In the Studio with Linda Sue Price

by Kristine Schomaker

What does a day in your art practice look like?

If I’m in the studio facing no deadline, I practice tube bending with the intention of developing my skill level and exploring the possibilities of how I can bend a tube. Tube bending is a learned skill that requires learning many nuances—is the glass hot enough? is it evenly heated? is enough glass heated to make the bend? After the glass is heated, you have about five seconds to bend it before it cools down too much to move any further. Room temperature affects the process as well. It’s harder to heat the glass in cold weather or with an air conditioner blowing.

If I’m in the studio facing a deadline, my first step is to review my inventory of already bent tubes to determine if there is inventory I want to use in a piece or as a model/inspiration for bending new tubes in different colors. Generally, I have an idea of where I want to go and am looking for shapes that speak to that. Then I figure out how I’m going to put them together and what my background is going to be. I try to work on two or three pieces at a time so that when I’m waiting for something to dry on one piece, I can work on a different piece. It seems at times like the work will never get done and then one day everything is complete.

What is your medium of choice? Why?

I’ve always loved the glow of neon. Then in 2005, I took a neon class from the Museum of Neon Art. I was hooked. I had two years of art school and then worked in video production for many years. I learned After Effects and created motion graphics for show titles. There is a connection between neon and video/motion graphics. Both have limited color palettes, animate and have similar methods in assembly because of the wiring involved. I learned how to read schematics to hook up video systems and that carried over to reading schematics in order to wire the neon pieces. Both also often require making adjustments to balance light levels and both are enhanced by the use of texture.

Why is art important to you?

Making art and looking at art is energizing. I love the passion of contemporary artists, what they create, the media they explore and the techniques they develop. I enjoy the process of communicating and exploring ways to do that. I like learning about the motivations of other artists and how they express it. It is invigorating.

What influences your work?

Everything. I read, listen and feel the world around me. My current motivation is to “practice random kindness and senseless acts of beauty” inspired by a quote from Anne Herbert in her essay Handy Tips on how to behave at the death of the World. Whole Earth Review, 1995. Republished Sun Magazine, March 2019.

What is the most challenging part about being an artist?

Staying focused. Giving myself the time to explore and not just chase deadlines. Maintaining a balanced life.

What advice would you give your younger self?

Be fearless and don’t be sensitive to not getting into a juried show. Early on I did a very political piece for a juried political show. I wasn’t accepted but my art friends were. I was super disappointed. I was really proud of the piece. It was raw and to the point but before it’s time. A lot of my early work was like that and then twenty years later people started responding to the work.

What do you do to keep yourself motivated and interested in your work?

I listen to and read about other artists from a wide variety of fields including comedy, theater, musicians, authors, painters, photographers, etc. The CBC—Canada’s version of NPR—is a primary resource, as is NPR’s Fresh Air and the Art and Cake blog. I’ve discovered that creatives are passionate people. That is really inspiring and motivating.

What’s next for you in the future?

I want to try and incorporate more technology into my art. I want to mix video and neon which will be challenging because of the light levels.

Call for Artists:

“Call and Response: Collaboration at a Distance”

“Call and Response” is a project organized by Kristine Schomaker and her team at Shoebox PR.

Drawing on the tradition of Jazz and Exquisite Corpse, this project is meant as a way for us to stay connected, to check in with each other and to support each other. This is collaboration at a distance.

No Fee to participate.

Please send us your information (see below) by tomorrow Wednesday March 18th at 6pm.
We will pair you up with another artist tomorrow night and over the next two weeks you will work together electronically and create as a call and response.

If you are interested in participating and being paired with another artist who you may or may not know, send your NAME, EMAIL ADDRESS, PHONE NUMBER, WEBSITE AND/OR SOCIAL MEDIA HANDLES to

How this works:
Artist #1 will create a piece of art within 24 hours and send a digital version of it to Artist #2. Remember, this can be anything. It can be poetry, it can be photography or video. It can be painting or drawing, collage or sculpture. It is about sitting down and being creative and interacting with someone.
Artist #2 will then have 24 hours to create a response to it in any medium and with any tools available to them. They will in turn send a digital version of it back to Artist #1 who will create a new work in response. There can be up to 28 pieces to your collaboration. And that is ok!!

