blue roof studios arts festival 2019

“Engaging in exploration of the seemingly impossible, as art does, amplifies the creative forces of a community.” - Blue Roof Studios Founder Galia Linn.

Blue Roof Studios is pleased to announce the second annual Blue Roof Studios Arts Festival, Saturday, June 22, 2019 from 12 noon-5pm. FUNDED IN PART BY THE DEPARTMENT OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS, The Festival celebrates the summer solstice while highlighting the richness and diversity of the arts in South Los Angeles and beyond. It reflects Blue Roof Studio’s commitment to fostering and amplifying creativity, connection, and inclusion within the community.

Free and open to the public, the day will offer contemporary street performance, mural painting, traditional African master drummers, outdoor and indoor art installations, resident artists’ open studios, video screenings, art-making workshops and culinary arts.


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Efímera  , a group show curated by   Mario Mesquita   in the Blue Roof Studios sanctuary and selected outdoor public spaces.   Efímera  (Ephemera), explores how life, as a series of temporal moments, can have lasting impacts on community, highlighting our resilience and different ways communities have survived through ever changing challenges.   Artists:   Michelle Andrade ,  William Camargo ,  Cole James ,  Tracee Johnson ,  Sergio de la Torre & Chris Treggiari ,  Adrienne DeVine ,  Kim Garcia ,  Rosalyn Myles ,  Adrienne Wade ,  Regina Herod ,  Gloria “Gem” Sanchez ,  Erick Iñiguez .  •    Let Me Eat Cake  , a multi-media group show of Los Angeles based artists curated by   Kristine Schomaker   will be presented in the project room.   Let Me Eat Cake  may be an homage to those who are able to overcome adversity. It may be sweetness overload or a diabetic coma. It may be a commentary on the state of the U.S. Right now. It may be just a way to bring together many friends and celebrate the life we are able to live in Los Angeles.   Artists : Alexander Cerda, Annie Claval, April Hava Shenkman, AS Ashley, Baha Danesh, Betzi Stein, Camille Wong, Catherine Ruane, Cathy Immordino, Cecily Willis, Chelsea Boxwell, Christina Ramos, Christine O'Brien, Claudia V Solorzano, Daryl Bibicoff, Debby and Larry Kline, Denise Kraemer, Diane Cockerill, Diana Lundin, Dondia York, Douglas Alvarez, Dwora Fried, Emily Halpern, Faina Kumpan, Frederika Roeder, Gina M Fernandez, Holly Boruck, Jacqueline Myers-Cho, Jane Bauman, Janet Milhomme, Jazmin Urrea, Jeffrey Vallance, Jennifer Sundstrom, Jung J Lee, Karen Hochman Brown, Katarina Stiller, Kate McCabe, Katherine Cooksey, Katherine Rohrbacher, Kim Kimbro, Kristine Schomaker, Lainey Atwood, Lara Salmon, Lauren Mendelsohn Bass, Lena Wolek, Linda Sue Price, Maya Kabat, Melissa Beck, Melissa Scrivner, Michael Arata, Nancy Kay Turner, Nancy Kaye, Olivia Fougeirol, Pam Douglas, Petrina Cooper, Piece by Piece, Rachel Gibas, Sandy Huse, Sarah Collins, Sharon Suhovy, Sheli Silverio, Sonja Schenk, Steve Seleska, Susan Amorde, Susan Karhroody, Tania Alvarez, Terri Berman, Tomoni Shintaku, Veronica Dimitrov, Victoria Reynolds, Vincent Tomczyk, Vivien Phung, Yara Morais.  •   LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division)  to present two  Frame Rate  programs as part of the Festival.    Carolina Caycedo  's film   Apparitions   (a video produced for her recent show at the Huntington Library.) Developed through a joint collaboration between the Vincent Price Art Museum and the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, Caycedo’s  Apariciones / Apparitions  reconceptualizes spaces within the Huntington through African and indigenous spiritual and dance practices from the Americas. In this work, dancers embody past entities returning to the earthly realm. Caycedo worked with choreographer Marina Magalhães to develop gestures inspired by the Candomblé religion and the goddess Oxúm, a deity of water, pleasure, fertility, and sexuality.    Cole James  ' audio   Southern Sound  . Archived and collected sound from 5 generations of matriarchs. Within this piece the artist discusses the parameters of gender with their mother, great grandmother, and niece. The sound was collected in Atlanta and South Carolina over the course of 5 years.  Unearthed-Words Like Bodies is a 2min and 19sec sound work created using composed and collected sound and spoken words.  •    Between What We See And What We Say   collaborative site specific installation by  Galia Linn  and  Amanda Maciel Antunes .  Between What We See and What We Say  is an on-going multidisciplinary installation and performance series that reclaims the female body as a vessel of experiences, the conflation of time and space, and the process of personal excavation. A configuration of diverse elements will activate the space as a sacred, though non-religious, site of reflection.  •  Blue Roof Studios  resident artists   Beverly Morrison ,  Galia Linn ,  Adele Kandarian ,  Terri Klass ,  Jacqueline Palafox , and  Sarah Gail Armstrong  will open their studios for the event.

