Simply Coffee is a fanciful local coffee shop that serves delicious drinks and light fare with regular doses of creativity at 940 Lima St off Magnolia Blvd. On the side of the building in the alley you can find this whimsically painted view by an artist with the initials T.T.
(They also boast a giant half coffee cup on the front of the store, perhaps I'll get a photo of that at some point!)
Today the new Memorial Field at John Burroughs High School was dedicated. This is the main entrance on the corner of Verdugo and Parish. When I was told the sculpture represented a homecoming, I imagined something completely different! However, this touching sculpture by Shiela Cavalluzzi is an excellent image to convey the true meaning of Memorial Field.
Click here to read an article that goes into more detail about Memorial Field.
This collection of paintings are my husband's favorites. He enjoys how professional mural artist, Roger Dolin, expressively portrays coffee drinkers in three different time periods.
These murals are located on the walls of the Starbucks drive thru on Walnut St. near San Fernando, across from the IHOP parking lot.
This painting is very close to my home, and my heart as it contains two of my favorite things; a big tree and mountains in the distance. It can be found just off Magnolia Blvd. on Niagara St. on the side of the building where NorthStar Ballroom Dance Studio is located.
Ann of Magnolia was the business that was there when I first noticed this mural several years ago and that is the name I think of when I see the Magnolia tree. It is my informal title of the piece. I did not find a signature of the artist, so thank you unknown painter for this peaceful and majestic scene. I'm so glad it has remained through the change of businesses.
This sculpture called "Perpetual Evolution" by L. A. Davis seems to be comprised of many of the same elements as the building it graces and is so well integrated into the landscape that it is almost camouflaged as one drives by on Burbank Blvd between Hollywood Way and Avon. However, once noticed, it is greatly appreciated!
Look up one more time at the Community Services Building. The fourth artwork I am sharing with you is at the entrance on the 150 North Third St. side.
Wayne Healy and the East Los Streetscapers were at work again! This time taking old black and white photos of "Early Burbank," scanning them, blowing the image up to the proper size onto a film which is then sandwiched between two pieces of safety glass to create an unexpected view overhead.
A similar process was used on the other side of the building for "Recreational Burbank."
Inside the Community Services Building, 150 North Third St.
more incredible work by artist, Wayne Healy and the East Los Streetscapers.
It is an uplifting view of the community!
Suspended from the ceiling are 15 sculptural paintings made from gatorboard covered in fabric and painted with acrylics. The murals were painted on fabric in the studio and then mounted on the walls.
The artworks are much more beautiful in person than these camera phone photos are able to convey.
From the parking lot side, pass the Burbank Family Tiara,
then before entering the building -- look up...
The Community Services Building, whose actual address is 150 North 3rd St., has an abundance of art. The parking lot is on the opposite side of the building and so is the first artwork I'll show you. You can't miss this large, delightfully bright red sculpture situated at the entrance. I notice it every time I drive down Olive.
This tall and airy piece is called Burbank Family Tiara, although it has always made me think of an Indian headdress. It displays a family of figures and animals as it's crowning jewels.
The artist for all the works I found at the Community Services Building is Wayne Healy, who is also the artist who made the sculpture that sits outside the Buena Vista Branch Library. Notice the similarities with the cut out figures. Cool!