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By Megan O'Neil, megan.oneil@latimes.com | January 25, 2012
Portrait of noted artist's wife had been hanging near bathrooms inside elementary school. A portrait by a noted local artist that had been hanging unceremoniously near a set of bathrooms at La Cañada Elementary School has found a new home. La Cañada Unified has placed the life-size painting of the community's first school teacher, Helen Haskell, on permanent loan to the Lanterman House museum, where it will be restored and eventually displayed in the second-floor ballroom. The piece dates to the early 1890s and is the work of the subject's husband, Stephen Seymour Thomas, who made his living painting the rich and famous, including President Woodrow Wilson, and settled in La Crescenta shortly after World War I. “La Cañada Elementary did not have a large enough space to properly display the portrait,” said Sharon Hancock, office manager at the school and the catalyst behind the loan.
THE818NOW
March 6, 2012
A Burbank woman who just had to paint her nails on a Southwest flight to Houston was reportedly arrested after getting in an argument with a flight attendant. The woman, Jeanie Daniels, was detained for 10 hours upon arriving at Hobby Airport Feb. 26 before a judge dismissed the suggested charge of using "abusive profane language," according to a CBS Los Angeles report . Daniels, en route to visit her boyfriend, was painting her nails in her seat when a flight attendant asked her to stop.
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June 29, 2007
During the month of July, the artwork of Gloria Beyer will be on display at the La Cañada Library exhibit room at 4545 Oakwood. She spent many years as an art instructor at the high school level with L.A. schools. Having retired early, she now enjoys painting and displaying her oil paintings, water colors and collages. Although most of her works represent nature in a realistic style, she also paints people and abstract themes. She was the winner of the 2007 La Cañada's Rose Parade float contest.
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By Anthony Kim | January 25, 2007
For 9-year-old Katya Orphali, painting gives her a moment to explore her imagination. "I love painting," Katya said. "You can express yourself. You can mix colors. You can just do anything. It doesn't matter what you do." About 35 of the young Glendale artist's creations will be showcased at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills from 6 to 9 p.m. today. Dubbed "The Katya Collection," the exhibition is Katya's first since her career began at age 6, when she brought home a painting from school.
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By Vince Lovato | August 19, 2006
La Crescenta Elementary School's first teacher, Helen Haskell, has been dead for more than 60 years. But a portrait her famous husband, S. Seymour Thomas, painted of her has been given new life. The 103-year-old portrait, which bumped around in the school since Thomas donated it in 1953, was rehung in a place of honor Friday, restored to its former grandeur. The community teamed up to raise $1,600 to have the portrait restored to its youthful beauty after school officials realized that the oil painting was deteriorating, said Mike Lawler, president of the Historical Society of the Crescenta Valley.
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January 8, 2005
Joyce Rudolph For Rowena Dohnel, painting is like going on a vacation. "Nothing else matters," she said. "You are just painting and having a great time." The Glendale artist is a two-year member of the Glendale Art Assn., and was named the group's Artist of the Year in December. "I was totally shocked," she said. "I was just really overwhelmed -- and very honored." Association members compete in a mini art show during each monthly meeting at the First German United Methodist Church in Glendale.
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August 16, 2003
Joshua Pelzer Two is enough, according to city officials who say the Police Department will decline a third painting by a local artist who has already contributed two paintings to the new police headquarters. Zadik Zadikian donated a 6-by-12-foot painting and another 2-by-3-foot piece in July to thank the city for assisting with his Caravan Project, a traveling art show, and for renting him studio space at 226 S. Orange St. for $1 a year. Zadikian will occupy the space -- purchased by the city for its $172-million Town Center project -- until November.
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October 18, 2003
JOYCE RUDOLPH Descanso Gardens is captured in a rainbow of colors in Valery Moorhead's piece "Descanso Haven," one in her cache of works displayed at the Boddy House Gallery tucked inside the La Canada Flintridge oasis. Prior to pressing her brush to the canvas, Moorhead snapped a photograph of the scene -- a small structure, a bevy of flowers and mountains stretching majestically across the background. The oil painting has lots of greens, peaches and violets, the artist said.
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August 14, 2004
JOYCE RUDOLPH Capturing a scene on canvas completes Trish Kertes. The La Canada Flintridge artist paints landscapes almost exclusively, but also does some still life, like flowers in vases or objects, especially antiques and heirlooms. "Things that are special to me," she said. One of the things she's known for is plein-air painting, taking one's paints, brushes and canvas outdoors and painting the scenery and capturing the light the way it is, which, she added, has to been done fast because the light changes within a few minutes.
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October 11, 2003
Party Smart, a new party supply and party planning store at 333 N. Brand Blvd., is inviting student artists in the fourth, fifth and seventh grades to participate in a window-painting contest at the storefront at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 19. A cash prize of $250 will be given to the winning school. The winning artists each receive a free Halloween costume of his or her choice. There is no cost to participate. To compete, each school must submit a preliminary color painting of its Halloween window design on 8 1/2-by-11-inch paper.
