Over the Hill (in the other direction)

Spike Dolomite is a Valley artist, arts education activist, and community organizer. Her paintings have been shown in various spaces throughout the Valley for over 20 years. Her cartoon book, “ART” came out in 2010 and is on sale at Continental Art Supplies, CSUN Art Gallery, and La Galeria Gitana in San Fernando, and 11:11 a Creative Collective. Her “ART” cartoons have also been published on NoHoArtsDistrict.com.

Spike is a co-founder and managing director of a grassroots group called, “Reseda Renaissance,” a group of artists, art lovers, business leaders, and civic leaders dedicated to seeing Reseda make a comeback via the arts.

Her political blog, “Left Turn in NoHo” ran on NoHoArtsDistrict.com from 2012 through 2013.


For over 30 years the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra (SFVSO) has presented the finest performances of symphonic music to the San Fernando Valley.
The Reseda Renaissance and Arts in Education Aid Council are producing the second open studio and public art tour for the Reseda area on Saturday, November 14 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Valley musician, Norman Harris, has been collecting instruments since the 1960s. He started collecting first, falling in love with every guitar he bought, but soon realized he’d have to sell guitars in order to buy more guitars. That’s when it went from a hobby to a business - guitar collecting for fun and for profit!
Take a stroll down “Village Walk” in Tarzana (the shopping center at Ventura Blvd. and Yolanda St) and spend some time with the public art project, two Byzantine mosaic fountains and a mural, by Jose Antonio Aguirre. The fountain on the east corner of Yolanda is titled "Our Vanishing World" and was produced in 2007. The other fountain, "Living Legends," and the mural "El Camino Real," were created in 2010.
KCSN 88.5 – the valley’s public radio station
Friday, 15 May 2015 19:24

Open Mic Nights in the Northeast Valley

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Tia Chucha’s, the nonprofit independent bookstore/performance space/art gallery in Sylmar, has been offering workshops, events, youth programs, and open mic nights for the past 15 years.
Friday, 01 May 2015 10:47

The Freeway Lady Comes to the Valley!

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(Photo credit: Scott Kiche)
Thursday, 02 April 2015 13:28

Family Owned Music Store in Canoga Park

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There’s a great music store in Canoga Park - Sam Ash on De Soto and Roscoe is one of 45 stores in 16 states. Sam Ash has been a family owned and operated business for over 80 years and employs 1800 people.
Thursday, 19 March 2015 09:06

“Fun A Day”, an Art Event

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A few years ago, artist Chloe Cumbow, moved to the Valley from Providence, Rhode Island. She brought with her “Fun A Day”, an art event created 11 years ago by a group of artists in the West Philadelphia's Artclash Collective intended to keep artists active and creative during the bleakest month of the year on the east coast. It has spread to over 30 cities so far.
Sunday, 15 February 2015 14:24

Jump into the Los Angeles River!

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LA River by Spike DolomiteThe Los Angeles River is undergoing a major transformation from a giant cement gutter and dumping ground to an actual destination.
Monday, 19 January 2015 10:52


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“It’s a big, big world full of all kinds of people,’ says singer/song writer Roy Zimmerman, “but there’s one thing we can all agree on...” Then he strums. And he strums. He casts his eyes to the ceiling. At last he sings, “...and when I find out what it is, I’ll let you know.”
Monday, 15 December 2014 08:34

Valley Print Studio

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The Valley Print Studio is the creation of two artists, Miles Lewis and Zeina Baltagi. They met as undergrads at the print studio at CSUN. Last year, they decided to partner to create their own print studio in the West Valley. Their mission is to educate, build community, foster collaboration and produce affordable art.
Monday, 24 November 2014 10:39

WPA Artists of the San Fernando Valley

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“Art in America has always belonged to the people and has never been the property of an academy or a class. The great Treasury projects, through which our public buildings are being decorated, are an excellent example of the continuity of this tradition. The Federal Art Project of the Works Progress Administration is a practical relief project which also emphasizes the best tradition of the democratic spirit. The WPA artist, in rendering his own impression of things, speaks also for the spirit of his fellow countrymen everywhere. I think the WPA artist exemplifies with great force the essential place the arts have in a democratic society such as ours.”Franklin D. RooseveltRadio Address Dedication of the Museum of Modern Art, New York City, May 10, 1939
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