Four months ago, Willcocks, who previously taught at Cal State Long Beach and is currently a professor of art at Redlands University, planted herself deep inside the neglected northernly part of the city. As part of an A LOT North initiative, she decided to depict the culture of barbershops in the city by photographing, interviewing and becoming one with the community to bring her animations to life. Her work, though, goes far beyond her exhibit that showed in a red cargo container during last weekend’s A LOT event.
Those Long Beach residents who were so disappointed regarding the minuscule portions allotted by Big Bite Bacon Fest can take a little sigh of relief. Bigmista's Barbecue, one of the vendors who had handed out samples during the event, is setting its sights on Long Beach.
October marks Long Beach Arts Month, and the Long Beach Post has partnered with the Arts Council for Long Beach to celebrate the image makers, the painters, the dancers, the designers, the musicians, and the countless other artists who make our city vibrant and cultured. Our homepage will feature an artist's own unique interpretation of Long Beach daily, so make sure to check back every weekday to discover or rediscover a local talent.
Between pouring drinks for cash and cramming for midterms, Cal State Long Beach studio art student April Osorno finds the time to create art that, at least for her, acts as a form of therapy. In fact, the young artist wants to eventually attend graduate school with a focus in art therapy so that “people can discover and experience this outlet like I did.”
I’ve been busier than a cat trying to dodge the proverbial roomful of rocking chairs and it’s late in the month, but I didn’t want to leave October without putting in my effort for Pit Bull Awareness Month (by the time this article gets posted, Oct. 25, which is National Pit Bull Awareness Day, will have passed).
In an effort to continue creating community among artists, Greenly Art Space will host "The Gathering at Greenly,” a monthly meeting to help facilitate connections among local artists and representatives of arts venues. At this informal discussion on Sunday, attendees will share stories, get to know one another and explore ways to collaborate with each other.