Skateboard Workshop, Art Exhibit, Live Music Event at The Vex

Skateboard Workshop, Art Exhibit, Live Music Event at The Vex

Skateboard Workshop, Art Exhibit, Live Music Event

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Project Description

The inspiration for this event was conceived by George Pantages of All City Sports Marketing and his vision for how the skateboard art workshops could develop personal, educational and collective goals in the community.  The goals are to help the children and young adults in the community with building confidence and self-esteem, Developing technical and creative art skills in design, construction, and digital media, and offer a positive alternative to counterproductive activities (gang activity, drug use, etc.).

Event production & marketing by La Mancha Gallery with the contribution of The  Vex Arts along with All City Sports Marketing and Operation Street Kidz will present a day of entertainment for the community. Featured guests will include:  Legendary skateboard legend, Steve OlsonLance Mountain and friends | George Pantages of All City Sports Marketing  | Artist Albert Reyes | Gabriel and Diana Jasso of Ramp Beds, Inc. | Artist and Skateboarder J. Wilson of Sacred Steel  | A Special dance presentation by The Funky Bones Dance Crew | Artist Ester Petchar |  Artwork curated Omar Holguin and Installation by Stephen M. Gates| Award winning muralist David Botello will gave a presentation of his life’s work  | Live musical entertainment by LATE  Food and Drinks and much more…

Paint, brushes and permanent markers will be available for participants to design their own skateboard  workshop artwork.  Participants will be able to take home their skate deck at the conclusion of the event.

A Special thanks to George Pantages, Steve Olson, Lance Mountain, The Vex, Esther Petschar, David Botello, Morganne Picard, Gabriel and Dana Jesso, Operation Street Kidz, La Mancha Gallery for the donation of their time, materials and good will.

Project Details

Client All City Sports Marketing & The Vex Arts
Date 9.29.2013
Skills Event Production, Social Media Marketing, Webdesign, Curatorial Assistance
Client Site vexarts.com

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Community Event & Workshop

The skateboard workshop goals are to help the children and young adults in the community with building confidence and self-esteem, Developing technical and creative art skills in design, construction, and digital media, and offer a positive alternative to counterproductive activities (gang activity, drug use, etc.). Special thanks to George Pantages, Steve Olson, Lance Mountain, The Vex, Esther Petschar, David Botello, Gabriel and Dana Jesso, Operation Street Kidz, Stephen M. Gates for the donation of their time, materials and good will.

Event Production & Marketing

Event production & marketing featured the following guests:  Legendary skateboard legend, Steve OlsonLance Mountain and friends | George Pantages of All City Sports Marketing  | Artist Albert Reyes | Gabriel and Diana Jasso of Ramp Beds, Inc. | Artist and Skateboarder J. Wilson of Sacred Steel  | A Special dance presentation by The Funny Bones Dance Crew | Artist Ester Petchar |  Artwork curated Omar Holguin and Installation by Stephen M. Gates| Award winning muralist David Botello will gave a presentation of his life’s work  | Live musical entertainment by LATE

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Skateboard Workshop Gallery

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The Vex Arts Grand Opening

The Vex Arts Grand Opening

The Vex Arts Grand Opening

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Project Description

The Vex Arts Grand Opening event was held for two magical evenings on August 30th and 31st starting at 7:00pm inside a 9,700 square foot location.

The Vex Fine Arts featured a selection of recent works by well established artists in a curated group exhibition by award winning curator Omar Holguin and installation by Steve Gates. Exhibited artists will included: Bo Jennings| George Combs | Pola Lopez | Isabel Martinez | Armineh Temourian | Stephen Johnstone | Ben Rogers | Nestor Rodriguez | Ron Zeno | Ella Sarkysian | Ashot Khudaverdyan | Donald Frazell | Silvio Sangiorgi | Lika Brutyan | Special Performance by Mike The Poet | Electric Buffalo | The City Terrace Dukes | an Youth Fashion Show and much more…

After 30-plus years of experience in hosting music and art events, the Vex contribution to music has been referenced in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, The Smithsonian, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and many other art museums and their music history archives.

The Vex Arts is equipped with a large stage and performance space spacious enough to hold several hundred music listeners comfortably, and hold an art exhibit simultaneously.

