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.


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
Thursday, 30 October 2014 17:21

New Arts and Cultural Center Opens in the Valley

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On October 21, 2014, the new arts and cultural center, the San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center (SFVACC), had its grand opening with its first exhibit, “No Boundaries: An Open Art Exhibition”, highlighting 113 works of art from 82 artists in a 4,595 square foot space.
Thursday, 09 October 2014 10:30

An Open Studio Tour in Reseda!

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The Reseda Renaissance and Arts in Education Aid Council, are producing an open studio tour for the Reseda area on Saturday, November 1, 2014.
Monday, 15 September 2014 08:54

Wanted: Plaza for Granada Hills

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  For the past six months, L. J. Williamson, native of Granada Hills, has been working on bringing a plaza to Granada Hills so residents can kick back and relax, talk to one another, eat good food, and enjoy the arts. She was inspired to do this after reading an article in the Los Angeles Times about the city’s pedestrian parklet plaza program: (http://articles.latimes.com/2014/mar/16/opinion/la-ed-people-st-pedestrian-parklet-plaza-20140316).
Whether regaled as “America’s Suburb” or ridiculed as the capital of mini-malls and Valley Girls, the San Fernando Valley is one of Los Angeles’s most misunderstood and stereotyped areas.
The Valley Cultural Center is the San Fernando Valley’s number one producer of free outdoor concerts, cultural events, and summer family entertainment. Its mission is to entertain, enrich and educate current and future generations.
Tuesday, 24 June 2014 08:30

Summer Artwalks in Canoga Park

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(photo credit: Erin Stone)For the fourth summer in a row 11:11 A Creative Collective has been producing an artwalk/block party at Sherman Way and Owensmouth on the third Thursday of the month. Third Thursdays features over 150 independent SFV artists, musicians, muralists, crafters, artisans and merchants. I have been an exhibiting artist every year and last summer I produced an open mic, art show, and a theatrical production of “8” at the Emerson UU Church at the tip of the art walk. I will be producing open mic nights this summer as well. I love seeing the people in the streets, the street art and music, and the food trucks. It gets bigger every year, featuring edgier art and music, which I believe is very, very good for the Valley.
James Monroe High School’s Drama College has been invited to perform as part of the American High School Theatre Festival at the Fringe Festival, in Edinburgh, Scotland, next summer. Monroe High School is the only LAUSD school to be invited, an honor bestowed upon only 20 high schools nationwide each year. This honor reflects both the outstanding efforts of the students and the standout leadership of theatre teacher and director, Jason Hayes.
11:11 A CREATIVE COLLECTIVE (11:11) and RESEDA RENAISSANCE will present an artist panel discussion entitled, “The New Deal: Art in Public” at 5:00 p.m. on May 24, 2014 at the 11:11 ACC Traveling Gallery in Tarzana. Moderated by Patrick Polk, Curator of Latin American and Caribbean Popular Arts at UCLA’s Fowler Museum, the panel will discuss how public art is thriving in the new paradigm of the micro art economy, the unique challenges of preservation and how art in public spaces continues to create powerful and controversial statements, making way for new dialogues to be explored.
Don’t Call Her Larry - I met Lawrence Lebo, one of the country’s greatest living blues singers according to LA Weekly, on Nextdoor, the new social media site that is just for neighbors (www.nextdoor.com). She responded to a post that the Reseda Neighborhood Council made about local restaurants featuring live music or art shows on the 25th of the month. She introduced herself via e-mail and we agreed to meet for coffee at the Starbucks in between both of our houses a block away (how often does that happen in LA?) 
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