Art Pavilion Returns

Art Pavilion Returns

The 23rd Central Avenue Jazz Festival

The 23rd Annual Central Avenue Jazz Festival celebrates the legacy of the historic Central Avenue in South Los Angeles and is one of the last few genuine jazz celebrations left in the Southern California region.

This year’s festivities will take place along Central Avenue, between Vernon Avenue and Martin Luther King Boulevard from 11am to 7pm, July 28th & 29th, 2018.

La Mancha Gallery is honored to be hosting once again the 23rd Central Avenue Jazz Festival Arts Pavilion on July 28 & 29th, this will mark our 5 year hosting the event. We will be featuring amazing artwork, live jazz music on three stages, a marketplace for food and merchants and pavilions for Art, Business Development & Employment Resources, Youth and Health & Wellness.

This is a FREE family friendly community event.

Parking in the immediate area is limited, the best way to get to the festival will be Uber, Lyft and public transportation. The closest Metro blue line stop is Vernon Avenue.

If you are interested in becoming a vendor at the Festival please complete the application available at:


July 28 & 29th, 2018
11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Event Categories:
Jazz Music, Arts Exhibition, Food & Entertainment


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Sanctuary Art Exhibition

Sanctuary Art Exhibition

Sanctuary Art Exhibition

Art Group Exhibit

40 or more accomplished artists, writers, and poets expressing love, hope, and solidarity through their art for the immigrants who may be living in doubt and fear.

We are proud contributors to an exhibit of original artworks on the theme of “Sanctuary” will be showcased in the Library Community Room from Sunday, March 25 through Thursday, March 29. For each of the five days, the Community Room will be open from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. The important, timely exhibit will showcase the works of 40 or so accomplished artists, writers, and poets expressing love, hope, and solidarity through their art for the immigrants who may be living in doubt and fear.

The South Pasadena City Council, on October 4, 2017 unanimously introduced an ordinance declaring South Pasadena ‘a safe and welcoming city for immigrants’. The council passed the ordinance in an effort to protect the rights and privacy of all residents.

For the opening reception on Sunday, March 25th, refreshments will be provided and a brief introduction to the exhibit will be given by Curators Jimmy O’Balles and Mario Hernandez at 3:30 p.m. Many of artists whose works are displayed will be present as well. The intro will be followed by a reading by extraordinary author Sehba Sarwar who has published essays, poems, and short stories in in India, Pakistan, the U.S., and Canada. Some of them have been on the theme of borderlessness.

After the free Sanctuary Exhibit closes for the night on Sunday, March 25 at 7 p.m., the Community Room will reopen from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, March 26; 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28; and from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 29.

On Wednesday, March 28 at 5 p.m., author and Cal State Northridge Professor Mario Ontiveros will discuss his book “BACA, Art Collaboration & Mural Making” published by Angel City Press about landmark muralist Judith F. Baca and the Great Wall of L.A. Autographed copies of books will be available for purchase.

Jimmy Espinoza, the bassist and Bobby Robles, the guitarist from the legendary 60s East LA rock band, Thee Midniters will perform for the close of the exhibit on Thursday, March 29 at 5:00 p.m. Jimmy and Bobby are certain to play their two biggest hits, “Land of 1,000 Dances” and “Whittier Boulevard,” as well as many other well-known tunes.

Thee Midniters are still together and continue to play concerts all over. Most of the band members attended Salesian High School and were largely school trained. Their music was highly professional and musically sophisticated, especially compared to the surf groups of the time. In East LA they were regarded as superstars. They are the only 1960s band from East Los Angeles that has released a Greatest Hits album.

The Library Community Room is located at 1115 El Centro Street. Admission is free and no tickets or reservations are necessary.

An Art Exhibition Curated by Jimmy O’Balles & Mario A. Hernandez


March 25-29, 2018
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Event Categories:
Art, Literary, Poetry, Music


Jimmy O’Balles and Mario A. Hernandez


The South Pasadena Library Community Room
1115 El Centro Street
South Pasadena, CA 91030
(626) 226-6495
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Andrea Gomez

“Woman and Child”
Woodcut Print

Bonnie Lambert

“Waiting” 2013
Pastel On Canvas 16″x 34″

Esther Petschar

“Dona Marina and the No. 1 Mexican Baby” 24”x36” in. Oil On Canvas

Celina Jaques

“I’ll be a living sanctuary for you.” Acrylic on Canvas 20”x24” inches

La Mancha artists video series coming soon …

La Mancha artists video series coming soon …

We are currently in the process of creating a video series of interviews and conversations with artists around Los Angeles and beyond. We want to give you an insight into the artist mind and the creative process.

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The Art Of Digital Photography

The Art Of Digital Photography

Free Lecture

The Art Of
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Richard M. Smith

The Art Of Digital Photography

Free Lecture!

The Art Of Digital Photography by Richard M Smith on Wednesday July 27th from 6:30 to 8:00 PM at the Newbury Park Branch Library located at 2331 Borchard Road in Newbury Park. This event is FREE and Space is very limited.

La Mancha Gallery artist and professional photographer Richard M. Smith will be hosting a seminar on The Art Of Digital Photography. Richard will share a stunning selection of his photography around Los Angeles and elsewhere along with the stories behind the selected artworks. The lecture also includes techniques on how to create stunning photos. Smith is a former photographer of the Tri-City Voice Newspaper in Fremont, California. This event is FREE, and space is very limited and in high demand. We Hope to see you there!


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21st Central Avenue Jazz Festival

21st Central Avenue Jazz Festival

The 21st Annual

Central Avenue
Jazz Festival

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Art Pavilion

Curated by Omar Holguin of La Mancha Gallery

Save The Date !
Saturday & Sunday, July 30th & 31st

La Mancha Gallery is honored to be hosting the Arts Pavilion at
the 21st Annual Central Avenue Jazz Festival!

The Central Avenue Jazz Festival returns on July 30 & 31st, 2016 from 11-7PM at the South Central section of Los Angeles between 42nd and 43rd Streets in front of the historic and newly renovated Dunbar Hotel.  This celebration of community arts and music is an event that celebrates the rich cultural history of Los Angeles Central Avenue vibrant jazz scene since the 1930’s.

At the invitation of 9th District Los Angeles City Councilman Curren D. Price, Jr., Councilman at the 9th District Of Los Angeles, thousands of Angelenos will gather on July 30 & 31 at the Vernon-Central neighborhood of South Los Angeles to enjoy a free celebration of Community, Vibrant Music and Contemporary Art.
La Mancha Gallery will be hosting for the 3rd year in a row The Arts Pavilion during the festival. A 30’x60′ foot tent that will house cutting-edge art from top artists in Los Angeles as well as live muralists and a “John Coltrane Chapel” art installation. Curated by Omar Holguin the selected artwork ranging from all sizes and mediums will include a live painting presentation by renown muralist and artist EnkOne, a “John Coltrane Chapel” art installation by artist Donald Frazell, Mexican Artist Xavier Yarto, the magnificent fully functional cardboard sculptures of Ron Zeno and talented artists like Kevin T. Williams, Alexander Sedoyan, Darren Smith-Robinson, Sly Fabu and many, many more. The art installation by Stephen M. Gates will be set against the backdrop aesthetic of black tubes, colorful hats and lampshades with white trees accents. Directly across from the historic Dunbar Hotel, the beautifully-restored mecca for jazz legends of the l930’s and l940’s, Virtually all of the artists represented had personal and emotional connections to the neighborhood and the African-American jazz culture which had flourished there in decades past. Many artists participating  have achieved widespread recognition, even worldwide acclaim.

Countdown to the event