Patrick's Tree is a tree and landscape improvement project at Lacy Park in San Marino. On November 1st, a fundraiser was held at the park in concert with Southern California Children's Museum. The day included a mini race,Smokey The Bear, food trucks, succulent planting, paper marbling and a petting zoo including a porcupine, a hedgehog and a snake from the Wildlife Learning Center. The day was a big success with $40,000 raised towards the $100,000 goal. All photography by Marija Thomas.
On September 20th, we held the last of four artist-led workshops at the County of Los Angeles Public Library, Artesia Branch. Each workshop was led by a Los Angeles-based artist or designer and supported by the Friends Of The Library in Artesia. Participants learned about the ancient art of block printing and could create custom patterns on water color paper and muslin. Thank you Artesia for a great summer workshop series!
The mural for Locke High School, "Knowledge Moves Mountains", has been submitted to the 2014 Collaboration of Art + Design competition. The goals of the CODAawards are to "celebrate design projects that demonstrate the most successful integration of commissioned art into an interior or architectural space. Awards honor the individuals and the teams whose collective imaginations create the public and private spaces that inspire us every day." GriffinMade's entry can be seen here or by clicking the image below.
The administrators at Locke High School wanted to end the school year by showing a time lapse of the painting project.
In January I started working with a group of 10th graders at Locke High School in Watts. The administrators wanted to improve the school grounds while engaging the students throughout the process. They had identified one wall of the classroom building as the ideal spot for a mural. After meeting with the students to hear their thoughts on art and their school, I created the design for "Knowledge Moves Mountains". Over the last several weeks, the group of 10th graders and I cleaned, primed and painted the mural.
On March 17th, The Los Angeles County Arts Commission held a panel discussion at Standard Sculpture as part of their Open Office Hours series. The topic was Materials and Collaboration and the discussion was about the making of "A Healing Home" for Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital. A description of the event: Artist Dominique Moody has just completed her largest public artwork to date, an assemblage piece comprised of found objects, reclaimed wood and reprinted archival photographs. Join us for our next Civic Art Open Office Hours event and hear from the individuals who worked with Moody to complete the project. This presentation is an opportunity to learn how collaborations can allow you to dream big and will address the considerations necessary to make collaboration successful.
Speakers include: Chris Grant, fabricator, Donna Williams, conservator, Louise Griffin, artist & fabrication/install oversight and Dominique Moody, artist
On November 23rd the Compton branch of the County of Los Angeles Public Library sponsored a screen print workshop that was free and open to all ages. Residents learned about the history of screen printing, using water-based inks and printing on a 4 color press. They printed the state of California and Compton Library then added their own artwork to customize their t-shirts. Thanks to all the participants, volunteers and Jose for the great turn-out!
On Saturday, November 16th, the Leland R. Weaver branch of the County of Los Angeles Public Library sponsored the second screen print workshop in South Gate park. Participants learned about the history of poster printing and printed two colors on recycled chipboard. The owl screen print could be cut out and made into a hanging mobile, used as a coloring book or folded in half to become pages of a new story. Thanks to all the participants and volunteers who made the day a success!