Local Treasures

Who Is Jack Smith, Exactly?

Nina Zippay

Last month I attended a dinner party set amongst the hills of Mount Washington. In the company of several more “veteran” Mount Washingtonians I was bold enough to confess that, although I knew the name Jack Smith (how could one not living where we do?), I had never read anything by the man. I’m proud to say I live among the civilized, for I was not immediately thrown out on my ear.

Opening Night at Maximiliano

Bill Rumble

Are you a food enthusiast living in Northeast Los Angeles? Are you weary of driving to neighboring communities in pursuit of fine dining? Good news! Maximiliano Restaurant is now open.

Dog Walking

Anna Carpenter

Mount Washington offers great trails for dog walking with stunning panoramic views of the city and the mountains. Perhaps the most popular is the dirt trail that connects all the Sea Views -- Avenue, Drive, and Lane (you can really impress lost drivers by knowing the difference between these streets!). The road has some strategically placed benches were the sunset can be enjoyed while taking a quiet break from a full day. On a clear day you can see the silver line of the ocean on the horizon, and there are always hawks balancing in the wind currents flowing from the vast vistas below.

Northeast Los Angeles Artists Open Their Studios for the 19th Annual Arroyo Arts Collective Discovery Tour

The Arroyo Arts Collective

Art tours have sprouted up around the city, but the Arroyo Arts Collective’s Discovery Tour is one of the oldest — and most eclectic. Featuring a range of fine art and craft by both emerging and established artists, the Tour gives attendees the opportunity to discover and purchase amazing pieces of art and get a glimpse inside studios and homes that are just as unique as the individuals who live and work in them. From the quirky paintings by Miss Mindy to the intricate metal works by Heather McLarty; from the hand-hewn musical instruments by David Abernethy to the jewelry by Liz Smith, the Discovery Tour will delight and entice participants with its breadth of treasure.

For the Birds

Pat Griffith

The Arroyo Arts Collective’s site-specific installation project on the parkland of the Audubon Center at Debs Park ended on May 7 with a closing reception and auction, with music by Artichoke. The month-long project touched on a wide range of themes relating to our local birds, and was truly a unique blend of art and nature, and a rare glimpse into this urban wildlife sanctuary set in our own neighborhood. Each Saturday of the installation featured an event for all ages, allowing kids to make their own art about our feathered friends, or to talk with the artists.

Mount Washington's Three Graces to be Featured at Fremont Gallery

Kim Axelrod Ohanneson

Three Mount Washington artists are featured in the Fifteen Graces Show at the Fremont Gallery in South Pasadena. In Greek mythology, the Three Graces were the daughters of Zeus, and goddesses of charm, creativity and beauty.

The same qualities imbue the art of Julie Nagesh, Connie Rohman and Gilly Shaeffer. The Mount Washington artists are three of the Fifteen Graces, the newest show at Lida Chavez and Carlos Chavez-Andonegui’s Fremont Gallery in South Pasadena. Opening May 1st with an artists’ reception from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and honoring the 100th Anniversary Celebration of Women’s International History as established by the U.N., the show features work by fifteen female artists who come from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds and countries.

What a Fun Experience…

Natalie Seaman

Recently, I was trying to come up with a unique gift for my husband. I had this idea of getting a portrait painted, not anything formal, something fun. I mentioned it to a friend, and she suggested that we reach out to Margaret Garcia, a prominent local artist and see if there was a possibility that she would paint our pictures. As background, Margaret is famous for her portrait blocks – that were most recently exhibited at LACMA.

The Mount Washington Outpost - What Is It?

Natalie Seaman

Over the summer, at a point between Figueroa and Marmion Way, something was happening.  A painting, a mural, what?  When it was done it said “Mount Washington Outpost” and it had a collection of icons, masks, skeletons, pretty pictures – what did it mean?  I had to ask.

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