Culture Commission, the Brand Library and the Associates of the Brand
Library and Art Center. Visitors were able to purchase maps at the
Brand Library and tour more than 30 locations throughout the city for
a chance to converse with the artists and purchase their work.
More than 50 maps were sold for the event, which was attended by
up to 200 people, said Eve Rappoport, community services supervisor
for the Glendale Parks Department and one of the event's organizers.
"We are really happy with the response," Rappoport said. "This is
an important event for Glendale and an excellent opportunity for
people to visit our area's artists and learn what they go through to
produce their work."
The event was very well organized, said John Oligny, who, along
with his wife Mary Kay, opened the doors to their Louise Street
condominium during Sunday's event.
"This is the second year we have been involved with the tour and
we have already had at least a couple of dozen visitors today,"
Oligny, a photographer, said.
Oligny came to Glendale in the 1970s from West L.A., looking for a
quiet place to work.
"It was like Santa Barbara back then," Oligny said. "It has
changed a lot since then, it is much denser. But it is very rich, a
lot of things happen here in Glendale, and this event is a great
example. It is a great service not only for the artists, but for the
His wife, Mary Kay, said she had met people from surrounding
cities such as Altadena and San Marino through the tour.
"These people are really into it, they are art lovers, art
appreciators from all over the area," she said. Mary Kay's
oil-on-canvas portraits lined the living room and dining room of
their home as guests perused a series of John's prints at the dining
One of those guests, Joan Sutantyo of San Marino, bought a
photograph that Oligny had taken of a low concrete wall nearby his
home, a close-up of a triangular crack surrounded by lichen.
"I love the color, the texture and its abstract look," Sutantyo
said. "It looks like a painting."
Sutantyo added that she had seen mediums and techniques on the
tour that she had never seen before.