Subscribe to our Mailing ListJoin our mailing list to receive news about upcoming arts events in Downey.
Arts Events in DowneyMay28Tue5:30 pm Downey Folk Jam @ Barbara Riley Community CenterDowney Folk Jam @ Barbara Riley Community CenterMay 28 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pmTweet7:00 pm Downey Art League (and DAC) meeting @ Rio San Gabriel Park (Meeting Room)Downey Art League (and DAC) meeting @ Rio San Gabriel Park (Meeting Room)May 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pmMay30Thu5:00 pm Santa Fe Springs Art Fest @ Clark EstateSanta Fe Springs Art Fest @ Clark EstateMay 30 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm7:30 pm DCLO presents “Paint Your Wagon” @ The Downey Civic TheatreDCLO presents “Paint Your Wagon” @ The Downey Civic TheatreMay 30 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pmThe Downey Civic Light Opera presents “Paint Your Wagon”. May 30th. – June 16th. 2013. TweetJun1Sat10:00 pm Greek Night @ Stay Gallery @ Stay GalleryGreek Night @ Stay Gallery @ Stay GalleryJun 1 @ 10:00 pm – Jun 2 @ 1:00 am
View Calendar Add Add
About Downey Arts Coalition
We are a group of volunteers who work together to promote the arts in the city of Downey, by bringing together local artists, arts advocates, and arts organizations to work toward a shared vision of a local cultural renaissance. Click here to see how you can get involved.
DowneyArts on Facebook
Posts by :
View From The Edge is a lecture series bringing life to modern art with important voices of the local arts community. Thursday May 23, we present Sue Ann Robinson, Director of Collections and Exhibitions for the Long Beach Museum of Art, as she brings a talk entitled, “Modern Art Nurtured in California: Historical Contributions of Our Local Artists.”
The lecture begins at 6:30PM at the Downey City Library, and is free to the public. The Downey Museu of Art, Downey Arts Coalition and curator Roy Anthony Shabla have collaborated to bring you this series. The DMOA has had a historically significant place in the modern art movement in California, as have artists local to the area. Come to learn about some of the significant names of the local history of modern art.
Sue Ann Robinson’s bio, courtesy of Southern California Women’s Caucus for Art.
Sue Ann Robinson is a visual artist, educator, author and museum professional. Robinson co-founded the first graduate program in museum education at George Washington University, Washington, DC. She worked with art museum director Walter Hopps at the Corcoran Gallery of Art and has developed innovative educational programs at the Long Beach Museum of Art, where she is currently the Director of Collections. She authored essays for the Art Museum as Educator, published by the University of California, Berkeley.
Robinson exhibited her assemblage on the east coast in the 70′s and produced artist’s books at the Writer’s Center, Glen Echo Park, MD. She was employed by the Women’s Graphic Center at the Women’s Building in Los Angeles in the 80′s. She received two three-year artist-in-residence grants from the California Art Council at the Long Beach Public Library and the Long Beach Museum of Art, where she subsequently continued as Director of Education.
Robinson has received numerous fellowships, awards and grants for her artist’s books—including the Library Fellows Grant from the National Museum of Women in the Arts, two artist’s fellowships from the Arts Council of Long Beach, a C.O.L.A. grant from the City of Los Angeles and residencies at Centrum, Port Townsend, WA; Dorland Mountain Artist Colony, Temecula, CA; The Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale, NY; and the Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY. She has completed numerous commissions for the Long Beach Public Library, the Long Beach Symphony and the California Art Education Association.
Her artist’s books are in the collections of The National Gallery of Art, the Long Beach Museum of Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum, The Getty Research Institute, Yale University, University of Washington and the Environmental Library at the University of California, Berkeley, among others. Robinson maintains her studio in Long Beach, CA.
As a bonus, Roy Anthony Shabla is hosting a TV Night on Tuesday 21st to watch arts documentaries, held at his home Casa La Reina. Contact the website for directions, begins at 6:30PM.
Downey High School Theatre Department presents “Musical Comedy Murders of 1940″ beginning June 7th in their Morris Theatre.
New York, 1940. In the glamorous world of Broadway where dreams come true, things turn into a nightmare for a certain group of showbiz types. Taking place in a mansion in the country, a group of theatrical people gather for what seems like a backer’s audition lead by the mansion’s owner, Elsa. Soon, they find themselves caught in a serial killer’s game- The Stage Door Slasher. To make matters worse, they must try to stay alive while trapped in a terrible winter storm. With the culprit amongst them, they will have to find out who the murderer is before they’re next. With secret passages, undercover disguises, Nazi saboteurs, love, confusion, and tension surrounding them, this task will be very difficult indeed. Come follow the group as they try to survive in this comedic murder mystery with a twist that will shock you! Be there to solve the mystery.
