For the first time in recent memory, some say at least twenty years, the Ebell Art Salon is filled with the work of its members. The eclectic show includes watercolors, oil paintings, fiber art, photography, collage and found-art sculptures.
Ebell Art Salon curator Donna Russell came up with the idea to feature the work of members and sent out an open invitation to members to submit work for the show.
“We had a wonderful response and we actually sold a lot of work. It was a great fundraiser for the Ebell, and a wonderful showcase of our members,” Russell told the Buzz.
Ebell members in the show include Laura Foti Cohen, Jacqueline Corkill, Yeni Alvarez DeCarlo, Mikki Brisk, Marie Greene, Caroline Labiner Moser, Cathy Roe, Aleka Corwin, Christine O’Brien, Phoebe Beasley, Carolyn Hennesy, Suz Landay and Lorraine Spector.
Several of the exhibitors are quite well known and have had their own shows at the Ebell, including Phoebe Beasley, who was honored in 2013 by the California African American Art Museum with its Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2015, Governor Brown appointed Beasley to the California Arts Council. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the California State Summer School for the Arts. In 1993, President Clinton presented the Ambassadors of the Diplomatic Corps with one of Phoebe’s monoprints entitled, “Clinton Inaugural,” which was accorded the Presidential Seal. It was the second time she had received the honor. The first time was when she created a commissioned artwork for the inauguration of President George H.W. Bush in 1989. Her work is in public and private collections including Neiman-Marcus, Mystic Seaport Museum, Savannah College of Art & Design, National Public Library, Absolut Vodka, Oprah Winfrey, Mike and Corky Hale-Stoller, LaTanya and Samuel L. Jackson, Clarence and Jacqueline Avant, Roger Penske, and Bernard and Shirley Kinsey.
Angela Sacchi’s naif paintings have been shown in New York, Los Angeles, and in Morges, Switzerland, where she was invited to represent her country at an international exhibit of Modern Naif Painting. She is a prolific illustrator of children’s books and illustrated the covers of three “costumbrista” books: “Corcula”, “Tequila”, and “Veracruz,” written by the Mexican-American author Carlos Haro Jr. Her display of colorful murals painted at “Casablanca” Restaurant in Venice is a tribute to the legendary movie.
Saachi is the former Curator of the Ebell’s Latin American Cultures Department. According to her, her biggest achievement is having illustrated, written, and translated into the Spanish language and successfully published her first children’s book of poetry entitled, “The Dream Gym.”
Brookside resident Laura Foti Cohen said about her work, “I have been making collages and assemblages for more than 20 years, on and off. I have a large inventory of materials, and either search them for inspiration, or come to them with a theme. For example, I didn’t set out to make a divorce collage, but when I looked at the images I was selecting, I found that’s what they were saying to me.”
Windsor Square resident Caroline Labiner Moser’s photography is also included in the show. Moser studied Fine Arts at Harvard before earning a Masters in Architecture from M.I.T. Her professional work is primarily with historic structures and color. She served on the Ebell board as House Chair for the Ebell and is active in preservation issues throughout the city. She serves on the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions, Park Mile Design Review, Windsor Square HPOZ, Windsor Square Association, Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council, and Natural History Museum Boards. Her husband, Franklin, also has a photograph in the show.
Four exquisitely detailed botanical watercolors by Windsor Square resident Suz Landay are on exhibit. Painter Yeni Alvarez DeCarlo recently organized an art class for Ebell members and guests. Former Gentleman member and well know artist Rudy Droguett has three of his scratchboard etchings in the show. Droguett’s wife Gloria has been a member of the Ebell for more than 30 years, serving many years on the Ebell board in various roles. His work has been featured at art shows at the Ebell over the years.
The show opened June 8 and will be up through the June 30. Members of the public are invited to view the show at the Ebell during the week from 9 am – 5 pm. Membership inquires are welcome.
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