Megan Cotts, Jamison Carter, Bettina Hubby and Debra Scacco in Blue Roof Studios Arts Festival 6.16.18

Blue Roof Studios Arts Festival: A Day of Encounters and  Discovery

Free and open to the public.

Saturday, June 23, 12:00pm to 5:00pm

June, 2018:  Blue Roof Studios is pleased to announce Blue Roof Studios Arts Festival, celebrating the summer solstice, will take place on Saturday, June 23 from 12pm to 5pm, at 7329 S. Broadway. The festival highlights the richness and diversity of the arts in South Los Angeles and beyond, reflecting Blue Roof Studio’s commitment to fostering and amplifying creativity, connection, and inclusion within the community.

Blue Roof Studios and festival founder Galia Linn describes the vision of the festival, “In the current climate of increased tension and isolation, melting away the barriers is the duty of those who care. We come together and see each other in a joint celebration of art.”

Offering an immersive multidisciplinary art experiences the day will feature artwork by over 60 artists and 20 artisans reflecting the diversity of Blue Roof Studios’ neighborhood as well as greater Los Angeles. Local tacos, homemade popsicles, pizza by Delicious Pizza and other culinary treats will be offered by neighborhood businesses and community members as well vendors from the greater LA area.

Spreading over Broadway avenue sidewalk, Blue Roof’s parking lot and the entire building – The day’s rich assortment of offerings will be a drum circle lead by master drummer Aboubacar Kouyate – whos talking drum can be heard on the Black Panther soundtrack; free cooking demonstrations by RootDown LA; music by local DJ Joaquin Romero /DJ Wordamouph;  a participatory performance utilizing three rocking chairs and three people by interdisciplinary performer Nehara Kalev; an Art Makers Bazaar curated by Kaleidoscope Kollective featuring handmade clothing, henna tattoos, unique objects and work by local and LA-based artists and artisans such as Alexandra Grant X-Artists’ Books and GrantLOVE project; art workshops by Barnsdall Arts; CAAM, and Blue Roof Studios resident Beverly Morrison.

The art installations will include: RADIANT a group exhibition curated by Leonardo Bravo / Big City Forum celebrating how we honor the light, our connection to the earth, the sun, and to each other; an exhibit curated by Bettina Hubby from Curatorial Hub featuring  a diverse selection of works under $500 by well-known and emerging artists from Los Angeles and beyond; and Kristine Schomaker of Shoebox projects will curate “IMAGINE” a show of works by artists from her community of artists. In addition, Blue Roof Studios resident artists Diana Sanchez, Terri Klass, Jacqueline Palafox and Beverly Morrison will open their studios for the event. Visiting artist Gwladys Alonzo will share Los Angeles inspired work and  Guest artists Corazon Del Sol, Marguerite Drexel and Linda Franke will collaborate on an installation for the festival.

Leonardo Bravo and Big City Forum

Present “Radiant”, an exhibition that aims to celebrate the Summer Solstice, how we honor the light, our connection to the earth, the sun, and to each other. Through the various methods, approaches, strategies, and sensibilities embodied in each artists’ works, they speak to the ways in which the arts can deeply connect to the context in which it is created, stimulating ideas, reflection, and meaning making. The artists in the exhibition function as our conscience, our innovators, our healers, our chance takers and activists reminding us of the transformative power of the arts. In both direct and oblique ways their works aim at presenting the emergence of potentiality, of new forms, of a space in which the individual and the collective have the power to nurture and sustain putting new imaginaries into the world. The exhibition is organized in conjunction with the Blue Roof Studios Arts Festival which highlights the richness and diversity of arts in South Los Angeles and their commitment to foster and amplify creativity, connection, and inclusion within this community of Los Angeles.

Participating Artists:

Sharon Barnes, Spencer Carmona, Enrique Castrejon, Claire Colette, Sam Comen, Yasmine Diaz, Sid M. Dueñas, Rachel Duvall, Catherine Fairbanks, Helen Rebekah Garber, Daniel Gibson, Rhiannon Griego, Rema Ghuloum, Maria Guzman Capron, Lorenzo Hurtado Segovia,, Thomas Linder, Jacob Melchi, Stephen Neidich, Devon Oder, Chinwe Okona, Ruby Osorio, Lydia Maria Pfeffer, Hannah Plotke , Debra Scacco, Jessica Simmons, Mariangeles Soto-Diaz, Cammie Staros, Christine Wang, and Iris Yirei Hu.

Curatorial Hub is an online gallery featuring affordable and diverse work by well-known and emerging artists from Los Angeles and beyond.

The concept for Curatorial Hub was created by artist Bettina Hubby who generously devotes part of her practice to collaboration and connection, both of which are central to this new initiative. Hubby’s collaborator, Saskia Wilson-Brown, is the founder of The Institute of Art and Olfaction, a non-profit devoted to experimentation and access in perfumery and experimental scent. Teaming up, they form a partnership in this new arts-venture that draws on their combined strengths of curating, collaborating and poetic outreach.

“I felt there was a need for more exposure and financial opportunities for the talented artists I know and an online space like Curatorial Hub aims to offer both,” said Hubby.  “With all the works under $1,000, it is also a way for new or seasoned collectors to buy with low risk and most important it’s a great way to share this wonderful work.”wilson-Brown commented that, “Democratizing access to creative output benefits everyone. Curatorial Hub offers a clean and simple way to get works out into the world while giving artists an opportunity outside of the traditional gallery setting to create supplemental income between exhibitions and projects.”

Participating Artists:

Bob Dornberger, Margaret Griffith, Pat Pickett, Senon Williams, Miles Regis, Sonja Gerdes, Leo Bravo, Randi Malkin Steinberger, Rachel Roske, Nicola Vruwink, Jamison Carter, Ashton Allen, Daphne Mangin, Asuka Hisa, Helen Chung, Bettina Hubby


About Blue Roof Studios

Founded in 2016 by artist Galia Linn, Blue Roof Studios is a new multidisciplinary art hub located in South Los Angeles that offers a place for artists to work in an environment that fosters creativity and community. We are dedicated to developing long-term relationships, opening doors to meaningful experiences in the arts, growing accessible programs such as free art workshops, screenings, artist talks, exhibitions, and festivals.

The Blue Roof Studios Arts Festival is funded in part by the LA Department of Cultural Affairs, CANNDU/Empower LA, LACI CleanTech incubator, Maker City LA, and the generous support of friends of Blue Roof Studios. Additional support provided  by Councilman Curren D. Price, Jr., the California African American Museum, BardoLA, On Broadway Tattoos and social.experiment.

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