Santa Monica’s dnj Gallery exhibits large-scale photos taken without a camera Karen Amy Finkel Fishof is not your typical photographer. For starters, she doesn’t use a camera. Instead, Finkel Fishof stages scenes on light-sensitive photo paper, which she exposes to light and then processes in a darkroom, much like traditional film photography. The resulting black-and-white silhouettes, each one a unique interplay of light and shadow, are known as photograms. “I love the anticipation and surprise of seeing how the exposures reveal once placed in the developer. I get such a thrill because it’s a moment captured in time,” she...Read More
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Robert Berman marks 35 years of auctioneering with his second moving sale at Bergamot Station By Christina Campodonico Robert Berman lives for the thrill of the auction. An art dealer who describes his auctioneer persona as a cross between a “stuffy English type” and P.T. Barnum, Berman has been wheeling and dealing art out of various Santa Monica galleries since 1979. But he’s probably best known for his Robert Berman Gallery and Santa Monica Auctions, which will be moving to a smaller space within Bergamot Station after one last auction in his 3,600-square-foot gallery space in the B building...Read More
Mental health professionals showcase their creativity in “Mirrors of the Mind” By Kathy Leonardo It’s been said that the practice of psychotherapy can be as much of an art as it is a science. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that many therapists are also talented artists. “Mirrors of the Mind 7: The Psychotherapist as Artist,” the annual art show of the Los Angeles County Psychological Association (LACPA), is a juried exhibition that invites doctors, therapists and students of psychology to submit visual artwork to rep the field and inspire their peers. This year’s show, opening Saturday (Nov....Read More
How a serious health scare helped C&O restaurants co-owner Debbi Singer find her creative voice By Kathy Leonardo Debbi Singer had always loved art. Surrounded by artists in her daily life, the Venice resident admired their creative spirit, but as a busy mother and co-owner of C&O Trattoria and C&O Cucina, she never gave a second thought to making her own art. Working in the restaurant business was her creative outlet. “I always admired their skill and it looked so much fun, but I never had the courage to pick up a brush,” she says. “Feeding people definitely felt...Read More
Woodcarver Ray Ford has been making art in a Venice garage for 61 years Story by Kathy Leonardo Photos by Ted Soqui Growing up on a dusty sharecropper farm in northwest Texas during the Great Depression, Ray Ford didn’t have many toys. When he turned 5, Ford’s grandfather gave him a pocketknife so he could carve his own from scraps of wood. Like so many others who had fled the ravages of the Dust Bowl before him, Ford headed west to California at age 20, where he worked for Douglas Aircraft, danced to big band music in the old...Read More
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