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Garden of Inspiration

This morning I was visiting with my BFF and fellow artist Trish and was reminded, as I am every time I visit her house, that she has the most AMAZING garden! And when I’m there I find myself remarking on all the beautiful things I see. In fact, her garden has been the source of many of my paintings.

I live vicariously through this garden, especially after I sold my house and have been dealing with rental gardens. I decided that the world needed to see just how amazing this place is. Of course I have a thing for succulents and well, this garden is full of them! I’m often lucky enough to get cuttings and I’ve donated a few of my agave pups to the garden. But what makes this garden is not just the plants…its the love. Trish imbues the magic into it. It doesn’t happen by accident.

The hummingbirds flock to the many feeders she provides, even the squirrels get fed apple cores that she places atop the walls, the bees get rescued daily from danger whether it be the pool or her herding me to the side so I don’t accidentally step on it. She puts cayenne pepper in the front garden to keep the dogs from doing their business in her garden. I admire her total love for nature. Today she educated me on cruelty-free products and was truly appalled that I was so uninformed! I learn from her every day. I enjoy all our “dates”, I’m lucky to have such a great friend!

She inspires me…the garden inspires me and I hope it makes you feel good too! Enjoy…

Disclaimer: My photos don’t do this place the justice it deserves but I’m sure you’ll still enjoy it! 🙂

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Camping Adventures

San Simeon

San Simeon

Last summer we went on a camping trip to San Simeon. I was surprised at how cold it was, it was July and back at home in Los Angeles, it was HOT! I pretty much lived in my Uggs and all those shorts I packed stayed in the bag. The bright side is that it was a beautiful place. Our camp site was surrounded by mountains and nature. We had two snakes visit us and thought we might be getting some coyote’s visiting since we had 3 small tasty dogs with us but thankfully they stayed away.

Our trip was only 3 days but we managed to squeeze in sight seeing at Hurst Castle, we only made it to the visitor center since we had dogs waiting for us in the car but it was still impressive, we toured 3 wineries, had lunch in Cambria and my husband got so close to a seal that he could have been eaten! I was also determined to doing a little painting. We had rented the cutest vintage camper (www.happiercamper.com) that was just screaming to be painted. Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to paint the camper but I took lots of photos and I will be painting it someday soon. Instead I took my friend Tom for a little plein air painting lesson and we had fun at sunset painting the mountains of San Simeon until it was just too windy and cold to stand it anymore. Did I mention, this is why I’m really not a fan of plein air painting? 😉  I didn’t get any photos of us doing our paintings but I have posted my painting on FineArtAmerica and prints can be purchased there.  Check out my mountain paintings.

Mike and the seal.

Mike and the seal.

Cutest camper ever!

Cutest camper ever!

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Mike the snake rangler!

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Breathtaking views!

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Happy Campers

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Trying to spot a wild boar in the mountains

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Just one of the beautiful wineries

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Our campsite and the incredible view

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Lighting It Up with Art Prints

I recently completed a project to furnish a local office with artwork. The company makes LED Lighting and recently changed management and along with the old CEO went the art that he owned.

One great thing about this office is the colorful walls which create a beautiful backdrop for my art. I was very happy to be selected to provide art for their buildings.  All in all they acquired over 40 pieces for their two buildings including some custom pieces including this one titled, “Light Up The Night”. This colorful view of the Downtown Los Angeles skyline at dusk was created for their main lobby. It was printed on metal and is 5 feet wide! The painting looks stunning printed on metal and creates a more modern look while not requiring framing.

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Light Up The Night – Acrylic on Paper

You can find more of my city paintings that are available on canvas, metal, acrylic or on archival paper at FineArtAmerica.com

Just to give you a taste of how it turned out here is a collage with photos from the office along with the happy customer!

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If you’d like art for your home or office, feel free to contact me! www.athenamantle.com

– Athena

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Two Shows…One Night!

Small Wonders at Towns Burr Gallery

I will be starting out the evening in Burbank at Towns Burr Gallery for the Small Wonders group show which features ninety-one small works of art from fifty-three artists. The artist’s reception is next Saturday the 10th of September from 5 – 8pm. And because I have a second show opening the same night, I will be at Towns Burr Gallery from approximately 5 – 6:45pm. If you miss the opening night, the work will be on display through September 30th. www.townsburrgallery.com The Curve at Commerce

Artist’s Reception:
Saturday,September 10
5-8pm
TownsBurr Gallery 3609 West Magnolia Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91505
Free parking in rear of building off Cordova St.
Show runs through September 30th Gallery hours: Tues-Fri 11-5 Sat 10-5

Westscape at Untitled Art Projects

I will be ending the evening at Untitled Art Projects, a new gallery near downtown Los Angeles.  This a smaller group show featuring work from nine artists with the focus on artwork that is rooted in California influence and of course, we are all L.A. artists. This title encompasses what is really a broad range of work. Westscape is also a play on the word escape as many of the images evoke travel or wide open spaces. I will be at this gallery from 7:15ish to 9pm. www.untitledartprojects.com

Oro Vista Artist’s Reception:
Saturday, September 10
6-9pm 
Untitled Art Projects
3309 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90004
Show runs through October 4th I hope you can join me at one or both of the shows and make it a night of art!!

