It was happenstance that led Jenny to TWIA. She had been thinking about putting her work out into the world more directly since moving to LA, and discovered the gallery while on a walk with her dog. A few friendly conversations later, and it became her new art home. She finds the co-op structure to be very democratic, which is not typically a descriptor she associates with the art world at large.Her work over the past several years has focused on succulents and the cosmos, but in a very explorative and private manner. She kept returning to watercolor and polymer clay in miniature and detailed ways. Now with her work in the public gaze, she is finding herself encouraged to push deeper, hybridize her visions, and return to some themes she is finding a renewed interest in — especially the narrative female form. Succulents and bohemian geometry have become a major part of her visual vocabulary, so she thinks they’ve got a bit more to give before they’re played out. Jenny has always been a creator, and studied art in college and graduate school. Art making for her is such a private experience that it always felt very artificial to have so many people involved in its related coursework and critiques. As a result, it might seem a bit strange that she became an art teacher herself, but says that she always found her teachers to be encouraging, and she really enjoys helping young artists. She will be teaching a Boho-Geo Jewelry Making Class at the Gallery in early April.
Gallery Reception showcasing her recent work at The Word is Art gallery on Saturday, March 1, 2013 from 6-9 pm.Our featured artist this week is Jenny Wyss. Jenny will be having a
Our featured artist this week is Alice Lunsford who has put up a wonderful Mardi Gras-themed window at the gallery. Alice and her husband, Jim, love to travel and each new country becomes the subject of a new painting. But Alice’s favorite city in the entire world is New Orleans – particularly at Mardi Gras – which is why it is the theme of her window display.
Alice’s art is on display in many private homes throughout the nation and she has shown at galleries across Southern California including the George Ashley Gallery at the Morgan-Wixson Theatre, the Blue 7 Gallery, the Four Seasons Gallery in Wrightwood and several art-loving libraries. She was an art major at UCLA and is currently studying with Abstractionist Gloria Lee.
When not painting or designing mosaics, Alice, as a member of SAG/AFTRA and AEA, can be found making commercials, acting in TV sitcoms, or writing (WGA). Presently she is writing a musical about Salvador Dali and a musical about a radio show during World War II.
But her true love centers on her husband, two marvelous children, four precious grandchildren, and an impossibly temperamental cat named Mimi.
…and every February 14, across the United States and in other places around the world, candy, flowers and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine. The gist of the legend is that Valentine was a priest who defied the Roman Emperor Claudius II and performed marriages in secret even though they had been outlawed. When he was discovered, he was imprisoned and sentenced to death. During his imprisonment he supposedly fell in love with the jailor’s daughter and sent her a letter signed – “From your Valentine”.
Valentine greetings have been popular as far back as the Middle Ages, though written Valentine’s didn’t begin to appear until after 1400. The oldest known valentine still in existence today was a poem written in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London following his capture at the Battle of Agincourt. Several years later, it is believed that King Henry V hired a writer named John Lydgate to compose a valentine note to Catherine of Valois.
The artists at the Word is Art Gallery have showcased our talents with Valentine’s Day cards, jewelry, ornaments, sachets and all kinds of other unique handmade art like those pictured below. Come by the gallery and check out all the gift possibilities for expressing your love in a one of a kind way!
Cards, Jewelry, Ornaments, Sachets and more…
Just 14 days until Valentine’s Day! What better way to show your sweetheart how unique your love is than buying one of a kind gifts from the Word is Art gallery? Our artists have been busy creating Valentine treasures so come down and support local business and artists.
This painting is the centerpiece of our first window display of 2014. The inspiring quote is from Danny Kaye. In that spirit, the gallery is revving up the new year by offering tantalizing new classes!
In “Cultivating You”, a journaling class with Kelly Kilmer, you will create a unique book form utilizing a variety of techniques. The class is this coming Sunday and we still have some space. February 8th, come make a flag book with Debra Disman. February 23rd, Kelly is back to guide you through every step of creating a hard bound journal from scratch. Debra Disman returns March 2 with a fun class on painted light switch plates. April 5th, our new jewelry artist, Jenny Wyss will be teaching Boho-Geo Statement Jewelry. She’ll show you unexpected combinations like drawing and painting on metal and plastic. You can sign up for classes on our website or in the gallery where we have class dates and details.
Happy New Year! May 2014 be the year that all of your dreams come true, and that the valuable life lessons you learned in 2013 help achieve your goals in the coming months.
All of the artists of The Word is ART would like to thank you for your encouragement and patronage in 2013, which marks our first year here in Culver City. This has been an amazing year in getting the gallery off the ground on Venice Boulevard, and we know that 2014 is going to be even better.
We are kicking off our successful series of workshops with the amazing Kelly Kilmer, who will start your New Year off right with “Cultivating You: A Journaling Process” on Sunday, January 19, 2014 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Word is ART. What better way to start off 2014 than with a journal of your new life?
