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View watercolor portraits of a cross section of local residents and visitors, all created by Studio Resident Francisco Valdez during his fourteen-week tenure at the Camera Obscura Art Lab. Every week, Valdez painted a new subject - dressed in beach wear as a nod to the Camera Obscura location overlooking the Santa Monica Pier. The casual, defiant, inviting and mysterious subjects speak eloquently of this specific Santa Monica time and place. Light refreshments provided.
Francisco Valdez was raised in Texas. He is a graduate of UCLA, and has attended both Art College Center of Design in Pasadena, CA and Grand Central Atelier in New York, New York. Recent awards include Audience Choice Award at the Los Angeles Plein Aire Festival and Best in Show- Portrait at the Crossland Gallery's Con.FIGURE.ation 2 show. He has also been awarded the Hudson River Fellowship and begins the Camera Obscura Studio Residency in April. He currently splits his time between El Paso and Los Angeles.
Directions: By Metro - 4th St. Santa Monica Downtown stop, walk two blocks west to Ocean and 1.5 blocks north from the Pier entrance. 1450 Ocean is on the west side of Ocean Ave just north of Broadway. Parking is $1.25 for first 2.5 hours in Parking Structure 6 (2nd between Broadway and Santa Monica), each 30 min. thereafter $1.85, max $17.50. At the Civic Auditorium lot just down Main Street at 333 Civic Center Dr; $5 on weekends. Meters on Ocean Avenue; $2/hr maximum 3 hours. More info: parkme.com/santa-monica-parking. Buses that serve 1450 Ocean include Routes 8 and Rapid 10. Visit bigbluebus.com or metro.net for more information. Breeze Bike Share lockup just south of us in the park; other bikes bring a lock.
Sponsor: Cultural Affairs Division: The Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division supports the arts and the artists of one of the world's most exciting coastal destinations. A division of the City of Santa Monica’s Community and Cultural Services Department, Cultural Affairs produces, presents and facilitates access to cultural events for residents and millions of annual visitors, helps anchor the diverse creative sector that enriches our cultural and economic base, and promotes Santa Monica as a major cultural destination. This includes managing the City’s extensive collection of public art ranging from murals to interactive installations, with new projects being developed in conjunction with most Santa Monica public works projects, as well as offering four grant programs for Santa Monica-based arts and culture organizations, schools and individual artists. arts.smgov.net
Site: Camera Obscura Art Lab: Join the community of makers and movers at the Camera Obscura, 1450 Ocean Ave in Palisades Park. It's a place to learn salsa moves, enhance your blogging skills, design a font, mix a perfume, solder a circuitboard or tile a mosaic and much more! It all happens at 1450 Ocean Avenue in Palisades Park, steps from the entrance to the Santa Monica Pier. This midcentury building houses the iconic Camera Obscura mechanism and offers lovely views of the ocean as well classes, cultural events, and Artist Residencies. After class check out the plethora of local restaurants, or even take a turn on the ferris wheel down on the Pier! smgov.net/1450ocean or check our current list of events.
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Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division
The Cultural Affairs Division is the largest single provider of arts services for the City of Santa Monica. It is also the leading local advocate for ongoing support for the arts before all City agencies and in the private sector. Its annual grants programs enable local arts organizations to mount dozens of performances, exhibitions, and activities for Santa Monica residents and visitors.
Visit us at arts.santa-monica.org. General Beach House information at beachhouse.smgov.net.