May 27, 2018

Three Artists Will 'Give Back' in Topanga Gallery Show


Prompted by the inspiration and support they have received from the community, three Topanga Canyon Gallery artists will make “giving back” an integral part of an exhibit of their work to be held October 3-28 at the gallery. They will include a silent auction to benefit the Topanga Enrichment Program during the opening reception on Saturday, Oct. 6, 3-6 p.m .

“Although we differ greatly in the art we create, we were of one mind in this decision,” reported Felice Willat, Farideh Azad and Karrie Ross, the three featured artists.

The show's title, designed to give equal emphasis to each artist's work, and with a nod to Rubik's Cube, reads like this: Photo Paint Glass; Clay Photo Paint; Paint Glass Photo.

For the auction, Willat will offer one of her canvas wrapped images and three hours of iPhoneography for the child of the highest bidder. Ross will donate 50 percent of the final price of her auction art-piece in the name of the buyer to the Million Trees LA project, and will donate one hour of art instruction/discussion with children in the Topanga Enrichment Program. Azad will donate a piece of her work, with proceeds going to the Enrichment Program.

Work created by this trio indeed “differs greatly,” but one thing it has in common is quality, as evidenced by the plaudits and awards each has received

Willat in 2010 won First Prize (Travel) and an Honorable Mention in the Southern California Council of Camera Clubs’ annual juried exhibition. And, in 2008, she was one of four winners of the SLH International Photo Contest.

She has published one book of her photos from Burma: The Quiet Between, Song of Burma (2009). It will be available at the gallery during the Photo Paint Glass show, which will include three genres of her photography: Lyrical Landscapes on aluminum, Cultural Landscapes on canvas; and square format iPhonography images, also on canvas. Several of the images will be from her recent trip to the Emerald Isle – Ireland.

Azad's work during her four years as a member of Topanga Canyon Gallery has drawn praise from fellow members, patrons and critics. “Farideh surrounds us with glowing lamps...and a striking variety of vessels both glass and ceramic,” was one comment made about her work in a 2010 gallery exhibit.

She's been blowing glass for about 30 years, doing ceramics for more than 10. “In glass my emphasis and strength is color, which I try to use in different combinations I see and am inspired by in nature. In ceramics, I concentrate on surface decoration: carving designs and textures, scraffito, inlay, appliqué, etc. Most of my designs are inspired by my rich heritage of 2500 years of Iranian arts & design.”

“I ask a lot of questions...”says award-winning artist Karrie Ross in explaining the broad range of art — watercolor/oil/acrylic painting; drawing; sculpture—she creates. “The research for this show led me to the 'MillionTreesLA' project, which has distributed/planted about 350,000 trees. This idea of beautifying LA with trees appealed to me; I decided to make Trees the focus for my show!”

Two of Ross’ Energy Bloom paintings have won awards in juried shows: one local and Blossoms II national. Works displayed at The Brand Library; BGH, TAG galleries, Bergamot Station; The Brewery; LA ArtWalk; 825Gallery; Bleicher/Golightly; Williams Sonoma and Glit online catalogs; JC Penny; Macy’s; FAOSwartz; PDC; movies/cable TV shows and a 9-foot-round floor installation SUN at SMGallery, LA.

You can view the Paint Glass Photo exhibit at Topanga Canyon Gallery in Pine Tree Circle, 109 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Suite 109, Topanga, CA 90290. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wed. through Sat. and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. For further information: (310) 455-7909;; or