Art Wall Archive

January, 2020
Jessie KB's Science Through Art
 
The Opening Reception for Jessica Kendall-Bar’s exhibit, Science through Art, will be held on Sunday, January 5, 2020 from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm. Come chat with the artist; she is a PhD candidate in Marine Biology who believes that scientific progress is futile unless communicated successfully. During the reception, marine mammal themed pillows, phone cases, bags, t-shirts and other goodies will be available for your consideration. Light snacks will be provided. The exhibit will be open every Sunday from 9:00 am until 12:00 noon and on weekdays by appointment through January 26th. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
 
Jessica’s illustrations, photography, and cinematography aim to accurately portray science and its role in preserving the underwater ecosystem. She has illustrated two children’s books. The Castor Oil Rig Tales, published by AzBukiVeri Press, depicts the conservation success story of a community of marine organisms, which colonizes an abandoned oil rig. Her illustrations for a second children’s book, Looking for Marla, tells the story of a clownfish which changes sex from male to female (which is what male clownfish normally do when the mother disappears).
 
At the interface of science and art, Jessica endeavors to make meaningful discoveries and to convey those results broadly and creatively to impact diverse populations. To reach her audiences she uses photography, animation, illustration, cinematography, science comics, wood burning, alcohol markers, water colors, acrylics and more.
 
Contact Art Director, Beverly Alison, for further information about this show.
 
For weekday appointments contact the church office: Cyndee at assistant@uusm.org or 310-829-5436 x102.
 
On Sundays, follow the signs to UU Church Parking. Handicap parking is available behind the church.
 
 
 
December, 2019
New Paintings by Bettye Barclay
 
The Opening Reception for Bettye Barclay’s exhibit, New Paintings, will be held at UU Santa Monica on Sunday, December 1 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Come chat with the artist. At the reception, fused glass and jewelry by Bettye will also be available. Light snacks will be provided.
 
In Bettye’s own words: “In my painting I move between images and abstraction. Images can evoke a memory of experience, an idea or dream. Abstract shapes lead us into the unknown, a place before appearance of an image.
 
“In my work I enjoy the dance between abstraction and images and the different qualities and potential that each brings to the process of painting. And I love color, the ways color can speak to the senses in deep and mysterious ways. My love of color is a constant whether images, shapes or abstraction appear in the paintings.
 
“My paintings are an attempt to express the wholeness of life that is constantly in flux. The tension of the call to new life, the human desire for stasis, and the way life demands movement are ongoing themes. My search is to define and express these tensions and to explore the invisible aspects of being through color, form and balance.
 
“In painting, as in life, the search for balance and the dis-equilibrium that leads to a point where balance shifts and some new aspect is born into being is an ongoing process.”
 
The exhibit will be open every Sunday from 9:00 am until 12:00 noon and on weekdays by appointment through December 29. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
 
Contact Art Director, Beverly Alison, balison@aol.com for further information about this show.
 
For weekday appointments contact the church office at assistant@uusm.org or 310-829-5436 x102.
 
On Sundays, follow the signs to church parking. Handicap parking is available behind the church.
 
November, 2019
Vera Arutyunyin's Abstract Expressionism
 
 
The Opening Reception for Vera Arutyunyan’s Abstract Expressionist exhibit of personal and moving images will be held at UU Santa Monica on Sunday, November 3, 2019 from 11:00 am until 12:30 pm. At the reception, you’ll be able to ask her about her journey that started in Armenia and has transformed into envisioning her art as expressions of emotional words to find spiritual and and self-fulfillment. Light snacks will be provided. The exhibit will be open every Sunday from 9:00 am until 12:00 noon and on weekdays by appointment through November 24th. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
 
 
Vera is an Abstract Expressionist with a flow of figurative expressions―all emotionally and spiritually charged. Painting is her inner outcry. Her unique bare hands technique of brave strokes is a clash of emotions―color-infused visions of action painting forever frozen in time. She feels she is possessed by many thousands (and more) moments when all her inner visions and emotions about the world and herself are crying out loud to come out and be heard – words of the soul in search of philosophical and existential answers of what lies deep within the human psyche, words of despair in a world in which we are strangely at home and yet lost at the same time, words of powerful love for life and spirituality, emotional words so natural and powerful that could only be expressed through paintings to be understood, to obtain identity and significance, to become securely existent.
 
Vera’s art has earned international acclaim. She has participated in a variety of solo and group shows, biennales, galleries and museums in the United State as well as in France, Italy, Belgium, Spain, Greece, Russia, Armenia, China, South Korea, Canada, Japan, Ireland, Switzerland and Monaco.
 
Contact Art Director, Beverly Alison for further information about this show. For appointments contact the church office: Cyndee at assistant@uusm.org 310-829-5436 x102
 
On Sundays, follow the signs to church parking. Handicap parking is available behind the church.
 
