December 8th, 2018, Montana Avenue Holiday Walk Lights Up Santa Monica!

On Saturday, December 8, 2018, from 4–8pm, Santa Monica’s Montana Avenue Holiday Walk will be in full swing. Come celebrate the holidays with a free event featuring live music, Santa Claus, the Grinch and Cindy Lou. The event runs from 6th street to 17th.
Each year all the merchants get involved. Locals come out to mingle and ring in the holiday season. Retailers offer all sorts of deals plus many give away cookies, cider, etc. Check Montana Avenue’s instagram as there will be a contestpost a pix of the grinch, with what street you found him on, and tag @montanaavesmyou will automatically be entered. There will be a Disney Princess Caroling group as well. Montana Avenue supports local schools by partnering them to help raise funds. Many of the students will participate in the event. 
The Off Their Jingle Bell Rockers will be performing holiday classics, plus their own original songs. This zany group of professional performers have been caroling together for the past fourteen years. You can find the Off Their Jingle Bell Rockers on the south side of Montana Ave …between 6th and 17th streets.  
Texture a wonderful assortment of sweaters, cardigans, pullovers, in both bright and muted colors, tweedy solids to polka dot. It also sells beautiful one-of-a-kind scarves. TEXTURE: the Sweater Store & More, 716 Montana Ave., Santa Monica, CA; (310) 393–0707; See FB page. Ten Women on Montana is an artist’s co-operative gallery showcasing local artists. Enjoy specials and light refreshments. Ten Women Gallery, 1128 Montana Ave., Santa Monica; 310–393–6254. 
On the North side of the street…heading east, you come to Exir (1134 Montana Avenue). Tonight, enjoy a special performance by the children of Chord 2 Cure, a non-profit organization benefiting pediatric cancer research. Be sure to stop by to see a performance by these amazing kids. Back on the south side…If you haven’t been to Le Macaron…you will love these delicate sweets. Le Macaron is located at 1301 Montana Avenue at the corner of Euclid.
Ama Asamoah is the manager of Jigsaw’s operations for Southern California, and re-located from London a year ago. This year, Jigsaw will be collaborating with Five Senses Tastings and hosting a pop-up event.
 Participants will taste the clothing along with chocolate, wine, cheese, and music, the experience is meant to include all five senses. Jigsaw is also running a sale (up to 50% off) on selected accessories for this special night. Jigsaw, 1409 Montana Avenue.
Kiehl’s on Montana is participating this year with 20% all purchases for Montana Walk only! This old-world apothecary was founded 165 years ago in New York’s East Village neighborhood. Stop in to purchase these most loved products at great prices for your loved ones. They make for great stocking stuffers. Kiehl’s on Montana, 1516 Montana Avenue.
Head to 16th Street…and you will find a three piece band called the Ledbetter Blues Band near Citron Santa Monica, located at 1615 Montana Ave.   
Blending old school blues with a modern funky energy, Ledbetter Blues Band knows how to turn up the heat. Front man Louis Ledbetter has the blues running through his veins. The great grandson of Huddie “Leadbelly” Ledbetter, he’s been playing the blues as long as he can rememer. In 2017, Ledbetter joined pro musicians Erick Brassfield and Rick Bryan to form the Ledbetter Blues Band. Check out the Ledbetter Blues Band FB Page.
Don’t forget to stop into L’Oliphant for some cookies and enjoy 20% off of most items. L’Oliphant 1621 Montana Avenue. So come on out play on Saturday, December 8th, from 4:00pm to 8:00pm. Find out more about the merchants of Montana Avenue on the website http://montanaave.com


November 24, 2018, “Mirrors of the Mind 7: The Psychotherapist as Artist”

The annual event “Mirrors of the Mind 7: The Psychotherapist as Artist” is set to be hosted by Santa Monica Art Studios this year. The event was founded by colleagues Pamela J. McCrory, PhD, and Terry Marks Tarlow PhD, and is sponsored by the Community Outreach Committee (COC) of the Los Angeles County Psychological Association (LACPA).
The exhibition continues to celebrate the intersection of psychology, arts and culture, and is open to both doctors, therapists and students working within the psychology community. LACPA’s mission is to foster a culture of inclusiveness and respect for diversity in the organization and its community outreach efforts. Mirrors of the Mind does just that and will include all art forms

 “The quality of the art remains high, and we continue to be happy to launch our artists out into the world,” said Marks-Tarlow, co-founder and curator, has been participating as an artist in the event since inception. Pamela McCrory, co-founder and co-curator, said it has been an honor to watch the event evolve through the years. “My own creativity has grown, and making art is now a part of my week, a sanctuary for well-being, play and personal growth.”

