Aline Smithson

On Saturday, April 13, 6-9:30 pm, 2019, the Los Angeles Center of Photography will host their 4th Annual LACP Gala Event, a fundraiser to benefit LACP. The event will be held at Quixote Studios, 1011 N. Fuller Ave., West Hollywood, CA 90046. This will be a fun and festive evening featuring catered food, cocktails, a DJ, a photo booth, silent auction of outstanding photographs from noteworthy photographers, auction items, raffle prizes and more.

LACP is proud to honor commercial/celebrity photographer Art Streiber for his years of continued excellence in the field of photography and his commitment to the photographic community. Multi-award winning actress, author, and activist Jamie Lee Curtis will be presenting Mr. Streiber with this honor.

LACP strives to build a community of dedicated photographers and to strengthen the importance of photography as an art form by providing education, scholarships, grants and public programs focused on youth and low-income families including free photography instruction for the Boys & Girls Clubs in and around Los Angeles and personalized mentorship for at-risk teens through the Spark Program. Currently over 100 kids are being instructed after-school through the Boys & Girls Clubs.

Celebrating 20 years in business
2019 marks the organization’s 20th anniversary, created as The Julia Dean Photo Workshops and founded in 1999 by Julia Dean, who is now LACP’s Executive Director. The non-profit LACP was established in October, 2013 and obtained 501(c)3 tax-exempt status in August, 2014.

“When I started LACP, it was called the Julia Dean Photo Workshops because I was the only teacher. Many of you recently discovered us, but some of you have watched us grow over the past 20 years from one teacher to more than 100. We now offer 150 classes a year and a multitude of opportunities for photographers of all ages and experience levels. Transitioning to a non-profit six years ago (hence the name change to LACP) was a very important decision for us in our quest to support the photography community. In addition to our classes, we now offer free after-school instruction through 10 Boys & Girls Clubs around Los Angeles.” – Julia Dean, executive director LACP

Their goal is to raise $250,000 to move into a beautiful new facility this year in an effort to provide a true state-of-the-art center for the photographic community. In addition to our classrooms, we envision the new center to house a dedicated gallery space, library, café, tradition darkroom and expanded digital lab.

Marjorie Salvaterra


Elizabeth Tinglof
Artist in Residence, Shoebox Projects

Reception Sunday December 16th 3-6pm
A.I.R. November 5th to December 16th

Shoebox Projects
660 South Avenue 21 #3
LA Ca 90031

Current Residency

“Won’t Pray” is an exhibition by artist Elizabeth Tinglof conceived during her residency at Shoebox Projects. Beginning with an inverted abstract tree rooted in the ceiling by a system of twisted wires and reflected in fragments of mirror below, Tinglof creates relationships between a series of objects in various mediums . Through historic, symbolic and metaphoric references, she builds a construct of tension between belief and illusion, Tinglof’s work delves into the process of reevaluation and blindly accepted truths.


Elizabeth Tinglof is a Los Angeles based artist, curator and adjunct professor interested in the exploration of materiality and process. Tinglof creates an alchemist fusion of painting and sculpture resulting in richly layered abstract objects that function first as a deconstructive conversation and evolve to one of reconstruction, experimentation and reinvention.

She is the co-founder of Rough Play Collective, an artists curatorial group based in Los Angeles with their recent exhibition, Hold for Far Bazaar 2017 and Without Design or Sketch: The Story of the Room at the Launch LA Gallery and Go Big or Go Home at The Brand Library Gallery. Tinglof organized the exhibition Shelf Perfection for Santa Monica Cultural Affairs, (2013) and curated Triangulation, (2011) an exhibition held at California State University Northridge featuring artists such as Michael C. McMillian, Jeffery Vallance and Lynn Aldrich. Her work has been exhibited throughout Southern CA including exhibitions with The Robert Berman Gallery and Berman/Turner Projects, Bergmont Station, Santa Monica, CA and California State University, Northridge Gallery, The Brand Library Gallery, Launch LA Gallery and Cerritos College Gallery

In 2010 volunteering as a photo journalist, and video documentarian Tinglof documented the after effects of the Gulf oil spill and the 2010 Haiti earthquake for the UCLA-HGD Project, a non-profit organization providing medical care and education to Petit Goave, Haiti.

