July 2020

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Field of Light

Field of Light in Paso Robles (Photo Cynthia Lum)

Field of Light

  • Story / Photo By Cynthia Lum

Bruce Munro’s stunning “Field of Light at Sensorio” is a super bloom of thousands of solar-powered lights that has wowed visitors in a Paso Robles field since it’s opening in May of 2019.  This is an environmental art experience featuring more than 58,000 stemmed spheres lit by fiber-optics lights on a rolling undulating landscape. Like a field of wildflowers, the globes “bloom” as colors change and glow.  The installation, which had to close temporarily in March because of the COVID 19 pandemic, reopened on June 12 with new social distancing rules and will remain open through January. Rather than meander through the exhibit at will, visitors now will take a one-way path through the 15-acre outdoor installation. Group size will be limited to six people, and visitors will be required to buy timed tickets in advance, practice social distancing and wear face coverings. Food and drinks will continue to be served from a mobile kitchen as well as Mexican and barbecue food trucks, with reconfigured seating.

If you are looking for a respite from the seemingly steady stream of unsettling news, this is the perfect escape. When the sun goes down, on the charming town of Paso Robles , The Field of Light becomes a mesmerizing scene of glowing globes, morphing from blue, to purple, to fascia.  The effect is breathtaking, ethereal, captivating.

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Color at Home!

The Getty online coloring books

Color at Home!

  • By Cynthia Lum

Create your own masterpiece at home! The Getty Museum Store has everything you need for a fun, educational and creative experience. Featuring a wide selection of coloring books, pens, pencils and water this is a chance for all ages to channel their inner artist. The Art Masterpieces to Color book invites colorists to create their own versions of 60 great paintings, from masterpieces by Michelangelo and Raphael to striking creations by Paul Gauguin and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, along with 45 other great artists.

Love Claude Monet’s delicately colored world of harbors, beaches, and gardens? With The art of Claude Monet colorists can create their own versions of this famous impressionist’s lovely landscapes, seascapes and graceful figures.  The original paintings are included in full color on the inside covers for reference. Maybe you’d like the Great Paintings by Women Artists coloring book. Thirty striking works by noted female artists appear in this eclectic collection. They range from conventional portraits, to pioneering abstract’s. Coloring Book – Gustav Klimt features 22 of Gustav Klimt’s artworks, shown as small pictures on the inside front and back covers.  When you color in the line drawings, you could copy the originals or you might prefer to create your own color combinations. If you’re interested in re-creating images from the ancient world, Gods of Ancient Egypt, Greek Gods and Goddesses, Wonders of the World might be of interest.

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Huntington at Home

The Huntington Library is offering up virtual fun

Huntington at Home

  • By Arlene Winnick
  • Photo Courtesy of Huntington Library

For the past few months, I’ve enjoyed exploring the various online museum tours locally and around the world. I recently discovered the ‘at home’ experience at LA’s own Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens and I was blown away. The Huntington takes a more personal interactive approach to their virtual experiences. In addition to fascinating background on the artist, object and subject, they directly involve the viewer by asking intriguing questions and then suggest a fun activity relating to the type of artwork discussed.

There are three basic Encounters – Art, Botanical and Library. Under Art, you learn about an artist who painted 30 versions of the volcano Vesuvius and are asked what you would paint 30 times. After observing a still life, imagine what objects you might add or take away from the original painting and then create your own still life using just three objects. After viewing Portraits, you’re asked what personal item you would include in your own self portrait. I found the activities gave me a new intimate perspective and appreciation for the art. Another area is Watch, Learn and Make. After watching a short video on Myrioramas, illustrated cards with nature scenes that are rearranged to create different landscapes, we learn how to make our own cards.

 The Huntington at home experience is ideal for the whole family, as everyone will enjoy the fun.

The Groundlings

The Groundlings’ Improv Virtual Summer Classes

The Groundlings

  • By Arlene Winnick

Attention parents of teenagers – The Groundings School, the top comedy training ground in Hollywood, is offering their popular teen summer camp online this year.  The Teen Improv Camps will get your teen moving and interacting with top professionals and fellow students as they work on characters, improvisation, sketch writing, vocal technique and acting using a variety of fun games and exercises. Each day ends with a mini-rehearsal leading up to the big Friday Night Showcase where parents and friends are invited to be a virtual audience. The classes are offered via Zoom in two formats:  an intensive five-day camp or one-day drop-ins in two age groupings 10-13 and 14-18.  There are two sessions in July and two in August. “It’s been really inspiring to see kids connecting all over the world through theatre… It’s been so effective in providing a space for kids to communicate and be vulnerable with themselves and with their art,” Harley Harrison Yanoff, actor/founder Broadway at Home.

The Groundlings School has been the springboard for so many successful careers including  Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Jon Lovitz, and others. The Groundlings Theatre, known for its groundbreaking improvisation comedy and sketch comedy, was founded by Gary Austin in 1974.

It’s time for your teenagers to flex their theatre muscles and put on a great show at The Groundlings’ Teen Improv Camps. For more details, click here.

What's Hot!

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve adjusted our content this month.

LAArtsOnline now features two NEW pages: BOOKS and EXTRA! We’ll look at what’s hot in the world of books and reading along with some suggestions of EXTRA! things to check out, read about, and do!

Stay positive, stay safe.

Paige Petrone
Founder / Publisher


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