Downey High School, D. Mark Morris Hall
11040 Brookshire Ave. Downey, Ca.
Show dates 6/7, 6/8, 6/14, 6/15 at 7pm
All tickets $6 at the door.
Elsa Van Leuven is the demonstrator for the next meeting of the Downey Art League and Paramount Traditional Artists Guild, May 11th, 2PM at Progress Park Plaza. 15530 Downey Ave., Paramount, CA, between Somerset and Alondra Blvds.
Elsa was born in Oklahoma, moving to California in her mid-teens. Her artistic talents first developed along the musical line, majoring in Music at Los Angeles City College, singing with the Hollywood Bowl Chorus and appearing as soloist with the Los Angeles Opera and Downey Symphony Orchestra. She became intensely interested in oil paintings and began her studies with Nona Taylor plus taking workshops under such well-known artists as Joyce Pike, Don Foster, Gilee Barton, Sandy Bergeron, Tom Anderson and Hal Reed.
Her paintings hang throughout the U.S., Canada, and England, and more locally have hung in Flavia Gallery, Huntington Beach, Virginia’s Gift Shop at Knott’s Berry Farm, Old Town Gallery, Seal Beach and in Solvang and Palm Springs. Also at Lindsey Gallery, S.R. Brennan, Moreton Gallery, Haggenmaker Gallery, Lu Martin Gallery, Anenberg Gallery in various locations here in Calif. More recently she has enjoyed working in an impressionistic style of the Romantic period. These works convey a sense of tranquility and beauty of times past.
Elsa is now teaching in Adult Education in La Mirada, and is a member of the First Baptist Church of Downey. Fun fact, she is also a regular contributor to the Downey Patriot’s Letters to the Editor.
On Sunday, the Downey Arts Coalition put on an intimate art fair featuring local artists and local arts organizations gathering together to talk about what they do and meet each other. With participation from the Downey Museum of Art, Third Thursday Poetry, Nuvein Foundation, Zzyzx Writers, Friends of the Library, Make Music Downey, OLPH, California Guitar Academy, Downey Music Center, Paramount Traditional Artists Guild and more. Thanks to the Moravian Church of Downey for hosting the event and everyone for pitching in to set up and tear down.
“State of the Art” was designed to foster communication and participation among local art groups, as well as get the word out about what others are doing, and that was a stimulating part of the event. Some interesting collaborations were discussed that will hopefully come to fruition.
The local arts directory made available at the event will soon be available here online as well.
Sunday 11AM to 6PM at 10337 Old River School Road, STATE OF THE ART is an art fair and a chance learn about local arts organizations and the local arts community.
Exhibit a piece of artwork from the past year, all are welcome, any size and medium. Drop off is 7:30 to 9:30AM ($3 donation). There will also be an open mic (no amplified music) taking sign-ups.
Children’s corner, food trucks, and more.
Alan Hess, an architect and historian will speak this Thursday, April 25 at the Downey City Library as part of “View From the Edge,” a lecture series on modern art. Hess will speak about “The Long History of Modernism in California,” featuring mid-century architecture, which Downey is known for.
The lecture series, curated by Roy Anthony Shabla, will take place the fourth Thursday of the month through June, beginning at 6:30PM.
Learn more about Alan Hess at his website: alanhess.net
Join the event page: www.facebook.com/events/454818907926488/
The Downey Art League, Downey’s original fine arts association, presents a painting demonstration by Calixto Shibaja on Tuesday April 23, 7PM at Rio San Gabriel Park in the activity room.
While in school, he won numerous painting and drawing contests. He also took part in events that required making sculptures out of clay. At the age of 9, he was invited to be part of the creation of a presidential mural for his town, and at age 11, he like most Oaxaca natives, he moved to Mexico City where he continued middle school. His talent earned him various recognitions in his new residence.
Due to circumstances of life, Calixto had to pursue an alternate career. He became an optometrist with which he was able to help himself continue with his passion for art.
After some time, Calixto moved to Los Angeles, California, where he became a full time artist. He exhibited in numerous galleries such as Casa de Sausa, the Silver Dollar, Xochitl Gallery, El Tecolote, Raymundo’s Art and Soul Gallery, and Plaza Mexico. He participated in the Contemporary Spanish Market Art festival in New Mexico in which he won first place for the oil on canvas category. He was also able to participate in the International Art Festival in New York, International Latino Film Festival in city hall of Los Angeles California, Art Exhibitions for NASA Laboratories in Pasadena, and Boeing in Long Beach.