Recently, Tinglof founded Rough Play Projects, Joshua Tree, designated for site-specific Installations. The inaugural project, Available to All, opens April 7, 2018

Tinglof received her BFA from Otis College of Art and Design, her MFA from California State University Northridge and in 2016 attended Sotheby’s Art Institute London for a curatorial program. She is a recipient of the the EJ Leiber Fund Award (2012), CSUN Arts Council Award (2011), The Hans Burkhardt Memorial Scholarship (2010) and The Graduate Association Thesis Research Award (2010).


We Choose Art: Shades of Water

The Montalban in Hollywood

SHADES OF WATER will run through November 16th – January 31st.

We Choose Art presents Shades of Water, an exhibition honoring the vitality of water in the current landscape. With climate change and the pollution of oceans at the forefront of modern environmental challenges, Shades of Water, curated by Baha H. Danesh, is highly prescient. As urgent as it is beautiful, the exhibition features painting, sculpture, photography, fiber works, and installation art in a show paired with an annual Toy Drive held by We Choose Art, benefitting MEND Poverty.

Opening Friday, November 16th at the Montalban Mezz Gallery in Hollywood, the group show documents images of water and its importance, expanding upon and encouraging conversation on both climate change and sustainable energy.

Featured artists include Amabelle Aguiluz, Barbara A. Thomason, CanLove, Chenhung Chen, Daggi Wallace, Eric Minh Swenson, Felís Stella, Joan Scheibel, Joelle Cooperrider, Karen Hochman Brown, Kellie Walker, Kristine Schomaker, Margaret Hyde, Rebecca Laws, Scott Froschauer, Susan Poms Amorde, and Winston M. Secrest.

From ArtSlant Showcase award winner Joan Scheibel’s contemporary abstract work to the contemporary realism of pastel artist Daggi Wallace, and the sculptural work of Scott Froschauer, a wide array of fresh, vibrant artwork awaits attendees. Chenhung Chen’s found and mixed media sculptures and wall art often employ copper wire and electric cords. Working in video and photography, Eric Minh Swenson’s art seeks to immerse viewers in powerful images. Photographic, installation, and mixed media artist Kristine Schomaker displays a lush abstract painting; sculptor and installation artist Susan Poms Amorde’s offers an exciting mixed media work; and the swirling kaleidoscopic patterns of Karen Hochman Brown are all among the cutting-edge art to be displayed at the exhibition.

The students of Birmingham Community Charter High School in Van Nuys will present eco-friendly art and their entry in Heinekin’s Green Bottle Design Challenge.

Tickets are $10 online and $15 at the door; for more information email:

All tickets include one complimentary drink before 8 p.m.

Guests are strongly encouraged to bring a toy for the MEND Poverty benefit toy drive.

About We Choose Art

WE CHOOSE ART is a collaborative community built by artists who want to inspire the future. Helmed by Baha H. Danesh, the group’s mission is to globally document a vibrant and artistic culture.

For more information visit

About the Montalban Mezz Gallery

The Montalban Mezz Gallery has created a multidisciplinary platform to consciously inspire tomorrow’s future. Our immersive programming plays a pivotal role within the Los Angeles art community, striving to expand artistic showcases that represent today’s emerging and established art scene. Our initiative is a collaborative artistic community developing multidisciplinary educational showcases for L.A.’s diverse art scene and beyond.

The Montalban Mezz Gallery is located at 1615 Vine St. in Hollywood.

Shades of Water runs November 16th – January 31st.



Rachel Lauren Kaster | Anamnesis
Solo Exhibition

Los Angeles Art Association/Gallery 825
825 N La Cienega, Los Angeles, CA 90069

Opening reception: October 20th 6-9 p.m.
On view through November 30th

“First, we want to be seen, but once we’re seen, that is not enough anymore. After that, we want to be remembered.” ~ Emily St. John Mandel, Station Eleven (2014)

The Los Angeles Art Association/Gallery 825 (LAAA) presents Anamnesis a solo show by artist Rachel Lauren Kaster. The exhibition will be on view October 20, 2018 to November 30, 2018 at the Los Angeles Art Association/Gallery 825. This is Kaster’s second solo show at LAAA.

