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Art day brings out the community

August 16, 2011|By Ruth Sowby
  • International Art Day Founder Becky Mate admires the paintings of Glendale artist Richard Heimbold. (Photo by Ruth Sowby)
International Art Day Founder Becky Mate admires the…

Becky Mate is a one-woman band. In 1998, this Glendale resident founded International Art Day in the backyard and lobby of her modest Lexington Drive apartment. This year, Mayor Laura Friedman drafted a proclamation recognizing Art Day as the second Friday in August (Aug. 12). Mate, who is an artist, writer and organizer extraordinaire presided over the collection of artists, children and members of the community who dropped by for the annual “Community Art and Chocolate Party” in honor of Art Day in Glendale. Mate’s mantra — ”Hug an Artist.”

Glendale artist Richard Heimbold was the featured artist at the party. His painting of the Alex Theatre was recently selected by California Senator Carol Liu to take to Sacramento to represent her district in the California State Senate Contemporary Art Collection. At Mate’s party, Heimbold displayed two of his impressionism-inspired paintings. “Nicole’s French Deli” in South Pasadena and “Venice Boardwalk,” both on sale for $500.

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Members from the community were invited to bring a potluck dish and encouraged to create art projects together in Mate’s backyard. A kids’ hunt did not turn up Easter eggs, but art supplies each child could take home.

Heimbold’s work can be seen at the Glendale Art Association’s art scholarship fundraiser Fall Salon at White’s Art Framing and Restoration Gallery in Montrose from Oct. 4-30.

A garden party at the Kenneth Avenue home of Kathy and Kent Lee may be considered the kick-off to Glendale’s social season. On Aug. 11 close to 50 members and guests of the second ward Relief Society of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints gathered under starry skies and twinkling tree lights to sup, socialize and temporarily put down their sewing machines and irons. This group is known for having donated hundreds of hand-sewn pillow cases to young patients at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. But tonight was strictly fun. Glendale residents on hand included, Letha Christiansen, daughter-in-law Mariko Christiansen, Tish Mayer and just-married daughter Megan Johnson, on her way to live in Rexburg, Idaho.

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