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Art of the Month


Altadena Arts held an open call in December for Los Angeles County artists to submit a proposal to include an existing work that has been created between January 2018 to December 2021 and has not been exhibited or shown publicly at a gallery, museum, or art happening during that period OR create a NEW work for 8 ½” x 11” paper for a special collection titled the Art of the Month.


There were no limitations regarding the content or genre or style. A panel of professional artists evaluated their portfolios and proposals.  12 artists were selected and 3 alternates in the event one of the selected artists is unable to complete or submit the work as requested.  We had a total of 31 artists who submitted proposals. The collection will include 5 world-premieres. 


The artists include:


Eric Axene 

Eric is a Los Angeles-based photographer whose work reveals a fascination with highly detailed environments, a commitment to the stories of his subjects, and a search for connection between diverse segments of our society. His clients include Los Angeles Magazine, Apira Science, Bon Appétit Magazine, Caudill & Associates,  Guthy-Renker, Interior Design Magazine, Keranique, Los Angeles Times Magazine, Neutrogena, Taboori & Chang, This Old House Magazine, and Viking Books


Jean Jacques Bastarache

Jean worked as a scenic artist for popular television shows. All the while he worked on his own paintings in downtown L.A. Jean’s one man shows titled “Mindscapes” and “Deep Down” took place in Santa Monica in The Julie Rico Gallery, on Main Street, 1994 and on the Pier Avenue Gallery, 1999. Jean also collaborated with Ed “Big Daddy” Roth for over 8 years. Roth had Jean create colorful oil paintings of the ubiquitous Roth’s iconic car and Rat Fink images. Jean was also enlisted to create classical watershed paintings that Roth would spoof on for the exhibition titled "Rat Fink Meets Fred Flypogger Meets Cootchy Cooty," at the Julie Rico Gallery.


Karen Hochman Brown 

Karen holds a BA in Art from Pitzer College, and did post-graduate work at California College of the Arts and Crafts in the field of Arts Education. Hochman Brown has had solo shows with Lancaster Museum of Art and History (MOAH), The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation, Santa Barbara, CA, Gallery 825 and TAG Gallery Los Angeles, California Center for Digital Art, Santa Ana, CA, The Gallery at Los Angeles County Arboretum, Arcadia, CA, Yuma Art Center, Yuma, AZ. She has participated in numerous group shows in the Los Angeles area and throughout the United States.


Peter Hess

Originally from the Netherlands, I’ve been in Los Angeles making art for many years. Art has occupied me from my earliest recollection. My work has been exhibited at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Coagula Curatorial, Long Beach Museum of Art, Autry/Southwest Museum, Avenue 50 Studio, Laguna Beach Museum of Art, Purdue University Galleries, Armory Center for the Arts and many other venues. It has been documented in numerous publications, including the Los Angeles Times, the Hammer Museum’s Graphite, Arts+Architecture, Poets and Artists, LA Weekly and Artweek.


Aline Mare

Aline began her career in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, coming out of a background of theatre. She has received several grants and residencies including Fourwinds in Aureille, France, a 2015 Sino-American art tour in Shanghai, Starry Nights in New Mexico, Headlands Center for the Arts, Kala, Film Arts Foundation, New Langton Arts in SF and a New York State Residency for the Arts. In 2020 she exhibited a joint solo show with her partner of 25 years: Gary Brewer, entitled Entwined Roots, at the Diana Berger Gallery at Mt Sac College in Walnut California. Her work is included in several private collections in the Bay Area, New York City, China, and Los Angeles.


Lynne McDaniel

Lynne is a Los Angeles based artist whose work uses the landscape to explore current events and examine the relationship between humans and their environment. She has exhibited extensively and her work is in numerous corporate and private collections in the US and Europe. She has been written up in the Los Angeles Times, Artillary Magazine, Riot Material, the Pasadena Star News, and the Huffington Post.  McDaniel has been awarded the Dohrn Zachai Fellowship, a Hemera Foundation fellowship, the Jane Friend Award and was a 2015 finalist for the Williams Prize in drawing.


Toti M. O’Brien

Toti’s mixed media have been exhibited in group and solo shows, in Europe and the US, since 1995. She has illustrated several children books and two memoirs. Her artwork is on the cover of several books and it was most recently featured in Map Literary, Silver Pinion, petrichor and New Reader Magazine.


Ariana Page Russell

Ariana Page Russell creates images that explore the skin as a document of experience, using her own hypersensitive flesh to illustrate the ways we expose, express, adorn and articulate ourselves. She has dermatographia, a condition in which one’s skin temporarily welts when lightly scratched. Her work depicts and plays with the beauty created by these welts, which mark the body and the mind, as iconography for space, time, and what it means to be human.


Jill Sykes

Jill is a Los Angeles-based artist whose work has been exhibited at solo shows: Patter Hellstrom Visual Art, Avenue 50 Studios, Museum of Art + History, Lancaster, CA, and The Colony Theatre Gallery.  She has participated in group shows including Brewery Art Walk, Venice Art Walk Silent Auction, The Brand Library & Art Center, Metro Gallery, Pomona, CA, Roswell Space, Eagle Rock, CA, El Camino College Art Gallery, The Loft at Liz’s, and many, many more.


Jane Szabo

Jane Szabo is a Los Angeles based artist with an MFA from Art Center College of Design. Szabo’s photography has been exhibited widely, including solo shows at Foto Museum Casa Coyoacán in Mexico City, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Yuma Fine Art Center, and Los Angeles Center for Digital Art. Her work has been included in exhibitions at Oceanside Museum of Art, Griffin Museum of Photography, Photo LA, LA Art Fair, Kaohsiung International Photographer Exhibition in Taiwan, and Foto Fever in Paris. Jane Szabo's work is in the permanent collection of the Los Angeles Museum of Art (LACMA), the Lancaster Museum of Art & History (MOAH), and in private collections throughout the US, and Europe.


Laurie Tsou

Laurie received a B.A. in Art Studio, a B.A. in Art at University of California, Santa Barbara, and MFA in Cinematic Arts at USC. Laurie is proud to have had her films screened at the Atlanta Film Festival, Palm Springs International Shorts Fest, San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, Los Angeles International Shorts Film Festival, Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, Santa Barbara International Film Festival, USC Don Thompson LGBT Film Festival, Hollywood ShortsFest, and the MNET Television Network.

Miki Yokoyama

Born in Fukushima, Japan, and currently residing in Altadena, I am an autodidact working across multiple mediums including canvas, objet d'art, murals, and live performance. My work and collaborations with fellow artists have been exhibited at locations including the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles, the San Diego Art Institute, the World Art Day Gala, and the Italian Consulate General’s residence in Osaka, Japan. I have created murals that can be seen at locations across Los Angeles as well as in Japan.

Ariana Page Russell, Marigold

The Art of the Month for March 2022

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