Efímera, a group show curated by Mario Mesquita in the Blue Roof Studios sanctuary and selected outdoor public spaces.

Efímera (Ephemera), explores how life, as a series of temporal moments, can have lasting impacts on community, highlighting our resilience and different ways communities have survived through ever changing challenges.

Artists: Michelle Andrade, William Camargo, Cole James, Tracee Johnson, Sergio de la Torre & Chris Treggiari, Adrienne DeVine, Kim Garcia, Rosalyn Myles, Adrienne Wade, Regina Herod, Gloria “Gem” Sanchez, Erick Iñiguez.

Let Me Eat Cake, a multi-media group show of Los Angeles based artists curated by Kristine Schomaker will be presented in the project room.

Let Me Eat Cake may be an homage to those who are able to overcome adversity. It may be sweetness overload or a diabetic coma. It may be a commentary on the state of the U.S. Right now. It may be just a way to bring together many friends and celebrate the life we are able to live in Los Angeles.

Artists: Alexander Cerda, Annie Claval, April Hava Shenkman, AS Ashley, Baha Danesh, Betzi Stein, Camille Wong, Catherine Ruane, Cathy Immordino, Cecily Willis, Chelsea Boxwell, Christina Ramos, Christine O'Brien, Claudia V Solorzano, Daryl Bibicoff, Debby and Larry Kline, Denise Kraemer, Diane Cockerill, Diana Lundin, Dondia York, Douglas Alvarez, Dwora Fried, Emily Halpern, Faina Kumpan, Frederika Roeder, Gina M Fernandez, Holly Boruck, Jacqueline Myers-Cho, Jane Bauman, Janet Milhomme, Jazmin Urrea, Jeffrey Vallance, Jennifer Sundstrom, Jung J Lee, Karen Hochman Brown, Katarina Stiller, Kate McCabe, Katherine Cooksey, Katherine Rohrbacher, Kim Kimbro, Kristine Schomaker, Lainey Atwood, Lara Salmon, Lauren Mendelsohn Bass, Lena Wolek, Linda Sue Price, Maya Kabat, Melissa Beck, Melissa Scrivner, Michael Arata, Nancy Kay Turner, Nancy Kaye, Olivia Fougeirol, Pam Douglas, Petrina Cooper, Piece by Piece, Rachel Gibas, Sandy Huse, Sarah Collins, Sharon Suhovy, Sheli Silverio, Sonja Schenk, Steve Seleska, Susan Amorde, Susan Karhroody, Tania Alvarez, Terri Berman, Tomoni Shintaku, Veronica Dimitrov, Victoria Reynolds, Vincent Tomczyk, Vivien Phung, Yara Morais.

LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division) to present two Frame Rate programs as part of the Festival.

Carolina Caycedo's film Apparitions (a video produced for her recent show at the Huntington Library.) Developed through a joint collaboration between the Vincent Price Art Museum and the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, Caycedo’s Apariciones / Apparitions reconceptualizes spaces within the Huntington through African and indigenous spiritual and dance practices from the Americas. In this work, dancers embody past entities returning to the earthly realm. Caycedo worked with choreographer Marina Magalhães to develop gestures inspired by the Candomblé religion and the goddess Oxúm, a deity of water, pleasure, fertility, and sexuality.

