Art for the Soul at The Upper West

Posted August 26, 2015 by The Argonaut in This Week
Artist Bobbie Rich at The Upper West

Artist Bobbie Rich at The Upper West

What happens when soul music, soul food and soulmates combine for a good cause in Santa Monica? A “Soul Revolution,” according to Resonate Church artist-in-residence Bobbie Rich.

If you’ve noticed the giant pair of neon green sunglasses on the beach while taking in a Santa Monica Twilight Pier Concert, you can thank Resonate LA’s Art Outreach for this fun, interactive sculpture where visitors can leave personal messages on the oversized chalkboard lenses.

The sunglasses are the icon of Resonate LA’s larger, three-month “Summer of Soul” adventure, culminating this Sunday with a the “Soul Revolution” fundraiser at The Upper West restaurant in Santa Monica.

Sunday’s festivities include the display and sale of whimsical original art pieces featuring eye-catching images of people chilling in their sunglasses. Each of the canvases are selling for $99 each, with proceeds benefitting Resonate LA’s Art Outreach and Compassion International, a Christian-based nonprofit organization tackling child poverty around the world.

The art-buying frenzy will begin at 4 p.m. sharp, then it’s time to fill your stomach with soul food and cocktails, with 30% of restaurant receipts going to the two charities.

— Shanee Edwards

The “Summer of Soul Art Exhibition” is from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30, at The Upper West, 3321 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. Call (310) 586-1111 or visit


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