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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
September 29, 2007
If there’s one word that describes La Crescenta artist Alyce Cox, it’s versatile. Take the works she now has on display in a group show at Descanso Gardens: The contrast between a painting of irises and another of a pickup truck is an example, said Laura Wambsgans, who is also in the show. “Her painting of irises when you walk in the door of the gallery, they take your breath away,” Wambsgans said. “And in another part of the gallery is an old, dilapidated pickup truck.