Last month, Craft in America filmed painter and muralist Judy Baca, and artists at the organization she co-founded, Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) in Venice, CA. Perhaps her most famous work is The Great Wall of Los Angeles, first commissioned in the early 1970s and located in the Tujunga Wash. We filmed Baca…
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“It’s a rare day that I show up someplace and get to just talk about myself–no dog and pony show.” Dante Marioni spoke at the Craft in America Center on March 9th where he did just that: talked about himself with good humor and surprising candor. He also qualified his quote by saying, “If you…
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This past Saturday, artist Jaydan Moore gave an insightful talk at the Craft in America Center into his practice and the artists that inspire him. He took us on a journey through his past, coming from a family of third generation tombstone makers, to the many craft schools where he has studied. He kept the…
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After their visit to the Craft in America Center, students from Fairfax and Van Nuys High School had a special workshop at their schools with artist Jaydan Moore on Wednesday and Thursday. Jaydan Moore was introduced to each classroom and was able to speak directly with them about his own work and inspirations. The students were…
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Last month, the Craft in America crew visited Gerardo Monterrubio’s studio in East Los Angeles. Gerardo found his calling when he found clay and uses that medium for his observations about culture and place. We watched Gerardo create a sculpture with the help of his assistant Anthony Gonzalez. His assistant powerfully stacked pieces of clay while…
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Last week the Center spent a wonderful and stimulating morning with some our favorite guests, students from Fairfax High School. Today we enjoyed this privilege again with Van Nuys High School students. Both schools came to view The Craft School Experience: Outcomes and Revelations exhibition, which is on display until March 11, 2017. Each class was given time to…
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A couple weeks ago, Emily Zaiden, Craft in America Center Director, visited glass artist Jaime Guerrero’s studio in Boyle Heights to view his work. While Emily was there, a lucky group of students from Lincoln Heights’ LA Leadership Academy stopped by his studio to try out glass blowing for the first time with Jaime. Not your average after-school program!…
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Last Saturday, the Craft in America Center was pleased to host a talk by the incomparable Arline Fisch, a luminary artist and true Living Treasure. This was a packed event and those who attended were not disappointed. Arline, who founded San Diego State University’s jewelry program, started her career, as she stated quite plainly by…
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