Our Current Art Wall

August, 2018
The Cosmos: An Exhibition by Raoul de la Sota, Olga Seem, Howard Swerdloff
Join us for the Opening Reception for The Cosmos on Sunday, August 5 from 11 am to 12:30 pm. Three artists with very interesting talents will be showing their recent works. The show is open every Sunday from 9:30 am until noon and on weekdays by appointment and will run through August 26.
 
Raoul de la Sota received his Bachelors and Masters of Arts from UCLA. He was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship for a year art studies in Peru, which changed his life by exposing him to a culture rich in folklore, cosmological beliefs and artistic marvels. He taught painting, drawing and Mexican Art History at Los Angeles City College until 2015. “My interest in cosmic subject matter came from the myths of various cultures that I discussed in my Art History classes. These stories have influenced my work for the past six years in which I have artistically explored the Northwest Coast, Inuit, Navajo, Mayan and Incan sky beliefs,” says de la Sota. “The work in this exhibit illustrates the sky from the Far East to the horizons close to us in the western world.”
 
Olga Seem says, “As I reach my autumnal years my work has segued from ocean subject-matter to the celestial. My choice of subject is always in flux. Current work is involved with interpreting the world of planets and their counterparts. However, I have not abandoned my interest in sea life, as I see a metaphorical relationship between sea and sky.”
 
Howard Swerdloff describes himself as an eclectic artist who has created original, non-mainstream works of art for the past 40 years. He mixes media from painting to wood sculpture to ceramics to gourd art with fluid dexterity, intersecting cultures and disciplines without barriers. As an artist and designer he has become a favorite resource for many celebrated artists in the Los Angeles area, including the renowned artists Frank Romero, Charles Dixon, Raoul de la Sota, Pat Boyd and many others, creating design elements, fabrication, and presentation design. He has been a gallery owner and curator for numerous exhibitions, performances and artist dialogues.
 
Contact our Art Director, Beverly Alison for further information about this show or about exhibiting on our Art Wall.
 
Bob Dietz