In her solo exhibition, Kaster is constructing an installation of suspended pendants, image transparencies, small photographs/snapshots, and heirlooms in a kind of charm bracelet-fetish necklace cum chandelier—a web of memory and projection—that will fill an entire gallery. Among these fragile objects, the viewer will also see suspended hard drives, thumb drives and defragmented images—evidencing our changing and ever more unstable and impermanent connections to these memories. The room will shimmer with light and shadow with the flickering images of the transparencies moving across the walls. “Oh, the stories they could tell,” Kaster once said of her doll ‘charm bracelets’. Here, Kaster projects a contained universe of stories and fragments of stories that shift in the tremulous shadows, sharpening one moment in crystalline projections and blurring into the stuff of recast or faded memories.

Kaster talks about her fascination with charm bracelets. “A couple years ago I was forced to clean out a cabinet and was confronted with family china and knick-knacks that were in no way useful objects, and yet I was unable to part with them. I felt like I was throwing away my family’s history. The objects have no real value, but their emotional weight had me wrap them up and put them back in boxes. As I was wrestling with the paradox of these useless/priceless objects the charm bracelet concept began to take shape.”

Kaster explores our changing relationship to memory, and more specifically emotional attachments. From her fascination with tools in their various stages of use and abandonment or desuetude, Kaster moved on to the non-utilitarian domain of dolls, children’s toys, domestic décor accessories and the trinkets that might be found on charm bracelets. Instead of what might once have been a more conventionally presented bas relief, Kaster fashioned her bricolage into the supersized simulacra of actual charm bracelets.

Rachel Lauren Kaster is a Los Angeles-based multi-media artist, performer, and educator. She earned her BFA at Massachusetts College of Art and an MFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology. She was born and raised in New York City, and currently practices at the 1019West complex in Inglewood, California.


Peter Ivancovich | “Natural/Wonder”
Solo Exhibition

Fabrik Projects
2636 La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034

Opening reception: October 20th 6-10 p.m.
Singer/Songwriter Joey Grace will be performing at 9pm

Conversation with the Artist: October 18th 7-9pm

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Please join us Saturday October 20th from 6-10pm for the opening of Peter Ivancovich’s first solo show “Natural/Wonder” at Fabrik Projects in Culver City. Ivancovich’s 20-year career in Landscape Design informs his interest in the contrasting beauty/ephemerality of the floral world. His experiences as a gay man in contemporary Los Angeles and his unique color sense inform his work and graphic sensibility.

Ivancovich’s photographic series “Natural /Wonder” is inspired by 17th Century Dutch still life paintings created by master’s such as Balthazar Van der Ast and Jacob Vosmaer. Ivancovich updates the backgrounds, color palettes and contexts to reflect the heightened sexuality of modern life while retaining the original works connection to the fleetingness of existence and the excess of conspicuous consumption.

Through the use of fresh cut and faux flowers, real insects, butterflies and colorful “natural death” taxidermy birds, Ivancovich creates his own sensual world. The glamour of fashion, frisson of sexuality and joy of obsessive collecting are represented in a cabinet of curiosities fit for modern times. As in the original inspiration paintings, items depicted can be seen to represent different things. For instance, fallen flower petals might symbolize decay and snakes and spiders the danger inherent in life. Ivancovich talks about his work, “I think that beauty and creativity can be stimulated by pain. I lost my Mother this year and am living with a chronic illness. My reaction to this was to create something beautiful yet ephemeral. My photos are a moment in time.”

The large scale and bright colors of his work are meant to capture the viewers’ attention and encourage them to look closer to see smaller details hidden within. Ivancovich creates a sense of magic realism by using real objects along with digital manipulation to play with size and color.

About Peter Ivancovich
Peter Ivancovich was born in Hanford California in 1961. He graduated from Fresno State University with a major in Liberal Studies. Since 1997, he has been a Landscape Designer working in the Los Angeles area. After some fashion photography work in the 1990’s Mr. Ivancovich has returned to the medium with new passion and inspiration to create the Natural/Wonder series of digital photographs representing the merging of nature and artifice.

About Fabrik Projects Gallery
Fabrik champions new ideas in contemporary art by providing a platform to nurture emerging and mid-career artists, enabling them to take risks.


Robert Nelson
“Dialogs with the Future”

Opening Reception October 20th 6-9pm

Los Angeles Art Association/Gallery 825
825 N La Cienega Blvd
Los Angeles Ca 90069

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Los Angeles Art Association is pleased to present Dialogs with the Future an exhibition of paintings by Los Angeles based artist Robert Nelson.

