A wonderful event happens on the last Friday of every month down Magnolia Blvd in the Magnolia Park district. Shops stay open late, there are food trucks parked on either side of the street, and lots of folks come out to enjoy the evening.
Last night I stopped by Towns Burr Gallery at 3609 W. Magnolia Blvd. During 2010 I had a studio around the corner in the same complex, and I became friends with the owners, both of whom are artists. Connie Towns Burr creates beautifully soft and romantic watercolors, and Bruce Burr is a photographer with a keen eye and a penchant for digital wizardry.
In addition to their own work which can always be seen in the back room, the front gallery hosts several exhibits each year of work by contemporary Southern California artists. The current exhibit includes painters, photographers and even an artist who paints over her photographs with oil. Also on display are sculptural pottery and glassworks.
I forgot to take pictures last night so I triked over today and enjoyed another visit with my friends.
Above are works by Bruce and Connie, and below is a quick little spin around the gallery which is so light and bright. On view are outstanding works by Athena Mantle, Bruce Trentham, Bruce Burr, Jackie Stempke, Karen Hansen, Connie Towns Burr, David Friend, Katina Desmond, Linda Ternoir, and Mims Ellis. The gallery is open Tues.-Friday 11am-5pm and Saturday 10am-5pm.
The Creative Art Center is wonderfully creative space that is city owned and run. It is located at 1100 West Clark Avenue across from the children's playground in George Izay Park. It has a pottery studio that has three kiln's, a classroom from which various art classes are taught, and a gallery space that is a work of art in itself.
The Gallery hosts about 8 or so exhibits each year for individual artists and groups in addition to the annual member shows for the Burbank Fine Arts Federation and the Burbank Art Association, and the enormously popular Holiday Boutique.
Another yearly event is ongoing right now through April 19th. The Youth Art Expo is coordinated by the City of Burbank's Park, Recreation and Community Services Department and the Fine Arts Federation. It presents artwork by students of the Burbank area schools from kindergarten through twelfth grade. There is an enormous amount of talent revealed in this exhibit. I encourage you to stop in to see this show and any other.
The gallery is open Monday-Thursday 9am-9pm, Friday 9am-7pm, Saturday 9am-1pm, closed Sunday.
Hyaena Gallery is located at 1928 W. Olive Ave. and just celebrated it's 6th Anniversary in Burbank on April Fool's Day. As it says on the window it contains "Odd Things For Eclectic Tastes."
It is absolutely full of excellent art work that is in my opinion creepy and horrifying! I'm a big chicken when it comes to scary stuff, but owner, Bill Shafer is so calm and cool and totally comfortable among the monsters and body parts. I'm thankful for these artists that they have an advocate and a thriving venue.
The walls are filled from floor to ceiling except in the back where the exhibits change. Saturday, April 7th from 8pm to Midnight is the reception for the current exhibit, "Common Monsters" by Jeremy Cross.
Hyaena Gallery claims they are the Scavengers of Culture featuring Dark Art, LowBrow Art, Underground Art, and Outsider Art. There is also a sign on the window that recommends that children aren't allowed in without an adult. Perhaps it would help me next time to bring along an adult to hold my hand...
Please note that Art Around Burbank now has it's own stand alone domain name! A big THANK YOU to Nan Rae and Rosie Castro for their financial and moral support!