4/03/2018

April 22nd, The Upper West Celebrates the Art of Maureen Tepedino


Upper West presents “IMAGINATION," a solo exhibition by Maureen Tepedino. The opening reception takes place from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Sunday, April 22nd.

“I am very impressed with Upper West!” said Tepedino. “The food is delicious and varied, the service is excellent and it has a great clientele. The restaurant has a certain buzz which makes it feel exciting and interesting!” When Tepedino was first introduced to Upper West Restaurant she took notice of the ambiance and cuisine. “My favorite dish is the Sea Bass and the Corn Chowder!  Love, Love, Love!”

Tepedino continued, “I have enjoyed looking at the abstract art on the walls at Upper West which adds to the ambiance of the restaurant!" Although she has not attended any of the artist openings, she said she is looking forward to having her work exhibited at the Upper West.

Tepedino grew up in the Caribbean, where she was inspired to paint. Maureen's creativity was encouraged by her parents who recognized her talent from a very young age. “When I was 7 years old, I painted a picture of a man crossing over on a branch in a tree and my father thought it was a very good painting!  I can hear him saying to my Mom, ‘this little girl is talented’!  I still remember feeling very proud as my parents and my 6 sisters loved it and supported my creativity!”

Her paintings are sold nationally by interior designers, art consultants, architects and contractors for high-end residential and corporate projects. She also specializes in corporate art by creating original pieces designed for  commercial spaces.

Maureen Tepedino, Dancing Gyspy, acrylic on canvas 30” x 40”

Celebrate the art of Maureen Tepedino at the Upper West Restaurant, (3321 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica 90404). The artist reception is on Sunday, April 22 from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm.  Find out more about the artist at http://www.designbymaureen.com/

3/07/2018

“Ordinary into Extraordinary” Opens at Blue 7 Gallery March 18th!


Blue 7 Gallery hosts a reception for “Ordinary into Extraordinary” on Sunday March 18th from 2:00pm to 5:00pm. The group exhibition will feature talented artists from the Blue 7 collective, in addition to guest artists. Special guest Ray Ford will be featured as part of this exhibition. An accomplished wood carver, Ford has been creating art for over 85 years. He received a pocket knife for his birthday at just 5 years old…the artist took to wood carving right away. Now at 90 years old, he is always looking for new ways to create outside-the-box. When asked which of the techniques he uses to create his work is his favorite, he replied, “I like to enhance wood turnings with burning techniques.” The artist looks for unusual ways to create the desired effect. He has now added the Lichtenberg technique to his arsenal. 
               Works by Ray Ford created using the Lichtenberg technique

Ford admits he does have limitations, such as not being able to stand too long. But he is not in a rush. He creates each work with patience and love. Each piece is completely original. Ford has exhibited in local galleries such as Fab-Gallery, the Santa Monica Art Studios and just last month at Ivan Gallery. For additional info about Ray Ford, visit his website at http://hrayford.com/

Artist Vicki Fisher-Lerer has been creating art most of her life…”I started at a young age, studied privately through high school, received a BA in Fine Art from Indiana University and haven’t stopped creating since.”  She has been exhibiting her work since the early 80’s in Northern California. “I have an interest in all mediums and find it exciting learning a new technique: creating and incorporating it into a new piece of work.”
          Vicki Fisher-Lerer, Encaustic by the Sea, Encaustic paint, 12" x 24"

Fisher-Lerer said she enjoyed creating her work Encaustic by the Sea, which was inspired by walks at the beach in Santa Monica. “I am fascinated with the movement and colors of the ocean and sky.”
http://vickifisher-lerer.blogspot.com/

"I was one of the first members of the Blue 7 Gallery," said artist Lisa Wald. She took her first art class ten years ago, and was hooked. She has been painting ever since. “I only work in oils and I typically paint on canvas or linen panels.” Wald will be exhibiting four pieces in the group show all animals. The works were inspired by a trip to an animal sanctuary.

Blue 7 Gallery hosts an opening reception for “Ordinary into Extraordinary” on Sunday March 18th. Artists will be in attendance for the event from 2:00pm to 5:00pm at Blue 7 Gallery (3129 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405). The group exhibition runs through April 21st; (310) 449-1444; http://blue7gallery.com/ http://blue7gallery.com/

2/20/2018

Watch the Oscars While Supporting LLS at the Upper West, March 4, 2018

The Upper West hosts an Oscars Watch Party to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) on Sunday, March 4. Celebrate the Oscars while giving back to an important nonprofit.