At the end of the two weeks we will create an online exhibition and potentially a show in a physical space in the future.

Photographs of the finished works will be due on Wednesday April 1st at 6pm.
Please send only finished work to

The exhibition will premiere online on April 4th at 3pm where we will also have an opening reception via Zoom. More info to come.

Artists are free to create brand new work or work on top of their partner’s creations. The idea is to stimulate the creative process and interact at a distance. You can work with your partner to decide what works best for you.

Examples of other call and response type work:

Samantha Fields and Andre Yi.


Dreams of another time: Samantha Fields and Rebecca Campbell


Kristine Schomaker and Sheli Silverio started the project as an example.
Kristine wrote a ‘poem’ and sent it to Sheli and the photos are Sheli’s response.
Now it would be Kristine’s turn to respond to the work in whatever medium she would like.

Kristine’s poem

A day in the life…

A rose is a rose is a reaction to that something that happened before that may happen again that we will forget and forgive or let go.

A temptation is ice cream, yogurt, chocolate, sugar, wine, love, lust, passion, romance, fear, resentment, abandonment, guilt, loss.

A painting is chaos, control, fear, action, romance, lust, passion, forgiveness, sugar, abandonment, guilt, loss.

A photograph is a moment, shadow, light, love, perception, reflection, projection, fear, guilt, loss, lust, reminder.

Perception is reflection, projection, narrative, light, love, lust, passion, guilt, a reminder, a moment, fear.

Facebook is surfing, chaos, control, fear, light, love, sadness, stress, narrative, projection, reflection, lust, guilt, passion, sugar, loss, abandonment.

Social Distance is love, loss, resentment, untouchable, sadness, fear, worry, safety, anger, terror, life.


Sheli’s response:

In the Studio with Betzi Stein

By Kristine Schomaker


What does a day in your art practice look like?

There is no typical day. As I deal with chronic fatigue, it totally depends on how I am feeling physically and the amount of energy available to me. Ideally, since I have the most energy in the morning, I go into my studio after breakfast and paint for a few hours. Middle of the day is a wash energy wise. Often, I get a second wind and am able to paint at night before bed.

What is your medium of choice? Why?

I paint in acrylic on canvas or panel. Before converting the bedroom of my condo into my studio, I used to make my art in a corner of the room, which was fine when I worked in colored pencil and ink. But when I started to paint, I knew I wouldn’t be able to tolerate the fumes and toxicity of oils so I chose to use acrylic. Over time, I have learned to love the challenge of making this medium work for me, even in the summer when the heat dries the paint almost before it hits the canvas!

Why is art important to you?

Art gives me PURPOSE, especially at this point in my life at age 74. As a younger person, I lived a wild and crazy life — it was the 60’s after all—moving away from home to Berkeley, followed by 2 years in Europe on my own, I was finally able to experience the freedom to live and explore life as I chose to live it without my parents hovering over me — Ultimately, after my divorce and needing to make a living, I became a massage therapist and my focus shifted away from making art. But I do realize that sculpting live bodies rather than the clay I used in college, kept me tuned in to the creative side of myself. However, I used to wish sometimes that I had the drive that many artists seemed to have but there were other things that motivated me then and I accept that. Now, I realize, I’m attempting to make up for lost time and feel a focused passion to create my art and participate as best I can.

What influences your work?

I always say that people are my muse. I get an immediate “hit” when I see someone whose energy or appearance just feels extraordinary, makes me laugh, touches my heart or pisses me off. If I’m lucky enough to get a candid photo, I know that I’ll need to paint that person eventually.

It’s impossible not to be affected by the troubled times in which we live, however, I choose to create art that makes me smile rather than brings me to tears, but who knows, one day I may be moved to express my outrage and compassion in a visual way through my art. I surprise myself often!

April’s Hair

What is the most challenging part about being an artist.

I am the most resistant to keeping up with the administrative tasks of being an artist. Here’s a partial list of my backlog: updating my website, writing and sending out regular newsletters, entering shows, applying to residencies, keeping track of my art, getting organized!!! I also know I would be better served by spending more time connecting with other artists regularly on social media and in person, and getting out to more galleries and networking, but I have a tendency to isolate, so that is an ongoing challenge. Bottom line, the hardest thing for me to be consistent about is believing in myself and my abilities.

What advice would you give your younger self?