Artist Reception and Music Event starts: August 30th and 31st, 2013 at 7:00 pm | 5240 Alhambra Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90032 | Food and Drinks will be served | This Event is FREE and open to the public

Event Photography courtesy of Frank Penunuri -Rb76smith@aol.com

Project Details

Client The Vex Arts
Date 8.30.2013
Skills Curatorial Assistance, Art Installation, Social Media Integration, Webdesign
Client Website vexarts.com

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Curatorial Assistance

Curated by Omar Holguin the selected artwork ranging from all sizes and mediums will include talented artists like Bo Jennings| George Combs | Pola Lopez | Isabel Martinez | Armineh Temourian | Stephen Johnstone | Ben Rogers | Nestor Rodriguez | Ron Zeno | Ella Sarkysian | Ashot Khudaverdyan | Donald Frazell | Silvio Sangiorgi | Lika Brutyan | Special Performance by Mike The Poet | Electric Buffalo | The City Terrace Dukes | an Youth Fashion Show and many, many more.

Event Production

Art installation was inside a 4,500 square foot location that included top artist in Los Angeles as well as the inclusion of live performances from Mike The Poet, a Jazz Trio, Buffalo Electric and The City Terrace Dukes.  A youth fashion show from local designer Rene Camarillo was also presented for this event

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NotWeButONE Fundraiser Concert and Art Exhibit

NotWeButONE Fundraiser Concert and Art Exhibit

“Not We But ONE” a Fundraiser Concert and Art Exhibit

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Project Description

NotWeButONE Fundraiser Concert and Art Exhibit, May 18, 7 to 11:30 pm at THE VEX ARTS, 5240 Alhambra Ave., LA CA 90032
NotWeButONE Concert and Art Exhibit is a Charity Event for the URBAN OPERA PROJECT (for teens at risk) to initiate funding for “Red Sneakers” which is an urban operetta based on the true life stories of teens at-risk.
This event will showcase top musicians
…. The Deborah Ashe Neo-Soul Band: Vocals by Ms. Deborah Ashe, Darrell Crooks-Guitar, John Hart-Bass, Mikael Megeed-Keyboards, Quinten Dennard-Percussion, Louis Van Taylor-Sax and Bill Bodine on Trumpet.
…. MorgAnne: International chanteuse with a spellbinding textured sound, sometimes compared to Sade, then transport the listener to Gay Paris with a vibe a la Edith Piaf. After she stirs up the heat and conjures sensuality like Grace Jones, she can burst into vocal fireworks that are similar to the great Shirley Bassey.
…The “Red Sneakers” blues-based segment will include music and singing with rhythm tap staged by the legendary Chester Whitmore.
…The “Truffles” a sound hybrid of palates, often described as soul or R&B. Their music is highly influenced by soul, R&B, Jazz, Bebop, Funk, 60′s and 70′s Psychedelic, World Music, and Pop.
La Mancha Gallery/Omar Holguin will be curating a unique labyrinth-style setting, cutting-edge art from top artists in Los Angeles including Steven Thomas Higgins, George Coombs, Nestor Rodriguez, Steven Johnstone, Fernando Lozano, Hector Pedraza, Kevin T. Williams, Gilad Koriski, Donald Frezell, Ben Rogers, D. Ashe, James, and more…
There will be an artists opening reception and Art Exhibition from 7 to 8 pm with wine and complimentary hors d’oeuvres.

THIS EVENT IS OVER, THANK YOU TO ALL THE SUPPORTERS FOR THIS EVENTS AND ALL THE ATTENDEES! SEE YOU NEXT TIME.

Project Details

Client: The Urban Opera Project Date: 5.18.2013 Skills: Event Production, Fundraiser, Non-Profit, Curatorial, Installation

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Fundraiser Event

“Red Sneakers”  is the first musical from the Urban Opera Project. It is based on the heartbreaking, but uplifting true story of an especially vulnerable at-risk teen.  “Red Sneakers” utilizes the story-telling structure of “the blues” as a tool for self-discovery and empowerment.  It will be the product of the singing-acting-dance collaboration of 10-12 at-risk teens with coaching and mentoring by professionals in music, dance, acting and performance arts. Rhythm tap dance segments with the teen performers have been staged by tap dance and choreography legend, Chester Whitmore.

Performers, Music and Art

La Mancha Gallery was involved in all aspects of the production of this event, from branding, marketing, webdesign, social media integration, decoration, artist selection and installation.

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Live video footage from the event

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