Tuesday, December 26, 2017

25 Year Retrospective - Reception Photos

Last week, the North Hollywood Senior Arts Colony presented the opening reception for my 25 Year Retrospective art show. NoHo SAC is one of the arts colonies created by the non-profit EngAGE, Inc., for which I'm Websites/Social Media Manager as well as an Experience Talks Radio Show producer/host. I'm grateful to EngAGE CEO/Founder Tim Carpenter, EngAGE CAO Nancy Goodhart, and NoHo SAC Program Director Sara Debevec for hosting the show in the beautiful lobby gallery shared by NoHo SAC and the Road Theatre on Magnolia. The evening included delicious food from Porto’s and fine entertainment by keyboardist Rex Perry. In addition to celebrating 25 years of exhibiting art, the event also marked my 10th anniversary of meeting Tim and my affiliation with the Experience Talks Radio Show, and my 70th birthday!

The exhibition runs until March 16, 2018. It’s open during regular business hours and in the evenings prior to theater performances. Call to confirm: NoHo SAC (818) 985-2200, Road Theatre (818) 761-8838. I hope you can stop by!

Entrance to NoHo SAC.

Entrance to the theater. Main gallery wall can be seen through the windows.

Partner, Experience Talks Producer/Host John Semper Jr.

Nancy Goodhart, CAO of EngAGE; Megan Hocking, Program
Director at Burbank Senior Artists Colony; the artist;
Tim Carpenter, CEO/Founder of EngAGE.
Early arrivals peruse the main gallery wall.
Children's book author Betty Birney and actor Frank Birney.
Artists Theodore Svenningsen and Wini Brewer.
NoHo SAC Program Director Sara Debevec, left, taking photos.

Michelle Debbaudt and Tim Carpenter

Websites design team Ann Zumwinkel, John Marchena, and Doug
Bland brought an oversized, inflatable microphone to celebrate
the recent launch of the new Experience Talks website.

With Michelle and Betty, mid-munch. Delicious food!

Betty, Sara, Frank

Brent, deciding which one to purchase.

With film composer David Raiklen.

With artist/muralist Andre Miripolsky.

Mom! Very glad she came to the event.

Such a surprise when Sara presented me with flowers!

Another surprise: kind words from Tim.

Laughing because I was so caught off guard that I
was holding my plate during the entire presentation!

With Ann, Michelle, and Tim 

Rex Perry provided excellent music.

Sara and Theo discussing art.

Ready to put a red dot on a sold print on metal.

Betty, John, Frank

John and Andre

Michelle and John

Michelle and I both used to be singers many years ago.
We should not be left unsupervised.

Monday, December 11, 2017

25 Year Retrospective at North Hollywood Gallery

Art by Cynthia Friedlob

The Lobby Gallery
NoHo Senior Arts Colony
Road Theatre on Magnolia
10747 W. Magnolia Blvd
North Hollywood, CA 91601

Tuesday, December 19, 2017
7:30 - 10:30 p.m.

Show runs until March 16, 2018
Open during regular business hours
and prior to theater performances.
Call to confirm: (818) 985-2200

Last year I created a Facebook album to mark my 25th anniversary of making art. This year, I'm pleased to celebrate the 25th anniversary of exhibiting my art. In 1992, I was accepted into my first show, the Southern California Juried Open. Since then, I've shown my work in over 80 juried and invitational shows, plus many Art Walks and fairs. 

Over the years, I've made hand-colored photos, mixed media work, paintings, drawings, installations, and digital art. It's been a very interesting exploration of media and style, one that continues today.

I hope you'll join me at the reception to see this eclectic exhibition!

Three blocks west of Cahuenga at Magnolia Ave. and Riverton.

Road Theatre on Magnolia entrance shows main gallery wall.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Art Auction at The Loft at Liz's

Hosted by writer Genie Davis, The Loft at Liz's presents a silent auction and raffle featuring dozens of art works donated by prominent Los Angeles area artists to raise funds for long-term medical care for chronic tick-borne disease affecting her daughter, Nicole, and two-year-old grandson, Aaron.

In addition to raising funds, spirits will be raised with a meal of Italian food, wine, and seasonal desserts, plus live music. I won't be able to attend, so I hope you'll enjoy some pasta for me!

The art auction is also available for bid online through Tuesday December 5th!

Contributing artists include: Zadik Zadikian, Kaloust Guedel, Zachary Aaronson,  Kate Carvellas, Chuka Susan Chesney, Robert Costanza, L. Aviva Diamond, Tom Dunn, Cynthia Friedlob, Leonard Greco, Karrie Ross, Tracy Weiss, Phil Santos, Skye Amber Sweet, Robyn Alatorre,  Michael Giancristiano, Rouzanna Berberian, Gary Brewer, Julian Hernandez, Gary Pawler, Bleep, and many more.

"Artie Shaw" Prismacolor drawing, matted and framed in black, 8-1.2"x12"

Opening bid: $125. Buy it now: $200!

