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'Cross Town Traffic' Auction To Benefit Arts Programs

Jun 05, 2017 02:33PM, Published by Jeanne Fratello, Categories: MB Voices



Here's a chance to invest in local artists and support a good cause: The South Bay Contemporary South Los Angeles Gallery (SBC SoLA) and the Manhattan Beach Art Center have put together Cross Town Traffic, a special collaborative fundraising event that brings together the arts communities of the South Bay and South Los Angeles.

The fundraiser consists of an online auction where nearly 100 original works of fine art will be available for bidding. These works range from paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography to digital art and include Beach Cities favorites such as Margaret Lazzari and Dan Janotta; well-known San Pedro artists Ray Carofano and Candice Gawne; Los Angeles socio-political artists Kim Abeles and Mark Steven Greenfield; and more.

The fundraiser will conclude with a closing reception at the 
Manhattan Beach Art Center on Saturday, June 17th from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m., where all the artwork up for bid will be displayed and final bids taken before the art is sold at the end of the night. The public is invited to join the reception and place final bids on the artwork.

Cross Town Traffic started in March 2017, when the South Bay Contemporary joined with artist Linda Jo Russell, moving from the South Bay to a storefront gallery space on Slauson Ave., just north of Inglewood and its burgeoning art scene.

“The idea is, we’d like to bring the South Bay to Los Angeles, and Los Angeles to the South Bay," said Russell. "This is close enough [to the Beach Cities], and yet we’re in Los Angeles, and we want to expose people working in the South Bay to a larger scene.”

South Bay Contemporary director Peggy Zask added: “There’s a lot of development going on here [South LA], and it’s exciting to be on the beginning edge of all that.”

SBC SoLA is a non-profit organization connecting the South Bay and Los Angeles communities through contemporary art, with innovative projects and high quality exhibitions reflecting our diverse culture and today’s issues. Its vision is to develop new, relevant contemporary art with local community interaction and international participation; as well as artistic and curatorial experimentation.  

The City of Manhattan Beach Cultural Arts Division develops and presents artistic and educational programs and exhibitions that directly relate to the contemporary urban life of its constituents. Through exhibitions and programs at the Manhattan Beach Art Center (MBAC) the city seeks to create connections among artists, cultural organizations, community groups, businesses, visitors and residents that sustain and promote a thriving, diverse, creative city.

Artists participating in the auction include Kim Abeles, Nick Agid, Amelia Amell, Hilary Baker, Lucy Blake Elahi, Brent Broza, Marka Burnes, Ellen Cantor, Ray Carofano, Arnee Carofano, Kate Carvellas, Michele Castagnetti, Chenhung Chen, Annie Clavel, Mary Ann Collins, Michael Davis, June Diamond, Laddie John Dill, Anita Dixon, Lynn Doran, Lore Eckelberry, June Edmonds, Edem Elesh, Lauren Evans, Kathi Flood, Shane Foley, Bob Francis, Michael Freitas Wood, Steven Fujimoto, Candice Gawne, Mark Steven Greenfield, Richelle Gribble, Geoff Guerrero, Cie Gumucio, Lynn Haggard, Chloe Hart, Shelley Heffler, Dan Janotta, Nate Jones, Beanie Kaman, Virginia Katz, Kathleen Kiefer, Robert Glenn Ketchum, Won Sil Kim, B Kniesley, Eva Kolasvary Stupler, Margaret Lazzari, Snow Mack, Narsiso Martinez, Karena Massengill, Siobhan McClure, Kirk Miller, Jim Murray, Barbara Nathanson, Hung Viet Nguyen, Ann Page, Da Aie Park, David Peters, Ann Phong, Max Presneill, Christine Rassmusen, Toni Reinis, Joan Robey, Anna Rodriguez, Karrie Ross, Linda Jo Russell, Yoshie Sakai, Blakeney Sanford, Cinta Segovia, Peggy Sivert, Chelsea Stambler, Michael Stearns, Laurie Steelink, Ron Therrio, Marie Thibeault, Michael Todd, Scott Trimble, Ruth Trotter, Nancy Webber, Tracey Weiss, Robert Witte, Lena Wolek, Monica Wyatt, Meeson Pae Yang, HK Zamani, and Ben Zask



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