Art lovers welcome

June 20, 2005

Fred Ortega

Glendale felt more like an artistic Bohemian village than a suburban

metropolis on Sunday, as hundreds flocked to the city for the second

annual Open Studio Tour.

More than 35 artists opened the doors to their homes, studios and

work spaces during the event, sponsored by the Glendale Parks,

Recreation and Community Services Department, the city's Arts and


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

whole community."

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.

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