More information and to sign up for the Kelly Kilmer workshop:
A reminder: Valentine’s Day is Friday, February 14, and many of the artists at The Word is ART have new work that has been created just for you and your sweetheart. We guarantee that a thoughtful gift of a little something from our collection of art, jewelry, handmade crafts and greeting cards will increase your chance of getting lucky by 127 percent. Let us know how you do.
We hope to see you at The Word is ART soon.
Marla Murphy is our current featured artist. She is an amazing artist and her recent event at the gallery was a huge success! Here’s our interview with her:
A bunch of the artists from the gallery were like Santa’s elves in their workshop. Renee came with kits she had put together and taught us how to make her special fairy ornaments. We set up tables, supplies, tons of ephemera brought by Renee, plugged in our glue guns and went to town creating charming little fairies. The creativity was abundant and we had a blast making them! The fairies will be on display soon when our holiday window goes up. And, when you fall in love with one (or two!), you can take them home with you.
September is here in full force. Our schedule of classes and events are lining up. We’re excited to say our calendar is becoming as colorful and as full as our gallery of art and artists. Here’s what’s happening this month at The Word Is Art.
Free Open Studio at TWIA Gallery Tuesdays 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm Sept. 17, 24:
Create your own masterpiece! Whether experienced artist or a novice, try our new FREE OPEN STUDIO at The Word is ART gallery. The gallery will provide:
• Tables and easels for use to draw, paint, or create in any medium
• A chance to work and network with your fellow artists and art lovers
• Art supply kits available for sale
• BYOS [bring your own supplies] Feel free to work on an ongoing project.
Whether you are an experienced artist or a novice, our new FREE OPEN STUDIO series will delight and enlighten you. Open Studio every Tuesday evening in September: 3, 10, 17, 24, 2013, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Suggested donation: $10.00.
Watercolor Workshop: Saturday, September 14 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm:
Culver City based artist and teacher Pamela Harnois will offer an “Essentials of Watercolor” workshop, which is designed for beginner to intermediate artists. Pamela will take The Word is ART students through step-by-step essentials to create their own beautiful watercolors. As Pamela notes, “
Culver City’s “Affair of the Arts”: September 21-22, Sat. 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, Sun. 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Join artists from The Word is ART for Culver City’s first “Affair of the Arts”—a vibrant festival to be held in the heart of downtown Culver City. More than 50 artists have been selected to showcase paintings, photography, sculpture, hand-blown glass, ceramics and jewelry. and more than 5,000 art lovers are expected. In addition to art, there will be great food, live music, and events for kids and adults. Media sponsors include LA Weekly and radio station KPFK 90.7 FM and Affair of the Arts is produced by the founders of the social networking site TheWhole9.com, The Whole 9 Gallery on Main Street in Culver City and The Peace Project. Proceeds will help feed Culver City’s homeless and hungry through The Peace Project’s One Wednesdays project.
The Booklace Workshop: Saturday, September 28, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
As seen in Pages magazine, artist and instructor Jeannine Stein will help you create a tiny book from leather and a vintage paper that is bound just like a regular book. After making the book, you’ll have even more fun creating the necklace on which to wear it. You’ll learn some useful jewelry techniques and make a unique piece that is sure to turn heads. No previous experience is necessary,
• Round nose jewelry pliers
• Chain nose jewelry pliers
• Wire cutter
All other materials are included, but if you prefer using your own bookbinding tools, please bring a bone folder, thin awl, pencil and scissors. Class: $65.00
Click here to register for these and all classes: http://thewordisart.
We hope to see you very soon in one of our workshops or at one of our events. We are thrilled to be a part of Culver City’s creative community.
We’re loving our first summer at The Word Is Art. Our classes have been gaining momentum and there’s already a full schedule of more classes and events coming down the pike.
Here’s a shot of Pamela Harnois teaching her Watercolor class to a full house of students.
Pamela will be doing two more Essentials of Watercolor classes in August. She’ll also be hosting our Open Studio on Tuesday evenings in August. Click here for more information and online registration for all these classes.
We also have some very special events coming up. On August 11, come join our featured artist Roxanne for a fashion show featuring her newest line of handmade jewelry. We’re also very excited about our upcoming fundraiser for a Place to Bark on August 24. A Place To Bark Animal Rescue is a no kill animal adoption rescue. They receive no government assistance and are funded only through private donations. We are thrilled to help support their mission. We’ll be filling our patio with eclectic furniture, clothing, and of course, ART. 25% of the proceeds will be donated to A Place to Bark.
If you haven’t been into the gallery, stop in next time you’re in the neighborhood. One of our artists is always on site and would love to tell you more about our co-op. Here’s hoping you’re having a wonderful summer and we hope to see you very soon!