Cole James' audio Southern Sound. Archived and collected sound from 5 generations of matriarchs. Within this piece the artist discusses the parameters of gender with their mother, great grandmother, and niece. The sound was collected in Atlanta and South Carolina over the course of 5 years.

Unearthed-Words Like Bodies is a 2min and 19sec sound work created using composed and collected sound and spoken words.

Between What We See And What We Say collaborative site specific installation by Galia Linn and Amanda Maciel Antunes. Between What We See and What We Say is an on-going multidisciplinary installation and performance series that reclaims the female body as a vessel of experiences, the conflation of time and space, and the process of personal excavation. A configuration of diverse elements will activate the space as a sacred, though non-religious, site of reflection.

Blue Roof Studios resident artists Beverly Morrison, Galia Linn, Adele Kandarian, Terri Klass, Jacqueline Palafox, and Sarah Gail Armstrong will open their studios for the event.

Joaquin Romero/ DJ Wordamouph  , Joaquin Romero is a DJ, Producer and host of "Mighty Word Radio" on  Wild1Radio .  •    Aboubacar Kouyate   will lead a  participatory drum circle . Kouyate is a West African historian, storyteller, praise singer, poet and/or musician. Over the past 13 years Aboubacar has sustained an active career as a professional musician in France and neighbouring countries, leading two bands as singer, composer and multi-instrumentalist, as a contributor to many other musical collaborations and as a teacher of African percussion, story and culture in the broader community.  •   Dance performance  by  Nehara Kalev . Nehara Kalev is a performing  KINESPHERES : dance with spheres large and small. Play with loop-de-loops, upside-downs, and orbits as we move together, apart, and around each other in this interactive dance experiment with circles-in-motion.  •   Allison M Keating  of  Wild Art Group  will present a sophisticated toy theater performance   Finally, a Play about Joy  . Music in collaboration with Fish to Birds and composer Tomas Peire.  "Finally, a Play about Joy" is a sophisticated toy theater performance. After years of making art about the death of our ecosystem and the sociological effects of climate change, Keating experiments with creating an emotional time out. For just a few moments, let’s feel joy together. Serving as a miniature extravaganza spectacle, using erratic non-narrative and non-verbal imagery, Keating and Fish to Birds have condensed joy into four measures.    Wild Art Group   creates artistic projects that are relevant to NOW, charging people to examine and question our current contemporary moment, to provoke community engaged discussion and instigate change in our society. Our art works herald unfettered self expression and are daring, ambitious, visually striking, exciting and never without a sense of danger. We work to ensure the experimental arts (works of art in which the outcomes are unknown) has a thriving future in America by fueling a culture of collaboration, resource sharing, support and sustainability, both economic and environmental.

Joaquin Romero/DJ Wordamouph, Joaquin Romero is a DJ, Producer and host of "Mighty Word Radio" on Wild1Radio.

Aboubacar Kouyate will lead a participatory drum circle. Kouyate is a West African historian, storyteller, praise singer, poet and/or musician. Over the past 13 years Aboubacar has sustained an active career as a professional musician in France and neighbouring countries, leading two bands as singer, composer and multi-instrumentalist, as a contributor to many other musical collaborations and as a teacher of African percussion, story and culture in the broader community.

Dance performance by Nehara Kalev. Nehara Kalev is a performing KINESPHERES: dance with spheres large and small.
Play with loop-de-loops, upside-downs, and orbits as we move together, apart, and around each other in this interactive dance experiment with circles-in-motion.

Allison M Keating of Wild Art Group will present a sophisticated toy theater performance Finally, a Play about Joy. Music in collaboration with Fish to Birds and composer Tomas Peire.

"Finally, a Play about Joy" is a sophisticated toy theater performance. After years of making art about the death of our ecosystem and the sociological effects of climate change, Keating experiments with creating an emotional time out. For just a few moments, let’s feel joy together. Serving as a miniature extravaganza spectacle, using erratic non-narrative and non-verbal imagery, Keating and Fish to Birds have condensed joy into four measures.

