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art ltd. Artist Profile – Yvette Gellis

Congrats to Yvette Gellis for appearing in the latest issue of art ltd. magazine!

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Lisa Doctor's UCLA Extension Writers Program Workshops

Beginning Monday, October 3rd (7 PM – 10 PM) for 10 weeks

Course # X466.16 Registration # W6917
Before You Begin the Novel: An Exploration of Character and Story

Facing the blank page can be an intimidating experience. What is the universal theme you’re trying to communicate? What does the protagonist really want? In this workshop, you create a personalized “encyclopedia” of material to use as a reference when writing the novel. Through individualized exercises tailored to each writer in the room, you explore the protagonist’s history, fears, and desires, as well as his or her relationship to the antagonist. You identify the larger theme that draws you to this particular story, a basic outline of the beginning, middle, and end, and the emotional arc of the protagonist. By the end of the workshop, you have in your arsenal many important elements to get you started so that the blank page remains blank no more. This course is open to writers of all levels who are eager to begin writing their novel.

To enroll online:

By phone:
(818) 784-7006

By mail:
UCLA Extension
P.O. Box 24901
Department K
Los Angeles, CA 90024-0901

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Deepening the Characters We Create: A Writing Workshop

Lisa DoctorWeek of September 25-30, 2011

Lisa Doctor

The characters we create can and will evolve from caricatures into real people if we allow them to speak in their own voices without interference. But how do our characters turn into dynamic beings? How do they find their own truths?

Through a series of writing exercises and discussion, we will create the profile of a character and then allow him or her to answer challenging questions designed to reveal hidden truths. Each prompt will be chosen specifically for the character; no two characters will receive the same questions. As the week progresses, these emerging people will open up about that which haunts and thrills them. They will explore their personal histories, their concerns about aging, their longings, disappointments, and uncertainties. We will ask them to speak freely about old wounds and their compassion for others. They will tell us what used to be important to them but no longer is. By the end of the week the character each writer has created will have begun to emerge into a separate being with an authentic voice and a distinct identity.

This workshop is designed for writers of every level, including beginners, who are seeking a group writing experience in a safe and nurturing environment. The method used is particularly effective for those wishing to begin or are in the midst of writing a novel, memoir, short story, screenplay, or stage play, where a richly drawn character takes center stage.

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July 23 – August 27, 2011 Opening Reception: July 23, 2011, 6 – 8 pm

(Beverly Hills—July 2011) Ephemera is a series of large paintings by artist Yvette Gellis that appears abstract at first viewing but, upon closer examination, reveals discernible fragments of representation. Perhaps Gellis explains it best herself: ―the work teeters back and forth between the ambiguity of abstraction and the restraints of representation.‖ GARBOUSHIAN GALLERY now represents Yvette Gellis. Ephemera will be on view at the gallery’s Beverly Hills space, July 23 – August 27, 2011.

Entropy, 2011, oil on canvas, 102" x 541⁄2"

Gellis’ painting process begins as a gestural dialogue with particular homes and buildings near her 18th Street Arts Center studio, which she will often document in various states of destruction or decay. As Gellis liberally and deftly applies paint in a series of wide, muscular swaths offset by delicate calligraphic swipes, an impending sense of abstraction emerges. Vantage points are obscured, compositional liberty is taken, angles are askew, and ultimately, what began as a quasi- representational rendering is transformed into a phenomenological, psychological, or even a spiritual response.

There is an emotional charge to Gellis’ work. Her first major exhibition (a 2008 solo exhibition at LA’s impactful Kim Light Gallery) garnered critical praise in Art in America for its, ―lively repartee between the illusion of deep, infinite space and the immediate surface pleasure of energetic abstract painting.‖1 She was chosen in 2009 by artist Lita Albuquerque to participate in the group exhibition In Bed Together at ROYAL/T, with Albuquerque writing that in viewing Gellis’ work she finds herself, ―engaged in Theatre, where perception directs movement, an exchange of energy between the viewer and the performance of paint.‖2 She will also have a solo exhibition at Brunnhofer Galerie, Austria, in September 2011.

Gellis’ work invokes elements of the schools that came before her—Light and Space artists James Turrell and Robert Irwin in their push to explore perceptual phenomena; AbEx’s unremitting return to the ―mark‖; and the Hudson River School’s romanticism—yet there is no single word or movement that can encompass the work.

Sylmar, 2010-2011, mixed media, 108"x168"

The artist likens her work to an event, a situational explication of the sublime, or as she prefers to quote philosopher Edmund Burke, ―tranquility tinged with terror.‖3 In recent projects—including her 2009 Violet Jolt sculptural installation at Stuyvesant and 9th outside of New York University—the event aspect is indeed clearly present in Gellis’ work, compelling the passerby to experience and engage the artist’s ―mark‖ in three dimensions. Yet the paintings in Ephemera are a return, and more importantly, an expansion of something much more essential to the artist—paint.

Breaking Point; Interior, 2011, oil, acrylic, pencil on canvas, 66" x 102"

Holding a Master of Fine Arts degree from Claremont Graduate University, Gellis has both an exceptional vision and imagination, and the breadth of technical skill necessary to bring it to life. For all her creative capacity however, Gellis’ work is ultimately about the act of painting itself—about forgetting everything and allowing the work to take on a life of its own.

1. Constance Mallinson, Art in America (November 2008), pp 201-202
2. Lita Albuquerque on the occasion of the exhibition In Bed Together at ROYAL/T in Culver City, CA (2009-2010)
3. Edmund Burke, from ―A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful” (1757)

Breaking Point; Interior, 2011, oil, acrylic, pencil on canvas, 66″ x 102″

Ephemera – Large Paintings by Yvette Gellis

Opening Reception: July 23, 2011, 6 – 8 pm
Exhibition: July 23 – August 27, 2011
Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday, 10 am – 5 pm, or by appointment

427 North Camden Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 274-5205

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the Campbells [ideas + communications for contemporary culture]
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"The Hollywood Reporter" Lists Shira Nachshon as Top 25 Business Manager in Hollywood

Congratulations to Shira Nachshon for being listed by The Hollywood Reporter as one of the top 25 business managers in Hollywood. Read more by clicking on the article below.

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Westside Magazine Features Susan Cohen

Susan Cohen, the founder and principal of Susan Cohen Associates, Inc., is an interior designer dedicated to improving her client’s quality of life and enhancing their environment. Established in 1985, the firm’s emphasis is on high-end residential design. Projects range from 7,000 square feet to 30,000 square feet, specializing in remodeling and new construction.

Susan typically never lets her house get photographed because she doesn’t want her personal taste to interfere with what she will be designing for her clients. Each residence is a blank canvas specifically created to suit the client’s needs and lifestyle. But for the first time ever, Susan has allowed pictures of her house to be taken and featured in Westside Magazine.

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Adrian Grant Presents New Listing in Bel Air

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Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Listing Price $10,900,000

* 4 Bedrooms
* 5.5 Bathrooms

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REVLON Run/Walk For Women 2011 – SUCCESS!

A huge thank you and congratulations to all the women who came out for the REVLON Run/Walk For Women 2011! It was a HUGE success and we can’t wait until next year!

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Thank You WPN

Thank you for recognizing my son, Dale Levine, and his life with all your generous donations to ALS. I appreciate the wonderful support you have offered… from the beautiful flowers and kind words of sympathy, to the delicious meals and heartfelt thoughts.

Thank you for your love and support,
Adrian Grant

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WPN Makes Donation to ALS Association

In honor of Dale Levine, the son of WPN’s Founder & Co-Chair Adrian Grant, WPN donated $3,150 to ALS Association for fighting Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

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