Robert Nelson’s hyper-real/surreal works are concerned with dichotomies: innocence/corruption, the infinite/the finite, past/future, good/evil. His works are bombastic examples of an artist who is at ease layering wide areas of flat color with illustrative drawing that shows-off his technical skills and knowledge of the history of art.

In a recent series entitled Dialogs with the Future he juxtaposes images culled from different sources to explore the relationship between the world today and an imagined future. Each panel consists of a sequence of realistically rendered interlocking “thought bubbles” portraying the characters in his invented narrative against a black ground. He begins by outlining simple shapes in bright bold colors that are then filled in by patterns and silhouettes and later drawn upon in an illustrative style.

Using elements from art history and popular culture he fuses the serious with the humorous creating evocative, challenging and sometimes disturbing works. In Dialogs with the Future 4, a rendering of an enlarged Venus of Willendorf sits on a children’s pool floater in the shape of a friendly sea monster, floating in a sea of green dots. This thought bubble emanates from a blue angel adjacent to an image of a wooden airplane that hovers above a brown planet. From the toy pilot comes another thought bubble in which two Putti aim arrows toward the blow-up sea animal.

Each of the five works that comprise Nelson’s Dialogs with the Future are equally full of uncanny juxtapositions of unrelated elements that create compelling narratives that intertwine elements of good and evil. Nelson’s world view is presented as a series of fragments that the viewer can connect in their mind, arriving at their own conclusions. His paintings are catalysts for thought about how the past influenced the present, and how the present can challenge and hopefully change the future.

Nelson studied Fine Art/Studio Art in college. Before finishing college, he joined the US Navy from which he retired. After the Navy he attended Platt College in San Diego where he studied Graphic Design and Multimedia Design. He worked as a Graphic Designer for over fifteen years and for the last eight has been working seriously as an artist. His works have been included in exhibitions since 2008 in San Diego and Los Angeles. Among the galleries where he has exhibited are The Los Angeles Art Association / Gallery 825, Los Angeles (2015, 2014, 2013), Southwest College Art Gallery, Chula Vista (2016), Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa (2015), Lora Schlesinger Gallery, Santa Monica (2008).

Los Angeles Art Association is located at:
825 N. La Cienaga Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90069
Tuesday-Saturday 10-5 PM’

Tony Pinto | Modern History
Solo Exhibition


Coastline Community College Art Gallery
1515 Monrovia Ave,
Newport Beach, CA 92663

Dates: October 12 to November 15, 2018
Opening reception: Friday, October 12, 6–8 pm

Tony Pinto will be speaking at the gallery as part of Coastline’s Lunchtime Lecture Series, Wednesday, October 17, 12:00 noon. Free.


Coastline Community College Art Gallery presents an insightful and intimate exhibition of Southern California artist Tony Pinto’s artwork from three decades in his inaugural solo exhibition at the gallery, entitled “Modern History.”

This exhibition explores a number of Pinto’s series throughout his artistic career, from graduate school through today, and highlights how classical antiquities have influenced and motivated the connecting concepts and stylistic tendencies that have created Pinto’s specific artistic style.

Through a series of artistic investigations, Pinto examines the humanity in art history and the importance of artistic techniques and traditions present throughout the entire canon of art history, from ancient Greece and Rome all the way through contemporary practices. With innovative use of appropriation, painting, drawing, photography, collage, technological play and conceptual exploration, Pinto’s work is a curious and cathartic adventure through personal and cultural experiences in art and art history.

Through this work, Pinto forces the viewer to look within and examine personal perspectives of the power of images, our own human history, and concepts such as identity, community and legacy.

Tony Pinto is an established artist, designer and educator currently living in Anaheim Hills, California. He received a BA from the University of Massachusetts, Boston and an MFA from California State University, Los Angeles. He currently teaches courses in design, painting, and art appreciation at Coastline Community College in Newport Beach, California State University, Fullerton, and Irvine Valley College, Irvine, CA. Pinto also exhibits his artwork on a regular basis. Recent group exhibitions include Text Me at the Museum of Design, Atlanta, GA (2017); Like Mark, Coastline Community College, Newport Beach, CA (2016) and MAS Attack 13, Torrance Art Museum, CA (2015).