Tuesday-Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed MondaysFree admission. Free Parking.

This is a one-of-a-kind exhibit of 24 women artists who have made a significant and lasting impact on the art, history and culture of Los Angeles.  It’s the first time that these women have ever exhibited together, and over 50 works of art will be on display.

Charles H. Tatum

Retrospective:  1973 – 2008

Watts Towers Art Center

1727 East 107th Street

Los Angeles, CA 90002


A look at the influence of African Art on the work of an African American Sculptor


January 20 – August 11, 2013

“Charles Tatum began his career as an artist sculpting and designing in wood in the late 1960’s after he completed his service in the US Navy.  While visiting family in the Los Angeles area, he met a group of sculptors at the Watts Towers Arts Center and the Compton Communicative Arts Academy which included John Outterbridge, Noah Purifoy, Judson Powell and Charles Dickson.  He learned from them at a time when they were actively exploring African motifs, sculpting techniques, and assemblage in relation to modern African American sculpture.”  From the Charles H. Tatum study guide available at Watts Towers Art Center.

Common Ground II – Shared Experiences

Opening reception, January 18th, 2013, 7 – 9p


“Song for Orisas”, Mona Lisa Whitaker


Mercado La Paloma

3655 S. Grand Avenue

Los Angeles, CA  90007

The California African American Museum, in collaboration with Esperanza Community Housing at the Mercado La Paloma, are presenting photographic [and printed] images by 13 artists:

Abel Alejandre

Mari Beltran

Marlon Cacpal

Di’Jonn Cooper

June Edmonds

George Evans

Michele Evans

Jeanette Godinez

Nery Gabriel Lemus

Marissa Lopez-Donatt

Milton Loupe

Jessy Nerio

Mona Lisa Whitaker

January 5 – February 28th, 2013

Common Ground II – Shared Experiences illustrates the parallel cultural traditions among African and Latino Americans in the areas of food, music, dance and (mis)perceptions.

For additional information about any CAAM event call 323.379.5864

Colorful Antics: Group Show

Colorful Antics

George Billis Gallery LA

Group Show: Featuring the work of Duane Paul


Duane Paul, “Excited” with detail.

Opening: Saturday – January 12th – 5:00pm – 8:00pm

George Billis Gallery LA
2716 S. La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90034
T: 310-838-3685
F: 310-838-3438

Between Washington & Venice on S. La Cienega Blvd.
in the Culver City art district.

Artists also featured in this group show are:

Derek Buckner, YaYa Chou, Carol Es, Stanley Goldstein, Tom Gregg,
Kathy Halper, Charlotte Smith, Barbara Strasen, Trine Wejp-Olson

Patsy Johnson Quilts at Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles

110 E. 22nd St.

San Pedro, CA. 90731

Friday, Saturday, Sunday

11a – 6p

patsy1 Patsy and her Frida quilt

patsy2 Gorgeous quilt by Patsy Johnson.

patsy3 Reversible jacket on top reversible quilt with material from Africa.  That she went to Africa and barter for and acquire for herself.

patsy4 Quilted purses and pillow by Patsy Johnson.  Patsy also has a blog with beautiful photos and also details about her work and how it came about.  Here is a link to this blog.  It will take you to a quilt inspired by a trip to Africa Patsy made, specifically a tour of Goree Island.