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The Birth of an Idea, or, From Spark to Sparkle

The Birth of an Idea, or, From Spark to Sparkle

“Artic Sunset” by Albert Opert, who accompanied Admiral Robert Peary Sr. on the first Arctic expeditions. The sketch is among a collection oif travel sketches on exhibit next month at the Palos Verdes Center. by Bondo Wyszpolski Until roughly the mid-19th century, when cameras emerged to do the job, painters and other visual artists carried […]

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Small, subtle, and gently magnificent

Small, subtle, and gently magnificent

A Portuguese Bend jeweler crafts works of art and beauty

by Bondo Wyszpolski The first sketchbook Marianne Hunter shows me dates back to 1977, but she’s been making jewelry for half a century so perhaps there’s an earlier sketchbook or two lying close by. The word “exquisite” is often overused, same with the word “sensibility,” but if there are better ways to describe the work […]

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Jazz artist David Benoit rising above his musical horizon

Jazz artist David Benoit rising above his musical horizon

On the launching pad with David Benoit

by Bondo Wyszpolski Jazz artist David Benoit and the California Science Center are rarely mentioned in the same sentence, but that’s beginning to happen more often these days thanks to the space shuttle Endeavour. So far, so strange, so let’s explain. On Sunday, November 5, the Manhattan Beach native and Palos Verdes Estate resident  will […]

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Geanna Culbertson the Girl in the High Castle

Geanna Culbertson the Girl in the High Castle

With Book Four, Geanna Culbertson is halfway through her Crisanta Knight young adult series

by Bondo Wyszpolski Six years ago, prior to her Sophomore year at USC, Geanna Culbertson had a sudden thought that would change the course of her young life. “I was literally just sitting somewhere and the exact words, ‘Lady Agnue’s School for Princesses and Other Female Protagonists’ just popped into my head.”   A few […]

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Sex and the Singular Girl

Sex and the Singular Girl

Though yet unpublished, Jennifer Irwin’s novel about sexual addiction will soon be a major motion picture

by Bondo Wyszpolski The road to becoming a published author has changed dramatically in just one or two decades. The Internet now provides endless opportunities for anyone with chutzpah to get their manuscript noted, increasing the chances of seeing it into print. With a unique angle or storyline, and a gift for self-promotion, writers can […]

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Artist John Van Hamersveld’s endless summer

Artist John Van Hamersveld’s endless summer

Everyone has seen it, the movie poster for Bruce Brown’s “The Endless Summer.” John Van Hamersveld was barely into his 20s when he designed it on his kitchen table while living in Dana Point and working for John Severson at Surfer Magazine.

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Turning up the lights

Turning up the lights

James W. Gruessing, Jr., the artistic director of Palos Verdes Performing Arts, though most of us still think of as simply “the Norris,” comes across as self-assured and commanding. And so, when asked about his initial interest in theater, his answer is surprising. “I was always a very shy kid,” he says. “I never wanted […]

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In the Name of the Rose

An Italian artist blooms far from home The world is truly interconnected, and chance events play out in remarkable ways. That’s my conclusion upon hearing how the “Getsemani” project came to be. Comprised of three mosaic panels by Italian artist Enzo Aiello, the completed work now hangs in the Palos Verdes home of Leo and […]

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Janice Weissman and the art of replicating a living canvas

Janice Weissman and the art of replicating a living canvas

“Much like wearing jewelry or designer clothes, tattooing has become a personal message about a woman’s identity… I am the re-teller of their stories.” And I am now the re-teller of Janice Urnstein Weissman’s story, a figurative painter with a sensual eye for detail, color, form, and the seductive interplay of light and dark. In […]

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An Elegy for the Ancient Mariner

On Saturday, the large white tent was filled to its 750-seat capacity, and easily there were dozens upon dozens more wherever one looked, standing at the perimeters. They had come to the Cabrillo Marine Museum for the public memorial celebration that honored and bid farewell to San Pedro’s favorite son, John Olguin, who had passed away on January the first, a few oar strokes shy of his 90th birthday.