If I tried to advise my younger self, I’d end up feeling remorseful. I’d much rather focus on the present, but I’d probably tell myself to keep making art regardless of the circumstances of my life.

What do you do to keep yourself motivated and interested in your work.

I wake up and attempt to banish the demons. Then I get to work.

What’s next for you in the future.

I’ll be having my first solo show (ever!) at TAG Gallery in November 2020. I’m excited about becoming a member of TAG because I’ll be learning about and participating in the running of the gallery. I’ll also be participating in regular group shows at TAG.

I’m also thrilled that “Lustful Daydreaming”, my painting of Kristine Schomaker for her Perceive Me project, just showed at Cal State LA and will be traveling to at least six different venues in California!

I am currently in a show at TAG Gallery titled “Post Modern Reactions” through March 14th. In January 2021, I’ll be participating in the Women Painters West 100th Year Celebration at the Brand Library.

Trying to make the most of my time left on the planet.

In the Studio with Debbie Korbel

by Kristine Schomaker

What does a day in your art practice look like?

It depends whether I am in the studio or out gathering materials for my assemblage pieces. If I am in the studio, I may spend many hours sculpting or working on the patinas. Or, I may be laying out pieces for an assemblage sculpture, then drilling, wiring, gluing, etc. I often don’t get things placed exactly as I want them on the first try, so it may take me two or three attempts before I move on to the next piece.

All this is punctuated by intermittent socializing, coffee-drinking, candy-eating, daydreaming and talking on the phone. And of course, there is always the task of trying to keep a million and one things organized—so tidying my studio (ugh) does have to happen at regular intervals so that I don’t kill myself tripping over things.

What do you wish to accomplish with your art?

I guess there are a few things I’d like to accomplish—some easy, some not so much. Of primary importance to me is to communicate with others on a level that is not superficial—to share my thoughts and feelings—and to have others understand and hopefully relate to those thoughts and feelings, perhaps recognizing something of themselves in the work. It is a non-verbal way for me to say, “See, I am just like you. I love, hate, suffer, laugh, etc. at the same things you do.” It is a quick way to connect with people on an emotional level—it is a barrier -breaker. I feel successful when people warm-up to me because they relate/like/ see value in/enjoy what I have created.

How has your art evolved over the years?

I am still trying not to be self-conscious, not to censor myself based on what others may think of me when they look at my art. Some of the art I make is risqué and I never really know if what I make will be well-received.

Do you ever find yourself limited by the materials that you have available?

No, not really.

What is the most challenging part about being an artist?

Self-doubt is certainly up near the top of the list–which is, I suspect, one of the more challenging things for people trying to succeed in any field.

Do you have a specific audience in mind for your work?

Those that aren’t easily offended.

What are your words of wisdom for someone starting out in your field?

Believe in yourself. Don’t wait for someone to give you permission to be an artist—you’ll never get it. Just make the art. Apply to shows. Get out there—see what happens. The worst that will happen is you will make some nice friends who are weird like you!

What’s next for you in the future?

I will be in two museum shows so far this year, MOAH and The Booth Museum and several independent gallery shows. Lots of hard work and hopefully a bit of glory.


L Aviva Diamond

a solo exhibition

Dates: February 22 to March 20, 2020
Reception: February 22, 6-9 pm

Location: Los Angeles Art Association
Gallery 825
825 N La Cienega Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90069
(310) 652-8272

“Diamond allows viewers to slip beneath a shifting surface to reach something far deeper, an ethereal and transcendent cosmology, from which she shapes works that transport and expand.” – Genie Davis, Diversions LA

In her Los Angeles solo exhibition “Light Stream,” abstract nature photographer L. Aviva Diamond plunges the viewer into water’s mystical essence. This is art as a form of meditation, transmitting the spiritual aspects of water. Diamond uses large-scale images to create an immersive experience of the ambiguous, shifting, elemental forces of the cosmos. Her work melds the natural external world with the inner realms of dream, myth and symbol. The boundaries between earth and sky, wave and galaxy, become blurred. Universal becomes cellular; water and light merge into simultaneous creation and destruction – the swirling energies of a shifting universe.