October, 2019
California Landscapes by Roy Patience
 
The Opening Reception for Roy Patience’s photography exhibit, California Landscapes, will be held at UU Santa Monica on Sunday, October 6, 2019, from 11:00 am until 12:30 pm.
 
Patience began his photographic journey when he was 17 years old after his brother gave him a Pentax single-lens reflex camera. You’ll be able to ask him more about his journey at the reception. Light snacks will be provided.
 
The exhibit will be open every Sunday from 9:00 am until 12:00 noon and on weekdays by appointment through October 27. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
September, 2019
Vietnam: Land of Diversity
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Opening Reception for Vietnam: Land of Diversity, a collection of paintings from Vietnam, will be held on Sunday, September 8 from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm. These works were gathered by Rhoda Lurie this year. At the reception more than 100 painting will be available for your consideration. Light snacks will be provided.
 
The exhibit will be open every Sunday from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm and on weekdays by appointment through September 29th. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rhoda Lurie is an Art Historian who has traversed the many exotic places in the world in pursuit of art and artifacts. She has been to 79 countries and has brought back many items that have enriched many people’s lives.
 
The Vietnam: Land of Diversity exhibition features many artists that Lurie found as she searched Vietnam earlier this year. She was especially interested in people from the Hill tribes: the Hmong, Tay, Red Dao and Giay in the Sapa areas of the Northwest part of Vietnam.
 
The colorful paintings in this collection reflect the people, their traditional dress, village life and more. Lurie loved the ethnic diversity, the freedom of the paintings and the beauty that they display. Many of the paintings are on rice paper or canvas. Charcoal drawings, collages and calligraphic paintings in a variety of shapes and sizes add to the wide range of this extensive collection. Each picture is individually matted and ready for framing. A biography of the artist is attached to each picture.
 
You are invited to enrich your home with a painting or two from this unique and unusual collection.
 
Contact Art Director, Beverly Alison for further info about this show.
 
For appointments contact the church office: Cyndee at assistant@uusm.org 310-829-5436 x102
 
On Sundays, follow the signs to church parking. Handicap parking is available behind the church.
 
August, 2019
Charles Haskell: The First UU Principle

Charles Haskell
THE FIRST UU PRINCIPLE: THE INHERENT WORTH AND DIGNITY OF EVERY PERSON

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Art Wall Opening Reception, Sunday, August 4, 2019: UUSM’s own Charles Haskell is featured as the August Artist of the Month with his display of portraiture titled “The Inherent Worth and Dignity of Every Person.” The reception will be Sunday, August 4 at 11 am in Forbes during coffee hour. Lunch will be served. Haskell plans to photograph members after the services on August 11, 18, and 25.
 
About the Artist of the Month:
 
Charles Haskell has provided portrait photographic services at no charge to nonprofit organizations since 2003. The organizations served include the Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Santa Monica, the Westside Coalition and its member agencies, the Santa Monica Family YMCA, and the volunteers of the Santa Monica Library, among others.
 
Haskell Photography is available for portrait photography services to individuals, businesses, and nonprofit organizations willing to make donations to suggested charities.
 
Charles served as professor of medicine at UCLA until his retirement, after which he was named Professor Emeritus. He made major contributions to cancer research and treatment in his 35+ year career. In March 2019, Marquis Who’s Who, the world’s premier publisher of biographical profiles, named Haskell as the recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award.
 
Married and devoted to his wife Christine, his daughter, granddaughter, and great-granddaughter, Charles has contributed to UUSM in a great many capacities during his nearly forty years as a member, including serving on the Board, on the bylaws committee, and by providing his amazing photography skills for our directory and website (charleshaskellphotography.com).
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
July, 2019
Faith in Action Art Wall & Craft Fair
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Faith in Action's annual congregation fundraising Arts & Craft Fair Art Wall Reception is scheduled for Sunday, July 7 at Forbes Hall, during coffee hour after member Leonard Cachola's sermon titled "Journey to Community Starts From Within," as a commencement to the monthly worship theme, Liberation.
 
This annual event, hosted by Diana Spears, includes art created by our own UUSM members. Come down and see some of the amazing talent we have within our own community! A variety of mediums will be on display, including some for sale. From ceramics to paintings and photographs, there will be a whole lot of talent on display.
 
Artists for this year’s UUSM Member Art Wall include: Jeremy Arnold, Bettye Barclay, Ralph Martel, Tom Peters, Carol Ring, and Greg Wood and many other talented members of our community.
 
Activism has never been more important – so come and get inspired. The Faith In Action Commission (FIA) is an umbrella group composed of four committees – Peace and Social Justice (PSJ), Green Living, Hunger Task Force, and Interweave. Over the past year, FIA has participated in many events throughout Los Angeles, including the Women’s March, March for Science, the March for Our Lives, Interfaith Solidarity March, and more.
 
