Have you ever had the desire to stroll through aisles upon aisles of crafters and artists' tents using their own two hands to create, fulfill and live their lives in that good ol' hand-made way? Look no further: the Long Beach Patchwork show will be located on the water's edge at the Marine Stadium boat slip, right off of Appian Way.
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.
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.”
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.
Having grown up in Bellflower, painter and photographer Hannah Griffith moved to Long Beach five years ago and has no intention of going elsewhere. After all, she got her arts education at Long Beach City College—where she continually gives a shout-out to arts professor Brian Doan—and she is deep believer that her environment contributed to her identity.
Long Beach photographer Mick Victor likes to piece things together—which explains the artist's largest side project, Art Unexpected. Delving into the alleyways and concrete wind tunnels of Long Beach and Los Angeles, scaling the walls and façades of the all-too-unexplored spaces and crevices of New York and London, Mick searches for what he calls “accidental images.”