Pamela kirst, Infinite Folds, 9½ x14" photo 

The group exhibition will feature a variety of artists such as the work of painter Kristen Wright LMFT,  who has been painting since she was five years old. She currently works in oil, acrylic, and water color. Photographer Pamela Kirst, PhD, will feature a work called Infinite Folds, which is the final image in a series of photographs called The Fungi Family. “My fascination with them came about because they just appeared one day in my psychology office (found sharing the pot of one of her plants) to my consternation and then amazement…and refused to leave.”

Robin Walker LMFT, is another painter included in the show. “I make stories with my paintings - they have a strong sense of narrative. He is currently working on a series called “Strongmen” featuring men lifting weights, wearing power suits / military uniforms. “I’m attracted to this image because, psychologically, they just want to be liked, but it’s hard for men to admit to this,” said Walker.

Dr. Claire Vines PSY. D., "Woman of the World" 36” 28” Oil on Canvas

Claire Vines, PsyD has participated each year since “Mirrors of the Mind,” was first created. She said she found it both honoring and validating. She added “Creating art is part of my life journey.”

This year’s opening art party takes place on November 24th 2018, from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. at Santa Monica Art Studios, 3026 Airport Avenue, SM, 90405. Enjoy live music and poetry. Admission to the event is $10.00 per person or $5.00 for students and LACPA members. The exhibition will remain on view from November 21 through December 1, 2018. There is no admission charge during daily viewing. The gallery will be open from Wednesdays through Saturdays from 1- 6 p.m. (except Thanksgiving).  Visit the website to find out more about LACPA and the upcoming exhibition - http://www.lapsych.org


The Upper West Presents the Art of Debbi Singer, November 18th, 2018!

The Upper West presents “AffirmSheArt - Working it out in the Paint,” on November 18, 201 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The solo exhibition will feature the paintings of Debbi Singer. The artist will be in attendance. 
         Acrylic and Oil Pastel on 1.5 inch gallery wrapped canvas 18 x 36  

“I discovered Upper West about four years ago. I love the ambiance, checking out the Art and most importantly Chef Nicks artistic food creations. That is what keeps me going back.” Singer and her husband frequent the restaurant. She said her husband’s favorite dish is braised short ribs. “I never eat Mac & Cheese and yet I made the mistake of taking a bite and now I dream about it. So many of their ingredients are sourced locally and taste and feel like a farm to table experience.”

She added that she has always been impressed with the art on exhibit at the Upper West and is looking forward to having her own art on exhibit. “Their large walls and beautiful restaurant make for a perfect backdrop so it is an honor.”

Like most artists, she works on several paintings at a time. Painting three to four times a week, she said it is an essential part of her soul’s journey.

“It is not unusual for me to take a finished piece and feel compelled to paint over all or part of it,” said Singer. “So some have multiple lives.”  She commented that some paintings just come together right away and feel finished. “Other times that is just a starting point and from there I respond to what is on the canvas.” 
  Peeling Back the Layers Triptych 36 x 60 Acryllic & mixed media on canvas

Singer works with Acrylic paints, Oil pastels, and many mark making tools. She explained, “From time to time I use stencils, mixed media and digital images I create in Photoshop.” Color can be the theme of the work, or the impetus to starting the painting. She chooses not to work in series. “My process is more intuitive and organic and doing a series would feel stifling to me. I feel that my best pieces come from my heart not my head.”

Don’t miss the opening reception of “AffirmSheArt” on Sunday, November 18, 2018, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Meet the artist Debbi Singer. The Upper West is located at 3321 Pico Boulevard, in Santa Monica 90404; 310 586-1111; http://www.theupperwest.com; http://debbisingerart.com/