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November 18, 2013
Oh, Los Angeles sun, what a magnificent source it is. It shines on us in the morning and blankets us with warmth. Our blue sky gives us hope that all is well and will be well in the world - until we read the daily papers. The sun and the blue sky over Los Angeles have inspired many creative individuals. One painter, Sam Francis, a son of Los Angeles whose works are displayed in many museums, studied and worked in different countries and cities but always returned to the Los Angeles area because he knew, correctly, that L.A. has the best sun and he loved it. Now we have a great opportunity to see his many creations at the Pasadena Museum of California Art , until Jan. 5. We see in his works how he captured L.A.'s sun in splendid colors, magnificently.
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By Laura Tate | October 25, 2013
Splashes of blue, green and red shoot out in the form of an elephant; the movement of its large ears and trunk swaying among the vivid hues. In another painting, the eye of a zebra gazes out of one-third of the canvas, its black and white stripes sharply delineated against the deep, vertical depth of field. The images are riveting, drawing in the eye to examine fine details. They are the work of 15-year-old Camellia Steele, a resident of Pasadena. Steele will be one of many artists whose work will be on display Nov. 2 and 3 at the Toluca Lake Fine Art Festival in the Burbank Media District.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | August 7, 2013
The first hint that Karis Zavala would become an artist surfaced when she was 18 months old in a “Mommy and Me” class with her mother. Among a group of toddlers, Karis drew perfectly symmetrical happy faces which were noticed by nearly all of the adults in the class, except for Karis' mother, Susan Zavala. “I didn't think anything of it,” she recalled. Now 8 years old, Karis' painting of three large sunflowers recently landed among the top 10 winning pieces out of thousands of entries submitted by children throughout the country and Canada in a contest run by Celebrating Art , a website that promotes the artistic talents of children.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | October 25, 2012
A series of disciplinary hearings kicked off at Glendale City Hall this week in the case of a police officer who is appealing his demotion from sergeant. The first in what could be up to 10 hearings regarding the Vahak Mardikian case began Wednesday afternoon. Both sides sought to paint the other as the cause of the discord. The hearings are normally done behind closed doors unless the subject of the discipline requests they be public. Mardikian was placed on paid administrative leave in February 2011 following an internal affairs investigation.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | June 7, 2012
An alleged Toonerville gang associate was arrested Tuesday after he was seen spray-painting graffiti along a wall on Raleigh Street in South Glendale, police said. The alleged associate, Victor Escalante, 21, of Glendale, was one of dozens of gang members who were served with a court-ordered injunction against Toonerville and its activities. On Tuesday, police responded about 9:07 p.m. to witness reports of graffiti at Raleigh and Glendale Avenue and tried to stop Escalante, according to Glendale police reports.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | May 21, 2012
Grand jury testimony in the embezzlement case against John Drayman - unsealed Friday - painted a picture of lax oversight of the former city councilman's collection and accounting of proceeds from the Montrose Harvest Market, an operation that consistently lost money until more stringent controls were implemented.  During his years of running the Sunday market, from which Drayman allegedly embezzled at least $304,000, the Montrose Shopping Park...
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March 30, 2012
Marine life artist Robert Wyland - best known for painting life-sized whales and other seascapes on buildings - helped celebrate the 40th anniversary of the federal Clean Water Act by painting a mural Friday at the Americana at Brand. He had help from a number of officials who used the occasion to launch the National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation, a friendly competition among cities across the U.S. to see who can conserve the most water from March 30 to April 30. The mural is slated for display inside the Anthropologie store, organizers said.
THE818NOW
March 6, 2012
A Burbank woman who just had to paint her nails on a Southwest flight to Houston was reportedly arrested after getting in an argument with a flight attendant. The woman, Jeanie Daniels, was detained for 10 hours upon arriving at Hobby Airport Feb. 26 before a judge dismissed the suggested charge of using "abusive profane language," according to a CBS Los Angeles report . Daniels, en route to visit her boyfriend, was painting her nails in her seat when a flight attendant asked her to stop.
NEWS
February 8, 2012
Frank Paul Vent was born in Detroit, Michigan on April 22, 1921.  He passed away February 1st, 2012 from natural causes. Frank's parents emigrated from Italy in the early 1900's. From an early age, Frank discovered he had an natural ability to draw. He followed his instincts and developed his artistic abilities that lasted the rest of his life.  The first organization to notice his imaginative talent was the US Navy. He enlisted in the Navy in September 1942. He began his Navy career as a Signalman.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | January 26, 2012
An oil painting featuring the Statue of Liberty surrounded by the floating heads of popular Armenian figures recently became the first donated work of art to the city in more than a decade to be turned down. The painting also includes flowing wheat and Mt. Ararat - a snow-capped mountain in Turkey where, according to biblical lore, Noah's Ark came to rest. The mountain can be seen from Armenia and Iran. The work also features a statue of an Armenian princess. While one commissioner called it “a beautiful theme,” the painting failed to make it past the Arts & Culture Commission or City Council and onto a city-owned office wall - the first time that's happened since 2000, said Public Art Project Manager Ripsime Marashian.
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