Tuesday, February 7, 2017

RSVP for February 13th - CU - Music and Arts in the Studio

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February Night ! 

this coming Monday, the 13th @ 8 p.m. 


For our February 13 Valentine program:

Pianist Alexander Slobodyanik turns on the romantic charm with Schumann's "Scenes from Childhood" plus a couple of Chopin Etudes.
Esteemed violinists Mark Kashper and Camille Avellano will pair up for violin duos of Bela Bartok. We are always thrilled and grateful when our LA Phil friends spend their night off playing for us!
The formidable bass-baritone Boris Martinovich will sing two Verdi arias:  "O tu Palermo" from I Vespri Siciliani, and "Ella giammai m'amò" from Don Carlo, accompanied by Mary Au on piano.
CU favorites Evgeny Tonkha and Anton Smirnoff bring us Rachmaninoff's  swooningly romantic Cello Sonata. 
And here's something you don't hear every day: Carmen...on the saxophone! Sax virtuosa Chika Inoue will play Francois Borne's "Fantaisie brillante sur airs de "Carmen," with Mary Au, piano.

Camille Avellano & Mark Kashper                               Boris Martinovich 

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"Ricky of Carson" oil on linen 31"x 25" 
In exceptional times we'll make an exception to our tradition of showcasing the works of my friends, and will showcase my recent "Love My Neighbor" public art project in our City of Carson.
The project came out of my belief that in a society where the faith in most of its institutions is severely undermined, there is a vital need to find an idea in which we can all still have some credible faith.  Something we can all believe in despite all the differences and severe polarization, well managed  by profiteers of "divide and conquer" doctrines hiding under any stripe.
"Mrs. O'Neal" sepia on Fabriano paper 30" x 22"  

I found this powerful, uniting and credible idea in a testimonial affirmation that I formulated as "Love My Neighbor." Whoever we are, we are neighbors first. In this country or in the world. In the City of Carson, statistically the 5th most diverse in the nation, the neighbors just happen to be like the rest of the world. For the last nine years I have been working on the My Neighbor Series based on this principle.
What my Dad called "High Art" in my view stands today as a vehemently anti-ideological counter-politics. It utilizes the power to unite people on a human level. Practicing High Art today in this way becomes social action.
In the last year I have been privileged to have the City of Carson as my partner in this project through a grant from its Cultural Arts Commission, with Wells Fargo Bank as the local exhibiting partner. At two locations, the Carson Park Building and the Wells Fargo Town Center Store, in one month approximately 40,000 Carson residents were exposed to the "Love My Neighbor" message through my images of beloved and inspiring neighbors.
I am working on the second leg of the project this year in this awesome collaboration.
You can learn more about the project at www.lovemyneighbor.us  
 As always - bring your spirits, food and drink for you and your friends to enjoy.   
We are most grateful to our supportive friends at

for graciously providing us with their incomparable instrument CD 587.


in ART we trust!
        We are grateful for a continuous support     

of our founding patron 



20795 Main St. Carson, Ca 90745
Doors open at 7 p.m. No assigned seats - first come-first served. Potluck. Entrance from the parking lot.  Free parking.    

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Save the Date! February 13th Music & Art in the Studio!

Save the Date!
Monday, February 13th, 2017
Music and Art in the Studio
Look for the invitation next week, or check our website at that time.