DOWNEY – The Downey Arts Coalition will host an open house on Tuesday, May 12, at 7 p.m., at the Epic Lounge. The event is free to the public and offers an opportunity to connect with others who have an interest in supporting and participating in local art events. Refreshments will be served, along with the showing of a short film, “Premeditative,” by co-directors Gene Aversa and Carlos Quinterro. Artwork by local glass artist Terry Walker will also be featured.
“Premeditative ” is a drama about a high school student who snaps after repeated bullying and harassment, and makes a drastic decision to take a gun to school. The film centers on his inner turmoil and his decision as he walks to school, before he makes a very dire mistake.
Glass artist Terry Walker has been an important part of the Downey Arts Coalition since 2013, and has brought her work to many festivals and art events. Her work is popular as it makes affordable gifts for friends and family. She recently completed a new mosaic, entitled Triumph, for DAC’s recent “Rebirth” art exhibit at the Downey Civic Theatre.
The Downey Arts Coalition is also celebrating its fourth anniversary this year. Since its founding in 2011, the group has sponsored art exhibits, monthly poetry readings, and produced two Broadway plays and two free music festivals. Art shows for the Dia de los Muertos celebrations, the City of Downey rooftop events, and the Downey symphony concerts are curated by members of DAC. The non-profit organization has also hosted movie screenings by local filmmakers, and recently assisted with publicity for the Glenfest Movie Festival that was free to the public at the Downey Krikorian Theater.
Art curator Pat Gil explains, “Whatever someone’s passion is – music, film, theatre, dance, poetry – we can work together to help you express it in our local community.” Gil describes DAC as umbrella organization that provides “a place for local artists, arts organization, and community leaders to share and collaborate.”
Reflecting its commitment to the community, the DAC website offers a calendar promoting city concerts, art shows, and music events. Everyone, no matter what their interest, is invited to come for an evening of networking and stimulating conversation. For further information go to downeyarts.org.