Monday, October 30, 2017


Scarves are now available in my VIDA shop! On the left is "Melody 109" and on the right is "Chords 101," both in beautiful, soft, lightweight Modal fabric. Order now to get 40% off! Use Code: SHOPHOLIDAY. Expires 10/31 at midnight. These scarves take 4 to 6 weeks to make, so don't wait if you're thinking of a holiday gift for someone -- or for yourself.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

New Art & New Products in My Online Shops!

For those of you who usually stop by during Art Walk: I've moved out of my Brewery studio, but my work is available online!

I've just added ten new images to the ones that were already posted, as well as several new products. Check out the weekender tote bags, coffee mugs, and carry-all pouches. Wall art is available as beautiful prints on paper, canvas, metal, acrylic, and even wood.

Stop by Fine Art America and Pixels.com to see the complete selection! 

Here are a few product samples:

Improv 103 weekender

Melody 103 mug

Rhythm 101 carry-all pouch

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Art Inspiration from Ancestors: Italian Majolica

I've been having fun exploring the arts and crafts of the cultures in my family history. I have some Italian ancestry, but it turns out that the connection goes back much further than I'll ever be able to trace on the family tree. My DNA puts me in a haplogroup (people with one shared ancestor thousands of years ago) that comprises only a fraction (0.2%) of people from England and some other Northern European locales, but is much more prevalent in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Italy. So: Italy.

Traditional Italian crafts include laces, mosaics, leather work, quilting, and wood inlay, but I was interested in pottery, specifically majolica. I inherited one small majolica plate that prompted the search for information.

The name 'majolica' (maiolica) comes from the Spanish island of Majorca where ships carrying lusterware from Valencia stopped on their way to Italy. Italian majolica is earthenware with an opaque white tin oxide glaze. Its most outstanding feature is the beautiful, colorful decoration which never fades. Majolica is usually associated with the Renaissance when it hit its aesthetic peak, but it has been produced in Italy since about 1350 and is still produced today.

After the photo are links to more images, and information about majolica and its history.

Circa 1890 Ginori plate
Recently sold at Xupes

Italian Ceramics from the Middle Ages to the Present
Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche

"History of Italian Ceramics"
Italian Pottery Outlet website

Renaissance Maiolica: Painted Pottery for Shelf and Table
Overview on The Met website of an exhibition that just closed in July

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Family + Art/Craft: Quilts

Family + Art/Craft: An artist friend of mine emailed yesterday that she thought my work looked like "Amish quilts on acid!" Once again, I wonder if I was influenced by the beautiful quilts I inherited from my grandmother. Although not Amish, they have the familiar patterns that were popular throughout the mid-west in the late 1800s and early 1900s. My quilts were made by my grandmother, great-grandmother, at least one great-aunt, and a quilting group of women to which my grandmother and her sister belonged. I grew up with one of the quilts always on my parents' bed, and my mother has one on her bed today. There are several more. I think it's time to retrieve them from storage to enjoy again.

Catalog from a show in 2010: "Quilts : masterworks from the American Folk Art Museum" by Elizabeth V. Warren, with a preface by Maria Ann Conelli, a foreword by Martha Stewart, and an introduction by Stacy C. Hollander [Available here and here.]

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Family + Art/Craft: Hand-painted China Plates

Family + Art/Craft: On the kitchen walls are six beautiful hand-painted plates. They've gone from home to home with me, ever since I inherited them from my maternal grandmother. They are all different in style, I don't know how old they are, and I'd have to look at the backs to be reminded of their pedigree -- or lack of one. I just checked the smallest one that has a delicate floral border. It's marked "Stouffer's Hand Decorated" which means it was painted between 1905 and 1907 at the Stouffer Studio in Chicago. It's also marked J&C Bavaria, referring to Jaeger & Co. which produced china in the Marktredwitz area in the Free State of Bavaria, Germany. Was it their manufacture? That's what the mark would indicate. Their design? I wonder. ~ I have always loved these plates. Florals, a still life of fruit, and a pastoral landscape. I can't imagine living without them. Learn more about the Stouffer Studio in Chicago here.

Jacob H. Stouffer portrait, ca. 1905-1910

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Art Inspiration from Ancestors: Belgian Lace

I've always loved lace and have several beautiful items which were made by my great aunt, who was very adept at all kinds of needlework. Is my affinity for lace -- and was hers -- influenced by our family history? From the late 1500s to 1663, our ancestors lived in a city called Kortryk (Dutch) or Courtrai (French) in the Spanish Netherlands which, in modern times, became Belgium. Belgium has long been known for its superb lace, and it turns out that Courtrai was a center of lace-making at that time, due, in significant part, to its location. The thread used in making the exceptionally delicate Brussels lace is of exquisite fineness and the steeping of flax for its creation was done in the nearby river, Lys, "which gives better results than any other water." ("A History of Handmade Lace," Emily Jackson, 1900)