Homegrown art takes center stage this weekend at Grand View Fine Art Studios
By Michael Aushenker
“Made in Mar Vista” isn’t just the theme of Grand View Fine Art Studios’ open studios event this weekend, it’s the organization’s 24/7 mission.
Since 1998, Grand View Fine Arts Studios has provided private and shared studio space for local artists in its 8,000-square-foot building on Grand View Boulevard, a few blocks south of Venice Boulevard. Twice a year, artists allow the public to tour their space.
“Made in Mar Vista” throws the doors open for three hours on Saturday and for another three hours on Sunday, the latter coinciding with the adjacent Mar Vista Farmers Market to allow attendees to stroll between the two events.
This time around, Grand View artists opening their doors include Lee Ann Goya, Sara Harris, Mitchilito Orquiola, Al Walton, Otella Wruck, Vibul Wonprasat, Marc Yellen and Cooper Union-educated abstract painter Ken Marsh, Grand View’s manager since 2007.
Darlyn Susan Yee’s fabric-knit creations resemble abstract hangings. With the collective since April 2012, the Mar Vista resident said she enjoys being part of a neighborhood artistic community.
“One of the things that I like is the ability to work at any hour that I’m available and to know there are others working at those hours. It’s not like the studio shuts down ever. There’s always someone there or something going on,” Yee said.
Joseph Fitzpatrick, with Grand View for nine years, also enjoys the camaraderie.
“I have a space there where I can put all my stuff out and I don’t have to worry about spilling paint,” he added.
Fitzpatrick’s latest canvases derive their subject matter from photos he takes of the action on Lincoln Boulevard outside his Ashland Avenue home in Santa Monica. One features a homeless lady by a trash receptacle.
Yee said some at Grand View hope to turn their semi-annual openings into a monthly ritual.
“Everyone in this vibrant group of artists not only wants to make their own splash in the world but come together as a community,” Yee said.
“Made in Mar Vista” runs 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at 3871 Grand View Blvd., Mar Vista. Free. For more information, call (310) 903-2173.