SB Artists will host grand opening
W4 T 4NDÂ«NDENT PftESS-TttKILAM u " Â·"Â·Â» * Â·*Â· * -0 - **Â· ARTISTS LEAGUE OF SEAL BEACH PROCLAIMS GRAND OPENING FRIDAY RICHARD JOHNSON HANGS HIS PAINTINGS STROLLERS-BY DROP IN, ANTICIPATING OPENING DATE --Stafr photos by KENT HENDERSON Seal Beach artists will host grand opening -Sometimes a stunning blow can serve as a pat on the back. M e m b-e r s of Artists League of Seal Beach discovered this homely bit of truth anew this spring. For e i g h t years the league had headquartered in the. old Pacific Electric depot at the corner of Ocean Boulevard and Main Street where artists and browsers could look across to watch the salty Pacific whitecap on the sand. Then the blow. .Their picturesque old landmark, the red brick, Spanish tile-roofed depot, built in 1916, was to be torn down to make way for a new structure. Sadly, the league moved into temporary studio quarters in May, watching its former home being demolished into a pila of brick and rubble. THE ARTISTS heard sto- ries of the old depot--how in 1904 the Pacific Electric Company found it profitable to provide regular transportation from sprawling Los Angeles to Seal Beach, the "Baby of Beaches." In 1906, the first pier was built by Bayside Land Company. The city was incorporated in 1915 and the handsome building began to rise that was to house the depot, the Jewel City Amusement Co. and the Robert B. Armstrong Co., which was ex- c l u s i v e agent for Seal Beach property. Fireworks from the new pier spangled the sky each night and the Simpson new director of LBCC gallery By ELISE EMERY Arts Page Editor James A. Simpson is the new director of Long Beach City College art gallery. A painter and former assistant in the gallery at California State College, Long Beach, Simpson is a CSLB graduate and received his ance to the museum permanent collections. Cost of the gift was shared by the Alliance and the Museum Foundation, made up of members of the board of governors who ad- m i n i s t e r certain private funds given to the museum by bequest and direct gift. The Tairona culture, contemporary ' her Rudolph Aguirre during his sabbatical study in Madrid, Spain, last year and s e l e c t e d work by a l u m n i may be s e e n through Friday at Cerritos College Art Gallery, 11110 Alondra Blvd., Norwalk. In the exhibit are paintings by Hester True, Betty T h o m p s o n - and Astrid sions of the National Scholastic contest sponsored by the Society of Illustrators. Aldana, who resides at 2450 Cameron Place, was awarded a gold medal and $300 in cash for his two oil paintings. H o n o r a b l e mentions went to CSLB students Cornell Morton, Nancy Till- photographic blow-ups of objects from the artist's collection. Swope, a member of Edward Steichen's p h o t o graphic unit while he was in the U.S. Navy, ..traveled 'extensively for this photographic essay which captures the spirit of Lipchitz as sculptor, collector and newest fad was night surfboarding. The electric cars left Los Angeles at regular intervals for Seal Beach, but automobile drivers had no problem -- there was parking for 4,000 cars -- practically the total numbers of automobiles in the nation at that time. ALL T H I S interested Artists League members hut their prime concern was to find a new center. Just a month ago the building adjacent to their studio became available. League members fell to, jubilantly attacking painting and conversion chores under leadership of president Pat Jones. Friday, the league proudly will host the grand open- ing of the new gallery at 322 Main St. Doors will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The public is invited to see the attractive s h o w r o o m s where paintings by Richard Johnson (who did the huge mural for thÂ« new Grace Methodist Church) and pottery by Jerry Kidd are featured in conjunction with the membership show. There is an attractive patio where future art displays will be shown and upstairs studios for classes. Meanwhile, board members are setting dates for future events. The Artists Leagus has had more than 525 members Â· join in the past eight years and has seen its open shows become national and international when artists began* entering works from other states, Canada and Vietnam. THE ART Center presents the largest mosaic exhibit in the nation each Jan uary. In February will come the ninth annual open oil and watercolor show, in March the annual membership show. The sixth annual open stitchery show -- also the nation's largest -- will open in April. An essential part of the center are art classes, now forming for the fall session. Instructors will be Richard Johnson, Frank Tauriello, Pat Jones and Dean GrubeL So, l e a g u e members await v i s i t o r s to bright, new, handsome gallery, eager to show it off and a n s w e r questions. They've earned that pat on the back.