Enjoy an Oscar ballot contest, silent auction and opportunity drawing, as well as the exquisite cuisine of The Upper West restaurant, which will contribute a percentage of all sales to LLS.

Sara Fay raises money for LLS in memory of her father, who passed away from acute myeloid leukemia. This will be the fifth year she has co-hosted the event at The Upper West.

Fay said she was impressed with The Upper West's amazing commitment to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society over the years.

Like many people, Cameron Iverson’s life has been affected by Leukemia and Lymphoma. “I got involved in Oscars Night at The Upper West in 2016 during my first season fundraising for LLS and training with Team In Training,” said Iverson, who was influenced by his wife’s commitment to the organization.

Fay and Iverson are co-hosting the Oscars Party with The Upper West. They are currently training for triathlons to raise awareness and funds for LLS' important research and patient programs. Over the years, Fay and Iverson have raised more than $100,000 for the cause. See image below from last year's event; Photo by Paiwei Wei

The viewing party begins at 4:30 pm (at the start of the red carpet event). Attendees are encouraged to dress for the occasion and participate in the Oscar winner prediction challenge. Prizes and additional drawings will be part of the event. There is a suggested donation of $20. The full menu will be available.

Upper West is located at 3321 Pico Blvd. in Santa Monica. For more information or to make reservations, call 310.586.1111 or visit TheUpperWest.com. To find out more about LLS, see LLS.org.

1/22/2018

February 2nd, Marjorie and Bob Moskowitz Set to Show at 643 Project Space


“Free Or Best Offer” opens at 643 Project Space in Ventura, California, Friday evening, February 2, 2018 featuring longtime artists Marjorie and Bob Moskowitz, who happen to be a husband and wife team who have been married for thirty-seven years. They are both talented artists with successful careers, who choose to collaborate on a variety of projects.

Margie grew up in St. Louis, Missouri and now has lived in California for 20 years. Currently she spends months on the east coast every year. Bob grew up and lived in Philadelphia, lived in the Midwest and in California for equal amounts of time. As a couple they have been colored by diverse geography and experiences and have produced a unique body of work.

Fried Dough 2018  oil on canvas   40" x 60"   

This exhibition is a collaborative effort, featuring the paintings of Marjorie and Bob Moskowitz. Both have been creating art all of their lives…but have been working together for the past three years. The artists approach their work with a different point of view and process but they have consistently worked through any obstacles. Each paint on their own schedules. “I try to paint every day. My best painting time is different from Bob’s. He can start right after coffee in the morning and get in his hours of work. I, on the other hand, start at 3PM and can go on until late at night or until I finish what I was trying to accomplish for that day.” Bob paints as often as he can while he arranges his schedule around teaching at Ventura College.

Queen Of The Desert, oil on canvas, 35" x 45"
 
The artists plan and compose all of their collaborations, but never work on them at the same time. “One of us starts and we alternate. We critique each other’s work every day after a certain amount of work has been done by one or the other.”

Bob went on to say, “One afternoon I came home and Margie said, ‘By the way, I painted over everything you did yesterday.’” He continued, “I looked at the painting and it had vastly improved. We realized early that we would have to be all over each other’s work. As a result, we sign the paintings, MB Mosk.”

“The first painting we collaborated on focused on the unusual juxtaposition of a nude standing in a field with seven curious and friendly beef cows from Maine,” said Bob. “We exhibited this painting at the bG Gallery in Santa Monica as part of its first show of the season in 2015.”  

Natural Gas 2016  oil on canvas  40" x 60"

The artists continue to work on their own individual paintings as well. “Our work is quite different and we continue to produce and exhibit our own paintings,” said Bob. Marjorie said since they come from different orientations, there is never a conflict with their individual work. “Bob comes from a figurative tradition and I have moved from abstraction to landscape.”

The opening reception will be held from 6-9pm on Friday, February 2, 2018. 643 Project Space is located at 643 Ventura Avenue, Ventura, CA. “Free Or Best Offer” runs through February 24th, 2018.

Visit the art by appointment, or call for more information 805-289-6273 or email mfurmanski@sbcglobal.net.