His art offers a colorful interpretation of life in his native land, the sun burnt faces of the field workers, the fresh smiles on children’s faces, families hard work, showing the magic of his culture and ethnic groups from Oaxaca and Mexico. He has so much love for art; he wishes to leave a legacy for humanity. To do so, he invented a new art technique which he calls “Elipsismo”.
His goal is to be happy with what he has and share it with others through his art, but his biggest longing is to visit poor isolated villages and teach his art in particular to the native children.
“Over at Oaxaca, we used to entertain ourselves by playing with dirt and clay; we used to watch corn grow. I believe that all that is inherited has to be put out there through art and the colors on the canvas, since we are serene, hardworking, honest, respectful, intelligent people”.
Nowadays, he has received important recognitions for his art work. Throughout his trajectory, he has been able to achieve an important evolution in his techniques and art work.
When the Downey Symphony completes its 55th concert season on Saturday, April 6, the audience can expect some extra flourishes in celebration.
The program opens with the guest conductor who won last spring’s Baton Auction, that coveted opportunity to lead a stage full of professional musicians. She is the fearless Dara Small, who had a distinct aversion to practicing when she was young, tackling first piano, then violin, then saxophone, then drums, sort of. But this is now, and odds are, with a baton in hand, she will shine.
Another special moment will be the symphony board’s appreciation of Wendy Doty, Downey’s retiring schools superintendent. About 15 years ago Dr. Doty and our late conductor, Tom Osborn, established an important outreach, Music in the Schools, which reaches every one of our elementary students annually.
“It was a joy to create this program with Tom,” she says. “I am very happy the music program still exists to benefit the students.”
After intermission we’ll hold the auction for next year’s baton winner; there’s a complimentary reception for everyone at the end of the evening; and – not to be forgotten – somewhere in there is a beautiful concert as well.
Music Director Sharon Lavery conducts Berlioz’s Roman Carnival Overture and Brahm’s Symphony No. 4. Icing on the cake is soprano soloist Diana Newman singing the ravishing Songs of the Auvergne, by Canteloube.
It’s all happening in Downey’s Civic theatre, 8435 Firestone Blvd. at Brookshire. Lavery’s pre-concert discussion of the music to be performed is at 7:15, and concert time is 8.
Tickets at $35, $30 or $10 with student ID are available by calling the theater at (562) 861-8211 or visiting the box office. Parking surrounding the theater is free and the welcome inside is warm and friendly.
Contributed by Joyce Sherwin, Downey Symphonic Society (courtesy The Downey Patriot)
Thursday April 25 is the first of several free lectures on modern art put on by the Downey Arts Coalition, Downey Museum of Art and curated by Roy Anthony Shabla.
The Fourth Thursday of the Month 6:30pm
Downey City Library, 11121 Brookshire Avenue
Golden State As Muse: The Long History of Modernism in California
Alan Hess, Architect, Author, Historian
Modern Art Nurtured in California: Historical Contributions of Our Local Artists
Sue Ann Robinson, Director of Collections and Exhibitions, Long Beach Museum of Art
How Public Art Destroyed My Life
Mitchell De Jarnett, Designer and Public Artist
Two days before each lecture galleRoy @ Casa La Reina is proud to present
VIEW FROM THE EDGE TV NIGHT
Films and documentaries about art. 6:30 pm. Limited seating. For more information and directions, email Roy@downeyarts.org
galleRoy @ The Big M and Downey Arts Coalition
are proud to announce
STATE OF THE ART
A Democratic and Informational Art Fair
For the City of Downey The Gateway Cities and Beyond
Curated by Roy Anthony Shabla
Sunday April 28th 2013. 11:00 am to 6:00 pm
Moravian Church, 10337 Old River School Rd., Downey California 90241
CALL TO ARTISTS: Bring one piece of artwork, any size, to the location between 7:30AM and 10AM on April 28th to be part of the art show. Work should be created within the past year. There is a $3 fee to participate. Priority given to local residents, but all are welcome.
Meet Representatives from Local Arts Organizations
Downey Arts Coalition
Downey Museum of Art
Nuvein Foundation for Literature and the Arts
San Gabriel Valley Literary Festival
Youth Cultural Arts Foundation
Paramount Traditional Artists Guild
And many more groups associated with art poetry dance theater film
Exhibit Art in Downey’s First Democratic Art Show
Every artist working in the local Southern California area
Is invited to display one piece of original art created in the last year
To be seen by curators arts organizers and the public
Shop Art Vendors
Fine Art for Sale by Quality Artists
Carolina Del Toro
Jorge Del Toro
And many more local painters sculptors and artists of various media
Demonstrations and Performances
Arts Organizations Directory
(free to attendees and participants)
Gourmet Food Trucks
For more information on the event, or to submit artwork to show