 

 

Art for Charity

Good Shepherd Design ProjectAs you may remember I donated a painting to the Good Shepherd Women’s Center Design Project.  Designer Mollie Ranize of Dmar Interiors selected my painting “New Blue Agave” for her room and she did a fabulous job creating a beautiful room that we’d all be proud to call our own. She created the room using all donated items, impressive if you ask me! Her goal was to create an escape in a Modern Beach Retreat. She made a really cool video of the room transformation and put it up on YouTube, I’ve included a link below for you to check out.  Video Tour

Join me for Tea

Margaret Danielak, the Curator of “A Touch of Gold”, has put together some great events at the exhibit.
I’ll be joining her for tea on September 17th. The club puts on a delicious afternoon tea so I’d love to have all you ladies join me!

“A TOUCH OF GOLD” EVENTS LISTING

Art-related events at the Women’s City Club of Pasadena at the historic Blinn House Estate 160 N. Oakland Avenue (Free parking behind club off Madison Ave) Pasadena, CA  91101 (Phone:  626-796-0560)
Saturday, September 17 – ART TEA NETWORKING EVENT FOR WOMEN 1 pm to 5 pm  ($25.00)
Saturday, Oct. 15 – ART COLLECTING 101 WORKSHOP
Conducted by Curator Margaret Danielak and Artist Julie Snyder 10 am to 1 pm for Workshop, 1 pm to 2 pm for Lunch ($60/person plus $30 for lunch)
THE CLUB IS OPEN FOR ART VIEWING MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY FROM 9 am to 4 pm
(Please sign into our guest book!)
CURATOR HOURS:  Friday afternoons from 3 pm to 5 pm Art Chat with Margaret Danielak

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Art in South Pasadena

SOPA Summer Group Exhibit

Artist Reception

June 18th, 2011 7-9pm

1025 Hope St. South Pasadena

I will be exhibiting some of my streetscape paintings and a few new agave paintings.  There are over 15 artists exhibiting . The art on exhibit includes paintings (printmaking, oils, encaustics, and more)  ceramics, photography, handmade journals by Amanda Ramirez (which are so amazingly clever and recycled, I just LOVE them!)

I hope you can join us!

 

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Celebrating Women Artists of Southern California

The Women’s City Club of Pasadena at The Historic Blinn House is pleased to announce “Spring Forward – Celebrating Women Artists of Southern California.”  The exhibition, which runs from May 1 through July 30, 2011, features fifty paintings by seventeen Southern California women artists.  It will be the first exhibition produced by Margaret Danielak, The Women’s City Club of Pasadena’s new Curator of Exhibitions.  

The “Spring Forward” exhibition features the work of artists Ruth Olenick, Beth Summers, Carol Steinberg, Elizabeth Wallace, Linda DuPas, Frances C. Muenzer, Ellen Brown, Barbara Thorn-Otto, Julie Snyder, Kate Moriarty, Beverly Lazor, Athena Mantle, Anna T. Kelly, Judy Taussig, Marian Fortunati, Merrilyn Duzy and Robin Neudorfer.

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The Blinn House was built in 1905 for lumber baron Edmund Blinn and his family.  The Blinns hired popular Chicagoarchitect, George Washington Maher to design their Californiahome in the Midwestern Prairie School Style.  The building has been home to The Women’s City Club since 1945 and continues to serve the Pasadena community as a meeting place for civic, cultural, and educational activities.

“Spring Forward” will be on view from May 1 through July 30, 2011.   The Women’s City Club of Pasadena is located at 160 N. Oakland Avenue in Pasadena, CA  91101.  Parking is accessible behind the building from Madison Avenue.   The phone is 626-796-0560 and website is www.womenscityclub.com

 The Women’s City Club of Pasadena is open for art viewing Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  During the run of the exhibition, Curator Margaret Danielak will be on hand for special viewing hours on Fridays from 3 pm until 5 pm and by appointment.  Margaret Danielak may be reached through her blog at www.gallerywithoutwalls.blogspot.com , via email at Margaret.danielak@gmail.com or via phone at 626-683-9922. 

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Artists Against Drugs

I firmly believe that drugs are not the answer. Unfortunately, so many people turn to drugs not only recreationaly but through prescriptions from trusted professionals to “handle” problems that they have no solution for. I understand the need to make the problems go away but I’ve never believed that taking a pill would solve anything.
I support the non-profit Say No To Drugs every year by running (ok, mostly walking) the 5K held at Universal Studios.  When I was approached by the group’s organizer, Ryan Kugler, to donate art to the Artists Against Drugs Art Show I was delighted to contribute. The show is Saturday the 21st of May at Satine Boutique in West Hollywood.  I hope you will join me in supporting this group by attending the art show and hopefully taking home a piece of art to call your very own.  I’m told there is art from all kinds of artists including some by actor Jason Lee (My Name is Earl).  Who knows what kind of celebrity folk might show up for this! 
It’s sure to be a fun night…I hope to see you there!
Athena

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