Touring the Treasures

first_imgProceeds from the Saturday home studio tour will help defray the costs of this year’s show at Alta Vista, which will take place inside and out, with a tent pitched over the lawn and an installation housed on racquetball courts. But even more than helping with money, organizers say the fundraiser shines a light on four artists with roots in Redondo Beach. The self-guided tour also includes admission to a light tea at the city’s Woman’s Club, where more artwork will be on sale and refreshments served. Visitors can take their time, follow a map to the homes around town and browse each studio at their leisure from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., said Janet Johnson, chairwoman of Friends of Redondo Beach Arts. “Tucked away in Redondo Beach are all kinds of interesting things,” she said. In addition to Havlena’s studio, the tour includes a visit to designer Stefani Conniff’s house in south Redondo, with a roof deck overlooking the water and interior walls painted in ocean greens and blues. Another stop is the original red clapboard home of Carmen Sappington, whose pottery and tile pieces are incorporated throughout. The remaining artist is Barbara Schaefer of north Redondo, whose dining and living rooms display Swarovski crystal-bedecked glassware and hand-painted furniture. Her usable wine glasses and cake platters are painted with acrylic and baked in the oven. Many of the colors and crystals chosen for Schaefer’s personal collection were inspired by news events, including the death of Princess Diana and Pope John Paul II. Nina Zak Laddon, who serves as president of the Redondo Beach Art Group, said she hopes the home studio tour will make people more aware of the artists living and working in the city. Having Johnson’s group step up and organize the event and the city provide the Alta Vista venue was affirmation that last year’s event at the AES power plant made an impact, she said. “It’s just amazing the way the community and all its facets responded to last year,” Laddon said. “The residents came and participated in so many different ways. ? It was just a euphoria, really.” Laddon estimates the cost of putting on the AES show approached $10,000. Even using volunteer labor, she said, the price of printing, putting up walls and building exhibits quickly adds up. Artists participating in the Power of Art 2007 are asked to donate 30 percent of their proceeds to help members of Laddon’s group raise money for a Redondo Beach cultural arts center. Someday, they hope to have a home of their own. [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! During her 60-year-career experimenting with 11 media, the Redondo Beach woman has displayed art in Prague, Paris and Vienna. But Havlena’s latest exhibit will be right at home. This week, the 86-year-old artist living in a century-old house that doubles as a personal studio joins a five-stop tour supporting the local arts. The event hosted by a new nonprofit group – Friends of Redondo Beach Arts – will benefit a larger show in October at the city’s Alta Vista Park. The Power of Art 2007 – scheduled Oct. 12 to 14 – will take over the community center and recreation area much like it did last year the AES power plant. There, the Redondo Beach Art Group transformed the cavernous plant on Harbor Drive into an arts and entertainment venue, drawing musicians, visual artists, photographers and entertainers from around the South Bay. By Kristin S. Agostoni STAFF WRITER Jari Havlena’s living room is packed with paintings, while other pieces of art spill into a tiny kitchen and fill the walls of a backyard studio. Many of the artist’s works mix antiques and old collectibles with painted words on canvas, making statements about gun control, politics, the environment and music. last_img read more

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