Action is based on careful research, analysis and thoughtful study embracing service, education, witness and advocacy issues through a range of activities including task forces, community organizing, study groups, alliance building, committees and ad hoc groups as needed. The Faith In Action Commission.
 
The mission of the Faith In Action Commission is to coordinate social action efforts in the church, empowering the congregation to choose social justice issues for study and action, and integrating those activities fully into the overall life of the congregation in a way that is rooted in the moral and ethical values of our faith, as expressed in our View sion Statement and the Principles and Purposes and Statements of Conscience of the Unitarian Universalist Association.

 

June, 2019
Faith in Action
Join member and friends this first weekend of June for the Art Wall Opening Reception, featuring UUSM’s Faith In Action Committee (FIA).  The reception will be held on Sunday, June 2, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Forbes Hall.
 
Faith In Action is an active committee of UUSM and currently acts as an umbrella for other church committees, including the Peace and Social Justice group.
 
Over the past year, FIA has hosted many important events focusing on peace in the Middle East, the economy and labor rights with emphasis on hotel workers, racism and police brutality, and immigration and immigrant detention.
 
Recently, FIA hosted more than 40 energetic, committed young people in their late teens and twenties filled the Sanctuary and campus on last month to organize for climate justice.
 
What’s next for Faith In Action? Come to the Art Wall reception on Sunday and find out, because sometimes, word of mouth still works.
 
Contact Cyndee at assistant@uusm.org, 310-829-5436 ext. 102 for info or appointments. Contact Beverly Alison for further info about the artist or about exhibiting on the Art Wall at UU Santa Monica. Contact Roberta Frye for any FIA  related matters at fia@uusm.org
 
May, 2019
Children's Religious Exploration Art
OPENING RECEPTION ON SUNDAY, MAY 5, 2019 AT 12:00 PM
 
On Sunday, May 5, for this month’s Art Wall opening reception, Kathleen Hogue, Director of Religious Exploration, members, and friends will gather at Forbes Hall after both services to celebrate yet another way for children to experience and learn from the community about the value of art, for one of Hogue’s final projects before her departure.
 
The art wall for the month of May features works created individually and collaboratively by UU Santa Monica children, youth, teachers, parents, and staff. The collaborations and sculptures by young artists, in pleasant spring tones, are a reminder of the fragile environment they will inherit. The collection reminds the viewer of our connections to one another, to our home on earth, and to what kids begin to understand as life.
 
Teri Lucas, Assistant to the DRE, said the kids’ work is one of the best collections in the years since the art wall started featuring their work.
 
“It’s not often our hard-working art director takes breaks from her rigorous curation all year-round.”
 
The art pieces are one of a kind, generational contribution to the church and represent our devotion to our youth in a knit-tight community. Proceeds will benefit the RE Assistant fund that supports the RE program.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
April, 2019
Phillip Timper's Themes of Vibrant Colors
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Art Wall Opening Reception: Sunday, April 7, 2019 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
 
Phillip Timper decided to become an artist very early in life. A Midwestern boy, he started landscape painting at age 9, lived in the art room during high school, and painted his way through college. He moved into a design and illustration career as an adult. However, his love of art and painting persisted and he continued to paint and make art to this day.
 
he April Art Wall Opening Reception on Sunday, April 7, 2019 from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm will showcase works depicting themes of exhilarating colors and familiar images to Timper, a prolific oil painter, and muralist from Prescott, Arizona.
 
Timper chooses oil paint, watercolor and pencil as his choice of media to reflect the world around him, focusing on capturing images to explore subjects of quiet moments filled charged emotional moments of everyday life.  Although the perspective in the matter changes from work to work, Timper presents an unforgettable array of colors that tie these themes together at this exhibit. 
 
"Think of painting as you might think of language. There are thousands of languages spoken today all with the same purpose, communication,” Timper said.
 
Timper’s current works depict his gritty devotion to capture his fellow humanoids in natural habitats that can be observed in the Blues n Brews Festival Series, The Abstraction Series, and the Desert Animal Gift Collection.
 
The opening reception will be from 12 noon to 1:30 pm in Forbes Hall, April 4, after the Sunday morning services. The exhibit will go through the end of April. For appointments, contact Cyndee Hayes at assistant@uusm.org or 310-829-5436 x102. Accessible parking is available behind the church.
 
About UUSM: The Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Santa Monica (UUSM) is is part of a religious movement committed to Seven Principles that include the worth of each person, the need for justice and compassion, and the right to choose one’s own beliefs.  Our congregation and faith community promotes these principles through regular worship, learning and personal growth, sharedconnection and care, social justice action and service, celebration of life’s transitions, and much more. The mission of UUSM is to build a congregational home that supports our vision, that provides opportunities for spiritual and personal growth in an interactive and intergenerational community, that is welcoming and inclusive and that assumes an active responsibility for our community and world. - Ratified by congregational vote, May 20, 2001.