The “Landscapes” Art Exhibit

Opens Sunday, March 24, 2013 with a Hosted Reception

Eaton Canyon by Michael Denering

The Art Directors Guild (IATSE Local 800) Art Gallery 800, announces its third art exhibition of 2013, "Landscapes,” opening Sunday, March 24, 2013 with a hosted reception from 5-8:00 p.m. where the public will have the opportunity to meet the artists and preview their art. Gallery 800 showcases artists from all crafts within Local 800 in a series of eight shows throughout the year. The March 24 reception will feature more than 60 original pieces, a hosted bar, refreshments, complimentary valet parking as well as the Jazz Trio, “Just In Time.”

Gallery 800 is located at 5108 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, in the heart of the Historic NoHo Arts District.  The “Landscapes” Exhibit will run through May 4, 2013.

The talented artists include:

Bill Anderson

Will Batts

Katie Bode

Aprile Boettcher

William Cervantes

Chris Coakley

Peter Davidson

Mike Denering

Luc Desmarchelier

Bridget Duffy

Nathan Duffy

Denny Dugally

David Dunn

Barbara Dunphy

Priscilla Elliott

Catherine Giesecke

Pete Graziano

Melody Harrop

James Hegedus

Derrick Hinman

Patrick Janicke

Gabrielle McKenna

Barbara Mesney

Michelle Milosh

John Moffitt

Stan Olexiewicz

Denis Olsen

Erik Olson

Stasys Pinkus

Roberto Rios

Jeff Sage

Zuhdi Sardar

Joel Schiller

Dean Sherriff

Jeff Skrimstad

Chris Wall

Terry Welden

During the day, these artists are leading design professionals, who through a combination of observation, passion and imagination, bring the writer's words and the director's vision to life in television and film. When not working every day as integral creative members of the entertainment community, they contribute to the fine art scene with their personal artwork. Since Gallery 800 opened its doors in March 2009, over 420 ADG members have shown their artwork in the ongoing exhibitions.

Representing Gallery 800 are Curator Denis Olsen, and Coordinator Debbie Patton. Gallery 800’s mission is to promote the works of talented entertainment industry professionals, in an intimate venue, on a personal level.

Gallery 800 hours are: Thursday through Saturday 2-8 p.m. and Sunday 2-6 p.m. Gallery 800 is located at: 5108 Lankershim Blvd. at the Historic Lankershim Arts Center, North Hollywood, CA 91601.

For more information, please visit the Gallery 800 website at


Twitter: @ADG800

Future Exhibits Include (subject to change) :

May 18 – June 22                  Valley Watercolor Society

July 13 – August 17             ADG Photography Show

August 31 – October 5         Animals / Homefires

October 19 – Dec 14             Art Unites 7: An Eclectic Mix of Art and Artists’ Work

About the Art Directors Guild:

The Art Directors Guild (IATSE Local 800) represents nearly 2,000 members who work throughout the United States, Canada and the rest of the world in film, television and theater as Production Designers, Art Directors, Assistant Art Directors; Scenic, Title and Graphic Artists; Illustrators and Matte Artists; and Set Designers and Model Makers. Established in 1937, the ADG’s ongoing activities include a Film Society; an annual Awards Banquet, a creative/technology community (5D: The Future of Immersive Design); a bimonthly craft magazine (Perspective); and extensive technology-training programs, figure drawing and other creative workshops and year-round Gallery 800 art exhibitions. The Guild’s Online Directory/Website Resource is at

Thursday, 14 March 2013 09:33

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Man Boobs. It's that excess fat stored in the chest on some guys. Sometimes referred to as "Moobs". They droop a little and can jiggle with sudden movements. You may remember that classic Seinfeld episode, "The Mansierre," where Kramer developed a bra for guys (The Bro) who were suffering from a little too much "extra luggage on the top floor".

From left: Altair Maine (Coach), Lily Zhou (grade 12), Suna Zekioglu (grade 12), Chiyoung Kim (grade 12), Richard Wang (grade 10), Woojin Park (grade 12), Len Soloff (Coach)

North Hollywood High School won the regional Science Bowl for the eighth straight year last month, earning them a coveted spot at the national competition in April in Washington DC.

NoHo beat out Harvard-Westlake School in Studio City (second place), Pacific Palisades Charter High School (third place), and Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies (fourth place) to win.

“There is no single key to winning,” said Altair Maine, who has coached the NoHo Science Bowl team for the last six years, and coached the Academic Decathlon team for seven years before that. “You need a lot of ingredients all together—very smart kids, a huge time investment in studying science, and a lot of buzzer practice. And some competitive fire. Without any one of those, it won’t come together.”

For the competition students must answer college-level questions in math, science and technology.  The competing team has five members—all of whom are from the Highly Gifted Magnet. (One of the alternates is from the resident school.) Tryouts are open to everyone; final selections to the team are made by scores on the tryout exam.

Team members meet and practice buzzing 5-10 hours a week. They also write thousands of practice questions and study non-stop on their own—raiding school library texts on chemistry, lugging textbooks around school to study when there is a free minute, supplementing with on-line material, and even memorizing terms right off Wikipedia.

“While studying from textbooks is absolutely essential,” said team member Suna Zekioglu, who plans to attend Cambridge next year. “There’s no replacement for time actually spent with your hand on the buzzer, listening to competition-style questions.”

The national championship will be in Washington DC, from April 25 to 29. North Hollywood has won the regional championship 15 of the last 16 years, and took second place at last year’s national competition.

Regarding NoHo’s chances at nationals, Coach Maine, who teaches AP Statistics (along with AP Physics B, AP Physics C, and Honors Physical Geology) said: “At nationals there are probably 5-10 other extremely strong teams, where each match is close to a coin toss, and I’m not sure it’s possible to predict who will come out on top. We’ll just see how it goes.”

Added Chiyoung Kim, NoHo’s team captain, who will head to Harvard next fall: “There were times it seemed like we would lose or we would fare very badly, but most of the team kept cool and kept buzzing like crazy…I can’t say for sure anything that is going to happen at Nationals, but it’s been a blast working with these guys so far.”

How smart are YOU?

For readers who think they know their scientific stuff, test your mettle on these questions from last year’s national finals:

“If you lost your favorite dog to cancer, which of the following combinations of cell and nucleus would you need to create a clone of your dog?

W) a nucleated somatic cell  plus the embryonic nucleus

X)  a nucleated egg cell polus a somatic nucleus

Y)  a nucleated adult dog stem cell plus a mammary cell nucleus

Z)   a nucleated placental cell plus a neuronal cell nucleus


(Answer: X)

“The Brayton cycle is commonly used to describe the thermodynamic cycle of what technology?”

(Answer: jet engines)

“Which of the following is closest to the energy of a thermal neutron, in electron volts?”

W) 0.25

X)  0.025

Y)  0.0025

Z)   0.00025

(Answer: X)


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