L. Aviva Diamond began taking photos as a teenager, inspired by the works of Minor White and Paul Klee. She spent many years as a journalist, reporting and shooting for The Miami Herald, winning a local Emmy in St. Louis, and becoming a network correspondent for ABC News. She later established a successful corporate media training business. In 2014, Diamond joined the Los Angeles Art Association and began exhibiting her work. Her art has been included in shows at the Griffin Museum of Photography, the Palm Springs Art Museum, Neutra Institute Gallery, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Latino Art Museum and various California galleries.

For more information on L. Aviva Diamond’s work, please visit

Lauren Mendelsohn-Bass
“Sugar Coated” 

Solo Exhibition

Red Mountain Gallery, Truckee Meadows Community College
7000 Dandini Blvd
Reno, NV 89512

Opening Reception: Thursday Feb 13, 2020 5-7 PM
On view February 13 to March 11, 2020
Instagram: @mendelsohnbass

Mixing pop imagery and classic noir iconography, Sugar Coated draws the viewer into an enticing candy-coated world, only to find all is not as sweet as it appears.
Inspired by 1950’s era advertising, “Sugar Coated” is a nod to classic Film Noir and its emotive German Expressionist roots. It takes us on a journey through the world of superficial reality–where artificially alluring and nostalgically innocent context masks darker thoughts, ideas and actions. Playing on the visual tropes of mass marketing and vintage advertisements, this work explores the ways reality is obscured when presented as ostensibly attractive. As popular culture navigates an era of “fake news”, social media, and alternative facts –nothing is as it seems. These paintings examine today’s culture where truth is fluid; ideas issues and events are routinely reframed to reinforce a brand, and even daily life is depicted in a series of perfectly posed, edited and filtered images on social media.

The exhibition delves into complex emotions around what we desire, and more specifically, the mass marketed idea of desirability in lifestyle, perception, physical characteristics, conspicuous consumerism and more. “Sugar Coated” seduces the senses with luscious color and alluring imagery expertly depicted with great detail. The artist wields realism as a means to expose the lack of reality in socially constructed norms.

About Lauren Mendelsohn-Bass
Lauren Mendelsohn-Bass is a Los Angeles born painter who received her Bachelor of Arts at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her work depicts the psychology of the mind’s inner conflicts and struggles, portrayed through her figures’ outward appearance and gestures. She often emphasizes the psychological drama with a monochromatic, Film Noir feel in order to examine what makes us tick. Her large, figurative paintings have a climactic, narrative quality with a focus upon emotional suspense, with each glance suggesting a passion or crime.

“Cavalcade of Dreams”

Debbie Korbel and Ellen Rose

Riverside City College
4800 Magnolia Ave.
Riverside, CA 92506
Opening Reception: March 5th, 6-8:30pm
On View Feb. 24 – April 3rd, 2020

Debbie Korbel’s work is what we need in today’s world. Not afraid to stand out or be heard, her work is witty, edgy, relevant, and challenging. Her power to captivate the viewer, make them smile, and feel like they belong resonates with her audience. It is why collectors, including Aerosmith’s Steve Tyler, buy her work. It is why she is showing at Art Palm Springs this weekend and in a two person show “Cavalcade of Dreams” at Riverside City College. Each sculpture is like a puzzle where she finds and fits each seemingly unrelated piece together in its most expressive form in order to create something new. And delightful.

“Her works exude a colorful music, a tumbling bundle of mini explosions. And it’s funny, the same words could be said when describing laughter, which just happens to be one of the elements fueling Debbie’s work.”
Jennifer Susan Jones, Beautiful Bizarre Oct, 2018

Debbie Korbel is an artist whose creativity has been applied to various media including painting and sculpture as well as writing television scripts, short stories and song lyrics. Her sculptures have been exhibited and collected internationally and appeared in movie and television shows.

In 2019 she won first place in The Modern Male Show at Bowersock Gallery. She has been the subject of newspaper and magazine articles, the latest feature article (August 2018) was published in The Pasadena Independent, The Monrovia Weekly, and The Arcadia Weekly. She has been featured in the October 2018 issue of Beautiful Bizarre magazine, Diversions LA magazine and the July 2019 American Art Collector Magazine. She was awarded 2nd place in the 2019 Crocker Kingsley Museum Annual exhibition. She will be exhibiting her work in 2020 in a joint exhibit at MOAH (Museum of Art & History) in Lancaster, CA.