Stephanie Cartozian

Lynn Doran’s Art from the last frontier

Lynn Doran’s Art from the last frontier

Traveler Lynn Doran opens her Portuguese Bend home, with its extensive folk art collection, for the Art Center Home Tour

by Stephanie Cartozian Photos by Tony LaBruno In 2013, Lynn Doran visited the Omo Valley in Ethiopia to document six endangered tribes. National Geographic has called the valley ‘Africa’s last Frontier.” The result of that trip was a coffee table book titled, simply, “OMO.” The Omo River is critical to the survival of the Omo […]

 Bondo Wyszpolski

Vibrant, lush art by Sudrak Khongpuang

Vibrant, lush art by Sudrak Khongpuang

Thai artist Sudrak Khongpuang returns to the peninsula

Glowing Skies and Tranquil Fields of Gold Thai artist Sudrak Khongpuang returns to the peninsula by Bondo Wyszpolski I’m on my knees and leaning over the large canvas oil paintings of Sudrak Khongpuang as the artist herself uncovers and displays one picture after another. We’re on the floor in the Portuguese Bend home of Ben […]

 Bondo Wyszpolski

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 […]

 Stephanie Cartozian

Shriver’s Peninsula Paradiso

Shriver’s Peninsula Paradiso

The Italian villa wasn’t for sale.The Shriver’s made an offer, anyway, with fortunate results

Peninsula paradiso by Stephanie Cartozian Charles and Jean Shriver waited four years to hear from a sealed bid they submitted in 1980 for a sprawling, Portuguese Bend compound. They came across the property on a class tour for new appraisers. The house was not for sale. The class was there to learn how to appraise. […]

 Judy Rae

Spotlight on the hill – California Art Club 106th Gold Medal Show

Spotlight on the hill – California Art Club 106th Gold Medal Show

The historic California Art Club (CAC) presented its 106th annual Gold Medal Exhibition.

History in the painting The CAC Gold Medal Show The historic California Art Club (CAC) presented its 106th annual Gold Medal Exhibition at the Autry Museum of the American West in north Los Angeles. Over 600 art submissions were submitted by esteemed artists; the board selected only 137 pieces to be exhibited at this exclusive […]

 Judy Rae

Spotlight on the hill – Spring into Fitness Torrance Memorial Annual Run

Spotlight on the hill – Spring into Fitness Torrance Memorial Annual Run

The Luminaries and Novas of Torrance Memorial Medical Center recently hosted their inaugural Spring Into Fitness 5K Walk/Run.

Spring into Fitness Torrance Memorial’s annual run The Luminaries and Novas of Torrance Memorial Medical Center recently hosted their inaugural Spring Into Fitness 5K Walk/Run at the South Coast Botanical Gardens in Rolling Hills Estates. More than 80 volunteers and 343 participants raised more than $33,000. The first to finish was Reggie Green, who ran […]

 Judy Rae

Marching Orders – Music Man at Norris Theatre

Marching Orders – Music Man at Norris Theatre

“The Music Man” takes place in 1912 and is set in River City, Iowa.

Marching Orders The Music Man raises his baton at the Norris Theatre by Bondo Wyszpolski Most Broadway musicals come and go, but 60 years after its debut “The Music Man” still lights up the theater marquees across the country. Right now it’s lighting up the Norris Theatre marquee in Rolling Hills Estates, where it’s playing […]

 Judy Rae

Art Deco Life – George Woytovich and Patti Kraakevik

Art Deco Life A couple transforms a former Art Deco department store into their personal residence and gallery by Stephanie Cartozian Fifteen years ago, George Woytovich and Patti Kraakevik decided that a 1930s Montgomery Ward department store in downtown San Pedro perfectly suited what they were looking for in a new home. The Art Deco building […]

 Judy Rae

Spotlight on the Hill – Muffins and Mozart

Muffins and Mozart celebrates composer’s life On a rain drenched Saturday morning, February 18, St. Peter’s by the Sea hosted a family breakfast and concert at Reeves Hall. Volunteers served up enormous platters of gourmet muffins, hot bacon and eggs, fruit and lots of fresh Starbucks coffee. The breakfast with friends was followed by a […]

 Judy Rae

Spotlight on the Hill – Nocturnes at Night

Spotlight on the Hill – Nocturnes at Night

The Portuguese Bend Art Colony painted live at Terranea Resort

Nocturnes at Night Art Colony The Portuguese Bend Art Colony painted live at Terranea Resort on Wednesday evening, March 8 during the Rainmaker Software Soiree. The artists selected a garden statue to paint and onlookers had the unique opportunity to see the paintings evolve and to talk with the artists. Terranea has a gallery of […]

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