Wild Art Group creates artistic projects that are relevant to NOW, charging people to examine and question our current contemporary moment, to provoke community engaged discussion and instigate change in our society. Our art works herald unfettered self expression and are daring, ambitious, visually striking, exciting and never without a sense of danger. We work to ensure the experimental arts (works of art in which the outcomes are unknown) has a thriving future in America by fueling a culture of collaboration, resource sharing, support and sustainability, both economic and environmental.

Clay workshop  by  Beverly Morrison , a  recycled materials art workshop  organized by  Barnsdall Arts ,   Books that Breathe   by  Cole James ,   Beyond Our Solar System   chalk drawing by  Amanda Maciel Antunes .  •   Nick Rodrigues    will install   Auto-Mist  . Auto Mist a variation of the  Auto Umwelt (aka: Car-a-oke)  originally commissioned for the 2015 Eureka exhibition at the New Children's Museum in San Diego, California. Participants could enter the car and switch through several karaoke channel on the "radio” as they dance, play and sing along using the two microphones provided. The name "Umwëlt" refers to a theory about how organisms perceive surroundings or environment through a particular subjective self centered lens. So the Auto Umwelt installation asked the viewer to consider the implications of many years of experiencing California through the windshield of a car.  •  Participatory  mural painting  on the outside of the building with  Arts Bridging the Gap .  •  Blue Roof Studios is also pleased to announce the following  institutional partnerships to bring a variety of workshops  to the festival this year, including the  California African American Museum ,  UCLA Visual and Performance Arts Program ,  Vincent Price Art Museum ,  ESMoA  and  Self Help Graphics and Art .  •  The local  Ascot Library  will be on site for  children’s storytelling .  •   Voter Registration and Education Booth by The City of Los Angeles ,  office of the City Clerk  - Election Division. Promoting the importance of voting and registering citizens because voting is a constitutional right and the ability to vote allows citizens to say their opinion and choice on a variety of issues.

Clay workshop by Beverly Morrison, a recycled materials art workshop organized by Barnsdall Arts, Books that Breathe by Cole James, Beyond Our Solar System chalk drawing by Amanda Maciel Antunes.

Nick Rodrigues will install Auto-Mist. Auto Mist a variation of the Auto Umwelt (aka: Car-a-oke) originally commissioned for the 2015 Eureka exhibition at the New Children's Museum in San Diego, California. Participants could enter the car and switch through several karaoke channel on the "radio” as they dance, play and sing along using the two microphones provided. The name "Umwëlt" refers to a theory about how organisms perceive surroundings or environment through a particular subjective self centered lens. So the Auto Umwelt installation asked the viewer to consider the implications of many years of experiencing California through the windshield of a car.

Participatory mural painting on the outside of the building with Arts Bridging the Gap.

Blue Roof Studios is also pleased to announce the following institutional partnerships to bring a variety of workshops to the festival this year, including the California African American Museum, UCLA Visual and Performance Arts Program, Vincent Price Art Museum, ESMoA and Self Help Graphics and Art.

The local Ascot Library will be on site for children’s storytelling.

Voter Registration and Education Booth by The City of Los Angeles, office of the City Clerk - Election Division. Promoting the importance of voting and registering citizens because voting is a constitutional right and the ability to vote allows citizens to say their opinion and choice on a variety of issues.

Free food  by  Served 2 Enjoy  and  Pocho Pops  all natural paletas.

Free food by Served 2 Enjoy and Pocho Pops all natural paletas.

The  Blue Roof Studios Arts Festival is funded  in part by the  Department of Cultural Affairs Art Activation Fund ,  CANNDU/Empower LA ,  LACI CleanTech incubator ,  Zefr ,  The Philip and Muriel Berman Foundation ,  Shoebox PR ,  On Broadway Tattoos ,  CRCD Enterprises ,  Community Partners , and the generous support of friends of Blue Roof Studios.

The Blue Roof Studios Arts Festival is funded in part by the Department of Cultural Affairs Art Activation Fund, CANNDU/Empower LA, LACI CleanTech incubator, Zefr, The Philip and Muriel Berman Foundation, Shoebox PR, On Broadway Tattoos, CRCD Enterprises, Community Partners, and the generous support of friends of Blue Roof Studios.